5/14/11

5 Penny-isms in Food Photography

Meet Penny De Los Santos, photojournalist and photographer.

Ree Drummond, from Pioneer Woman Cooks, introduced her to me.

Virtually, of course.  I "met" Penny through an online photography class through CreativeLive.  It has been two days of the best reality tv I could ever imagine. 

I watched.

I listened.

I laughed.

I learned.  A lot.

She used descriptive words that I call, "Penny-isms."

Crusty

Sexy

Hot

Cool

Messy

Dirty

Loose

Amazing

Great

Gorgeous

Pretty

Does that make sense? 

Well, she said that, too.  It made her human and she connected, really connected with everybody. 

She was engaging, thought provoking, and most of all, encouraging.  I am such a newbie to photography and came away with a whole new perspective. 

What did she encourage us to do?

1.  Practice your "seeing" daily.  Study food magazines, food photo books, food photo sites.
2.  Use beautiful ingredients.  The more beautiful, the easier the shot.
3.  Use natural light.  Always, always, always.

I also learned that it is important to be passionate about what you do. 

Do what you love, love what you do.

Thanks, Penny!

There is ONE session left tomorrow.  The videos from the first two days are available for free on the course page, or you can purchase the download for $99.  After the program ends, the price will go up to $149, so sign up and watch the magic happen!

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