Non Participating Partner (NPP):
Min 4 - Max 7
24 - 30 September 2017
Culinary Visions – Creative Food Photography
Whether you would like to use food as a medium to explore your creativity, or you want to learn how to take great images to showcase your own culinary delights, our Gourmet Tour provides you with the opportunity to achieve both.
Under the tutelage of our photography expert, we will encourage you to develop your own style, your own vision. We will explore the surrounding areas to discover what makes a great food narrative. We will visit local producers and vineyards to show you some of the best and most delicious produce this region has to offer. All of which are guaranteed to stir the imagination.
Aside from having our resident chef thrill you with amazing dishes for you to photograph, we will also go out locally to source the produce that goes into making these dishes. A day out to an olive press surrounded by a grove of olive trees will generate an interesting narrative of the process of extracting oil from the olive. A visit to an award winning vineyard is the perfect place to document the production of wine; the vine, the grapes, the bodega, wooden caskets, bottles…and of course, you get to sample the wine! We will also come into contact with the characters who play such an integral part in the care and cultivation of the produce that goes into our cooking. All intended to demonstrate the different ways you can build up an interesting story.
This tour is intended to ignite the senses. For you to taste the fine produce, to meet the local producers, and to soak in the beautiful landscape of southern Spain whilst staying in a luxurious villa. And to translate that all into a series of exquisite images that will fill you with a sense of achievement.
Included In Workshop: 6 nights accommodation, transfers to/from Malaga airport at stated times, all meals were stated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner at stated places), all transport to scheduled events, guidance and tuition.
Accommodation: Single occupancy with en suite bathroom in a countryside villa. Beautiful views and peaceful gardens create a beautiful backdrop for this creative food photography workshop. Room upgrades available in this sole use Villa.
Not included: Travel to and from Malaga airport, meals and drinks were not stated, travel insurance
Welcome (DAY 1, D)
Arrival and welcome. An opportunity to relax and get to know each other over dinner and drinks.
Orientation (DAY 2, BLD)
This morning we will get together after a relaxing breakfast to discuss our week ahead. This gives us, as your hosts and tutors, a chance to discover more about you, your personal ambitions and requirements, and for everyone to feel comfortable with their abilities, leaving you free to ask any questions you may have.
After lunch we will spend the afternoon in the comfort of the villa learning to work with natural light, understanding different styles of photography and shooting in RAW. We will also cover Lightroom, the importance of using props when photographing food, and will put your feet firmly on the path to creating your own personal narrative for the week. Any technical issues will be dealt with. Our aim this afternoon is to make you feel truly comfortable with your camera and equipment and to understand what you will need to learn, to photograph in the way you want to.
Dinner prepared by our resident chef with the opportunity to practice shooting dinner scenes in low light situations.
Vineyard visit (DAY 3, BLD)
Today we will explore an award-winning vineyard. When creating a narrative it is important to understand what we are photographing and what slant we wish to give our story, there are no rights or wrongs just our personal vision. We will have the chance to learn more about quality wine and its origins and to photograph not only the grapes and vines in their natural surroundings, but also how to photograph indoors in challenging light conditions to showcase the wine. Of course there will be a wine tasting with some tapas. Time will be set aside to start creating our narrative with one on one reviews of work to date. Photographing the chef preparing dinner and plating up.
Photographing the raw materials (DAY 4, BLD)
After breakfast today, we will learn how to photograph raw materials during the morning. All produce is locally sourced and freshly delivered, enabling us to create wonderful images before the food is whisked away to be turned into a culinary delight. Today we will also have the opportunity to capture our personal chef at work prepping our food. This will give us the chance to follow the gourmet creations we will enjoy eating, from their inception, to their arrival on our plates. We can also learn more about ‘shooting the chef’ and look closely at all aspects of photographing everything that a kitchen environment has to offer.
Paddock to plate (DAY 5, BLD)
A great day out. We will venture into the surrounding area to discover how to photograph the natural produce before it is harvested or picked. Capturing images in natural light will afford us the best chance of truly immortalizing the food from paddock to plate. During lunch today we will take the opportunity to take photographs of the people around us eating and also of the food they are enjoying.
After lunch we will head back out into the ‘campo’ and encounter the wonderful local characters who strive to offer the best produce this area has to offer. The wisdom of generations of farmers, fruit growers and small market gardeners will inspire us to combine the people together with the food in our images.
Bringing it all together (DAY 6, BLD)
This is the day when we bring it all together. Everything we have learned and achieved during the week will be combined as beautifully as our lunches and dinners were. We will spend the day discussing everything we have created and discovered, dealing with any questions and issues that may have arisen, and putting together our creative, visual narratives of the week.
After lunch we will all have the pleasure of viewing and assessing our groups’ work. Sharing ideas and building on what we have learned, culminating in the enjoyment of our own skills and abilities while we share our images with each other. Farwell dinner and drinks
Farewell (DAY 7, B)
Breakfast and departure.
* Due to weather or unforeseen circumstances we may have to change the order of visits but will endeavour to cover all of the areas that we have outlined in the itinerary.