Become a Burger Expert

Discover how to light and photograph burgers like a pro. Build your portfolio niche specifically to target advertising campaigns.

Is it your dream to take photographs of food that will appear on billboards and feature in huge advertising campaigns?

  • Have you started redoing your portfolio, but your images never look like the images that you see driving down the freeway?
  • Are you suffering from self-doubt about whether you’re good enough to be considered to be the in-demand photographer?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed by all the free information online, because you'd like to build a new concise portfolio as quickly as you can? But all of the pros at the top don't share with you exactly how they do it?

If you’ve answered YES to any of these questions, then this course is for you.

This will get you started to creating your own drool worthy images, that will make creative directors and agencies give you the chance to prove you've got what it takes.

I started out just like you. Desperate to achieve, but lost where to start. Now that my foot is in the door, the sky is the limit. Opportunities are endless when you look for them.

Let me help you get started by showing you how to photograph your portfolio to land your dream job.

Learn how to photograph these 4 Burgers

I'll walk you through all the steps to create these 4 burgers, from styling them, lighting them, photographing them, and including a PSD file so you can see how they were edited. Please see the Course Curriculum for more info about the retouching.

Get a soft natural light look

To recreate a soft natural lighting look is an essential skill in many advertising campaigns. Brands and agencies ask you to create a warm, inviting and real environment.

Emphasize crunchy textures

This is really essential - to create light and shadow in the perfect ratios to show texture. Shadows is just as important as adding light.

Creating mood

To recreate a moody lighting look while still showing all the ingredients and making the burger look appetizing. It's used in signature campaigns.

Mood with light

This is an alternate moody look, with light coming mainly from the front to highlight the burgers best features.

Course Curriculum

This course focuses on lighting and styling your burgers. It is not an in depth editing course. I do provide a layered Photoshop file to download so you can see what enhancements to make to your burgers, or you can send them to an editor. I use Capture One for tethering (one month free trial available) plus Photoshop for editing.

  Chapter 1: Let's start at the beginning
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  Chapter 2: Camera Gear
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  Chapter 3: Lighting Gear and modifiers
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  Chapter 4: Styling your burgers
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  Chapter 5: Software
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  Chapter 6: The Moody Burger
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  Chapter 7: The Crispy Bacon Burger
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  Chapter 8: The Crunchy Chicken Burger
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  Chapter 9: The Burger with the Natural Lighting Look
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  Chapter 10: Retouching
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  Chapter 11: Course wrap up
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Why this class is different

Clear and Easy to follow lessons

You’ve watched tutorials, followed all of the directions perfectly, but your outcome just doesn’t look like theirs. My delightfully simple lessons are packed with helpful tips to help you gain control of your lighting. Start with my ready-to-use lighting set ups, that will get you exquisite results fast, until you are confident to explore new techniques further.

Why this class is different

No fluff or wasting time

I hate wasting time. I promise not to waste yours. I will cut through all the fluff, keep it simple and to the point, so that you can find out exactly what you need to know, in the fastest way possible. It's never been easier to create your own high quality portfolio. The possibilities are endless!

It's never been easier to create an outstanding portfolio

Master your lighting skills to show potential clients that you know your stuff!

Rock the theory
  • Best angles for burgers.
  • What lens should I use?
  • What is Focus Stacking?
  • How to colour balance your images?
Learn the lighting
  • What light is best for commercials?
  • Which light modifier will give me what result?
  • Hope to shape and direct light?
Food style flair
  • General styling tips for Burgers.
  • Inside my Styling Kit.
  • Step-by-step tutorial on how to style each of the 4 burgers.
Edit your images
  • Lightroom vs. Capture One
  • How to shoot in the Live View?
  • A Photoshop file of how the burgers were edited.
  • My retouchers details for you to use if you'd like to.

Jacqui Nightscales

Just like you, I was searching all over the internet for this information. After endless trial and error over the years, I taught myself how to recreate the lighting set ups like those used in the burger commercials. Once you understand the fundamentals of how to shape the light, specifically for burgers, you will gain the confidence that you need to be the next photographer securing huge advertising jobs.

Your instructor


I really enjoyed this course! It made it easier to get into the "food advertising world" because the course is simple, but covers the most important topics, such as camera settings, lighting, and food styling.

Dani Carr

Thank you very much for the helpful course. My photos are much better. It explains the concept with an example. Content is concise however complete.

Rachel Armstrong

Jacqui is a great teacher. Very informative with a lot of great examples seeing first hand how burgers are shot at an advertising level. The course thus far has been fantastic and I already feel a lot more knowledgeable on the subject than when I began the course. I highly recommend it.

Tanya Fuhri

Frequently asked questions

What level of experience do I need to complete this course?

You need to be able to understand your manual mode on your DSLR. Although all settings are given in the course, you should have a basic understanding of light, photography and your camera. The course is not specific to any camera model, and will not teach you how to use your camera specifically. This course is to enhance your knowledge of studio lighting, and help you pursue a career in food advertising. This course does not teach lighting techniques with natural light.

What lighting do I need to own?

This course focuses only on studio lighting. I use a 1 to 4 light set up, with modifiers. The most complex set up uses 3 soft boxes and one zoom reflector with grid. To photograph food on a commercial level, you will need to purchase or rent lights and modifiers. It is possible to get most of these set ups with 2 lights and softboxes, and reflectors, but you will have more control if you can use extra lights too. If you are still unsure, please reach out to me and I can help you answer your questions.

What camera gear do I need?

You need to have a camera that you can put into manual mode. A full frame DSLR with interchangeable lenses is preferrable, but since this course is only to produce your portfolio, you can use your camera that you currently have and purchase more camera gear later or rent it for your professional photoshoots.

What other accessories do you recommend?

Your lighting kit will come with a trigger for your flash. You will have to shoot on a tripod. Shooting tethered is preferable, so at some point investing in a tethering cable to your computer would be ideal.

What support can I expect after purchasing this course?

Please reach out to me if you have any questions about the course via email or my social media platforms. I respond to all my emails within 48hrs as I am still on photoshoots myself. There will be a Facebook Forum available from mid July where people who have purchased the course can publish their images and ask for help/critique from the community.

Do you offer any refunds or guarantees?

Sure do! If you finish the course, implement the techniques and feel you haven’t improved, you can email me within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.

Burger photography on a commercial level is only hard until someone shows you how to do it.

It’s unfortunately not as easy as just following the behind the scenes of a photographer you admire on social media. There’s so many more factors that go into planning an advert, from preparing and styling the food, to lighting it creatively.

Food photography advice that you find online is too general.

Have you tried taking commercial food images before and failed, or you're afraid to jump in because you think it's too difficult... Practice makes perfect, and with this knowledge you can build an amazing portfolio, so that when the day comes that you're commissioned to shoot a big Ad campaign, you will Ace it.

I’ve perfected the process into a simple step by step process that anyone can follow.

This course is broken into short, practical segments so you can easily review them. You’ll gain a complete understanding of what lighting to use and techniques to apply to create your own amazing set up. By the end of this course, you’ll be ready to conquer any lighting set up for Burgers to make that Advert that will WOW everyone.

Fast track your success.

With online learning, isn't it great that we can learn something new in such a fast time? Instead of something taking years to master, we have so many possibilities to excel in what we choose to focus on. Save time and frustration, and months of guess work by purchasing my course.

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