A few weeks ago I attended a day workshop with food photographer Paul Winch-Furness. Photo Pop-Up was held at A La Cruz, an Argentinian restaurant in Clerkenwell, London EC1.
It was a great and busy day! It was 8 of us with full access to the whole restaurant, kitchen included! We started off the day with coffee and biscuits imported directly from Argentina. They look like macarons, but infact they are two shortbreads layered with jam. Delicious!
Once the caffeine kicked in, we started the lesson with an overview on food photography, composition and lighting. Paul showed us how to use multi-disc light reflectors like this one, which has 4 different sides to bounce or block the light and create cold or warm reflections. I used the golden side to enhance the biscuits’ yellow tones in this shot.
It was soon time for another coffee break! We had plenty of things to shoot, from pastry to coffee beans, lemons and A La Cruz water bottles, cocktails and of course raw meat!
After a couple of hours of photographing, it was time for lunch! Starters, main course, dessert and wine! I was very impressed by the presentation and quality of the food and I definitely recommend you to try A La Cruz soon!
The lunch was followed by 2 hours of editing and processing with Adobe Lightroom. I didn’t know the software, having always used Photoshop, but it’s easy to see why LR is a much better way to catalog and edit your photos. I already couldn’t do without it!
I am so glad I attended Paul’s workshop! He’s incredibly nice and humble and the venue was fantastic. If you’re into food photography, this is a good way to learn the basics and start building connections in the London foodie scene. For the upcoming Photo Pop-Up courses, see here.
PS: I found out about the workshop on Twitter, thanks to Sabrina Ghayour, a London based chef and food blogger.
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