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stack of pancakes topped with berries

A couple weeks ago, I attended the Tasty Food Photography workshop taught by Lindsay from Pinch of Yum. Lindsay is a full-time blogger who quit her job as an elementary school teacher to build Pinch of Yum into a thriving online space. Her love for teaching is echoed in the way she writes her food blog and how she graciously offers her blogging and photography knowledge to her readers. Her story is completely inspiring and when I heard she was teaching photography workshops in her new studio, I jumped at the opportunity to be apart of the fun.

brunch spread on a table with pink tulips

attendees sitting at tables at a food photography workshop

Photography is where I’ve always struggled. I taught myself how to use a DSLR camera 4 years ago with the help from a few books, lots of practice, and advice from friends who had experience. It certainly doesn’t come easy, but that’s why I love it. There is always something new to learn.

radishes in a serving dish on a photography board

Who knew shooting… radishes… was so fun?

radishes in a serving dish

Lindsay taught us about finding our unique style and translating that into our brand. This certainly isn’t a workshop just for food bloggers. Really, for any photographer looking for inspiration and to find his/her own style!

carrots on a wood serving dish

tomatoes in a white serving dish

We learned about building and strengthening a brand message, telling a story with our photos, building a scene, intentional styling, overall composition, and adding texture to our shots. I definitely need to invest in a few more interesting props!

overhead image of breakfast bowl with nuts, berries, and bananas

oatmeal in a bowl and fresh berries in a bowl with a cup of coffee

There was plenty of practice time for us to have a little hands-on experience. I really valued this time because we could style our own shots using all of Lindsay’s props, photography backdrops, and beautiful food that Lindsay and her team had for us. That we also enjoyed for our meals!

oatmeal topped with pistachios and dried cranberries in a bowl

food photography props in a metal cart

I focused on practicing where I struggle most. Overhead shots, negative space, using my macro lens to really get all the detail, and backlighting. I loooove how backlit shots look, but have trouble with the lighting in my house. Lindsay taught us how to work with the light we have. Feeling more confident now!

stack of pancakes topped with berries, maple syrup, and sprinkles

breakfast bowl with oats, pecans, coconut, and berries

We also spent time learning different techniques and tricks in post processing. I mainly use Lightroom to edit my photos. Lindsay taught us a ton editing, storing, and uploading tricks I didn’t even know were possible. A billion lightbulbs were going off in my head followed by even more “aha” moments.

sandwiches on a silver serving stand

I feel inspired, rejuvenated, focused, energized, and more confident behind the camera. Also indefinitely grateful that I got to meet and be inspired by so many talented photographers. I love learning more about what I do every day; that’s one of the best parts of this job. There is ALWAYS more to learn, whether that is learning in the kitchen, behind the camera, editing the photography, and writing engaging content. That’s why I love spending time with fellow bloggers, bakers, cooks, writers, and photographers in real life. They’re like coworkers; we can bounce new ideas off of each other, learn, inspire, teach, and connect.

sandwich and kale salad

If you’re interested in attending a Tasty Food Photography workshop this summer, I have a discount for you!! Here is where to register. If you enter the code “sally” you get $25 off your ticket price. 🙂

Shot with my Canon 5D Mark iii, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8LCanon EF 100mm f/2.8L, and Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L lenses.

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  1. BEAUTIFUL phots!!! You are doing awesome!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 

  2. Michelle @ Modern Acupuncture says:

    Gorgeous photos, as always. And I love Pinch of Yum! So cool to see you guys working together. When I think of my favorite food bloggers, it’s you two! And when I think of my favorite food blog photography styles – you two again! Awesome 🙂 

  3. Lynn @ Fresh April Flours says:

    Beautiful photos, Sally! I love that you were able to learn from Lindsay– her style is SO different from yours. Of course, I love both of your styles, and it’s neat to see some of her inspiration in your signature Sally style! My fav photo? The carrots. Perhaps it’s because I’m partial to anything orange, or maybe it’s because they’re just so RAW and earthy… But I love it!! And I would totally hang it in my kitchen. Glad you’re feeling rejuvenated! Can’t wait to see some of the things you learned in upcoming photos!

  4. I really love your post today. I new in blogging and still learning how to use my DSLR. Your post really inspired me to try the workshop.
    Thank you for sharing your experience!

  5. Megan Maier says:

    Excellent job, Sal.  I know the kind of rut you can fall into with your style and feeling like you’re not developing anymore.  It sounds like this was exactly the refresher you needed!

    1. Thank you thank you Meg! 🙂 You get it!

  6. Maureen Haddock says:

    I love your blog, and I love it when women can admire and learn from each other. Today, you impressed me even more! Well done. You are a bright light on the planet!  

  7. lisa | Garlic + Zest says:

    I’m a self-taught foodographer too — and struggled for years to take photographs that I was mildly pleased with.  I would have loved to attend this workshop — it looks amazing — and your pictures are over-the-moon!

