Category Archives: Photography

Live a week the French way

Would you like to live a real typical week the French way?

Then join an unforgettable French immersion program where you’ll learn or improve French language adapted to your level in a wonderful surrounding to better understand the secrets of Savoir Vivre: French Etiquette with its table and society codes, the rules of wine tastings, local market tour, Classical French Cuisine classes, French visit of a Château with wine tastings …. This week “à la Française” includes an unthinkable weekend in Paris.

Dates: June 13th – 17th  and October 24th – 28th

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Advertisements

1 Comment

Filed under Culinary Classes, Culinary Tours, Events, Gastronomy, Languages, Photography, Travel & Tourism, Wine

Summer Program: Food Landscape in Florence

Food and Wine have always been closely linked to Italian Culture and Art! Savethe dates and join this program to discover and taste the great food and wines ofItaly. This is a culinary voyage which will include outstanding food writing andfood styling and food photography taught by an exceptional faculty. Tuscany is the regional focus of the trip. You’ll learn the cultural rules of foodconsumption, the comparison with the rules of music, dancing and poetry, the relationships between food and religion, gender, tradition, art, lifestyle. You’ll meet chefs, sommeliers and at the same time, you’ll experience the beautiful artworks and landscape of Tuscany!

Dates: July 16th through July 24th, 2011

Day 1:

– Arrival in Florence, students will be picked-up and escorted to hotel. Housing check-in. Welcome dinner.

Day 2:

– Orientation and Program Overview: “Food Landscape of Italy”

– Architectural Walking tour of the Renaissance Center of Florence and visit to the internal part of the Duomo and Baptistery.

Day 3:

– Lecture & Workshop – Regional cuisine, Tuscany and its summer specialties. The workshop will include an introduction to the food styling and plate design, will be followed and combined with the Food Photography class.

– The participant’s styled plates will be used to collect photographic materials for the final Food Writing and Photography project.

– Workshop on Food Photography I: The basics of photography: camera settings (white balance, file quality, ISO speed, manual and automatic mode, lightmeter)

– Basic tips for lighting and food shooting. Artificial light: tungsten. Processing, presentation and print: photo editing and post production.

– Food Writing Workshop I: Regional Cuisine

Day 4:

– Visit to San Lorenzo Fresh Food Market, the central produce market where the reshest ingredients are available. The top floor houses all of the finest fresh fruits and vegetable, while the ground floor displays a variety of meats, fish, cheese and bread.

– Workshop on Food Photography II: Practical work with natural or artificial lightin a kitchen. Shooting the chef in action at GANZO (basics of portrait photography).

– Food Writing Workshop II: Gastronomy

Day 5:

– Lecture & Workshop: “Olive Oil in Tuscan Cuisine”, differences and usage of Olive Oil in the Culture and Diet.

– The workshop will include a food styling andplate design and will be used also to collect photographic materials for the final Food Writing and Photography project.

– Workshop on Food Photography III: Food styling. Tips, tricks and props to improve the shooting.

Day 6:

– Lecture and Workshop: Wines of Italy, an introduction to the art of pairing food and wine.


– Workshop on Food Photography III: An introduction to wine and spirits Photography.

– Food Writing Workshop III: Wine

Day 7:

– Lecture and Cooking Class

– Italian cuisine and the Mediterranean, exploration ofthe Italian cuisine as a part of the Mediterranean culinary culture. The workshop will include food styling and plate design and will be used also to collect photographic materials for the final Food Writing and Photography project.

– Lecture and final review on Food Writing and Photography. An Introduction tographic layout.

Day 8:

– Field Trip to Casamonti and Farewell dinner

Day 9: Departure from Florence

Cost: USD $1.980

Accommodation: Hotel Option:USD 700-(Single Rooms supplement USD 370)

Program cost includes: Orientation session, Information/Orientation folder•, Educational excursions and transcripts•, Student Services, Extra curricular activities•, Lab fees•, Listed Visits (including entrance fees and reservation), Licensed Art History Guide and/or Program Coordinator/Professor escorting during visits and field trips, Transportation with Private Bus or Train during field trips (as listed on day by day program)•,  Airport Pick-up and upon Arrival and drop off on Departure•, Cell phones (outgoing calls will be charged individually)•, Free Internet Access in School facilities in Florence•, Free access to the Gym•, Meals listed in the day by day calendar, on field trip if listed and after the cooking classes, Special Dinners & Lunch.

To register and for more information:

www.StudyAbroadOpportunities.ning.com

info@businessprojects.us

2 Comments

Filed under Culinary Classes, Destinations, Events, Food Photography, Food Styling, Gastronomy, Travel & Tourism, Wine, Workshops

Evening Photo Safari in Madrid

Make the most of your trip to Madrid by taking a guided Evening Photo Safari. Even the most famous places change with the lighting of the night which will allow you to create magical images. Visit its famous buildings and monuments illuminated at night and uncover the greatest views and angles of Madrid through the eyes of photographer Paloma Portillo.

My recommended guided evening photo safari tour in Madrid is specially designed to discover and experience the city like you have never done before while you are taken to some of the most spectacular locations of the city.

Below photographs of the workshop held on December 18th.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

To book this tour contact Business Projects at info@businessprojects.us providing details of your party and date of preference.

Available tour languages: Spanish, English and French

Leave a comment

Filed under Photography, Travel & Tourism

Christmas Illuminations Photo Safari in Madrid

The Christmas Illuminations Photo Safari in Madrid will be an opportunity to take  brand new pictures. Even the most famous places change with the lighting of the night. The night light can create magical images!

