Food presentation has now become an art form! Learn how to photograph that culinary delight before you devour it!
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- Non-Photographer Companion
For those of us who love to take pictures, it is VERY hard to be confronted with a visual culinary delight in a fancy restaurant and not take a picture! You’ve been there, right? Food presentation has now become an art form. That gorgeous dessert dripping with sauce and calories just HAS to be photographed before it is eaten, right?
But it is not easy to do. The picture does not do justice to the dish: it comes out too bright, or too dark, or too blurry, or the wrong color. Or you have committed an even worse sin by leaving your camera at home!
Help is now on the way from professional food and restaurant photographer E. David Luria. Director of the Washington Photo Safari, working in cooperation with the Uptown Market restaurant in upper northwest DC, the third in our series of offering food photography workshops at local restaurants.
Washington Photo Safari, based in the Forest Hills neighborhood of DC, is one of the country’s largest photography instruction programs, having trained over 39,000 amateur photographers from 50 states and 53 countries on 5,800 photo safaris since 1999. It is a three-time winner of Trip Advisor’s coveted Hall of Fame Award for having received hundreds of 5-star reviews from satisfied clients.
After gathering (masked and socially distant in individual tables in the outdoor patio of the Uptown Market in the Van Ness area of DC, about 1.5 miles south of Chevy Chase Circle, Mr. Luria will provide basic tips on food and restaurant photography.
Each client will then be served the first of 5 plates, Before you dive in to taste the samples served by the restaurant, Mr. Luria, who has photographed over 300 restaurants for the Entertainment Book, will then work with each client individually, giving tips on camera settings, white balance, ISO, depth of field and composition and camera stability so that memories of your experience in the restaurant will exist not just in your stomach but in your camera as well, a VERY valuable skill to have on your next vacation! He will also show you how to photograph the lovely interior of the restaurant.
Uptown Market is one of the many small restaurants in DC affected by the pandemic, so this photo safari is also designed to give the restaurant a publicity boost while helping another small business also based in Forest Hills: Washington Photo Safari! The Van Ness Main Street organization and the restaurant’s manager, Jaime Zabaleta, hope you will publish your photographs on your social media and let people know where you took them!
Uptown Market prides itself on providing a fresh market approach to its restaurant: fresh meat, fresh fish, and fresh vegetables from in-season local produce, with an emphasis on Spanish and Mediterranean flavors. Learn more at www.uptownmarketdc.com
Here are the dishes that will be served on this safari for you to photograph and then eat:
1st: Butternut Squash Soup, served with Acorn Squash and Goat Cheese Flatbread
2nd: Mushroom Risotto, Grilled Quail and Crispy Parsnips
3rd: Hanger Steak, fingerling potatoes and Port Reduction Sauce
4th: BlueBerry Sorbet – Palate Cleanser
5th: Espresso, Coffee, Tea with homemade Bite Sized: mini Donut and mini Belgian Waffle
Drinks: Choice of Mimosa, Belini, Bloody Mary, (by cash bar)
For those clients choosing to order drinks from the cash bar, they get to photograph not only the food but also one of Uptown Market’s beautifully concocted specialties, such as this cocktail, the Bloody Mary:
For this safari any camera will do, even late-model cellphone cameras, but cameras with adjustable apertures, shutter speeds and the ability to shoot on Manual are highly recommended to give you the maximum benefit from the safari. Lenses such as 18-55mm are fine, wide angle lenses (i.e. 10-20 mm or 11-16 mm) give broader coverage for interior shots, macro lens capability, such as a 105mm F2.8 is also desirable for food close-ups that blur the background. We also suggest a table-top tripod or a handy Gorillapod for stability, but we will also show you what to do if you DON’T have one A full standing tripod gives the most professional, sharpest results for this type of work but it is only suggested, not required.
The $79/person fee includes prix fixe lunch and photographic instruction. Cash bar is extra. MASKING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE REQUIRED.
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Accessories such as filters, remote release
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet outside the door at Uptown Market at 4465 Connecticut Avenue NW, 2 blocks north of the Van Ness/UDC Metro on the Red Line. Plenty of on-street parking is available on Saturdays.
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 37,000 amateur photographers – an average of 5 people every day, 365 days a year, since it was founded in 1999. Trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mr. Luria is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators and has had his images of DC appear in over 100 publications, calendars, and postcards and on 30 magazine covers.