Food Photography Workshop

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We have a couple of spots left on our Food Photography Workshop this Saturday 17th May, with professional food photographer Neil White. Whether you are a food blogger, a budding food photographer, or someone who just really likes taking pictures of their food, this workshop is for you. Neil will talk about utilizing natural light, composition, exposure, and much more. Participants spend the majority of the workshop styling  &shooting, they will get to develop their own style and approach to food photography in the process. A digital DSLR is required. Suitable for all levels of photographers.

Read all about our last Food Photography Workshop here »

You can find out more about the workshop here »

 

Upcoming Events

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Food Photography Workshop Date: Saturday 17th May 2014 Time: 10.30am – 4pm Price per person: £85

Booking is essential: Call Sue on 01278 662629 or email query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk

This brilliant workshop with extremely talented local photographer Neil White is for anyone who has a keen interest in food photography. It may interest food bloggers, B&B owners and restaurant owners who would like to be able to create stronger images for their websites/printed literature themselves. You will need to bring a digital SLR camera with a standard or zoom lens.

You can find out more about the workshop here »

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Dawn Chorus Walk & Breakfast Date: Monday 26th May 2014 Time: 5.30am – 7.30am (plus breakfast) Price: £15 includes full English breakfast

Booking is essential – call Sue on 01278 662629 or email query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk

It’s an early start but definitely worth it! Join our bird expert on a walk around the farm to enjoy the wonders of the dawn chorus as the sun starts to rise on Monday 26th May 2014. The dawn chorus is triggered by a combination of longer days and the breeding season, culminating in this wonderful display of birdsong! Booming bitterns, delightful Cetti’s warblers and melodic nightingales are just a few sounds to enjoy. Followed by a hearty full English breakfast, this will be one of the most memorable morning experiences you will have.

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Music Night – Bare Bones Trio Date: Thursday 29th May 2014 Time: 7.30pm Price: £17.50 includes 2 Courses

Booking is essential – call Sue on 01278 662629 or email query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk

We are thrilled to have the fantastic local trio Bare Bones back at Clavelshay Barn on Thursday 29th May 2014. Bare Bones, is a new acoustic trio based in Bridgwater, and they will be playing a variety of classic and modern cover tracks on the night.

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We've had some amazing workshops at Clavelshay the past two months, from our extremely popular Cheese Making Workshop with Sarah and Chris from Shebbear Cheese, the brilliant Food Photography Workshop with Neil White, and this past weekend, we had the lovely Jen Goss from Wales teach a very inspirational Vegetarian Cooking Workshop. We will be sharing the stories and photos from the Cheese Making Workshop and the Vegetarian Cooking Workshop in the coming week.

Our next exciting workshop coming up is the Sourdough Bread Making Workshop with Jemma Morgan from Quangle Wangle Foods in Wiltshire. We only have a few spots left on the course, so if you are a lover of all things bread and would like to learn how to make real, proper, delicious tasting bread, make sure you don't miss out and contact Sue at query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk.

Today we have the lovely Helen Upshall joining us from the fantastic local food blog Hells Belles' Bites. Helen has kindly let us share a great article she wrote about her experience at the recent Food Photography Workshop and some of the beautiful photos she took on the day. We have another Food Photography Workshop coming up on Saturday 17th May and spots are filling up quickly, so if you are a food blogger, B&B owner, restaurant owner or anyone that has a passion for photography, come along and learn something new from one of the best food photographers in the South West. You can find out more about the day here »

So, let's hand you over to Helen...

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I spent a fantastic day developing and honing my skills within the realms of food photography, having the additional opportunity to network with fellow foodies from up and down the country, whether they be bloggers, photographers of other fields or restaurant owners.

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Lucky for me, the workshop was located only a stones throw away, across the lake that is currently the Somerset Levels, in the quaint (and somewhat challenging to find) hamlet on the outskirts of North Petherton.  Set in the beautiful, picturesque backdrop of Claveshay Barn, organised by attentive host, Sue Milverton, we were catered for throughout the day with a particularly delicious lunch that showcased the local area’s fantastic produce.

Led by one of the region’s best food photographers, Neil White, the workshop offered a brilliant introduction to the commercial world of food styling and photography, providing the group with hands-on experience and personal tuition essential to producing delicious looking images, of a  superior quality.

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Food styling is a particular interest of mine and a big part of what I do when it comes producing this blog.  To be given the opportunity to have free-reign of an abundant props and ingredients table, as well as professional lighting and highly technical photographic equipment, meant for a very excited, yet somewhat overwhelmed blogger – but I have to admit, I was simply in my element!

