Cake Photography 101
How to Take and Edit Better Photos of Cakes, Other Menu Items
There's nothing worse than working hard on a project that looks gorgeous in person, but crappy online! Bad lighting and distracting items in the background are a great way to make a beautiful cake or sweet treat look unappetizing (or even worse) unprofessional.
Since most customers will come into contact with your business online through social media or via your website, it is safe to say that great cake & sweets photography is more important than ever. The great news is that most sweet pics just require a few simple tweaks to go from "Nice job." to "That looks great! How can I place an order!?!"
Join this 3 hours training that discusses steps to take before and after your picture taking sessions to help improve the look of sweet images shot with a phone or camera. In this class, you will learn from freelance, published Cake Photographer Cyd Mitchell tips on lighting, selecting backdrops, using editing apps, photo styling, and other techniques to improve the quality of your pictures immediately following class.
Wondering if this class is for you? Check out what other students had to say.
"This class was AWESOME... You learn techniques that help to bring your desserts to life and how to take more professional photos. She goes over the impact that lighting and styling can have on your pictures. Plus she provides one on one support. Since taking this class my photos have improved. I recommend this class to ALL."
- Susan, White Plains, MD
"I absolutely LOVED the wealth of information Cyd has provided with this course! It has been a very long time since I've taken a basic photography class, but we never reviewed ANY of the information provided in this course. I am so glad I was able to join this class and learn the CORRECT way of taking a photograph to showcase my products on each platform(website, social media, blogs, etc.). I enjoyed the key factors that affect a good or a bad photo and which settings to adjust to make the product stand out for the consumer's interest. Cyd is very knowledgeable in every business aspect of what her clients go through and that is awesome!"
- Tianna T., North Carolina
"Cyd is a very caring person and has a lot of love for sweet community. This is just one of many classes that she has and her knowledge, patience and expertise is above and beyond what you could expect. I TRULY ENJOYED LEARNING WHAT I THOUGHT I DID’T NEED 😂😂😂😂😂 Thanks Cyd"
- Kim, St. Louis, MO
"This was a wonderful class. I learned many new things I can apply the next time I take pictures of my desserts. Cyd is a wonderful teacher and very through. I highly recommend, you will not be disappointed."
- Tamara K., Orange Park, FL
Here's what's included in the training...
- Access to a 18 videos which include a total of 3 hours of instructions and guidance.
- Access to 5 BONUS videos which discuss or expand upon topics covered in the core lectures.
- List of Additional Resources, Tools and References to help improve the look of your cake & treat pictures.
- Dozens of in lecture, walkthrough examples of editing techniques including how to enhance images and improve poor lighting.
- On-going email support is available to all students throughout the lifetime of their active enrollment in the course. To be considered an actively enrolled student, an individual must have been active in their account within the past 60 days.
Training & Discussion Topics:
Natural & Artificial Lighting
Best Practices: Backdrops, Backgrounds and Props
Editing Techniques & Apps (Desktop & Mobile)
Feedback Session: Review of Student Submitted Photos
Walkthrough of Common Mistakes
StartIntroduction & Finding Your Style (9:17)
StartNatural Light is the "best light!" (4:26)
StartArtificial Light is the "best light!" (10:51)
StartMore on Lighting: Light vs Subject (9:21)
StartTips for Controlling Light (5:35)
StartPOP QUIZ: Where is the light? (3:59)
StartBackgrounds, Backdrops & Props (Best Practices) (11:37)
StartProps & Other Accessories (8:29)
StartPhoto Editing Overview (3:25)
StartEditing Techniques (Desktop Examples) (18:29)
StartEditing Techniques (Mobile Examples) (13:07)
StartCommon Mistakes (15:11)
StartFinal Thoughts (0:28)
StartList of Photography Tools & Resources
StartBONUS: Using Zoom? Here is why you shouldn't. (1:13)
StartBONUS: Managing Overhead Kitchen Lighting (1:04)
StartBONUS: Tips on using a photo/light box & taking "quick pics" (2:04)
StartBONUS: Tips for resizing images for different online platforms (1:09)
"If you want to ensure that your customers eat with their eyes first, this is the class for you. Cydni explores everything from camera types, lighting challenges, editing photos via desktop vs. apps, to photography backdrops in such a practical way that you are inspired to make changes right away. I observed the support group buzzing with before/after pictures for several days after the course. Her enthusiasm and passion for this topic is so contagious that even my hubby got in on my next treat photo shoot. Way to go!"
- Monika M., Joppa, MD
"First, I want to say thank you for doing all of the hard work (researching). I appreciate your time and your dedication to this topic. I have struggled for some time to get my pictures to look professional. This class has given me techniques that really make a difference in my photos. My business Petite Sugar Treats will be even better because of your class. I recommend taking this class it is worth your while and you owe it to your business. Thank you Sweet Fest. Thank you Cyd and Chef for loving on us the way you do! I am so proud to be a part of the Sugar Coins Academy.😘 Love you guys!"
- Danielle, NYC