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Tips for taking food pics for Instagram...


This article is written by The Skinny Kitchen food photographer, Natasha Marshall.

Hello! If you're reading this then hopefully you share the same passions as me… photography andfood!

With the impact Instagram has on our lives it's hard to ignore the thousands of photos that are uploaded everyday of people's delicious food and I’m hoping that after you've read this you'll pick up a few tips and tricks to make your food look even better on camera than on the plate.

1. Light

The most important thing is light. Natural light; use a window, take your subject outside - even a cloudy day is good, as this type of light is softened. When I shoot at The Skinny Kitchen in Ibiza we are so lucky and can spend all day shooting because we have an abundance of natural light, it floods through the restaurant so we can use any space we need to, or we can go outside!

Light is great outside The Skinny Kitchen in Ibiza, San Antonio!

You can use your light sources in more creative ways too, like a coloured light or move your dish in front of the light to create effects like silhouettes.

Look for interesting light in the background Create silhouettes

2. Think about your surroundings

Be mindful of your surroundings, tidy up things in the background that might detract from what you're shooting. If you can’t move whatever might be spoiling your backdrop then simply adjust your camera angle or try and edit it out afterwards with some clever cropping.

Some clever cropping can really change your photo

3. Build a scene

Alternately, you can build a scene, create a dining experience - this is where your inner stylist will come out. Take a bite out of the food, use a hand holding a fork or pouring a sauce. Anything that appropriately sets the dining scene. Sometimes we open a bottle of wine and pour out some glasses to add to the dining set, we find this to be extremely beneficial…!

Think about what is happening in the whole scene, not just on your plate.

Another great way to set a scene is by introducing the ingredients that have gone into the meal - or drink! This works great for Skinny Kitchen as they like to endorse a clean, healthy eating attitude. People like to know whats going into their food these days, so its good to show the natural produce before it gets turned into the dishes we see on the menu.

Put some of the ingredients around the item you are photographing

4. Find on a focal point

Whats the most important part of your photo? If only one part of your dish pops then concentrate on that! Move that part to the front, or, if you have the tools to do so then adjust your aperture and focus on it leaving the rest of the plate to fade into a blur. If your using a camera phone, just tap the screen on the part you want the camera to focus on and it will do it automatically.

Pick a focus point, like a bright colour

5. Have fun!

Finally, it sounds cheesy but just have fun with it. Some of the best shots I’ve taken are when we've pushed the boundaries and let go (perhaps after a glass of that wine we poured earlier!)

If you'd like to see more examples of my food photography then you can do so here:

www.natasha-marshall-photography.com or email me info@natasha-marshall-photography.com

Instagram: @natasha_marshall_photography

This article is written by The Skinny Kitchen food photographer, Natasha Marshall.


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