8 Tips to Make Your Instagram Feed Mouthwatering

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Between blogs, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, everybody’s a food photographer these days. But not everyone is a good food photographer.

It doesn’t take much, though, to make your food photos appetizing. Just consider different angles, lighting and composition. Since taking food photos is part of our job, we’re all for helping advance the art form.

We’ve picked the brains of some professionals to help you become a better food photographer. Here is their advice.

Tip 1: Play with angles in finding best composition.

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Tip 2: Use a window for natural lighting. For an impromptu reflector, hang a white napkin over two glasses.

Tip 3: Lacking natural light? Use lighting apps on your smart phone for extra lighting.

Tip 4: Utilize your apps. Try the iPhone and Hipstamatic App to take shots of favorite drinks, entrees or desserts. Hipstamatic ($1.99) released a pack called the “Foodie SnapPak designed to make your iPhone food shots look great. It creates a shallow depth of field so that there’s some dimension to an otherwise flat smartphone shot.

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Tip 5: Don’t be afraid of the close-up. The folks at photojojo.com suggest you “fill the frame with the food, so the viewer can almost taste it.”
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Tip 6: Play with focus and depth of field. Shooting at a lower angle and using shallow apertures can really isolate your subject from the background, say the folks at digital-photography-school.com. It works especially well with a number of food items in a row.
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Tip 7: Try an action shot. Food prep, even tableside presentation, can make a shot more interesting. Here: the lobster pot pie at the restaurant Acadia in Chicago.
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Tip 8: Think about composition and background. A whole fish on a bar is more interesting than a piece of fish on a plate.
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About Author

Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

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