7 tips for nailing that perfect foodie shot for Insta
Ever scroll through amazing Insty food accounts and wonder how they make the treats look SO FREAKING GOOD? Well, we got WF intern and woman-behind-the-lens Sophie Fisher of @coconutandbliss (108k followers and counting) to dish up her secrets…
- Edit photos
“Photo editing is vital in achieving that drool-worthy shot, but bear in mind that over-editing can instantly ruin a ‘gram. AfterLight is a great editing app which I use to raise the brightness, contrast and lower the shadows and temperature slightly to nail that colour balance. VSCO is another app that has a diverse range of filters, but be sure to lower the intensity to ensure a natural-looking effect.
- Use natural light
Shooting near a window is ideal for food photography, with the light coming from behind the camera. Artificial house lighting can make your photo look really yellow and saturated, so it’s best to steer clear. The most ideal times for shooting are 9am and 4pm when the sun is tilted. Also, using a flash gets a big thumbs down when it comes to food photography.
- Rule of thirds
Imagine two horizontal and two vertical lines breaking up your image. Your points of focus should lie in places where the lines lie. This ensures overall composition balance.
- Simple is best
Only use a few props to decorate and set the scene – too much going on in one photo can really detract from the food and quality of the end product. Generally speaking, use a maximum of three colours on top of other neutral shades.
- Get creative with backgrounds
Mix up the boring white bench with some rustic tile samples, a slab of distressed wood or even an outdoor scene in the background with a touch of greenery. Add in some hessian sack, crumple some brown paper bag or tissue paper – get creative!
- Use a DSLR camera
iPhone cameras can easily do the trick, but to achieve that picture perfection, invest in a DSLR camera. The choices are endless so be sure to do your research prior to purchasing. I started off with one from the cheaper end of the range, a Nikon D200, which was great for capturing Instagram photos. After some time, I invested in a Canon 5D with a 35mm f/1.4 lens which produces extremely sharp images of high resolution.
- Get the perfect angle
Different angles work well for different dishes. Generally, with round bowls, I find an overhead angle is best for showcasing the food. When photographing a raw cake or slice, I’ll show off the super delicious cross section with a straight-on shot, or low angle, slightly less than 30 degrees. Generally speaking, I find that anything in between an overhead shot and 45 degrees can make the image look clumsy and distorted so I try to avoid that angle. It’s all about experimenting with the particular dish and seeing what works.”