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How to choose a Food Photography School 

Online photography schools are becoming more and more popular every year, and new schools seem to be sprouting up everywhere you look.   If you combine that with the growing interest in blogging, the growing popularity of “foodies”, you end up with a demand for a quality online food photography school.  So, if you’re interested in learning more about food photography and you want to select an online food photography school, how do you choose which one is best for you?  We suggest that you consider the following seven questions, before you make your final selection. 

Is the teacher an actual food photographer?

If you want to learn food photography, it only makes sense that you learn it from someone that is, or has been an actual, professional, food photographer. 

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That sounds like a simple idea, but you’d be surprised at how many people are teaching something they really know little about.  So, how do you tell if your teacher knows his subject?  That’s simple. Look at his or her web page or portfolio.  Look at his client list, read is bio and see for yourself if the quality of the food photographer’s work is of a level that impresses you.  If the portfolio is great, you know for sure that the teacher truly understands the subject.  In other words, you want to learn from a master food photographer, if you possibly can, and not a hobbyist that has produced a few food photos.

Does the food photography school offer a class to fit your desired level of expertise?

People take food photography classes for different reasons.  Some just want to learn a little more about the subject so that they can make better pictures for personal use while others want to learn as much as possible so that they can put that information to use making money with what they learn.  Some students may already be professional photographers, and want to learn the advanced food photography skills that will let them expand into a new market, or even become a specialist in the world of food photography.  The online photography school select should offer the level of complexity that you need.  If you’re a novice and you take too advanced a class, you’ll most likely be lost from the very beginning.  If you’re already a professional and the class is too elementary, you’re just wasting your time and money.  You need the correct level of training to match your food photography needs. 

What is the cost of the food photography school?

Cost is an important factor when deciding on an online food photography school.   Is the price competitive for the level of the training you will be receiving? This price is important if you’re a novice and looking for elementary training that won’t mean a difference in your future income, and less important if you’re going to use the school to propel you into another career or professional specialty. If you’re going to be able to make up the entire cost of the school in your very fist job or two as a professional food photographer, then the cost is a little less of an issue.

How much contact will you have with the food photography instructor?

Before you select a food photography school, you’ll want to know how much access you actually have to your instructor.  It matters little how talented your teacher is, if you don’t get to ask any questions.  Does the school allow you to email, or participate in a forum where you can ask direct questions of your instructor?  That’s an important thing to consider. 

Will the food photography instructor be the one to actually critique your work?

Part of learning about food photography is actually photographing food and then having the teacher critique your work.  Make sure that it’s a food photographer that’s critiquing your work.   Some schools assign a secondary instructor to help critique their student’s work.  That instructor is usually someone that shoots even less food as the primary instructor. 

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Will you be able to interact with other food photography students at the school?

It’s important in a food photography school to have a professional food photographer as your instructor, but it’s also important that you get to interact with the other students taking the same class.  You should be able to discuss assignments and exchange ideas with your fellow students.  These students will prove to be a valuable asset in your education, so it’s important that you are able to communicate with these students through email or better yet, a forum environment where you can swap those valuable information and ideas.

If you’re going to be slapping down your hard-earned money to take a online food photography class, it’s important you make the right decision about which school is best for you.  Hopefully, this article has been of some assistance in selecting the right school for you and if you're interested in considering the Professional PHotography 101 food photography school, please visit our site and see what we have to offer. If you already a professional photographer looking to take your work to the next level, you might want to consider a one or two day one-on-one food photography seminar with food photographer, Michael Ray.

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