Food Photography School


Want to start taking better food photos TODAY? Food Photography School is a
visual guide that walks you through every step of food photography – from basic
camera skills to editing like a pro!

Choose from 1 of 3 amazing courses or grab all three in the bundle!


Tired of Crummy Phone Photos?

Yeah, we’ve been there, but we figured out how to take food images from bland to “WOW” with just a few simple techniques.

Your smart phone is extremely capable of capturing amazing photographs. But it requires the right tools and skills to take your photos from forgettable to Instagram-worthy. Let Dana – who has 785,000+ Instagram followers – show you how!


This Course Includes:

  • How to use your smartphone camera like a pro
  • How to use natural light inside and out in the real world
  • Which angles are best for capturing food images
  • Demos of smartphone lenses + if they’re worth it
  • Styling tips + where to find beautiful backgrounds
  • How to use editing apps, add filters, and perfect your images
  • +BONUSES! Two Behind-the-scenes videos of Dana’s smartphone food photography and how she edits with her favorite apps!
  • & SO much more

So, what are the secrets to good food photos on your phone?

It all comes down to mastering your camera, understanding light, knowing which angles are best, and editing like a pro. Dana is going to teach you exactly how she uses her smart phone when she’s capturing food photos both inside and out in the real world. See how she captures her subjects, navigates various lighting scenarios, and what she thinks of phone lenses (and which ones she recommends).

For $129, you get to jump the learning curve. With her as your personal guide, you’ll take full advantage of her best tips and tricks, and create a stunning Instagram feed.

Want to see the ENTIRE course lesson list? Find it here!

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Making food look tasty can be tricky. The Food Photography School Essentials course is here to help.

You probably know by now you need more than just a decent camera to take a captivating food photo. Equipment is helpful, but you need skills to really make your food shine.

Follow Dana (a full-time food blogger and food photographer at as she walks you through 130+ video lessons that will help you develop these incredibly powerful skills to take your photos from “bleh” to “WOW.”

Learn from a pro who’s been at this 7+ years and is ready to share with you everything she’s learned along the way.


This Course Includes:

  • How to master your camera
  • The best cameras and lenses for food photography
  • Understanding composition to create beautiful images
  • How to style your food to look irresistible
  • How to use natural light and reflectors
  • Where to find great props for any budget
  • Editing tools light Photoshop and Lightroom
  • & SO much more


Maybe you’ve mastered styling and lighting, but your photos still look less than phenomenal.

It’s editing time!

Photoshop is Confusing, huh?

You’ve tried to figure it out on your own with random google searches. But the reality is, food photography is different from portrait or landscape photography, which means it requires a different set of tools and techniques.

If you’re serious about photo editing, you’re probably already using Photoshop or Lightroom. If not, you’re likely too overwhelmed with the options and don’t know where to start.

Don’t worry. We’ll walk you through our entire editing process, step-by-step, and show you how we use the right tools to make your food photographs look incredible.

Curious what you’ll learn? Test out the photos above. They look fine to start, but they look AMAZING after editing. Let us walk you through exactly what the editing process looks like.

BONUS: Download the photos so you can follow along as Dana edits her images in Photoshop and Lightroom!

Want to see the ENTIRE course lesson list? Find it here!

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No Natural Light? No problem.

Do you live somewhere with gloomy weather? Does your apartment have limited light? Can you only take photos in evenings or early mornings? Trust us – we’ve been there.

And we have a solution: Artificial light. Dana (of Minimalist Baker) has been taking food photos for 7+ years and has made it her craft and full-time job. In this course, she’s teamed up with professional food photographer Ian Johnson – who makes learning and using artificial light a breeze – to walk you through all the pitfalls to avoid with artificial lighting, and how to master it once and for all.

Ian says it best, “You can make the light do whatever you want – you just have to know how to manipulate it.” Trust us – by the end of this course you’ll be using artificial lights like a pro.


This Course Includes:

  • Recommended lighting setups from $10 upward
  • Distinguishing bad versus good light
  • How to utilize different light sources
  • How to use light modifiers and filters
  • How to neutralize and bounce light
  • Tools + tips from a professional photographer that relies on artificial light
  • 5 easy-to-master lighting setups to create the mood you want
  • & SO much more


You need to know how to use artificial lights.