  8. Sharon K (The Farm Chick Bakes) says:

    Hi Sally – FANTASTIC work! Wow….I love so many of these photos! I can definitely see a difference but there again, I think you were fantastic to begin with. I, like Carlos above, am still getting familiar with my Canon EOS DSLR and reading a few books but time is always a factor with a FT job and home, gardens, etc., to take care of! Lots to juggle but I totally agree with your that it’s ALL about the practice! Last month at the Phila Flower Show I think was the BEST thing for me….to just ‘get out there and shoot’….playing with aperature, ISO, shutter speeds, etc….it truly was. I have a question about Lindsay’s classes..not sure if you’ll know the answer. I’m taking Bjork’s online Blogging course…do you think Lindsay will ever offer these workshops ‘online’…kind of like attending live courses online for college? Travelling to MN as of right now wouldn’t be an option for me, but something to consider for sure! Are these workshops good for ‘true beginners’ or more advanced photographers? Again, your pics are fantastic! Great stuff!

    1. Hey Sharon! I know she offers two types of photography workshop courses. One for beginners which is all over DSLR training. Another focused on just branding and style, for those who have had practice with DSLRs. I’m unsure about online courses, but it doesn’t hurt to ask the Pinch of Yum team! 🙂

  9. Elaine @ Flavour and Savour says:

    Gorgeous, Sally! Learning about light can be such a struggle, can’t it? The one phrase that you used that hit home with me is “how to work with the light we have.” Instead of wishing that I had perfect lighting in my home, I need to figure out how to use what I have most effectively. There is always more to learn, right? Great post.

    1. ALWAYS more to learn, that’s exactly right. I tried some new techniques to work with the light I have including opening a door to bring in more light. Sounds like such a silly thing but the amount of added light makes a difference!

  10. It was such a treat to have you there, Sally! 🙂 Thank you so much for being a part of the workshop with us! Also OBSESSED with the radish picture on the wood! So gorgeous.

    1. Thank YOU!

  11. Judy Castaillac says:

    Sally, I stumbled upon your blog when I was looking for a raisin oatmeal cookies recipe. By the way, they were really good. So I gave them away because I would have eaten all of them.
    Thank you for bring the photography information to all of us.  It is so helpful.  My blog isn’t a food blog except when it is.  All of the hints will help tremendously.

  12. Jamie | Hola Croqueta says:

    These photos look amazing, Sally! I can definitely see your newfound confidence (which I didn’t even think you needed) shining through! Id love to attend that workshop. 🙂

    1. Thank you Jamie!

  13. Stella @ Stellicious Life says:

    I love Pinch of Yum! 🙂

    Oh those meals look delicious! I get your problem with backlit photos, I like that ethereal quality they give a shoot, but are so hard to nail.

    I never would have thought a workshop could teach you new things after so many years of running your blog, good to hear that it was a great day full of useful information! Will you be sharing some of your newfound, newly experienced tips and tricks in a Photography post? I’d also love to read more about those lightbulb post-processing moments! 😉

    ps. love that 2nd photo, perfect Mother’s Day shot: tulips and treats 😀

    1. Hi Stella! A lot of what I learned is just to challenge yourself with new angles and different lighting. Focus on what your brand message truly is and plan out your photos to line up with that message. It was a workshop revolved around style and brand, but she also offers one on all-around DSLR training and practice!

  14. Cindy Dunnahoe says:

    My cousin takes great pics also. He will choose 12 he likes best then has them made into calender’s. They make great Christmas gifts of his travels.

  15. Loved this write-up Sally – I totally felt the same way about the whole workshop. Feeling so inspired by the space, the lessons, and being around so many talented people. It was awesome to meet you. (And I’m now obsessed with muesli too – who knew?)

  16. So jealous you got to go! What an experience! Glad you left inspired 🙂 

  17. Catherine Smith says:

    Oh those gorgeous tulips! And the carrots!! How did you get that effect on the photos? Is it just wonderful lighting? So so pretty!

    1. Hey Catherine! I used presets in Lightroom (my editing software)– they work like filters. I put a preset on that one photo 🙂

  18. Dear Ms. Sally,
    Wow. This is really stunning. I must say, I ran into your website through a SORTEDfoods article and I was expecting to find recipes to add to my collection (Which I have– all of which look absolutely amazing, and I’m dying to try them!). I was not expecting to find such beautiful photography. The colors and the textures of the photographs are incredible, and I’m really impressed with the compositions and the way the viewer can easily connect with the art. And don’t get me started on the shadows and highlights. Thank you for sharing your snapshots of the world, and the way you have made it your own! As an aspiring artist, I’m quite sure you’re eager to improve as well, (There’s always room for an artist to improve!) and I’m excited to see all your other work! Imagine that– you’re all ready this spectacular, you’ll probably reach as close to perfection as it gets someday– not that this isn’t reaching anyone’s standards. This is phenomenal.
    Best of luck in life!

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