Tips For the Perfect #Foodstagram Shot

Foodstagram Shot

Filipinos looove to eat. The Philippines is also known for being the selfie capital of the world. It shouldn’t be a surprise that in this day and age, Filipinos take pictures of their food before eating it. I’m guilty of this. What will you do with hundred of pictures of your food? I for one intend to do it for a blog post and restaurant review but end up not writing about the experience and would just post it on my social media account. Hehehehe. I assume a lot of people do the same.

Taking the perfect food shot worthy of becoming a #foodstagram post takes some practice, a lot of patience, and settling for food that has gone cold after taking too many photos. LOL. I don’t consider myself an expert at this but I thought I’d share some tips that could be useful for fellow enthusiasts like me.

Tips For the Perfect #Foodstagram Shot

  1. Take a top shot to show what makes up your meal. Some dishes have the ingredients deconstructed in one plate, while homemade meals can also be plated nicely as seen below:
  1. Shoot at an angle that includes other dishes (blurred) in the background. Not all dishes are created equal. Some are too small to be identified in a top shot. This sushi, for example, looks better at this angle with the other plate of sushi strategically placed in the background.
  1. Sharing is caring. Having your friends take food from the plate creates excitement on a rather boring looking dish.
    P.S. This was not scripted. They were really hungry.
  1. Crop crop crop. I find beverages a little hard to capture. Should I take it from the side? Do I take a top shot? With this angle, I was able to show the design of my drink and gave it an artistic feel by cropping it in the corner of the frame.

Hot chocolate at this restaurant in City of Dreams. Forgot the name of the place.

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  1. Enhance the photo to emphasize color. Sometimes all it takes it a little enhancement to make the food ‘pop’. I personally like vibrant photos and this is one of my favorite food shots. But make it a point to not overdo the enhancement, otherwise, it would look too edited. Usually, I just play with brightness, contrast, and saturation

The examples I posted were taken from a cheap-o smartphone. It’s not that hi-res but good enough in small screens. Again, I’m not an expert and usually, I just do whatever feels right at the moment. These are just some of the things I do when I take pictures of my food. What about you? I’d like to know your tips in capturing the perfect #foodstagram shot. Leave them in the comments and I’ll update this post when I try them myself. ^_^

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Mostly writing about my life and experiences, I started blogging in 2005. This current version of the blog has been established since 2011. Professionally, I'm a homebased SEO Expert for a UK company with international clients. With a wide range of interests and hobbies, it took me a while to narrow down my blog niche. I own and care for 5 dogs in a small studio apartment in Las Piñas City, Philippines. I love traveling locally when I have the means, otherwise, I spend most of my time at home.

22 Comments

  1. Lady Auradelle
    17 March, 2017

    Just looking at your photos make me drool haha

    I always try to take photos of food/restaurant we don’t regularly visit and not that known to lots for the intent of making a review about it afterwards but sometimes I tend to get shy because some folks look at me like “why is she taking photos of her food when this is just a normal food?” something like that haha that’s why I don’t get to take photos of some really good restaurant I’ve been to. And I always regret that once we’re done eating. Huhu

    Most of the time, the bird’s eye view shot or what we call flat lay~ is the best shot for cover photos when doing food reviews. And for me this is quite hard to achieve because we need to include all the beautiful things in the table in one frame without making it look cluttered. For individual food photo, I think just having a focus will do. If you own a DSLR and planning to get a new lens, 50mm lens is pretty great for food photography plus it’s so cheap compare to other lenses 🙂

    And I like your 3rd photo the most 🙂

    Auradelle // Shoot, Eat, Write
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    1. Nickle Love
      19 March, 2017

      Thank you for your insight. I used to feel ashamed for taking photos so I usually only do it when I’m in a new place. I’m not that good with taking flatlay photos. Including other items on the table don’t always seem right and the lighting is often off too. I am planning on buying a 50mm lens but it’s not a priority for now. ^_^

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  2. Dre @ Sporadicade
    24 March, 2017

    I am friends with GourManila, and he sometimes uses me as his hand model for food. Successful foodstagramming is a lot of work, I tell you. Sometimes, it takes up to 15mins before everything is shot perfectly. But it was fun!

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    1. Nickle Love
      24 March, 2017

      True! I try to take quick shots lang so we won’t eat cold food. Hehehehe.

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  3. Ju
    18 April, 2018

    Such great tips, and seriously great pictures!

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    1. Nickle Love
      19 April, 2018

      Thank you!

      Reply
  4. Kate
    19 April, 2018

    Who knew there were so many options? The classic topshot is always a winner – But love the fun alternatives like the sharing and cropped shots! I learnt something today, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Nickle Love
      19 April, 2018

      You’re welcome 🙂

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  5. Marcel
    19 April, 2018

    All of these look great. Thank you for tips, they will come useful when describing my food experiences 😉

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  6. LC
    19 April, 2018

    OMG, your pictures are amazing. I’m not a food blogger but if I were I would definitely contact you for your ebook or course in how to take such beautiful photos. I don’t ever take pictures of my food, but your pictures make the food actually look tasty. Thanks for the tips.

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    1. Nickle Love
      19 April, 2018

      Aaaw. Thank you. I don’t have a course or ebook but now you’re giving me ideas. Lol

      Reply
  7. Nadalie Bardo
    19 April, 2018

    These photos were well captured and to be honest they look professional. I don’t know why but that egg in the first picture looks amazing. It is aesthetically pleasing for some reason lol.

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    1. Nickle Love
      19 April, 2018

      Thank you so much. That is too much. I’m not a professional photographer, I just like taking pictures. I’m glad you liked it. ☺

      Reply
  8. amy kennedy
    20 April, 2018

    What a fun post! I do a recipe blog once a week, and often I am the photographer and cook! So I am enjoying these tips as I know I need to up my game!

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    1. Nickle Love
      21 April, 2018

      Glad you liked them. Thanks Amy!

      Reply
  9. Jack
    20 April, 2018

    You got amazing foods and I wish I could try some of it. I like the smoothie style because it look amazing.

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  10. nikhila
    20 April, 2018

    Great tips. I so needed this right now! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Nickle Love
      21 April, 2018

      no worries. thank you too 🙂

      Reply
  11. Tara
    20 April, 2018

    food gramming to me is more critical than shooting for style blogging. they are so serious about those angles and all i want to do is eat! hah!

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    1. Nickle Love
      21 April, 2018

      Hahaha true!

      Reply
  12. Anissa
    20 April, 2018

    These are some excellent shots! Look like restaurant shots! They look like they can be used for restaurant advertisements. Love it!

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    1. Nickle Love
      21 April, 2018

      Hahahaha you’re too kind. Thank you 🙂

      Reply

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