Foodbuzz Part 2: Food Porn and Food Writing


Though I did not plan on attending all sessions, that is what I ended up doing Saturday morning. First up was Food Porn 101, hosted by Laura Flowers of The Cooking Photographer and Marc Matsumoto of No Recipes. They began with a Powerpoint presentation illustrating various principles of food photography and tips to make your photos more attractive, utilizing lighting, composition, angle and more. Marc and Laura kept the presentation short because they wanted to leave time for bloggers to test out their photography skills on various food still lifes that were set up around the room.

Following the first session, I headed to a cooking demo hosted by Fresh Express. In hindsight I wish I’d used this time to go exploring the city on my own. A chef who works for Fresh Express demoed a roasted butternut squash salad recipe that was submitted by one of the bloggers. It ended up resembling an infomercial for Fresh Express, with the chef extolling the virtues of this bagged salad mix. I really wanted to tell him that no marketing ploy is ever going to sell me on bagged lettuce. He also tried to sell us on the company’s trademark avocados that are specifically engineered and treated to always be ripe when you cut them open. Mmm, genetically engineered food, does it get any tastier? (I apologize for the snarkiness, but I really did not appreciate the shameless marketing ploy for such a low-quality product).

The last session of the morning was about food writing. The three bloggers hosting this session led us in a series of exercises in which we tasted one of five food items set before us on a plate and then described them in various contexts.

I appreciated this session the most, as it is definitely an area in which I would like to improve, and it forced me to spend a few minutes focusing on nothing but finding the right words to describe something I had eaten. This was a rare occurrence for me as I’m often so focused on just getting photos and an accompanying description out as quickly as possible. By the way, it didn’t hurt that this session by default included food. The chocolate truffles were excellent.

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3 Responses to Foodbuzz Part 2: Food Porn and Food Writing

  1. Linda says:

    What an informative workshop. Kudos to the FoodBuzz organizers for putting this together.

  2. Michelle says:

    I definitely want to attend a workshop that can help me improve as both a food photographer and a writer. I’d love to hear your tips sometime if you don’t mind sharing!

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