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The Serious Eats Guide to Food Photography

Taking great photographs of food is a hard-earned skill—after all, that's why some people are lucky enough to get paid for it. But it's also a lot easier to hone these days, no matter who you are; even a smartphone can yield gorgeous, high-quality images. The takeaway? There's just some basic knowledge and practice standing between you and some seriously mouthwatering food photos. Here's what you need to know. More

Our 20 Favorite Photos from the 1st Year of SE: Drinks

How time flies—the first anniversary of Serious Eats: Drinks just passed us by and we didn't even notice! But now that SE: Drinks is officially one year old—not quite old enough to imbibe, but we won't tell if you won't—we got to reminiscing, scrolling back and remembering the delicious sips gone by. One of the best parts of editing this site is getting to admire the beautiful photos taken by our star photographers and contributors. Here are 20 of our favorite shots of cocktails, beer, milkshakes, and more from the past year. More

Food Photographer Profile: Lucas Zarebinski

Like with any art form, taking food photography from "the thing I do for fun" to "the thing that pays my bills" requires your full commitment and passion. Lucas Zarebinski has been in the photography field for about ten years—from assisting other photographers to running his own studio—and has an impressive list of clients including Details, Esquire, New York Times, and Everyday with Rachael Ray,, but he still wouldn't call it a steady job. Find out how he got into the field, what he recommends to aspiring food photographers, and take a look at his studio and equipment. More

Portrait: Di Fara Pizza's Dom Demarco by Eddie Cohen


[Photograph: Eddie Cohen]

I just had to draw your attention to this wonderful portrait of Di Fara Pizza's Dom DeMarco by artist Eddie Cohen. It appears in Eddie's gallery "Old Men at Sea." He took it at Di Fara, rigging up a DIY "studio" with some light box material and using the natural light that pours in from the windows of the pizzeria. Anyone who's been to Di Fara often enough will recognize the look Eddie's captured here. It's a rare sort of playfulness Dom shows sometimes when he's not busy, busy, busy churning out pizza and turns instead to gently razzing a customer.

See also: All You Need to Know about Di Fara Pizza »


The Serious Eats Guide to Food Photography

The thing is, food blog photography is completely different from professional food photography. Most of the time, we're working in low-light situations where we neither have the time nor the ability to set up lighting rigs or even an off-camera flash, for that matter. Over the years, we've figured out the best ways to get presentable photos out of just about every situation food blogging will put you in. We've compiled the most important tips here. More

Pizza Obsessives: Hong-An Tran, Slice Snapshot Artist Extraordinaire

As an avid photographer and pizza lover I could not help being mesmerized by the pictures created by Hong-An Tran, who I met on the photo-sharing website Flickr. Her shots are beautifully composed, and it was obvious to me that she used film rather than digital to capture her images. I was also impressed by her pizza resume. She has eaten at a ton of top-notch pizzerias in NYC. She is in fact the definition of pizza obsessive, making her a perfect subject for this column. For the non-photographers out there, please bear with us if we veer slightly off topic with some camera talk. I know it's hard to believe but there is life outside of pizza. More

Food Styling: The Messy, Homemade Look Is In

"Right now, people like messy," said New York-based food stylist Alison Attenborough in this fascinating Wall Street Journal piece on how food styling in glossies and on television has changed over the years. No more hairspray and powdered deodorant spray gimmicks to engineer that "perfect" luster—now it's all about the au naturel, bitten-apart, cheese-dribbling handmade look. More

Pizza Art

There is a lot of great art in the world, and some of it even pays homage to that delicious dish we all love: pizza. Even artists like Claes Oldenburg and Pablo Picasso have created work related to pizza. Here's a slideshow of some of the best pizza art I have come across. Do you have any pizza paintings you want to share? Post a link in the comments.... More

Last Week's Poll Results: Do You Take Photos of Your Food Before Eating?

Last week we asked: Do You Take Photos of Your Food Before Eating? The majority, with 35%, went to "Sometimes," but "Just When It's Photogenic" was not far behind with 33%. Only 11% said "Always." Many commenters admitted to being part of the "I blog, therefore I shoot what I eat" camp. Thank you to everyone who participated. Now you can go back to taking a photo of that cereal. More

Poll: Do You Take Photos of Your Food Before Eating?

Before you pick up the fork, you pull out the camera. It's reached a point for some of us where we can't fight that "must take photo" urge before digging into a meal. And once we start snapping, we need the perfect light and just about every angle. "Oh wait, cut it in half for the innards shot!" (The innards shot is especially important for sandwiches, burgers, and other foods with beautiful cross sections). Some cameras even have food settings now for enhanced sharpness. So, are you part of the food paparazzi? Take the poll! » More

'Local Flavor' Gallery on 'Pictory'

[Photograph: Tara Kocourek on Pictory] This photograph, titled "Thai Delight" from Tara Kocourek, appears in the Local Flavor gallery on Pictory. What is Pictory, you ask? Pictory is a showcase for people around the world to document their lives and cultures. Anyone can submit one large, captioned image to each of Pictory's editorial themes.... Why just one photo? I want you to pick your best image--and, it's really interesting to compare work from different contributors on the same topic. Other sites offer photo essays and bodies of work from one photographer, but I want to help a diverse group of people put together collaborative photo essays. Pictory is like a crowd-sourced version of the Boston Globe's Big Picture. The... More

Want to Eat: Luxirare's Edible Crayons

Or just stare at and admire. Remember that kid in grade school who was secretly eating Play-Doh in the corner? Well, he would freak if arts and crafts time involved these crayons from food and fashion site Luxirare. Each color was made from a medley of food bits including nuts, seeds, dried veggies, and fruits. For the yellow: freeze-dried corn, peanuts, bee pollen, and dried bananas. And the green: peas, green beans, dried kiwi, and green Fruity Pebbles. So if you happen to have a crayon mold lying around, clearly you should make these. Related: Potato Crisps from Luxirare... More

Pop-up Restaurant Installs In-House Lighting Studio for Food Bloggers

[Photograph: Gastronomy] While some restaurants ban photography outright, L.A. chef Ludo Lefebvre has cleverly turned food bloggers' need to document every bite to his advantage. Lefebvre has set up a mini photo studio at Ludo Bites, his pop-up cosplay-themed restaurant in Culver City, California. The lighting rig and light-box diffuser help create professional-looking shots, ensuring that Lefebvre's dishes at least appear tasty. And the unusual move also doesn't hurt when it comes to getting people (like us) to take notice. Pretty sneaky, Chef. Cathy Danh of Gastronomy has a set of photos from the mini studio. Oh, and if you're wondering about the cosplay part, it looks like the waitresses are dressing as French maids. If that does anything... More

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