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Image: Pony White, 2020, Dylan Gianna Photography

Brunch, coffee and photography

Saturday 15 February, 2020

Saturday 14 March, 2020

Join award-winning photographer and Sony Digital Imaging Advocate, Dylan Giannakopoulos for an exciting workshop exploring the basics of food photography. As most Melbournians know, Fitzroy is home to some of the country’s finest cafes and restaurants. During this workshop, Dylan will take you to one of his favourite cafes, Pony White.

Starting with a short presentation at CCP where you will learn the fundamentals of food photography from both a technical and creative perspective, you will then take a short walk to Pony White where you’ll get to practice your new skills. Whilst you fight the urge to try the delicious dishes that the chef has selected for us, Dylan will be there to help you get that perfect flat lay that would leave even the fussiest foodie drooling!

At the workshop you will:
• Learn about the three elements that make up the exposure triangle (ISO, aperture and shutter speed) and how to balance them to achieve correct exposure.
• Understand how to use depth of field to direct viewers and eliminate distracting elements.
• Discover how to manipulate natural light by using light modifiers such as reflectors and scrims.
• Master control of aperture priority and manual camera modes, and how to read your camera’s histogram.

This workshop is well suited to beginners, skilled enthusiasts, intermediate photographers who would like a refresher on the basics, and of course foodies and caffeine addicts!

Strictly limited to 8 attendees, the small group structure of the workshop ensures that Dylan can provide plenty of one on one tuition. After the workshop, participants will be invited to join a private Facebook group which is strictly limited to past attendees of Dylan Gianna Photography Workshops. The Facebook group offers members a space to share their images, ask questions and learn tips and tricks from Dylan.

If you have any dietary requirements or allergies please contact Dylan before booking on

Techniques Covered:
Balancing the exposure triangle (ISO, aperture and shutter speed)
Compositional techniques and rules
Natural lighting
Hard vs soft light
Depth of field
Focal length & field of view
Read and use the camera’s histogram
Basic camera modes, settings and functions (aperture priority, manual mode, white balance, raw vs jpeg, etc.)

What to bring:
Camera (any brand)
Variety of lenses (zoom or fast primes), in the range of 24mm to 135mm (full frame) or 16mm – 90mm (crop sensor).
Memory card

About Dylan
Motivated by the vast beauty of the world around him, Melbourne based commercial, travel and landscape photographer Dylan Giannakopoulos has set out to capture all that inspires him. His passion for photography has taken him from the glaciers in New Zealand to the streets of Manhattan. With a desire to share his love and knowledge of photography with others, Dylan is a regular contributor for Australian Photography Magazine and a Sony Digital Imaging Advocate.

Q: Will meals be provided?
A: Each participant will get the equivalent of a meal and their choice of tea or coffee. Dishes will be staggered in their delivery and shared between participants so that you can try a number of different dishes.

Q: Is there any parking available?
A: Limited, short-term parking is available in the immediate vicinity.

Q: Is it possible to get to the meet up point using public transport?
A: Yarra Tram 11 via Brunswick Street Yarra Tram 86 via Smith Street Buses 200, 201, 205, 207 via Johnston St

Q: What should I wear?
A: Neat, casual dress code

Q: I have more questions. Can I contact the host?
A: If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dylan on

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