Today is the last day of 30 Days to Better Food Photos Course.
I am sure last 30 days have been exhausting for you. Every day, doing a new assignment must be quite a task.
And you still did it. So thank you for taking action. As we complete this course, I hope you realize what an achievement this has been.
I hope you learned something new about food photography in these 30 days. Some of you probably found new co-conspirators in the Facebook group.
This has been a great experience for me as well. Sharing whatever little I know about food photography and answering questions in the VIP critique sessions has helped me as well.
As we finish this 30 day course, I am sure you know that this journey of learning food photography does not end here.
As part of this course, I hope you have also taken time to understand your own challenges. As you worked through these lessons, have you started articulating where you need more practice?
As today's lesson, let's talk about learning process and then plan your next 30 days by clearly defining your goals.
Your Next 30 Day Goals
As you plan your goals for next 30 days, understand the basic learning cycle.
At the very basic level, any learning can only be complete when you are actively working on three pillars of learning - Gaining new knowledge, Taking action on the knowledge and getting feedback on your action.
As we move forward, you should expect that our food photography blog will provide a platform for all these three areas.
Step 1 - On Gaining Knowledge
Step 1 of this cycle is gaining knowledge. Learn about food photography and find resources to gain knowledge. Of course, LearnFoodPhotography.com will continue to publish more food photography and styling tutorials.
I hope you've listened to food photography interviews and read previous food photography posts.
But there is more coming on LFP
We are also planning two new courses - one on natural lighting and one on how to compose a food photo. It is still in the works.
(If you would like to find out more about these courses, we will share more if you continue to be receive updates on same email where you received your 30DBFP lessons).
Step 2 - Taking Action
But just gaining knowledge is not helpful. You also need to transform that knowledge into action. How will you do that?
As we move forward, we will continue to provide more opportunities for you to take action and practice your photography. Here are two ways you can still take action even after the course is over:
1) The fastest upcoming opportunity to take action is to pick up a personal project. Pick a subject and do the study of subject. I did this for oranges some time back. Garlic was another subject. These subjects are easy to find, you don't need to cook much and are convenient for taking photographs for extended time.
2) The facebook group will continue to operate but will be exclusive to 30DBFP participants. We will be introducing monthly challenges on this group later this month. So keep an eye out there.
Step 3 - Get Feedback
The last and important step of this cycle is to get feedback. Taking action and not achieving result will only push you in a wrong direction faster.
So take feedback. But take feedback from not your friends - they will too nice. Don't take feedback from family - they probably don't know what you do with that food thing ;).
Take feedback from photographers you know and respect. Take feedback from fellow photographers.
As we said before we will continue to run the Facebook group where you can take feedback from fellow food photographers. With the monthly challenge, you will be able to see what others have done and get implicit feedback.
Now the assignment.
Don't skip today's assignment. If there is any assignment that's important, this is it. Designing your own plan.
Task 1 - Define Your 30 Day Goal
Step 1 - Identify just one area that you would like to improve in next 30 days. Don't be generic, be very specific. For example don't say "I would like to learn how to style." Say " I want to learn how to style a soup".
Step 2 - Share your one goal for next 30 days in the comments below.
Task 2 - Get on LFP
Step 3 - In facebook Lesson 30album, share your best photograph from this course. (Only share in the album, do not share on the wall. Important for step 4).
Step 4 - We will pick few photographs and photographers and feature them on LFP in coming weeks :).
Task 3 – Get Feedback
The last task for today is to choose one photograph that you would like to get feedback. To get the most benefit, submit a photograph thoughtfully. Give as much information as you can to get the most out of this feedback exercise. Submit your photograph and enter the details about it.