Light on Plate: Introduction to Food Photography

with Powell Jordano

September 16 – 26, 2024

Mondays and Thursdays; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $625.00

Course Description

Food photography is an evolving sector of the picture-making world, and this informative, hands-on workshop lays out the best practices for achieving successful images, highlighting the tricks and tips that make food look its mouthwatering best.

Powell Jordano begins by discussing creative and technical workflow, addressing how to formulate ideas and use software like Capture One to strengthen and organize your vision. He also provides insights into basic gear and camera settings, alongside a brief overview of strobe usage.

Through demos, you discover how to shape available window light and emulate natural light with flash. After the demos, participants are encouraged to create photographs employing the techniques they learned, and our final session includes a group showcase and critique. Leading up to the final session, Powell provides one-on-one personal feedback for your images created during the workshop.

To expand our understanding of great food photography, we are joined by a professional food stylist who shares aesthetic and collaborative tips. They cover basic tools used in styling, tricks to enhance the visual appeal of food, and resources to further your education.

For those wanting to expand their photographic interests and break into food photography, or enthusiasts looking to improve their delicious pics, Powell shares his expertise for producing evocative images that push the creative envelope and make viewers crave what they see on the plate.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 9:30 am– 12:30 pm (Mountain Time) on Mondays and Thursdays starting September 16 and ending September 26 (four online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

One-of-a-Kind, Technical
Powell Jordano

Powell Jordano is a tabletop photographer specializing in food, beverage, and product imagery. Whether he’s working with local restaurants, magazines, or global brands, he captures dynamic and inviting yet natural-feeling light within a controlled environment. He earned a BFA in commercial photography from Columbia College in Chicago, began his photographic journey documenting land-use focused on former missile sites around Illinois, and eventually settled into a commercial career with his wife and studio manager. When not photographing something tasty, Powell can be found wandering off the beaten path to explore new places and sample their cuisine.

Instagram: @jordano_studio

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