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Photographing food is now part of our culture, so you no longer have a reason to feel cheesy or weird doing it at your favourite restaurant. The only thing you should feel guilty and ashamed about is posting photos that look like slop. To save you from experiencing that guilt, we listed down some photography tips and tricks that will help you make even the saddest meals look better than they actually taste.
One of the known tricks to capturing that Instagram-worthy food photo is to make great of natural lighting. Using the flash on your phone will only produce a harsh light that’s rarely or not flattering at all. So if possible, move your food next to a bright window, or brighten them up using photo editing apps. Another advantage of turning off your automatic flash? You won’t annoy your fellow diners in the restaurant.
Food tend to lose its visual appeal fast. In span of several minutes, fresh herbs will brown and wilt, the juicy steak will run dry, and the cheese will become greasy. To keep these unappetizing look from reflecting on your photos, make sure that you start taking some good shots of your food as soon as they are served on your table.
The challenge of taking photos with your phone is you lack control over the camera. Still, there are some things that you can do to get that perfect shot – and one of those is perfectly framing your subject. One good way to do it is to take an overhead shot. Capturing photos in that angle will surely help in creating a compelling and dramatic image.
If you’re dining in a restaurant, use any available white napkin to bounce the light and brighten dark areas. You can also use it to soften or filter a harsh lighting. If you’re taking photos at home, however, draping a white curtain or bedsheet will help you in achieving that same effect.
Using photo editing apps is one of the easiest and quickest way of improving your food photography. Some of the best apps with natural-looking filters are VSCO and Camera+. Snapseed is another great app because aside from its filters, it also has a tool that allows the users to create a highly desirable background blur and depth of field.
Although making any meal look good in photos can be quite challenging, pairing up your creativity with these photography tips will surely help you in capturing that Instagram-worthy food photo. So be sure to keep these tips and tricks in mind, and put them to get use the next time you visit your favourite local restaurant in Singapore.