For $299, you get to jump the learning curve. With Ian and Dana as your personal guides, you’ll take full advantage of their best tips and tricks and finally begin capturing stunning food photos with artificial light.

Want to see the ENTIRE course lesson list? Find it here!

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Curious if the videos are any good?

Check out this 30-second preview from the phone course!


Don’t Just Take Our Word For It…

What’s the Real Value of These Courses?

A university-level photography course can easily set you back $10,000.

A workshop can cost $1,000 + expenses and still only last 1 or 2 days. Plus, you can’t reference the material once you leave.

These courses cost a fraction of that amount, and teach you skills you can easily sell and profit from. How?

Food stylists can easily make $500 per day. Professional photographers can easily charge $1,000 per day. And if you master artificial light, you can no doubt make back the cost of this course after one gig.

Not to mention, better images = better engagement with your audience, wherever they may be. Use this course to professionally promote your business, website, food blog, and even take on professional clients.

Trust us – we’ve built a successful online business with engaging, beautiful images at the core of what we do. And Dana has not only built a massive audience on Minimalist Baker, but also worked professionally as a food stylist and food photographer for corporate clients. What are you waiting for? Save money while learning from a pro!


Phone Course
  • 11 Videos
  • 3 Downloadable Resources
  • Professional Teaching
  • Your Own Pace Learning
  • Video-Based Learning
  • Instant Access
  • Lifetime Access
  • One-time Payment
  • 30-Day Happiness Guarantee

Essentials Course
  • 134 Videos
  • 20 Quizzes
  • 25 Downloadable Resources
  • Professional Teaching
  • Video-Based Learning
  • Instant Access
  • Lifetime Access
  • One-time Payment
  • 30-Day Happiness Guarantee

Artificial Lighting Course
  • 17 Videos
  • 14 Quizzes
  • 9 Downloadable Resources
  • Professional Teaching
  • Video-Based Learning
  • Instant Access
  • Lifetime Access
  • One-time Payment
  • 30-Day Happiness Guarantee


What is your refund policy?

Simple. There's an unconditional 30 day guarantee that you're going to love this course and learn a tremendous amount.Try it out for 30 days and make sure you love it. If it's not the right fit, simply let us know and we'll promptly refund your money.

Do the videos have captions?

Yes! Every video has english captions!

Does the essentials course teach me how to use Photoshop and Lightroom?

Yes! Of course, these are complex pieces of software and we only cover what we think is helpful for food photography and really making your photos great.

What if I don't own Photoshop or Lightroom?

First, there are about 100ish videos that have nothing to do with Photoshop. You're still getting lots of lessons about taking great food photos.Second, Adobe now offers a subscription package and you can even try it for a 30 day free trial. If you've never given it a spin before, this might be the perfect opportunity to test out some seriously powerful software.

Do I need a DSLR to take this course?

No! This course was designed to allow you to use what you have and start learning about food photography. Although we think you’ll get more out of the course if you do have a DSLR, it’s by no means necessary.

Not only that, once you’re a member, you’re always a member. Take the course today and learn some of the tips with your current camera and then go back through it and review the material if you upgrade.

In fact, there are a couple lessons discussing the differences of camera types. It could be really helpful to have some background knowledge before you make such a big investment and we're ready to help!

How long are the videos?

We tried to edit each course to make sure each video was valuable and teaching you something. We didn't want to create fluff just to say we had more hours of videos.

That said, there's still a lot of videos!

The Phone Course has about 1 hour 15 minutes of total videos.

The Essentials Course has roughly 7 hours of total videos.

The Artificial Lighting Course has about 2 hours of total videos.

But each course will take longer than just the video length considering the downloadable resources, the photos to edit and follow along, quizzes, and other goodies!

Will I be an expert if I watch all these videos?

Close! The reality is that you are only going to get better if you continue to practice and take lots of food photos. This course will help you jump the learning curve and learn much more quickly than somebody trying to figure it out on their own. This stuff is tricky and there's lots to learn - that's why we want to help you get the most of your time and money.

Are you sure these videos are that great?

Yes. Seriously, we are so proud of this product it's silly. We worked really hard and are so excited to pack so much value into this course. We hope you love it just as much.

