5 Tips on Taking Better Foodie Pics

HAVE YOU EVER PEEPED YOUR FEED ONLY TO SEE A PHOTO OF A GROTESQUE, GREASY BURGER? OR, PERHAPS, A BOWL OF AN INEDIBLE CONCOCTION THAT SOMEONE CALLS "SOUP," ONLY FOR IT TO MAKE YOUR STOMACH HURL?

Photos are worth a thousand words. The food might be delicious, but if your Instgrams say otherwise, what's the point? So, you might be wondering, 'how do you convey that my food is delightful and enjoyable in a photo?' Allow me break it down into my top five tips on posting a foodiegram.

I. Presentation

One of the most important characteristics of posting the best foodie Instagrams is paying attention to the presentation of your subject. Presentation can include the angle of your shot: top-down, from the side, center, or off-center. Take the layout of your subject into consideration. Will you use a grid pattern or place your food in a random layout? 
You can also add props in colors that either complement or contrast your food.

II. Geolocation Tagging

If you're out at a restaurant, you should include the geolocation tag! This lets people know where you captured that beautiful foodie shot and where you ate your delicious food. When people check the geolocation tag, all pictures taken at that location will pop up and everyone gets to discover what's good at that specific restaurant.

III. Food

Your subject should always look appealing, edible, and delicious to the general audience. Colorful food, such as fruits and vegetables, always photograph better than a cheeseburger. Structured items like cupcakes and cake are usually captured better than steaks and other meats. But, as the photographer, use your best judgement to make a better snap specific to the conditions you're shooting in.

 

IV. Lighting

S'mores cupcake from Sprinkles Cupcakes against a brown background.

This is the most important element of, not just foodie pics, but all pictures you post anywhere. Natural lighting works best for this situation, but if you're out snapping a foodie pic at night, play that to your advantage. Play with a darker mood and use shadows to capture a unique shot. Best rule of advice? Never use flash. It accentuates any oil/grease and washes out the true color of your subject matter.

V. Editing

When you're editing a photo, try adjusting the exposure, contrast, and curves to get your photo Instagram-worthy. This is also your opportunity to throw in your perspective and style into foodie shots. Create a mood or aesthetic of your own through color, filters, and the tone of the caption.

As with any content you share on social media, do not forget to enjoy the moment and savor the flavor. Don't spend too much time trying to get "the perfect shot"—eat! Unless you're strictly a foodie-designated Instagram, you probably shouldn't be posting photos of food all the time. Share your best foodie pics and save the rest for yourself.