SOLD OUT! Photography Workshop: Visual Storytelling, Still life and Food at Valdirose, Florance, March 2nd

It’s time you started telling your story, in your own way.

Update: The workshop is SOLD OUT! Thank you everyone for the warm reception! For future workshops, retreats and classes sign up to the mailing list to stay in the know.

I am super happy to announce my first photography workshop in Florence at the beautiful Valdirose on March 2nd. The workshop will be not only about food photography, but still life and visual storytelling as well. If you need any info in English about the workshop, don’t hesitate to write to me at saghar[at]labnoon[dot]com.


Non parleremo di come ottenere migliaia di followers. Ne di come combattere l’algoritmo sui social. E men che meno non ci lamenteremo di quelli che comprano i follower e l’engagement. Se queste cose ti interessano, questo Still Life & Food Photography workshop non fa per te.

Ma se invece vuoi trovare la tua voce, attraverso la luce e piccoli dettagli di bellezza quotidiana tramite un dispositivo fotografico, allora sei nel posto giusto.

Se sei alla ricerca d’ispirazione, per narrare la tua storia — dalla tua piccola attività artigianale oppure i piatti che cucini o il blog che scrivi–– raggiungimi il 2 marzo all’incatevole Valdirose, a Firenze per questo workshop: Visual Storytelling, Still Life & Food Photography.

 

 

Sinitra: Valdirose, grazie a Irene Berni

Il programma del workshop

Le basi della fotografia, la luce e l’equipaggio di base: le macchine fotografiche digitali (reflex, compact, o mirrorless), gli obiettivi e come usare tutto in modalità manuale. E un po’ di teoria e storia dell’arte.

Composizione: inquadratura, forma e colore, e come si usano in una narrazione visiva

Styling: non solo cibo, ma anche fiori e infiniti props. Come raccontare una storia con gli oggetti

Editing e Post Produzione, Lightroom, photoshop, Snapseeds, VSCO cam.

Quando

Sabato 2 Marzo

10.00 – 18.00

Dove

Valdirose

Lastra a Signa, Firenze

Prezzo

€185

3 biglietti early bird entro lunedì 4 febbraio €169

Comprende il corso, light lunch

Info e iscrizioni

Update: Il workshop è sold out. Le iscrizioni per questo corso sono chiuse.

info@labnoon.com

o contattami qui.

 


Pictures from charming Valdirose, courtesy of Irene Berni

 

Chiaroscuro Food Photography Workshop, January 19th, Rome

chiaroscuro food photography workshop in Rome- Saghar Setareh

Hereby I am announcing my next food photography workshop, in Rome on Saturday January 19th. If you need any information about the workshop in English, contact me via email. 

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Lab Noon in Puglia | Watermelon, Tomato & Herb salad | Saghar Setareh_-2

La nostra epoca è stata segnata dai social media, in particolare Instagram. All’inizio di ogni pasto, c’è almeno una persona che fa uno scatto al tavolo. Per alcuni questo è un puro hobby, per altri è lavoro e per altri ancora è un’espressione creativa. Per molti, è la combinazione di tutte e tre le funzioni.

Spesso mi viene detto che le mie foto del cibo somigliano ai dipinti del 600. Tante persone mi hanno chiesto perché certe foto scattate con lo smartphone risultano molto armoniose e altre non lo sono affatto.

L’obiettivo di questo workshop è insegnare le basi per creare un’immagine artistica, con l’uso corretto della luce, delle forme, dei colori, delle texture e della composizione. Imparerete come applicare le tecniche per allestire il set e curare il food styling, per poi immortalare l’immagine attraverso la fotografia, e portarla al suo massimo potenziale mediante un processo finale di editing.

Persian Quince Stew | Lab Noon by Saghar Setareh-2

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10 Striking Food Memories from 10+ Years of Living in Italy, Pt. II

10 Striking Food Memories from 10+ Years of Living in Italy by Saghar Setareh | Lab Noon

This is the second part of a previous post about my 10 food striking memories from more than a decade of living in Italy that you can read here.

As I said, not only was I not a foodie when I came to Rome in 2007, I wasn’t aware nor interested in particular ingredients or recipes either. I had had limited experience with some food on one hand — pork and alcohol, due to the restrictions in Iran — on the other, I still had the culinary taste of child, on some levels. I didn’t eat most of the vegetables, I hated fish in every form and way. All this changed forever when I started eating my way through Italy. 

Join me on the rest of this journey though food and drinks that made the best part of my twenties (and early thirties). There’s no recipe in this post, and photos don’t necessarily represent the dish I have written about.

6. His Majesty the Pork; Porchetta and Salumi

All the pork I had tasted back in Iran came in the shape of a few varieties of cold cuts. That is to say just some ham, and maybe some sausages that on very rare occasions we bought (illegally) from the Armenian’s shop, or that someone had smuggled in from abroad. 

10 Striking Food Memories from 10+ Years of Living in Italy by Saghar Setareh | Lab Noon

Once in Rome, soon enough I was introduced to porchetta, the pork marvel rolled with tons of herbs, then roasted in its own skin until very crispy. I would ask the lady in the sandwich shop near Campo de’ Fiori to fill my sandwich (in a Roman ciabatta bread), with sun dried tomatoes and grilled eggplants. The tiny grocery shop right under my house on the other hand, would sell cheap pork steak. The fatty meat tasted divine to me, or better to say, it was a delicious sin I had never made.

10 Striking Food Memories from 10+ Years of Living in Italy by Saghar Setareh | Lab Noon

Once I discovered the glorious world of salumi — the Italian cold cuts, there was no going back. One slice of prosciutto crudo and I was sold. Fatty salame used to be my favorite, capocollo, and mortadella came next. My heavy consume of these cold cuts was at its peak when we used to go to very inelegant evening picnics to the hills just next to roads, packed with a couple of supermarket baguettes, some cold cuts and a bottle or two of wine that we would share. No cutlery, no glasses, pure joy.

7. Seafood

It is no secret that I used to absolutely hate fish. It took me a couple of years in Italy to transform that dislike to love and curiosity. I came to the realization that fish has an adult flavor, meaning you can’t really appreciate it until you’re fully grown up. My first ever pasta with fish, was with smoked salmon and cream. I spat out that first mouthful my friends insisted I tried.

10 Striking Food Memories from 10+ Years of Living in Italy by Saghar Setareh | Lab Noon

Later my friend Gianni suggested he would make me shellfish pasta “the Sicilian way”, which consisted in topping the pasta with heaps of a mixture of slightly toasted bread crumbs with finely chopped garlic and parsley, soaked in a generous amount  of olive oil. Bread on pasta? Why not! Just another lovely, Italian carb on carb. 

10 Striking Food Memories from 10+ Years of Living in Italy by Saghar Setareh | Lab Noon

My romance with seafood may have started from the readymade frozen shellfish sauces from the super market, but it has gone a long way from there. I’ve learned to cherish and absolutely love seafood thanks to the Italian way with fish, to the point that now it’s among my favorite dishes. Not a summer passes by without many cones of fried little fish (baby octopus, anchovies and calamari), and I have mastered the art of perfect spaghetti alle vongole veraci — clam spaghetti, which is now one of my most favorites pastas ever.

10 Striking Food Memories from 10+ Years of Living in Italy by Saghar Setareh | Lab Noon
10 Striking Food Memories from 10+ Years of Living in Italy by Saghar Setareh | Lab Noon
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