9 tips for great Instagram food posts

How to take good instagram food photos

People love their food, but these days it seems people love to take photos of their food even more. Just look at the 189 million Instagram photos on #food.

To get started in food photography is not that difficult anymore. You don’t need special equipment or expensive DSLR cameras.

These days, all you really need is a phone with camera (and internet), an eye for composition and these pro tips from established foodie Instagrammers.

1. Go for natural lighting
2. Don’t use flash for dim settings
3. Take note of the composition
4. Mind the colours
5. Remember to focus
6. Use photo editing apps
7. Add a human element
8. Edit consistently for a uniform feed
9. Use hashtags liberally

 

1. Go for natural lighting

Natural lighting is best for beautiful food photos as artificial lights tend to give photographs a different tint.

That doesn’t mean you have to bring your plate out of the restaurant. “If you have a choice between sitting under a light or near a window, go for the window,” said food and travel expert Aida Mollenkamp (@aidamollenkamp).

For lighting angles, travel blogger Sher (@shershegoes) said side lighting works best for food while drinks look better when lit from behind for an illuminated effect.

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RWSdining tip: Our celebrity Osia Steak and Seafood Grill, Tangerine and Forest森 have window seats. Remember to ask for those when you’re there.

 

2. Don’t use flash for dim settings

But if you’re dining at night in a dim (read: romantic) restaurant where there is no natural light, choose somewhere with lights or use candle lights to light your dish. If it’s still too dim, never use your phone’s flash because of the harsh lighting. Instead, borrow light from friend’s phone. Filmmaker Kristen Kellogg (@BorderFreeTravels) recommends diffusing the light by placing an unfolded cocktail napkin over it for a warm glow.

3. Take note of the composition

Flat lay shots where the photos are taken with a birds’ eye view of the table are all the rage now. Arrange your plates and cutlery in a pleasing manner and hold your phone high above the table to achieve this effect.

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There are other ways to make the photo interesting too. @aidamollenkamp recommends composing the shot so that the plate is halfway in the show or taking a photo from the side of the table.

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Taking a close up of the food can make the food more enticing. Private chef J.D. Valdez [@htxjd] said you can invest in a clip-on macro lens to take such shots.

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4. Mind the colours

Vibrant colours stand out when people are scrolling through their Instagram feeds, that’s great for food such as salads with interesting colours.

But if your food isn’t colourful, find a different background for contrast.

5. Remember to focus

Nothing says unappetising like a blurry photo of even the most delicious-looking food. When taking a photo, remember to tap on the screen to focus.

If your phone doesn’t cooperate and end up focusing on everything in the frame, you can edit the photos after they are taken. @htxjd recommends using Instagram’s Tilt Shift or vignette functions.

These functionalities direct the attention to the centre of the image and soften harsh or distracting edges in the photo.  

6. Use photo editing apps

If you want your photos to appear great, take the extra step and edit them. Most of the gorgeous food photos you see on Instagram have gone through editing or filters.

“If you don’t use the warmth or tint sliders when editing, you’re probably not getting your white balance right,” said @htxjd.

You don’t have to rely only on Instagram’s editing functions. Popular apps for editing include Snapseed, VSCO Cam, Camera+, Adobe Photoshop Express, and more.

But don’t go overboard. @aidamollenkamp said, “In general, food looks best the less it’s messed with. Nix the filters and just adjust the exposure, highlights, colour temperature, and focus.”

7. Add a human element

Don’t constrain yourself to just Instagram photos of food. If you have friends around, ask them to help to stage a shot.

“Having a human element–like someone scooping up something or holding a drink against their side–makes the picture a bit more relatable and interesting,” said @aidamollenkamp.

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Beyond still photos, you can use Boomerang to create quirky moving images.

Examples of fun action shots can be: A knife cutting into a cake, or a fork piercing into a dish and carrying a morsel out and many more.

8. Edit consistently for a uniform feed

If you’re thinking of turning pro and make your Instagram account all about food, have a consistent look to your photos.

Users usually check out your Instagram feed before deciding if they want to follow you. Having a feed with a unified look or feel makes it more appealing.

9. Use hashtags liberally

It’s a waste if your awesome posts aren’t discovered by others. You can reach a wider audience than those already following you by using relevant hashtags.

Here’s a list of hashtags you can use for your food post.

#Food #foodgasm #nomnom #amazing #tasty #delicious #instalove #meal #instafood #recipe #foodporn #foodstagram #delicious #yummy #instacool #eats #eating #hungry #foodandtravel #eattheworld

If you don’t like having hashtags in your caption, hide them in your first comment. You have a total of 30 hashtags for the caption and first comment before Instagram stops you from publishing the post.

 

Those are our nine tips for great Instagram food posts. Check more examples at @RWSDining Instagram account.

If you’ve taken great photos of food at Resorts World Sentosa, share them on Instagram and tag @RWSDining. We might even feature you.

Do you have other tips? Let us know in the comments.

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