Remember the golden days when you could order food and actually eat it straight away? There’s always one friend who needs to take a snap of the entire meal, and another friend who digs in before the camera can be whipped out in time. Not only do we try and capture the moment, but taking pictures of our food is extremely satisfying! Plus, a food shot is a perfect way to add some colour, texture and unpredictability to your Instagram feed.
Want to learn how to take the perfect foodie shot for your account? Below are just a few photography tips which will have your posts breaking over 100 likes!
If you’re trying to capture a great shot of your cappuccino, opt for a bird’s eye view. Not only will it capture all the colours (and textures) of your drink of choice, but it’ll make the image more vibrant when posted online. In the editing room, don’t forget to turn up the texture – it’ll bring out all those gorgeous tones in your photo, and make that drink look delectable!
Oh lunch, my favourite meal of the day! When it comes to capturing the perfect shot, let’s go back to basics. Try to arrange your food neatly, and make sure everything is clean. A bird’s eye view is best if you’re working with a number of different dishes, and you want everything to be in the final shot. Don’t be afraid to stand up, or prop yourself up on a chair to achieve the perfect shot. Just make sure you’re working with the light, and not against it, since this can make or break a photo. Try a variety of angles and shots before you’re satisfied with the pictures you have – then dig in, you’ve deserved it!
Want to master the shot of an evening dinner, but find yourself in a dimly lit restaurant? Not only is this difficult lighting to work with, but it usually means that you’re left with grainy snaps which don’t always translate into high quality pictures. In this case, you’re usually left two options to choose from:
- Persevere and take the image with natural light – but end up with a barely visible shot of your evening meal. What did we order again?
- Use the dreaded flash on your phone – which can potentially add too much light to the picture, and blur out the entire meal.
The secret to fantastic lighting is right in your friend’s hand; their phone. Simply coerce a few of your friends to turn on their flashlight and point it in the direction of the food. Then, snap a picture with your phone (no flash included), to get the perfect shot! The light from their phone’s will be enough to mimic natural lighting, and brighten up the entire picture.
Honour the accident
Sometimes accidents happen when photographing food, but don’t feel like the entire shot is compromised, make sure to embrace it. Does it really matter if your slice of cake starts to crumble, or if you’ve accidentally taken a bite out of your croissant?
Sometimes these little details can make the shot look and feel more relatable.
Take a few shots
Don’t be afraid to take a few different shots of your food or drink. Test with different angles and make sure you have enough options before digging in – I promise, it’s worth the wait! It’s always better to have more images to choose from, than just a select few which might not translate well online.
Choose props carefully
Play around with the things you want to present in your image, and feel free to add something to give it your own personal touch. Sunglasses, cardholders, and keys are an easy way to personalise your snap in seconds!
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