GEOFF BINNS-CALVEY: Pop, splash, drop, and flame up - effects for food stylists

GEOFF BINNS-CALVEY: Special Effects for Food Photographers

Education objective: You'll learn how to create safe, controllable pours, fire effects, and splashes, using electronic timers, compressors, and pistons; as well as ways you can get similar results with rubber bands and common materials.
Language: English
Duration: 1 full day
Location: Munich (17 March), Berlin (19 March), Düsseldorf (21 March), studios to be confirmed in February.

Required level: Could be for all levels, although experienced food stylists and commercial photographers will probably benefit most.
Groupsize: max 15
Equipment: Students should bring a notepad, a phone/camera, and may bring a larger camera if they care to. (SLR, no big view cameras)
Timing: 8.30-17.30, full day including lunch
Price: 890€ (Includes 19% German VAT)

About the workshop

Spend a day with master rigger and effects designer Geoff Binns-Calvey, learning methods and materials for making your food images pop, splash, drop, and flame up! Learn about liquids. Liquids flow - but they also splatter, spray, spite, explode, vibrate, bubble, sparkle and splash- a real adventure for the liquid stylist and photographer.

Geoff has 30 years of experience working with photographers, commercial directors, and television shows, creating props and effects from giant walking Doritos, to the perfect splash of milk into a bowl. You'll learn how to create safe, controllable pours, flame effects, sparks, splashes, and other tricks of the trade, using millisecond timers, compressors, and pistons; as well as ways you can get similar results with rubber bands and common materials. You'll learn hands on methods about adhesives, soldering, moldmaking, and ways to solve tricky problems, that will send your clients home smiling and on time. And as  food stylists and photographers are increasingly asked to create motion images, many of these methods will carry over to motion shooting. We'll show you how to mold "hot coals" for flame free barbeque photography, and you'll take one example home.  From dropping a strawberry perfectly into cream, to dressing and pouring a perfect glass of  beer, this workshop will give you a boost in problem solving, in the complex world of food photography.

About Geoff Binns-Calvey

Geoff Binns-Calvey is a leading tabletop rigger and special effects designer in Chicago. With thirty years of experience, his work has been seen in countless commercials, still photos, films, and theatrical productions.
Geoff was a carpenter, then a set builder, then studio manager, then prop-maker, designer, effects creator, beer stylist. He started in the still photo world, moved into motion work, and is now back to around a 50/50 mix, as more photographers move into the motion world. Whatever the shot, his job as a rigger is to take away any worry over the mechanics of it, and let the photographer or director focus on light, style, composition, and the overall beauty of the image.
With a range of custom rigs and equipment, and the ability to create "on the fly", Geoff has the tools and experience to let you get the perfect shot, whether it's a single shrimp doing a perfect somersault into the sauce, or a barbecue grill with a half dozen steaks, over controllable flames and smoke.

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Workshop prices include a non-deductible German VAT of 19%. 

On the catalogs apply a VAT of 4%. The VAT charges will be withdrawn in the checkout when you have entered a valid intra-Community VAT (excluding Spain) number or TAX number/address outside the EU.

Payment is possible by PayPal (also accepts credit card payments) or bank transfer.

Banktransfer details:

Bank: Triodos bank NV C/Jose Echegaray, 5 28230 Las Rozas de Madrid, Spain

Account owner address: FOODPHOTO FESTIVAL S.L. C/ Castellot, 9, 08871 GARRAF/BARCELONA, Spain

Charges:  Please transfer the amount of "Order Total" in EURO currency
BIC:   TRIOESMMXXX             

IBAN: ES 54 1491 0001 22 3000109077
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If payment is not received within 10 days orders will be canceled. An invoice can be requested by email.


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The organiser of the FOODPHOTO FESTIVAL events and/or the venues reserve the right to make alterations to the published event program and dates where reasonably necessary. You will be informed by email of possible changes.

Refund in case of cancellations

Cancellations have to be done in writing to For a full refund, cancellation must be made until 1 month prior to the event. A 20€ handling fee will be substracted from the refund; Paypal fees will not be refunded. No refund will be done less than 1 month prior to the event.


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Dispatch times may vary according to availability and any guarantees or representations made as to delivery times are subject to any delays resulting from postal delays or force majeure for which FOODPHOTO FESTIVAL will not be responsible.

Shipment will be done from Spain and indication of deliveries by carrier in case of standard shipment costs:

  • National: between 2 and 6 days
  • Europe: between 6 and 8 days
  • Rest of the world: depending on county


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In all other cases NO refunds will be done.


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