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Advanced Food Photography

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Key information

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Learn at your own convenience
19 Oct 2020 - 29 Nov 2020
Live learning and discussion with the instructor each week
30 Hours of Learning
6 weeks of study: 4-5 hours per week 
Euro 850 
All inclusive price

Course offered in English


This course is best completed after Le Cordon Bleu's 4-week Food Photography Course

Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Build sets to take the best food photographs
  • Work with studio, natural and artificial light
  • Capture visual effects such as, steam, smoke, and the beverage 'splash' in food images.
  • Use Lightroom, or similar software, to catalogue images and manage editing efficiently
  • Use Photoshop, or similar software, to retouch photos like a professional to add lustre and shine to food images
This course aims to take your photography skills to the next level for professional output by enhancing your skills to manipulate light, create special effects and develop your editing and post-production skills.
Requirements: A camera, entry-level digital camera or upwards, is preferred. A simple tripod would be useful for efficiency and image stability. Access to image editing software, such as Lightroom or Photoshop.


Who is this course for?

This course is most suitable for keen photographers who have fundamental experience in photography. This could come from a previous course, having dabbled in food photography and styling, or currently specialising in another genre of photography.



Nelly le Comte

Food photography is Nelly’s passion! A graduate in Photography from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, Nelly worked for various fashion clients and magazines before landing the job of Chief Photographer at a leading Dutch fashion, health and fitness magazine. Since 2006, Nelly has focused more and more on food photography and has built a broad client base including many of Australia’s leading magazines and book publishers, such as, Eat Well, Nourish, Plum, and Hardie Grant. Advertising assignments have included jobs for RFG, Brookfarm, BZYOO, Ink Gin, Sunburst, Zespri, Duck Creek, The Strand, Byron Bay Chilli Co and Elements of Byron. 

When it comes to food photography, Nelly works with both natural light and studio light and is a master of balancing both to create the best images for her clients, including the use of digital technologies to enhance the end product. Nelly now works from her studio, with a well-equipped kitchen and abundant natural light, in Byron Bay.


Career opportunities

Food and restaurant photographers, food stylists, recipe developers, bloggers, social media content creators.


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Here is the course outline:

Cataloging and Enhancing Images

2 hrs, 17 min

Meet Nelly Le Comte, your instructor. In this lesson, Nelly introduces you to how to catalogue, choose and enhance the best image for ultimate results using specialised software.

Hard Light Photography

1 hr, 17 min

Learn the options for taking photographs in artificial light: when and how to use studio lights, and play with hard light and shadow to create artistic food images.

Bringing Images to Life

1 hr, 42 min

Learn techniques specifically for food photography that bring images to life, using specialised software (Photoshop or similar).

Artificial Light

1 hr, 27 min

Use artificial lights from flash strobes to video lights to capture food images for specific purpose.

Capture Steam and Smoke

1 hr, 51 min

Learn advanced food styling techniques to create long-lasting steam and smoke and how to capture these effects on your camera.

Capture the Splash

1 hr, 21 min

Learn how to find the exact moment to press your camera shutter to capture the beverage 'splash', from cocktails to milk to yoghurt.


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion
Statement of Results
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