The Photo Safari will take place on December 18th and will start at 4:00pm. The photographer Paloma Portillo will meet the group at Plaza de España, in the heart of the city, at the Starbucks Coffee (GranVía, 58).

Before starting the journey to visit the most amazing and famous landmarks of the city, the group will go over what is required to understand and master about evening photography and obtaining special effects.

Debod Temple, Gran Via, Plaza de Callaoand, Puerta del Sol, The Palace of Telecommunications and Puerta de Alcalá are among the locations which will be photographed.

Date: December 18th, 2010

Time: 16hs.

Meeting Place: Starbucks Coffee – Gran Vía, 58, Madrid

Registrations: www.StudyAbroadOppportunities.ning.com

Information: info@businessprojects.us


Leave a comment

Filed under Photography, Travel & Tourism, Workshops

Food Styling & Food Photography Workshop in Madrid

Join Photographer Paloma Portillo from December 13th through December 17th in Madrid when she will give a Food Styling and Food Photography Workshop which will allow participants to advance your career, improve your portfolio or learn new skills and connect with other professionals. Join
Topics to be discussed include:

– A food shoot from start to finish
– Lighting set-ups for studio and location shooting
– Equipment
– Post-production skills
– Tools, tricks and techniques
– Questions to ask your client to prepare the job or to consider when photographing your own work

This is hands on practice course and you will be able to photograph under the tutelage of professionals. Dishes will be prepared on the set by a professional Chef and you will be able to style and photograph your work.

Some of the topics to be covered within food styling will be:
1) How to work with difficult foods such as Ice Cream and making fake ice cream
2) Making seafood look fresh
3) Preserving ingredients on the set
4) Working with chocolate
5) Making steam
6) Preparing layered dishes

The cost of the program is 550 Euros

To reserve your click HERE

For more information email info@businessprojects.us

2 Comments

Filed under Education, Events, Food Photography, Food Styling, Workshops

Azienda Agricola Casamonti, home of The Tuscan Pig

 

A trip to Tuscany would not be complete without visiting Azienda agricola Casamonti!  Casamonti is an agricultural development consisting of five planted acres of olives with specialized drip irrigation, a vineyard and an area dedicated to the raising of Cinta Senese.

Photo Raymond Lamothe

Have you heard of Cinta Senese breed? I knew where its name came from (white band around its black hair) but very little about all other aspects until I learned about Raymond Lamothe. Raymond is the “largest breeder in the Siena area and in Casamonti he produces and ages the exquisite traditional Tuscan products: prosciutto, salami, finocchiona – all certified by the Protected Denomination of Origin, Cinta Senese DOP. I welcome you to learn about this now off the endangered species at Cinta Senese’s Blog.

Photo Raymond Lamothe

Casamonti produces three wines: IGT Elogio, Chianti Classico and Chianti Riserva and all processes from fermentation to  bottling takes place under the it’s supervision.

The Extra Virgen Olive Oil produced at Casamonti comes from a tree count of 4000. It is ideal to use alone as a condiment, added to sauces or to any dish!

Participants of the Food Photography Workshop will visit Casamonti next week! They will tour the location, attend a tasting and will have the opportunity to photograph, buy and order products. Products from Casamonti’s store are sent  “door to door” anywhere in the world, the business is very proud of its international clientele, lovers of wines, oil and pork products.

Azienda Casamonti

53011 Castellina inChianti

Tel/Fax: +39 – 0577/740380

casamonti@cintasenese.com

 

To learn more about Cinta Senese click HERE

To visit the Cinta Senese’s Blog click HERE

To follow Raymond Lamothe on Twitter click HERE

2 Comments

Filed under Gastronomy, Photography, Travel & Tourism, Wine

Alejandro Guerani, the Photographer who makes mouths water and keep eyes wide open.

I am honored that Photographer Alessandro Guerani accepted to teach a Food Photography Workshop organized by Business Projects – Study Abroad Opportunities. From my point of view, Alessandro’s photographs are magnificent pieces of art. His sense of style, talent and understanding of the essence of people and things allow him to produce extraordinary images that  are memorable in our minds.

About Alessandro Guerani: “He was born in 1969 in Bologna, Italy, where he still lives. He started using cameras at the age of twenty as a complement to his studies about medieval and Renaissance arts and history. His passion for the tastes and flavors of the traditional Italian cuisine, together with a period of assistantship in a professional studio, brought him to specialize in food and still life photography. His style is defined by the fresh and creative use of lighting, the careful choice of colors and contrast and the attention to the detail, which, together with a competent use of digital post processing techniques, create imagery with a very personal character. When the need arises he still uses traditional film, in medium or large format, especially when shooting lifestyle and street photography.” (http://www.foodografia.com/).

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The one week workshop which will take  place in Siena, Italy from October 11th through October 16th, will be an exceptional opportunity for participants to learn about the skills and abilities of food photography from a professional who has been referred to by Savouring Switzerland as “a master of lighting, and is meticulous about every visual detail…”

I guarantee nothing less than an enriching and successful experience to all participants – he will share his expertise and talent to teach them how to produce beautiful images that make mouths water, open appetite and make you keep your eyes wide open! On the other hand, this will be a fantastic occasion for participants from Argentina, Spain, Venezuela, Italy and the USA to interact and connect.

To learn more about Alessandro Guerani’s upcoming workshop in Siena, Italy please click HERE

To visit Alessandro Guerani’s Website click HERE

To visit Alessandro Guerani’s Blog click HERE

To visit Alessandro Guerani’s Flickr Gallery click HERE

Leave a comment

Filed under Education, Events, Food Styling, Gastronomy, Photography