Learn How to Use Your Camera Just Like a Professional Food Photographer

Even if you have no previous experience

Pretty Focused 101: Camera Foundations teaches you how to use your camera and edit your photos following the SAME proven system used by Pretty Focused Food Blog Photography graduates.

It’s built so literally anyone can do it - even if you’ve never used a DSLR camera before.


So many people ask us what is the one thing they can do to get ready for Pretty Focused. We always tell them to use the time before they join to learn how to properly use their camera.

That way, when they do join, they can start working more quickly because they will join already knowing how to use their camera. This makes getting to graduation even faster!


This course is right for you, if:

You want join Food Blog Photography - but don't have any previous photography experience and you want to learn before you join;

You have a full frame, crop sensor or mirrorless camera but do not know how to use it in manual;

AND you dream of one day setting your own schedule, being your own boss and working as a food photographer.

GET CREDIT!  Best of all, when you’re ready to join Tier 3 of Food Blog Photography, we GIVE you $197 BACK!

>> Camera Setting Cheat Sheet
>> Importing Images into Lightroom
>> Lightroom Tools and Panels
>> Editing Photos in Lightroom
>> Exporting Images


Your training starts when you enroll. But you can take things at your own pace, when it is most convenient for you. So you never have to worry about falling behind or finding time. 

>> Getting to Know Your Camera
>> Setting Up Your Camera
>> Camera Lenses
>> Lighting
>> Aperture
>> ISO
>> Shutter Speed
>> Putting it all Together
>> White Balance
>> Understanding the Focal Plane
>> Focus
>> Shooting in Raw

camera foundations

There are 14 total lessons in Pretty Focused 101: Camera Foundations. We talk about shooting in manual, aperture, ISO, shutter speed and focal points -- and about putting it all together in photo editing.

what you'll learn




We’ll teach you how to shoot in manual with ease – regardless of what camera you own.

We’ll teach you, how to edit your photos in Lightroom the same way professional photographers do.

You’ll learn the much sought-after Pretty Focused approach to food photography.

No Experience Necessary

What Our Students Are Saying

*Testimonials from Pretty Focused Graduates

“With the right instruction, even a complete novice can learn how to use a fancy camera (not a cell phone) and use it well.”

Anyone can learn how to use a camera from this!

Andrea  -

"I had an expo disc but I didn't know how to use it properly. Thanks to Melodee, I learned to use my expo disc properly and it make a huge difference with my images!"  

Always find your perfect white balance

Kerri  -

“Before Pretty Focused, I dabbled in taking pictures of my family, but hardly even in manual mode. After Pretty Focused, I can confidently shoot in manual!”  

Learn how to use manual with confidence

Tricia  -

“After joining Pretty Focused I learned new ways of using aperture and lighting. It expanded my previous knowledge and made my photography better overall.”  

Your photography knoweldge is really expanded

Addie  -

“The only experience I had shooting food was posting what I was eating on Instagram. The tips and tricks Melodee has shared helped me take my photos from beginner to holding their own among elite food photographers!”

My photo quality has improved so much from this course

Kim  -

"Camera Foundations taught me that there is so much more that a camera can do other shoot in auto focus. I learned that your camera can be customized to all sorts of settings according to what you are trying to capture. And that there are different factors that can help, or hinder, your ability to get a great shot. This was all new to me but I am surprising myself at what I can learn."

I am surpised how much I learned!

Andrea  -

"When I first started with Pretty Focused I had very limited knowledge of how to use my camera correctly, I understood there was an exposure triangle but my biggest issue was how to make that work for the best picture using correct lighting, aperture, and shutter speed. Learning that helped me to be able to understand how my camera worked together and how to nail my focus. It was like a major aha moment once it all clicked I am very grateful for Pretty Focused and the way this course explained that I could understand how to use my camera correctly."

It was a major "aha moment"

Sherri  -

I am a mom, a wife, a photographer, an educator and co-creator of Pretty Focused.

I've taught hundreds of women how to master food photography.

Their photos are seen by millions around the world. And they do it from their kitchen or their dining room. On their own time and on their own terms. I want to teach you how to do the same!

I'm Melodee

Meet Your Instructor

Today's cost to you: $197

(total value $377)

12 Camera Foundations Lessons ($250)
4 Lightroom Photo Editing Lessons ($100)
Camera Setting Cheat Sheet ($27)
PLUS $197 off of Tier 3*

What's included:

*$197 off the current price of Tier 3

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