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  • Louie’s of Mar Vista 3817 Grand View Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90066 United States (map)

This two-hour workshop is a hands-on class in food photography. In a real-life setting, on location at Louie's of Mar Vista in Los Angeles (in groups of 5-10 students), you’ll learn how to work in difficult lighting scenarios that are found everywhere in the restaurant scene. We’ll quickly review basic camera settings and go over key camera angles and composition. Then we'll break up into small groups to tackle three perspectives. We'll shoot food and drink items prepared by Chef John Atkinson and his stellar crew, and perhaps be entertained by Chef John's "kitchen confidentials.” Finally, honoring the best part of what we do, we then eat and drink what we shoot!

The elevation of food culture could not have happened without photography. But not every photographer gets to work in a controlled studio environment, and indoor lighting can seem like the bane of your existence. Armed with new knowledge and expertise, however, your confidence level will rise as your vision comes alive. You'll learn what makes a successful food photo. And we'll celebrate your best image by sharing it with the restaurant, thus helping promote the local culinary scene.

This class is geared toward students, chefs, mixologists, bloggers, and foodies. It's also great for restaurant social media managers. Please bring whatever digital camera you're comfortable with, and yes, that could even include your iPhone or Android smartphone. Remember, the device with which we capture our images is merely a dark box with a lens and sensor granting us the ability to record what we see. The most important elements of successful photography are vision and storytelling. Please note, there is an 18 and over age restriction for attendees.

*A basic understanding of photography is preferred, not required, for those interested in taking these workshops. Tripod recommended, not required. Any type of digital camera allowed (smartphone included).


The series will launch on Tuesday November 24th. The series continues with classes on December 1, December 8, and December 29th. Please choose the date you would like to attend below. Tickets are $85 per person, $80 for SoFAB Members and students. Occasionally a class may be canceled due to an unforeseen event or low enrollment. If a class is cancelled, all students will receive a full refund. We cannot refund airline tickets, hotel costs or any other costs related to this cancellation. 

*Minimum class requirement of 5 students. No shows are non-refundable, but credit may be transferred for future workshops. Last-minute walk-ins are discouraged. Please call first for availability.


About the Instructor:

Nino Andonis is an award-winning American food photographer born in Los Angeles. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a BA in French, he studied in Paris pursuing an education in photography at Speos Photographic Institute. Nino worked within the French photo industry for several years eating up what life had to was offer. "Le voyage est la meilleure école.” He then spent a decade in New York, where the daily grind helped cultivate the professional savvy he exhibits today. Returning to his roots, Nino currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and young daughter. He has the cultural expertise of a Parisian, the work ethic of a New Yorker, and the laid-back cool of a Southern California native. More information at

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