Instagram is quickly becoming the hot guide for new recipe/restaurant inspiration, with everyone snapping what they eat and where they eat it. So we’ve provided a few quick tips to bring your food photography up to scratch so that you can show off your meals this World Food Week.
Find the Sunlight
When taking pictures of your Italian inspired Aperol Spritz, either dine al fresco or move towards natural light sources surrounding you so that the reflection of the sun adds a pop to your photograph. A sunset picture is sure to get more likes than anything else, so time your meal for that perfect shot. If you’re drinking or dining after the sun has gone down, use a flash onto the dish to prevent dark and grainy finishes.
If your meal has been inspired by a trip taken abroad, don’t be afraid to tastefully accessorize your layout with thematic souvenirs or props. Place your tagline on top of a Moroccan tablecloth and scatter sultanas around the edges of the frame. This adds an extra element of style to your food photography, drawing it apart from the rest of your followers’ Instagram feeds, and gives it a thematic twist.
If you develop and maintain a style of accessorising, it can become a motif and you are more likely to have new followers returning to your profile to view your latest update.
Add a Pop of Colour
Increase the excitement of your Mexican tacos by playing around with post-production apps such as VSCO Cam or Afterlight. Hike up the saturation of the picture to brighten the colours of the salsa and guacamole but don’t get too excitable on your new apps as the picture can look too garish if you go overboard. The use of filters also help to add interest to a picture but try to stick to similar hues to keep your feed consistent.
Don’t Be Afraid of a Close-Up
After all, if you’re trying to catch your followers’ attention with your carefully prepared Indian banquet, you should fill the frame with its luxuriousness. Take a close-up of a particularly colourful curry or position a number of dishes so that their abundance bursts out the frame. Once you begin to get serious with your photography, check out Brian Peterson’s description of the Rule of Thirds in his book Understanding Composition – this is a step-by-step guide of how placement can create interesting photographs.
Get Trigger Happy
As all professional photographers will tell you, it takes hundreds of shots to get the perfect one. Don’t be afraid to take multiple photos and play around with different angles so you can learn which foods are photogenic and which angles are most complimentary. A birds-eye-view of your rainbow bagel from NYC may not look as good as a picture of it being held up in front of the Empire State building.
Now that you have your food photography tips, get snapping and hashtag #WorldFoodWeek so that we can check out your feed @WorldFoodWeek