Get your camera ready for Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2015

Photo credit: Andy Scheffler | Vancouver Photowalks

Photo credit: Andy Scheffler | Vancouver Photowalks

The countdown is on: in just two days–on January 7–the list of restaurants participating for the 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival will be revealed.

With it comes the rush of reservations at hundreds of restaurants offering set menus at $18, $28, and $38 price point from January 16 to February 1.

And then comes the food.

And then comes the photos of the food.

If your culinary photos don’t do justice to the beautiful meals you enjoy, there’s an event for you. Food-tography: A Culinary Photography Tour promises to improve your skills no matter what your level—from Smartphone snapper to SLR pro. And–major bonus–you get to eat what you shoot along the way.

Photo credit: Andy Scheffler | Vancouver Photowalks

Photo credit: Andy Scheffler | Vancouver Photowalks

The Food-tography tour, which is presented by Off The Eaten Track and Vancouver Photowalks, launched for the festival in 2014 and returns this year with a similar format. Suzanne Rushton, founder of Vancouver Photowalks, or one of her crew will lead the group on a walking tour through Railtown, stopping at three foodie destinations. This year’s stops are Cadeaux Bakery, Chill Winston restaurant, and Vancouver Urban Winery.

I took this tour last year and really enjoyed both the food samples and the photography instruction. My group included mostly people wanting tips for SLR cameras, but Rushton was just as willing to teach those with smartphones like me.

For example, at one of the stops, she demonstrated how a companion can create soft, diffused light for a dish being photographed by holding a white piece of paper in front of the flashlight shining from a smartphone.

Photo credit: Andy Scheffler | Vancouver Photowalks

Photo credit: Andy Scheffler | Vancouver Photowalks

A key tip? “Get as much light as possible,” she advised everyone.” “You want the food to be bright, appetizing, and succulent….You want to entice people with the picture of the food and make sure that they want to eat it.”

Another tip she offered was to use your macro mode when photographing a dish. “Get closer to your food. It’s not going to get irritated, like people do,” she said, laughing.

Tickets for Food-tography: A Culinary Photography Tour are on sale now for five dates during the festival: January 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, and February 1. The walks start at 2 p.m. on each day, last about two hours, and cost $65 per person.

There are plenty of other Dine Out Vancouver Festival events currently on offer; see Remy Scalza’s highlights here.

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