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Food, Photos, and Fun at Uptown Market!

Learn how to photograph that visual culinary delight before you devour it!

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Photographer Companion
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 40,500 amateur photographers from 50 states and 70 countries on 6,300 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 at 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.

Uptown Market’s chef will then place a variety of menu items on the raised, evenly lit, dining table. 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 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 flavors. Learn more at

Here are some of the colorful Sunday brunch dishes that will be served on this safari for you to photograph and then eat:

  • Eggs benedict with serrano Ham on flatbread
  • The Classic Waffle with mixed berries, with vanilla whipped cream and powdered sugar
  • Avocado Toast with lime juice and cilantro and radish
  • Roast beef brisket Sandwich, house slaw on a brioche bun
  • Butchers Steak salad with lettuce, Campari tomato. smoked bacon, boiled egg, radish, creamy honey horseradish dressing
  • Salmon Shrimp Burger, smoky aioli, arugula, tomato, brioche bun
  • Popeye Quiche, with spinach, milk, cream eggs
  • Espresso, Coffee, Tea with homemade Bite Sized: mini Donut and mini Belgian Waffle

Drinks: Choice of Mimosa, Bellini, 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.

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 $99/person fee includes prix fixe lunch and photographic instruction. Cash bar is extra.

Here are comments from several Safarians:

 “Thanks again for another wonderful safari!  Uptown Market was a great place for pictures and food!  I look forward to maybe doing this one again in future with a friend or sibling!… Thank you again!  It was an absolutely lovely day! ”  C.S., Norfolk VA

“It was awesome; and this is coming from someone who has never thought of herself as a “foodie”!” P. E., Lexington VA

Classic Belgian Waffle at Uptown Market , photo by Christine Steel