I have been asked about online courses or books about photography or food photography many times. Learning about photography is a long process and takes time and practice, patience and love for this beautiful art. There is no recipe for learning or any magic trick. I am no expert, but I can share with you my learning process. It took me lots of years to get here and will take more years to move forward.
Photography started as a hobby and was a hobby for 4 – 5 years. I read a lot about it and most of the reading was online or from books because I couldn’t find a proper photography course in my city at that time.
Learn the basics and practice a lot. Be prepare for feedback. At the begging you will get a lot of bad reviews, but in time you will start to do better and your reviews will get better. Don’t be mad, people tend to forget that they were in your place too. Remember that you are just learning.
Another big step is to choose which part of photography you want to learn. Some people will say that photography is photography so you can shoot everything: food, people, landscape, etc. True. Learn the basic and you will shoot everything, but you will be a mediocre photographer shooting everything. If you want to be good choose something you like and then go back to learning some more. Be the best in an area of photography.
It took me years to decide what I wanted to shoot. I was shooting people, landscape, plants, but never felt like I really found my area. So in 2012, shooting some food in my house I discovered that I like it but I am no good at shooting food.
So I went back to learning. I searched on internet and found food photographers and their websites. Made a big list and start learning from them. Also, I bought Styling Lighting Photographing Food Professional. This is a food photography book from Lara Ferroni. I love her style and I love this book. It helped me a lot to see what I was doing wrong and improve it.
Another thing that I did was to take a 30 days course of food photography: Learn food photography. It is free and helps you. Make time for it.
Now, I can tell you that the best way to learn about photography is to join a good course. If you can’t find one in your city try one online. But let it be a good one. If you settle for something cheap and bad you will waste money, but the most important, you will waste time and not learning anything.
Find a group of photographers in your area and go out shooting. Exchange ideas, technical stuff and as questions. Don’t be afraid.
If you have a good photographer in your area try and talk to him/her to take you under his/her wing. Pay him to go and work with him, or just intern for a studio. This is a good way to practice. Choose someone good, because you want to go forward, not back.
Go to workshops. Always find photographers that are good. A good workshop is not cheap but is a great way to learn from the photographer you really admire.