Food Photography Lessons at Ponce City Market

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a class on smartphone photography hosted by Alyssa Fagien at Bellina Alimentari. Alyssa is the founder of ATL Bucket List which began as an Instagram account representing a digital catalog of her Atlanta adventures in 2015.

The class was very interactive, in fact we didn’t even have chairs. The restaurant provided beautiful dishes perfect for drool-worthy photos that we used to apply the tips and tricks shared by Alyssa. For example, she recommends checking your surroundings: look for contrasting backgrounds, natural lighting, and elements that don’t compliment your image.

She advises that you should move around to take photos from differing angles and distances and to take numerous photos, so you have plenty to choose from when it comes time to edit and post your finished picture. (Alyssa shared several more tips, but you will have to take her class to learn those.) She admits that real skill comes from practice and advocates for taking multiple pictures of everything you eat!

We put her suggestions to use as we snapped photos of Bellina’s popular misto board, their winter pesto pasta and a chocolate budino. Alyssa shared her favorite photo editing apps for perfecting our photos before posting them to Instagram. As an added incentive, she chose the person she felt had best used her tips to receive a goodie basket from Bellina.

We look forward to putting these expert photography tips to good use. Thanks to Bellina Alimentari and CulinaryLocal for this educational opportunity!