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Composition Essentials

Step-up your styling and compose next-level images,
(that'll blow your audience away).


An amazing photography is never a fluke.

Composition is an art form.

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Improving your compositions improves your food photographs.

It’s as simple as that.


What if you didn’t need to take a million lemon meringue shots
to get it right?


Nailing food composition became second nature and you wondered how you ever struggled in the first place?

You were more organised and went into the photo shoot with a clear vision for what you want (rather than winging it every time). You could achieve the right ‘feel’ for your images and tell a story with your photos.

You were able to define your personal style to make your food photography truly recognisable and memorable (and land you that dream gig!). Your portfolio was cohesive and represented your unique style and flair.

When shooting cup cakes, you could get into that creative ‘zone’ (which is when the best shots happen!).


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Train your eyes to see things that would make an amazing image.


I know you’re curious! Hit play to learn more about the course.

Envision fresh composition options before you even take your camera out of the bag.



I hear your frustrations!

"You love taking photos of waffles but you struggle to find fresh ideas to style and compose the shot."

“You keep reverting back to the same old, familiar setups (plate in the foreground, glass in the background) because when you try something new it just doesn’t work out".

Or you take no less than 60 shots and you still don’t LOVE any of them!

Your food photos all just look dull and same-samey. Or the food looks, well, a little brown. (Aka…boring)

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Composition is an art form

You’re looking for a creative structure as you feel overwhelmed when trying to build a food scene from nothing.

(No more feeling lost during a food shoot and relying on the same composition, background and props as usual. Which results in boring and uninspiring apple pie shots)


That’s why I created


To help you style, plan and compose your food shots like the professionals and magazines do.


Learn how to compose food photography like a pro with Rachel Korinek

This masterclass provides you with composition skills to empower you to know why certain tools work for certain imagery and recipes so you know which ones to select to create amazing food pics.

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Let’s elevate your food imagery!



With over 35 video tutorials and cheat sheets, spanning across 5 modules, I'll teach you where to place hero subjects and supporting elements to create breathtaking food images.

Plus how to use the tools top food photographers use to make their images stand out.

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We'll uncover how I use composition in my own work, by reviewing over 100 images from my portfolio to help you find the right compositional principles to create your own trademark style.



Discover the powerful tools of essential composition so you can create interest and dynamic tension in every image.

You'll be using leading lines, diagonals, symmetry and cropping guides with ease, (aka just like a pro).

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I'll help to empower you to create a unique workflow that sets you apart from the crowd by playing to your strengths and unique look.

No more relying on presets created by other photographers, (that are actually holding you back).



We’ll also watch the creative process from start to finish in 6 styling videos, with three featuring a professional prop + food stylist

Plus the key compositional steps they take from raw and unfinished to polished and professional.

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Your food won’t know what hit it!

plus all this good stuff…


Curate a prop collection.


Create organic movement.

Minimalist composition.


Find + evolve your style.


How to compose for magazine layouts.


Theories on aesthetics.

Find your ‘go-to’ tools.


One-page creative vision builder.

How to read images.


Ready for a little throwback? Let’s take a

Trip Down Memory Lane:

Now and Thens.

This is the power of understanding essential composition, and it’s waiting for you!


Powerful Colour

Discover how colour balance is the key to beautiful images and how to use colour composition creatively and effectively.

Using every colour doesn’t equal a better image. Learn colour theory to help you pick your colours powerfully.


Good-Looking Brown Food

We'll cover techniques to make brown food your bestie.

Let ‘brown’ and boring food be your nemesis no more! Style lasagna and casseroles like a boss.


Natural, Not Staged

Learn how the subtle art of intentional, yet natural styling and say goodbye to overdone and staged.

Organic movement is key for a visually pleasing image. Discover the tools to help you style naturally, without it feeling forced.


Impactful Simplicity

I'll show you how to make stellar images with minimal props to create that perfect ‘minimalist’ look.

You don’t need deep pockets to buy the most expensive props to make your food pics look good.

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Baker + Writer

Winola was creating some good work, but she felt like it was a fluke. She didn’t know why a photograph worked. After Composition Essentials, she learnt to be intentional with my composition to get the exact end result she wanted. Where she used to take 100+ images, now nails it in under 30 shots.

Read her full story


Food Photographer

Janina got to a point where she wasn't progressing and she felt stuck. She was on the verge of giving up. After taking Composition Essentials she now has found her style by discovering the power of cropping.

