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Food Photography Techniques for Advertising

A course by Alfonso Acedo
Photographer and Food Stylist. Málaga, Spain.
Joined July 2006
, Photographer and Food Stylist

Discover lighting and digital retouching tips for food styling

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (400)
  • 13445 students

Discover lighting and digital retouching tips for food styling

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (400)
  • 13445 students
  • 17 lessons (3h 48m)
  • 11 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Every art form has its tricks of the trade, but none quite like that of food photography. Alfonso Acedo—photographer and food stylist—knows all the techniques and secrets to whet the appetite and quench the thirst of consumers with just one photo. This is why brands such as Kellogg's and Calvé, as well as a range of restaurants, rely on his attention to culinary detail in his photographs.

In this course, learn how to enhance the aesthetic of food and drinks in a photograph by way of great lighting, digital retouching, and food styling.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Presentation
  • U2
    U2. Beer
  • U3
    U3. The sandwich
  • U4
    U4. Postproduction
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Alfonso Acedo, how he got started in the world of food photography, and his main references in the sector. He introduces you to the course's project: taking photographs for a menu board.

The first photo session is all about capturing drinks. He explains what equipment you need, the material he uses, and the different ways to apply the chilled effect on a bottle of beer.

Learn how to assemble a lighting setup with two flashes; one creating a backlight to illuminate the liquid and one front flash to give the bottle a side glow.

Continue with the food photo session, which in this case features a sandwich. Learn how to "cast" the products to get a mouth-watering line-up and look at how to position each element on the set to make it as appetizing as possible.
Alfonso explains how to assemble another lighting setup with two flashes and a reflector, ideal for emphasizing the glare and the outline of your sandwich, as well as food in general.

After the sessions, move on to digital retouching using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Select two photos from the drinks shoot and look at how to combine them so that the beer has the perfect body and head. Make tweaks to the droplets and the label, then create a background.

Repeat the process with a photo of the sandwich and learn all the secrets to retouching the little imperfections until you've got the ideal version of your product.

To finish, integrate both images into the design of a generic menu board.

What is this course's project?

Create a menu board using all the food and drinks styling techniques learned throughout the course.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Photographers who would like to get started in the world of food photography.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you need basic knowledge of digital photography, a good command of studio lighting or flashes, and experience with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.

As for materials, you need an SLR camera, studio lighting equipment (or at least two flashes), a computer with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom installed, and some kitchen utensils.


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Alfonso Acedo

A course by Alfonso Acedo

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Photographer and Food Stylist

Alfonso Acedo is a self-taught photographer and food stylist. After graduating in graphic design at the Escuela de Arte y Superior de Diseño in Alicante in 2006, he worked as a designer in different advertising agencies, but his passion for photography led him to become a freelance photographer in his spare time.

He now has many years' experience in photography under his belt and has worked for restaurants and brands such as Ligeresa, Kellogg's, Calvé, and many more.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2


    • Mount set
    • Beer and product preparation 1
    • Beer and product preparation 2
    • Beer, light and photograph 1
    • Beer, light and photograph 2
  • U3

    The sandwich

    • Sandwich materials
    • Sandwich assembly
    • Sandwich, illuminate and photograph
  • U4


    • Touch up drink 1
    • Touch up drink 2
    • Touch up drink 3
    • Touch up food 1
    • Touch up food 2
    • Touch up food 3
    • Integrate items into the menu board
  • FP

    Final project

    • Tricks for gastronomic photography

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Food Photography Techniques for Advertising. Photography, and Video course by Alfonso Acedo Best seller

Food Photography Techniques for Advertising

A course by Alfonso Acedo
Photographer and Food Stylist. Málaga, Spain.
Joined July 2006
  • 96% positive reviews (400)
  • 13445 students