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Editorial food photography

Editorial food photography is truly an art; so much goes into it: recipe testing, cooking, photography, lighting, food styling and obviously a little bit of post processing.

The majority of the work I do, here in Sydney,  is photography for restaurants and venues, and product photography, or packaging; however I absolutely adore playing food stylist and shooting editorial style images of food. The thing is, when I do it all by myself, like today, it’s a very lengthy process and it’s not like the Studio is gonna clean itself…

But given the time, I enjoy it immensely and, at least , I usually end up with a ready made lunch ( or dinner ).

Today I made some arancini balls – actually I made the risotto yesterday, and today I turned it into arancini and then shot it; I took a dozen frames – this is my favourite.

Arancini © Dario Milano

Arancini © Dario Milano

Since I was acting both food stylist AND food photographer, my approach was dual: the stylist half of me was inspired by a split-complementary color scheme, and by the desire to push the boundaries ( not only color but also loads of texture and patterns ), while the photographer half of me, as usual, took inspiration from the food itself : the hero here ( if you’ll forgive the pun ) is the beautiful crumbly texture of the arancini, hence my choice of using back light and a good deal of contrast to capture this element and bring the ” focus ” right where I needed it.

And I used the highlight on the bowl to my advantage, in a similar way to how a portrait photographer uses a catch light to draw attention to the subject’s eyes; so I placed the food there because the eyes will go first to the brightest and sharpest part of an image.

I know there are, in this image, a few elements potentially distracting ( especially the glass ), but I managed to make the arancini the main focus of attention  – what do you say?


Dario Milano is a professional food photographer and food stylist, based in Sydney and servicing predominantly advertising and commercial clients, restaurants and the food packaging industry.

He also teaches regular food photography and food styling workshop in Sydney, as well as in Melbourne and Brisbane.

To get in contact, email dario@dariomilanophotography.com


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Powerweave Studio

Jan 30, 2014

Perfect photo…
Food & product photography are the most exciting among the various branches of photography.

Sarah Linden

Jan 30, 2014

Oh gosh, editorial food photography is the best. Great shot…love all the colors. Btw, I’d love to follow you on Pinterest, but it looks like you haven’t created any boards yet!


Jan 25, 2014

I think it’s a perfect photo! The arancinis look crisp, crunchy and delicious. I love all the textures and colours. 🙂


    Jan 25, 2014

    Thank you Padaek, food photography is supposed to do that…. make you hungry !


Jan 24, 2014

Nicely done. We all need to do personal work, to just refresh our senses. I really like how you’ve use that catch light. Makes the image look 10 times fresh


    Jan 25, 2014

    Thanks Girish; you know , sometimes you just have to make the best out of a situation that maybe you were trying to avoid…