Due to the often restrictive nature of my photography – my studio is my dining room table and window offering temperamental natural light – I opted to work mostly at the ‘station’ set up using natural light.  Neil introduced us to the use of black and white card to direct and reflect essential light around the shot, eliminating, and at times creating, all important shadow and contrast.  The most simplest of techniques that make such fundamental differences to the final product.

We were later taken on a whistle-stop-tour of Neil’s preferred editing programmes, Capture One and Photoshop, highlighting the importance of looking at digital images in finer detail, with a keener eye, in an attempt to arrive at a flawless final image.  Attention to detail is paramount at this stage, and something perhaps unachievable without the necessary software.

Whilst still producing images on a personal level, basic editing software is something I have to make the most of for the time being.  However, with clear advice from Neil on specific detail to look for, particular areas of editing, and the importance of balancing light, I am proud to offer a small selection of my favourite images produced during the workshop.  I hope you enjoy them, and I would love to hear your feedback!

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A more extensive portfolio of my workshop images can be found here 

Meet Neil White... Local Somerset Photographer and Our Food Photography Workshop Teacher

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Local Somerset photographer Neil White, started his career assisting fashion and lifestyle photographers in Bristol before moving to London to work for the Burton Group as an in house photographer. After almost 5 years of London life and missing the green grass of home he moved back to the outskirts of Taunton where he now lives with his wife and 2 girls. His work spans across many sectors of commercial photography working for magazines, chefs and food manufacturers including Tom Aikens and Sharpham Park, through to fashion and lifestyle for high street names such as Ben Sherman and Debenhams.

Photo by Neil White

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Date: Saturday 1st March 2014 Time: 10.30am – 4pm Price per person: £85

Booking is essential: Call Sue on 01278 662629 or email query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk

This brilliant workshop with extremely talented local photographer Neil White is for anyone who has a keen interest in food photography. It may interest food bloggers, B&B owners and restaurant owners who would like to be able to create stronger images for their websites/printed literature themselves. You will need to bring a digital SLR camera with a standard or zoom lens. A tripod is not essential but preferable.

We will begin to piece together a ‘food story’.  Food photography is not only about the finished dish, but also the process, ingredients and lifestyle which surround it. You will be shown ideas how to shoot the raw ingredients through to capturing the preparation of the food and finally shooting and styling the finished dish.

You will be shown how the use of props and textures can bring an image to life and how to manipulate natural and artificial light.

There will be plenty of hands-on camera work, showing you techniques which will elevate your images.

You can find out more about the workshop here »

Neil White's Website www.neilwhite.co.uk

Neil White on Twitter @neilphotograffa

Upcoming Events

Somerset Supper Date: Thursday 26th September Time: Doors open at 7pm/Dinner served at 7.30pm Price per person: £25

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Booking essential: call Sue on 01278 662629 or email query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk

In collaboration with the fantastic Burnham on Sea Food Festival, we will be celebrating our love of all things local at our Somerset Supper on Thursday 26th September. There will be music, singing and dancing as well as a hearty supper of traditional Somerset dishes. Sue the owner of Clavelshay Barn, will be cooking up a Somerset storm in the kitchen and delighting us with a delicious farmhouse feast.

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Food Photography Workshop  Date: Wednesday 2nd October Time: 10.30am – 4pm Price per person: £85

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Call Sue to find out more on 01278 662629 or email query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk

This workshop is hosted by the talented Neil White, and is for anyone who has a keen interest in food photography. It may interest food bloggers, B&B owners and restaurant owners who would like to be able to create stronger images for their websites/printed literature themselves. You will need to bring a 35mm digital SLR camera with a standard or zoom lens. A tripod is not essential but preferable.

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Truffle Lunch Date: Wednesday 23rd October Time: 12pm – 3pm Price per person: £30

Booking essential: call Sue on 01278 662629 or email query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk

Did you know that there are truffles growing wild in our native British woodlands? It’s absolutely true and they are delicious!

Why not come and taste them for yourself at our own truffle lunch and learn about them at the same time? Marion Dean will explain about her own unusual lifestyle, training truffle hounds at her farm here in Somerset and harvesting truffles for local landowners. She will bring plenty of truffles with her to illustrate her talk and allow for close up study of the aromatic kind.

The £50 Challenge

We are proud to be taking part and supporting the Children’s Hospice South West’s The £50 Challenge. The £50 Challenge is all about using your business skills and innovation to generate as much money as possible for Children’s Hospice South West with the £50 start-up investment we have been provided with. It’s about putting business brains and money making acumen to the test by growing this £50 as much as legally and ethically possible over the next three months.

Click here find out how you can help us raise money for The Children's Hospice South West