Can I use My Ipad/Tablet?

Yes! The entire course is designed to look and work seamlessly regardless of the device you are using. We worked hard to make sure you can utilize this course in the way most convenient for you.

Can I download the videos?

Sorry, our system doesn't have a way to handle downloading the videos to your computer. However, you can always login and access your account as frequently as you'd like.

Can you accept paypal?

Yes! Although all our payment options are very secure, paypal will allow you to pay with a check or through your paypal funds if you so desire.

I live in another country, can I take these courses?

Yes! These courses are accessible for anyone in any country. The course prices are in USD and our payment processors can take payments from most any country.

How do I give a gift subscription?

Easy! On the checkout page, enter the First Name, Last Name, and Email address of the recipient. If you'd not like them to receive a receipt, you can use your email address and update it after the purchase to their email address.

On the next screen, click the "pay with paypal" button as this will allow you to use your credit card details and not associate it with the name on the account.

Feel free to contact us if you need any help!

What does the checkout process look like?

As simple as we could make it. You create a login, add your payment (credit card or paypal), and you're automatically directed inside the course (as well as emailed a link).

How fast do I get access?

It's pretty much ninja-like instant access. You'll be in as soon as your payment is processed (takes about 1 second).

What do you mean by lifetime access?

Simple - your purchase today includes access to all the videos we have available at the time of your purchase. You’ll be able to reference the course as much as you need!

If we do release new courses in the future, we typically offer discounts to existing subscribers.

Just making sure, this is a one-time fee, correct?

Yes! There is no recurring charge for this course.

Do you include lessons on recording videos?

This course is strictly about taking great food photos. Although many of the principles and basics will help you get shots that could be used for video, we don’t cover video production in this course.

Do these courses come with a certificate of completion?

Yes, they do! You'll have both a screen showing the percentage of the course that has been completed as well as a printable certificate. Each course has its own certificate, so the bundle will have a total of 3 completion certificate opportunities.

Need more help?

Check out our support and contact page.


  • Intro and Warming Up
  • Basics
  • Natural Light
  • Angles & Zoom
  • Lenses
  • Composition
  • Subject Matter
  • Editing Apps
  • Conclusion
  • BONUS! Behind the Scenes: How Dana Takes Smartphone Photos
  • BONUS! Behind the Scenes: How Dana Edits Smartphone Photos


