I know that feeling of overwhelm when learning a new skill. You know it will make life SO. MUCH. EASIER. if you can just tackle this one thing. But then your brain starts spinning thinking about the buttons, the settings, the time commitment...ugh.
I feel ya. That's why I created this course. I want to fast-track your learning. It's my personal mission to get students excited to be behind the camera and getting creative with artificial light.
This step by step course guides you through all of the essential lessons you need to know to get up and running with your artificial lights quickly. AND, if you run into any snags, it comes with personal support.
I crafted the curriculum so that you can have your lights set up and rockin' within a weekend. I want you to be able to capture awesome images with artificial light right away!
"I haven't found anything like this course before. I was always so confused about artificial light, how to use it, all the equipment to get and how to make it look just as good as my natural photos - Joanie covers all that and more."
Pro food photographers need to know how to create lighting based on the vision of their clients. Food bloggers, similarly, need to be able to capture their signature style. Good news, we cover it all in Artificial Academy so you can be proud of your artificial light images.
Want to create those ethereal images and think it can only be done with natural light? Learn how to get the popular bright glowy look with flashes or LEDs.
Or go for those more moody vibes and learn the methods for playing more intentionally with light and shadows to create stand-out food photos.
Jump into advanced lessons in the course like capturing action, shooting portraits, shooting in restaurants, working with High Speed Sync and setting up video lighting.
Food photographers many times also get called on to do product photography. The art of lighting products requires unique skills and knowledge that we cover in three lessons together.
Not only do you get lifetime access to 30+ video lessons (and all future additions to the course!) but we have a private community space inside the brand new Bite Shot Classroom for you to ask questions, share photos and connect with other food photographers. It's our very own platform, so no Facebook account required. Plus, we have a mobile app, so all of your learning and community access can happen on the go.
"I felt like Joanie was holding my hand through the entire process. She doesn't just give one clear example of how to setup your light source, she gives dozens. Joanie explains every move she makes -- whether it's moving a soft box and speedlite, changing the angle, reflecting light back onto the scene -- it was all so clear. "
Check out my Artificial Light Gear Guide for a run down of gear I recommend. Or, even easier, once you join the course, ask for help in our course community space and The Bite Shot team will be happy to help!
"Artificial Academy has been life-changing. I work full-time as an attorney, so prior to learning artificial light, I would cram 4 or 5 shoots into every single weekend. It's so nice to not be bound by the time constraints natural light poses (especially in the winter time)."
I love artificial light and shoot with it 99% of the time. As a self-proclaimed control freak, the predictability of artificial light makes it an indespensable tool in my studio. But, more importantly, I find a lot of creative freedom in artificial lights.
Prior to my career as a food photographer, I spent a decade working as a trainer and educator on college campuses. It's a privilege to get to combine my passions for photography and teaching together in this course.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing students master a new skill...except for maybe mint chocolate chip ice cream <3How to Enroll
What EXACTLY are we covering? Great question! Here's the agenda:
How to Choose the Right Gear for You
Choosing a Modifier
Camera Settings for Flash
Setting Up Your Lights
Understanding Flash Exposure
Setting Up your Continuous Lights
The 5 Principles of Light
Applying the Principles of Light with Modifiers
The Principles of Color
Combining Multiple Lights
Shooting Product on Seamless
Shooting Product on Plexiglass
Shooting in Restaurants
Lighting Larger Scenes
Overhead Food Videos
Talking Head Videos
Shooting Action with Flash
High Speed Sync
Creative Color with Gels
Assembling and setting up specific lights and modifiers including most popular speed lights, strobes, LEDs and softboxes.
This course is the most comprehensive beginner lighting course for food photography on the internet. Generosity is a core value at The Bite Shot and this course is jam-packed with information and practical lessons.
The secret sauce of Artificial Academy is that the curriculum has been perfected over the years and is delivered in a format that's easy to understand and put into practice right away.
Having personally purchased too many courses that overpromised and underdelivered, I'm on a mission to prove that an online course can be better than in person and help put you in control of your food photography lighting.
Anyone who is looking to start using artificial light into their food photography. Food bloggers, commercial photographers, and product photographers make up the majority of students in the course.
Experienced photographers who are already using artificial lighting. Though some benefit can be gleaned, it's probably not enough to be worth the time and financial investment as the lessons are geared toward those who are just starting out with artificial light.
Yep! You will need to understand how to operate a camera in manual mode in order to get the most out of the course. If you need to learn manual, check out this video playlist on YouTube or join my Beginner Bootcamp course.
The total course includes 34 instructional videos, all approximately 8 - 20 minutes in length. However, the core of the course is less than two hours. Many students complete this first section in one day and find themselves creating great shots within the same day.
Starting March 2021, the course will be $299. There will also be a payment plan option of three payments of $120.
It's totally up to you. Some students can't wait to get their gear and buy it right away. Others prefer to wait until they've watched through the first units in the course so they feel more confident in their gear purchases. Either way, I'm here to help answer questions about gear before you purchase it and help make sure you're making a good investment based on your needs.
The content is created specifically with food photography in mind and all demonstrations are relevant to the experience of a commercial or editorial food photographer.
This course has been enjoyed by students around the globe!
You have lifetime access to all course materials, videos and the online community. Plus, you also will receive any future updates and additions to the course for your one-time purchase.
We're here to help! In addition to being able to post questions in the community Activity Feed inside the course (not a Facebook group) where I personally answer questions, you're invited to attend Open Office Hours with me, an opportunity to chat in real time over Zoom. Times and dates vary in order to accommodate different time zones.
You bet! If for any reason you find that this course will not enable you to learn artificial lighting for food photography, notify me within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.
"It's fun knowing that my images can look like I took them on a bright, sunny day when in actuality it was done at 7 at night. I love that natural, airy look and so far I have been successful thanks to this course."
Your purchase includes lifetime access to all course lessons, the online community and total freedom to shoot whenever, wherever you want. All content is on-demand for you to learn at your own pace. Learn what the pros know about lighting and take control over your food photography.
"Learning to shoot with artificial light with Joanie (whom I call my photography fairy godmother) has given me the tools to break through and continue to refine my ever-evolving personal style."