Introduction to Food Photography | Sydney

SOLD OUT Introduction to Food Photography | Sydney

Learn about the process of food photography from a leading commercial and editorial food photographer, and a renowned food stylist.

If you are interested in the world of food photography, don’t miss this opportunity to learn from two prominent professionals.

Walk away with tips and tricks of the trade as Petrina Tinslay and David Morgan delve into the end-to-end workflow of food photography, from the pre-production process, to which equipment is best. Petrina and David will demonstrate two different food photography lighting set ups to create two very different images – a clean, daylight overhead food image, and a moody, low-angle contrasting image.

The workshop schedule will be as follows:

9am – 9.30am

  • Meet and greet
  • Opening intro of Petrina Tinslay’s individual work, David Morgan’s individual work, and their collaborative work
  • Presentation and overview of their careers and imagery

9:30am – 10am

  • Brief overview of the food photo process:
  • Receiving the brief,
  • Putting together the creative team,
  • The pre-production process including briefing food stylist regarding props; creating the story through cohesive imagery;
  • Planning how to shoot the brief;
  • What equipment is in the kit;
  • Tips and tricks of the trade

10am – 11am

  • Set up demonstration #1 – a real-time daylight food photography set up
  • Creating a clean, high-key daylight overhead food image/tableaux


  • Morning tea

11:20am – 12:30pm

  • Set up demonstration #2 - a real-time, artificially lit food photography set up.
  • Creating a moody, low angle image that contrasts with demo #1

12:30pm – 1pm

  • Overview, questions and image reviews

The ticket cost is $400 + GST

Refreshments included.

Images © Petrina Tinslay

About Petrina Tinslay

Petrina Tinslay is a leading and internationally acclaimed food, travel, interiors and lifestyle photographer with a unique aesthetic and distinctive portfolio spanning over twenty years.

She has collaborated with some of the world's most notable publications, advertising and design agencies and has travelled extensively around the world, working on an array of leading creative, editorial and commercial projects. She is committed to capturing and creating inspirational and memorable images that evoke both a mood and emotion with her trademark vision, attention to detail and approach to lighting. Petrina has also photographed numerous award-winning, and bestselling cookbook titles, including multiple titles for internationally celebrated chefs and authors, Nigella Lawson, Donna Hay, Tyler Florence, Bill Granger, Delia Smith and Neil Perry.

Petrina is the recipient of many prestigious international awards, including the James Beard Foundation's  'Best Food Photography', The Julia Child Award for 'Best Photography’, ’Best Cookbook’ in the Gelenfiddich Food & Drinks Awards, winner of the 'Best Photography Book' at the Paris Book Festival and winner in the 'Best Food Photography' category at the IACP Cookbook Awards, amongst numerous others.

About David Morgan

David started his career as a Pastry Chef at the prestigious Connaught Hotel in London and stints working in Paris and New York for over 5 years. He has spent the last 10 years based in Sydney but also works internationally. Most recently, he has prop and food styled UK's Sainsbury's Christmas Campaign 2015, and art directed and styled Bill Granger's print and web campaign in Tokyo.

In his time in Australia, David has styled some of Australia's most prestigious books. Peter Gilmore's 'Quay', Greg Doyle's 'Pier' Cookbook, Pete Evans Cookbooks, Valli Little's Delicious Cookbooks over the last 8 years, Elvis and Ben's 'Porteno' cookbook, to name only a few.

Because of David's extensive knowledge of food in the print and digital media, he often consults with design and advertising agencies to offer advice on how best to direct a campaign in look and feel. Also as one of Jamie Oliver's recommended stylists he works extensively with Woolworths Australia on many of the TVC's and print work.