  • Introduction
  • Equipment
  • Cameras
  • Cropped Frame Sensor Size Quiz
  • Full Frame Sensor Size Quiz
  • Sensor Light Sensitivity Quiz
  • Lenses
  • Natural Lens Quiz
  • Tripods, Reflectors, etc.
  • Tripod Quiz
  • Camera and Equipment Recommendations
  • Camera Variations
  • Do I need these Videos?
  • Panasonic Cameras
  • Sony Cameras
  • Nikon Cameras
  • Master Your Camera - Basics
  • Introduction
  • Format Memory Card
  • Aperture
  • Aperture Quiz
  • Shutter Speed
  • Shutter Speed Quiz
  • ISO
  • ISO Quiz
  • Exposure Triangle
  • Camera Settings Quiz
  • Camera Modes
  • Playback Button
  • Picture Style
  • White Balance
  • White Balance Quiz
  • Custom White Balance
  • Exposure Bracketing
  • Exposure Bracketing Quiz
  • Auto vs. Manual Focus
  • Drive
  • Optical Viewfinder vs. Live Mode
  • JPEG vs. RAW
  • JPEG vs RAW Quiz
  • Master Your Camera - Advanced
  • Auto Focus Modes
  • AE Lock
  • AE Lock Quiz
  • Back Button Focus
  • Custom Controls Panel
  • Level Function & Grid Display
  • Multiple Exposures
  • Battery Saving Tips
  • Overview
  • What Makes A Good Photo
  • Introduction
  • Rule of Thirds
  • Rule of Thirds Quiz
  • Color Theory
  • Color Relationships Quiz
  • Elements & Design - Intro & Color
  • Color Mood Quiz
  • Elements & Design - Lines & Shapes
  • Elements & Design - Size, Form, & Space
  • Elements & Design - Texture & Value
  • Principles of Design - Intro & Emphasis
  • Principles of Design - Balance
  • Balance Quiz
  • Principles of Design - Pattern
  • Principles of Design - Proportion
  • Principles of Design - Rhythm
  • Principles of Design - Unity & Harmony
  • Principles of Design - Movement
  • Movement Quiz
  • Principles of Design - Variety
  • Principles of Design - Recap
  • How to Use Natural Light
  • Introduction
  • Challenges
  • Ground Rules
  • How Light Affects Mood
  • How to Work with the Light You Have
  • Single & Multiple Light Sources Considerations
  • Light Bounces & Diffusers
  • Natural Light Quiz
  • Troubleshooting
  • Angles
  • Angles
  • Props
  • Backgrounds
  • Props
  • Where to Buy
  • Styling - Part 1
  • Part 1
  • Beverages
  • Styling - Part 2
  • Noodles
  • Burgers
  • Sauce
  • Soup
  • Ice Cream
  • Beverages
  • Recap
  • Action Shots
  • Action Shots
  • Action / Shutter Speed Quiz
  • Tethering
  • Intro & Benefits
  • Software, Equipment & Demo
  • Editing Photos in Lightroom & Photoshop
  • Intro to Editing
  • Photoshop Beginner
  • Photoshop Tour
  • Cropping, Resizing, Rotating
  • How to Brighten Dark Images
  • How to Darken Bright Images
  • Color Correction - White Balance
  • Color Correction - Saturation
  • Spot Correcting - Stamp Tool, Healing Tool, Dodge and Burn
  • Sharpen, Noise, Haze Effect
  • Photoshop Advanced
  • VSCO Filters
  • Adding Text
  • How to Wrap Text in a Circle
  • Text Style - Drop Shadow, Inner Glow
  • Hide Text
  • Making a GIF
  • Exporting and Saving Images
  • How to Make Photo Collages
  • How to Add a Watermark
  • Start to Finish Edit
  • Common Editing Errors
  • Lightroom
  • Lightroom Tour Pt 1
  • Lightroom Tour Pt 2
  • Brighten, Darken, Contrast
  • Color Correction - White Balance
  • Color Correction - Saturation
  • Spot Removal, Brush Tool
  • Effects - Haze, Sharpen, Grain
  • Downloadable Resources for Following Edits
  • VSCO Filters
  • How to Save and Export
  • Batch Editing
  • Start to Finish Edit
  • Conclusion & Bonuses!
  • BONUS!: Full Length Photoshoot & Processing - Coconut Yogurt
  • Coconut Yogurt Original Photos to follow along for editing
  • Vegetable Salad Original Photos to follow along for editing
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Photos to follow along for editing
  • Course Conclusion
  • BONUS!: Full Length Photoshoot & Processing - Coconut Yogurt
  • BONUS!: Full Length Photoshoot & Processing - Vegetable Salad


  • Intro and Warming Up
  • Camera Basics
  • Bad vs. Good Light
  • Gear Options
  • Dissecting Light
  • Neutralizing Light
  • Modifiers
  • Single Light – Part 1
  • Single Light – Part 2
  • Single Light – Part 3
  • Adding Lights
  • Pep Talk
  • Lighting Scenarios – 1- Single Window Light
  • Lighting Scenarios – 2 – Overhead High Key
  • Lighting Scenarios – 3 – Overhead Graphic Style
  • Lighting Scenarios – 4 – Reflective & Glass Surfaces
  • Lighting Scenarios – 5 – Spot Light & Moody
Phone Course
  • 11 Videos
  • 3 Downloadable Resources
  • Professional Teaching
  • Your Own Pace Learning
  • Video-Based Learning
  • Instant Access
  • Lifetime Access
  • One-time Payment
  • 30-Day Happiness Guarantee
Essentials Course
  • 134 Videos
  • 20 Quizzes
  • 25 Downloadable Resources
  • Professional Teaching
  • Video-Based Learning
  • Instant Access
  • Lifetime Access
  • One-time Payment
  • 30-Day Happiness Guarantee
Artificial Lighting Course
  • 17 Videos
  • 14 Quizzes
  • 9 Downloadable Resources
  • Professional Teaching
  • Video-Based Learning
  • Instant Access
  • Lifetime Access
  • One-time Payment
  • 30-Day Happiness Guarantee