3 Tips on Taking Great Pictures of your Food

Some may call it an epidemic, others may call it a blessing. The reality is in every restaurant or place you go, there is inevitably someone taking a picture of their food. These pictures are usually punched up with dramatic effects and hashtagged with #instayum #instagood #foodie to garner the right attention.

So how can you join the ranks of foodie photographers? Here are 3 tips:

1. Capture the background for added interest.

As an amateur food photographer, you can take the emphasis off your not so professional photography skills by showing off the surroundings of the restaurant. This also creates a bit more interest in the picture.  

Servino Restaurant in Tiburon, California

Servino Restaurant in Tiburon, California

2. Be mindful of lighting. Natural lighting (outdoor) is the best!

Ever wonder why there isn't THAT much dinner food photography as there is breakfast and lunch? Well, its all about lighting! Most restaurants at dinner time are dark and candle lit meals are terrible for a good photo. Natural lighting is the best for any photography, and if possible, avoid shadows which will make that vibrant broccoli look decayed. You may need to punch up the brightness of an indoor picture in Photoshop.

The Yoga Cafe - Bandra, Mumbai

The Yoga Cafe - Bandra, Mumbai

3. Don't forget a catchy title to grab attention!

Simply mentioning what you ate is not enough for someone to click on it. You have to spend just as much time crafting great copy to go with your picture as you do taking the picture. What's the point of having a good picture if no one will view it? This is especially important when posting to Twitter.

Do you have any food photography tips to add? Let us know by commenting below.

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