Styling and Shooting Burger Photography

Hungry for tips that will help you take your food photography to the next level? Open wide!

In this class, recorded LIVE, Karl shows you how to tackle one of the most challenging food shots out there: the mighty burger.

You'll see a real-time demonstration of the creativity, experimentation and attention to detail that this kind of shoot demands.

Top styling tips shown during the shoot include a glaze to make the bun look more appealing, how to melt cheese just so, and how to get that lovely glossy look on the burger itself.

As he modifies and refines the lighting – answering live viewers’ questions as he works – Karl demonstrates a variety of lighting modifiers and basic studio kit.

The final result is a vivid, ad-style shot – good enough to eat, and simple enough to recreate in your own studio.

In this class:

  • Styling for food photography
  • Lighting techniques for food photography
  • Lighting modifiers for food photography
  • Compositional tips for food photography
  • Backgrounds for food photography

If you enjoy this class, check out Stir Fry Food Shoot and Fresh Fruit Food Photography.

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.

© Karl Taylor


  1. Hi Karl, although the level of precision is incredible and unparalleled is it practical to apply these techniques for local restaurant chains where you’re paid by the hour? Is it safe to assume shoots like this one would be relevant to burger giants McDonalds and Burger King?

    1. Hi, yes many of our product shoots are aimed at those for a specific advertising image. However in saying that there are many of our food photography classes that are quite involved but the results would often be for stock images too. It is also worth keeping in mind that I could do many of these shoots in 1/4 of the time if I was only doing the shoot and not presenting to camera explaining the shoot.

  2. The second burger made me hungry and I think this the main goal of food photographer when making food photos , I learned a lot … thank you

  3. Wow, I just finished to watch it. It’s really a lot of work, nearly two hours were spent on it. I’m amazed how carefully you tweak the lights on the small hamburger to achieve the lighting results you want. Wonderful work!

  4. Wow that is a step up from my normal food photography. Fours lights incredible lesson thank you

  5. Another great tutorial Karl, your attention to detail if amazing, and your style of teaching is awesome.

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