People suddenly started commenting on my pictures and how much the quality of my food photography has changed in just very little time”.

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Food Photographer

Dani felt frustrated she couldn’t create the vision in her head and her photos never looked the way she wanted. This impacted on her creative process. Composition Essentials was the missing piece she needed to find her style. She’s now creating such beautiful and consistent work, she’s attracting new clients and getting paid.

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Food Photographer

Before taking Composition Essentials, Oriol felt insecure about how to face a photo session. After the course, it’s given him the confidence to explore new paths and improve his skills in food photography.

Read full story

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Before composition Essentials, Nina faced frustration and disappointment when composing images. Her styling never worked out the way she imaged. After taking the course and understanding the tools available to her, she “finally got it”.

She now sees how important tools like shadows are in shaping stories and mood.

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You too can get results like these.




This course will take you through all the high-level composition theories you need to succeed.

We’re going to focus in on the true goals of composition and what makes an image next-level,
 (most of which you won’t find on the internet for free and for which you really need some professional guidance.

SO - here’s the lowdown on what you'll learn in each of the 5 modules:



  • Goals of composition and how to approach styling

  • Different styles of food photography

  • Find your style, how + when to use props

  • One-page vision builder to guide you

  • Curate a prop collection whilst cruising Instagram


  • Going further with composition

  • Evolving your style

  • How to read images to find what inspires you

  • How to compose without copying



  • Getting started with composition

  • Lines, Shapes, Patterns + Texture

  • Layering, Colours, Shadows

  • Negative Space + Repetition

  • Backgrounds, Position + Placement,

  • Rule of Thirds + S-Curve

  • Basic Rules of Odds + DoF

  • Angle of View, Cropping + Framing



  • Gestalts Laws

  • Advanced Lines + Shapes

  • Unity + Passive Space

  • Area of Greatest Contrast + Figure Ground

  • Advanced Rule of Odds

  • Symmetry + Balance

  • Golden Ratio

  • Dynamic Symmetry + Cropping for Aesthetics

  • How to crop in Lightroom, Photoshop or Capture One



  • Putting it Altogether + How to Select Tools

  • My Guide to Knock-out Minimalist Images

  • Styling for Magazine Covers + Layouts

  • 6 Behind The Scenes Styling Videos with a professional food stylist and myself

  • BONUS: Group Magazine Cover Critique

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Rachel Korinek


I’m Rachel, an Aussie food photographer living in Vancouver. I love capturing visual stories that emphasize the beauty of real food. When I take photographs, I focus on the honest details and intricacies that connects us emotionally to food.

More importantly, though, I know what it’s like to sit in your 9-5 gig and want something more. I've taught over 1,000 students how to create beautiful food photography that makes their community and clients hungry! Many students have gone onto land new clients and magazine features, plus get their work into stock agencies.

My work has been featured in a range of magazines and publications all over the world.

Check out some of the brands I’ve worked with.


So whether you’re photographing a delectable truffle dish or trying to make brown stews and lasagnas look effortlessly beautiful…

Understanding composition will help you produce better
food photos, every time. 


Composition Essentials

  • Rehashing the same styling and composition and never finding your groove.

  • Food photos that never turn out the way you want them to.

  • Not knowing which tools would help me tell the right story and create seriously mouth-watering food photos.

  • Unable to create your own vision and relying on copying other photographers.

  • Zero troubleshooting for composition techniques. Resulting in the same old boring and forced shots.

  • Your food photography is unmemorable.


Composition Essentials

  • You’ll feel at ease with the creative process rather than finding it downright daunting.

  • Feeling excited and inspired to produce original imagery that’s always fresh.

  • Make clear and conscious decisions about what you put in the frame and what to leave out.

  • Other photographers start reaching out to you with compliments and messages of inspiration.

  • Make all the right decisions for the story you’re telling, the season, the food, and even your own mood.

  • Your images get noticed and increase your income!



Let’s compose works of art. Sign up now!


Entire Composition Essentials Masterclass.

  • All 5 Modules Containing Video Lessons.

  • Analyse 100+ Images From my Portfolio.

  • BONUS Magazine Image Group Critique.

  • Course Workbook and Cheatsheets for Each Lesson.

  • Facebook Community for Students.

  • Styling Videos with a Professional Food Stylist.

  • Harness 31 Techniques + 6 Cropping Guides.

  • Read Images to Find + Evolve Your Style.

  • Tasks for Cropping, Placement + Magazine Styling.

