Food Photography for Beginners- 9th,16th,& 23rd October 2020

by | Sep 21, 2020

Date – From October 09, 2020 to October 09, 2020
Start Time – 09:30 am
End Time – 11:30 am
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Venue – Online Webinar Session

​​Food Photography for Beginners

This workshop is split between three sessions on Friday 9th, Friday 16th and Friday 23rd October, 09:30 – 11:30. Attendees must be able to attend all three sessions.

High quality images are a ‘must have’ part of your marketing strategy if you want to stand out from the competition. Professional food and product photographer Jane Burkinshaw will show you how to create and shoot outstanding images of your products, providing you with skills that you can take back to your workplace and easily and practically implement.

The workshop is for people with little or no photography experience (phone or camera). No previous experience of product styling or editing is required. No specialist equipment is required although the Delivery Partner may recommend buying a few items post workshop.

Attendees will leave this workshop having learned the practical skills to set up and style a table-top food (or product) shot, ideal for use on social media and websites*. You will learn how to use the settings and options on a smartphone and a camera to take professional looking images. Attendees will be encouraged to objectively critique their photographs and decide which ones should end up ‘on the cutting room floor’ and which ones should be edited and used in their marketing activities. Attendees will be invited to join a private Facebook Group (Love Your Lens Foodies) where they can receive ongoing support and feedback from Jane and other members in the group.

Workshop 1 – Phone and Camera Skills

  • How to photograph with a smartphone.
  • How to photograph with a camera (ideal but not mandatory: a DSLR or mirrorless camera, or bridge camera, or good quality compact camera).

Short ‘how to’ videos will be sent out after workshop 1 to support attendees in practising the techniques.

Workshop 2 – Setting Up and Styling Your Shots

  • Review of progress and experience of practising last week’s techniques.
  • How to set up a table top area for photographing products.
  • How to photograph ‘on the go’ – candid shots when you are out and about.

Workshop 3 – Editing Your Images and Preparing Them for Use Online

  • Review of progress and experience of practising last week’s techniques.
  • Demonstration of how to edit a number of different images.
  • How to optimise images for social media using freely available apps like Canva, Instagram, Layout.

Introduction to Workshop Delivery Partner

Jane Burkinshaw has been a professional photographer for over twelve years and works with branded food manufacturers, restaurants, hotels, pubs and other SMEs in the food industry. Jane has also been providing a wide variety of photography workshops for beginners and more advanced photographers for the last ten years. She has an online photography group with 650+ members where she offers support, inspiration and training to amateur and aspiring professional photographers.

Jane has a background of more than twenty years in marketing and is experienced in running workshops and training programmes in the UK and internationally. She is also a licentiate of the Royal Photography Society since 2012.

Visit to read testimonials from photography students.


Who can attend?

You need to be registered, or be eligible to register, on the ERDF-funded Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme. To be eligible you must be:

  • Small – your business must be a registered SME. An SME has under 250 staff, turnover of £45 million and any ownership by a wider commercial group is below 25%.
  • Local – your business address (registered or trading) is within the Cheshire East, the Cheshire West and Chester, or the Warrington council areas.
  • Able to commit to receiving 12 hours of support through our workshops and 1:1s before September 2021, and must not have achieved over 18 hours of support already.
  • For this workshop your business must have a table-top product(s) that can be photographed.

Please contact us to discuss the support if you’re unsure at or 01244 512 655.

How to join the workshop

How to join the workshop

Once you have registered your interest through Eventbrite, a member of the team will be in contact to confirm your eligibility and place on the workshop. You will then be provided with a link to join the sessions via Zoom. If you have not used Zoom before, try downloading and testing it out beforehand. Here is a link to some tutorials if you struggle or you can email us


Photographs and/or recording will take place throughout the events advertised above. The images will be used for publicity or other purposes to help achieve the UoC ERDF Funded C&W Business Growth Programme aims. This might include (but is not limited to), use in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be photographed or filmed, please speak to a member of the Business Growth Programme Team when you join the event.

You need to be registered with the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme to attend this programme please click here to apply

To register for the webinar session please visit our eventbrite page 



The Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme is a consortium of North West based partners set up to deliver business growth activities across priority sectors from 2016-2023.

With a £3.85m investment of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) matched by investment by the three partner Institutions, this innovative programme brings together three key business support providers across Cheshire and Warrington to offer businesses access to a variety of services.

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