Introduction to Food Photography: Composition

Media Arts, Culinary Arts

Introduction to Food Photography: Composition

Learn how to tell a story through composition, based on concepts like the rule of thirds, leading lines, mergers, and framing.


$90.00 (any noted materials fee included)


$110.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 7/27/2024 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sat, 7/27/2024

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Class, No Prerequisite

Culinary Arts Studio

Cooking, Baking, Photography, Publishing, Wine & Beverage


How you arrange all the elements of a photo can create visual interest. You’ll explore the concepts of composition, and go through a series of practical exercises on composing food.

This is part of our “Introduction to Food Photography” series, which begins with an exploration of the significance of food photography in advertising, cookbooks, and culinary blogging. Through demonstrations with a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera or an iPhone, you’ll be immersed in the fundamentals of photography with a focus on composition, lighting, styling, and editing. 

Chef Sandra Mehta will prepare delectable dishes for you to photograph during each session. The series culminates with a final feast-and-capture session, blending the pleasures of dining with the art of photography, and an optional opportunity to showcase your work during our final class.


This series is designed to build your skills over several weeks. Each class builds on the techniques learned from prior classes. Although you’re encouraged to take each class to get the most out of the series, each class stands on its own. The classes, in addition to this one, are:


  • You must provide your own photographic device, limited to an iPhone or DSLR camera.
  • A $30 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers everything you'll need.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • You must wear closed-toe shoes in the studio.
  • You must be registered for the class (no drop-ins).

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Cheryl Skinn

Cheryl is a creative producer and photographer who finds joy in helping brands, makers, and storytellers reach their creative goals. Her creative journey began with a seven-year stint as a digital colorist and flash animator for Highlights for Children magazine. After majoring in photography in college, she landed an internship shadowing a celebrity photographer, supporting Getty Images, and as a photojournalist for New York Fashion Week, leading to years working in the fashion world.
Shifting into production, she worked for Hudson’s Bay Company and Saks Fifth Avenue before becoming a digital photo technician, assistant art director, and supervisor of online operations for Nordstrom’s Los Angeles photography studio. After stumbling upon Kitsap County, she and her husband (and the cat) moved to Poulsbo in 2019. Since 2020, she has worked for Town & Country Markets Inc., producing recipe and lifestyle photography.

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