  • 100% Focus on Food Photography.



One-Time Payment $427

Get access to the course and all 5 modules with a once-off
payment and save $41. USD.

4 Monthly Payments $117

Get started with all 5 modules for less with three monthly payments. USD.


It’s time to get ahead of the styling game now.
You get instant access to all content instantly after signing up.



I'm confident that you'll LOVE this course and I genuinely want you to succeed, which is why I offer a generous 30-day money back guarantee. If you do the work, implemented the core composition techniques for food and don’t see any improvement to your work, simply let me know within 30-days if you’d like a refund.

An amazing photograph is never a fluke - composition is an art form.

It’s time to be that food photographer that everyone flocks to for serious inspiration.

Who should join Composition Essentials?


Who Composition Essentials is for?

  • Anyone who shoots food (food photographers, bloggers, Instagrammers - if food’s your game then this is it!).

  • Photographers who want to make compositional theory work for them and tailor it to their own style.

  • Anyone who wants to know my go-to composition concepts and how I use them to create unique food photography and images.

  • Creatives who want more client work and more income who know they need compositional tricks to fall back on.

  • Beginners through to well-seasoned food photographers.

  • If you’re sick of copying other photographers and finding inspiration is hard for you.

  • Still life photographers can also use these theories.


Who Composition Essentials is not for?

  • Complete beginners who've only just picked up a camera. If you're very new to photography, taking a foundational course first is highly recommended.

  • Anyone who gets freaked out with by ‘art theory’.

  • Those who want a crash course. This is an in-depth masterclass, because that’s how masters are made!

  • Landscape, newborn or portrait photographers. I only cover food photography. You’d be best suited to find another course in your niche.


Got questions? Check out the FAQs.


I'm new to composition. Is this course suitable for beginners?

If you’re a beginner and you’re only just learning about the rule of thirds, I’ll ease you into foundational concepts at the start and then usher you through to higher-level theories once you’ve got the basics down pat. I’m not going to bedazzle you with crazy hard theories or jargon. Cheat sheets, lesson recaps, activities and guides will ensure you retain all the knowledge you need to find your trademark style.

I don't have a camera, can I still take this course?

Composition happens at two stages, by building a still life scene from nothing, then composing with your camera. There are a lot of skills that lie outside your camera. As composition is all about practice, you don't have to have a camera to get started with art theory or it's practice.

How are the lessons delivered? How long do I have to take the course?

The course materials are shared as video content. We’ll cover key ideas for each lesson, common mistakes and pro tips, before diving into analysing images. There are also cheat sheets for each lesson with the key ideas, so you stay on top of the new knowledge bombs you’ll be learning. There is also no time limit on the course, so you can learn at your leisure. Take in one new lesson a day or binge watch. It’s just like Netflix; fits right in your schedule.

Can I do a payment plan?

You sure can. This course can be purchased for four payments of $117 USD and is available as an option when you check out. You can get started today for less!

I'm a well-seasoned photographer looking for advanced concepts.

For the well-seasoned (or advanced) photographers who are craving some higher-level concepts, our advanced training will give you the intellectual and creative challenge you need so you can create memorable shots you’re proud of and become known for with your work.

I don’t shoot food. Should I still take this course?

I totally believe this course will help you find your go-to tools and signature style. The art theory in this course transcends food photography and there are a lot of cross-over ideas. HOWEVER, the content was made specifically for food photography and is heavily tailored to food. ONLY food photography explored in this course. So if you NEVER plan on shooting anything food related or still life, I recommend you take a look at the other wonderful course options you have within the niche you shoot.

I’m busy! How will this course save me time?

I get it. My goal is to provide you with actionable information that you can implement right away...not “fluff” that sends you in a million different directions. You’re saving time by joining Composition Essentaisl and getting an actual system and workflow to accomplish show-stopping imagery, rather than watching hundreds of online free videos that aren’t tailored in ANY WAY to food photography. All videos and content are intentional and have your time interests at the forefront.

Is there a money-back guarantee?

You bet-ya! I genuinely want you to succeed, which is why I offer a generous 30-day money-back guarantee. If you do the work, implement the composition techniques for food and don’t see any improvement to your work, simply let me know within 30-days if you’d like a refund.


If your question isn’t answered here, click the little chat box and send me a message! I’d be happy to help.

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Composition is an art form. It’s about how to choose the right plate and deciding when messy is okay and knowing which lenses are the best.

It’s where picture perfect styling and stunning food photography meet.