Creating Better Food Photos for Instagram

Instagram Food Photos

While Instagram isn’t really a platform for everyone, it’s surely a platform for foodies. Creating images that really appeal to the senses though requires you to do some work involving set design. In fact, that’s what most of food photography is right after a creative vision and followed by lighting.

Instagrammers HeyDahye and MTLFoodSnob teamed up to show off a number of tips and techniques to get better Instagram foodie photos.

And believe it or not, very little of it has to do with the gear.

Food photography and especially good food photography has to do with transporting to reader to a scene and creating something that is familiar or understandable to them. Part of this is why you see lots of food images shot on wooden tables or environments that just make sense. Instead, a lot of thought needs to be given to where you want to transport the viewer to and how you can play with colors, textures, etc.

Some of @MTLFoodSnobs images are below.

Deep dishing @loumalnatis

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nom @chezboris

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Home is where the soup is. Happy year of the monkey everyone! 🐵🎉

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optimal muscle maintenance #proteinintake @lattucabarbecue

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  • Richard Jackson
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    Birdseye, straight down angle for the win.

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    As frequently the case in so many of these “food photography tips” videos, the setting is already ideal. Sure, if you are photographing food at home, or in a space where you have a lot of control over (like these women are via cooperation of the restaurant), and can be seated near the window with diffused light, have ample room to re-arrange dishes, not be cramped for space with so many things on the table or have other diners or things as distraction in the background, or be bothered by overhead lighting that casts shadows from your phone when you take photos overhead, then sure yeah, these tips are useful. I do food photography table top as you know, and I find I’m almost never in such an ideal situation – because foremost, I’m there to eat. I don’t cherry pick my restaurants and times of visiting purely to take food photos, as many on Instagram seem to do. In such an ideal setting with good diffused lighting, sure the equipment doesn’t matter. I want to see a video for doing food photography in a tight space and dark restaurant setting with harsh overhead lights; that’s where a photographer stands out from a camera phone snapper.