Penny De Los Santos on creativeLIVE

It was a fantastic start to another weekend workshop at creativeLIVE. This time around it’s Food and Culture Photography with photojournalist Penny De Los Santos. Today was actually less about the technical aspects and more about the philosophy and business behind being a successful photographer. Here are some of the great quotes from throughout the day:

“You have to self-assign your dream assignment”

“Educate your mind so you can lead with your heart”

“Making (not taking) photos starts with using manual settings”

“Blogging and Twitter should be part of your camera bag”

“If I tried to steer this career, I’d crash it.”

Other highlights included discussions with Saveur Magazine‘s Editor in Chief James Oseland and the Director of Photography Larry Nighswander. In addition to some critiques of photos submitted by folks on the internet, Larry spent time discussing his role as a photo editor working with Penny while she is out assignment. The openness, candor and obvious respect that they showed each other was quite inspiring.

Here’s the full line up for the entire workshop. As always, it’s free to view and send in questions all weekend long while they are recording live and each night during the re-watch.

Session 1 (May 13, 2011)

  • 10:00 am – The Power of Food Photography
  • 11:15 am – The Power of Food Photography: Q&A
  • 12:00 pm – Interview: James Oseland, Editor of Saveur Magazine
  • 12:45 pm – Principles of Food Photography
  • 2:15 pm – Image critique with Director of Photography for Saveur
  • 3:00 pm – Business of Food Photography
  • 3:30 pm – Evening Assignment
  • 4:15 pm – Final Q&A of Day

Session 2 (May 14, 2011)

  • 10:00 am – Introduction to Studio Food Photography
  • 10:30 am – Shoot 1: Citrus Still Life
  • 11:45 am – Shoot 2: Grilled Lamb Kebobs with Citrus Salad
  • 12:15 pm – Shoot 3: Bacon and Grits
  • 2:00 pm – Shoot 4: Mussels and Frites
  • 2:45 pm – Students Shoot
  • 3:15 pm – Shoot 5: Asian Noodle Soup
  • 4:15 pm – Q & A with Penny and Food Stylist
  • 4:45 pm – Critique of homework assignment

Session 3 (May 15, 2011)

  • 10:00 am – Beyond the Plate: Culture, People and Place
  • 11:00 am – Shoot: Oyster Bake
  • 11:00 am – Students: Oyster Bake Food Portraits
  • 12:00 pm – Shoot: Food Truck (Skillet)
  • 1:45 pm – Image Critique
  • 2:30 pm – Shoot: Farm Table Dinner
  • 3:30 pm – Final Q & A
  • 4:00 pm – Grand Finale Sermon
  • 4:15 pm – Weekend Wrap

All times are PDT.

One Comment:

  1. Great quotes! I put some Penny-isms in my post as well. This has been such an informative class….I’ve learned so much! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s class!f

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