There’s hardly anything more disappointing than being served a beautifully-presented meal at a restaurant, snapping a pic for the ‘gram, and having it turn out like a white-washed, obscure blob.
After all, how else are we going to brag to our social media followers about the mouth-watering meals we’re eating on the regular? We teamed up with Instagram influencer @food_feels and equipped him with the Honor Play so he could demonstrate his go-to tips for taking food photos for the ‘gram. And for those who don’t want to waste valuable time snapping away all day, the Honor Play’s AI-enabled, dual cameras boost the editing time for photos.
Read below for his five tips.
1. Natural lighting is key
This is definitely the most important topic. Natural lighting is key for getting great food shots – if you can grab a table by the window in a restaurant it will make everything a lot easier. Try and avoid direct light – whether that is direct sunlight or restaurant lighting such as a spotlight. Cloudy days are ideal. Also, never use flash!
2. Know your angles
There are only really a few angles you can use to shoot food, so know what works best with what you’re shooting. Subjects such as coffee, pizza, and open bowls are usually best from directly above while food such as burgers and sandwiches are best from the side to show the fillings in detail.
3. Choose your setting carefully
It doesn’t have to be the plate of food you are shooting. Choose a mood by the setting you have around you. This can be the tiled floors next to the table you’re shooting on, a unique chair and table setting, wall paper, or a nice window. Play around with what you have around you to create a unique setting for your subject. Or, if the dish is a stand-out, shoot it alone.
4. Don’t over edit
It’s quite easy to remove colour or over-saturate food – I usually play around with the contrast and sharpness with a slight filter, but not much else. The right lighting will do a lot of the work for you.
5. Choose a style that works for you
Over time you will discover which angles, lighting, and even the type of food you shoot works for you. A majority of my Instagram shots are still taken on my phone so don’t feel you need to pick up a camera from the start.
Want to keep it simple? The new Honor Play smartphone can do the thinking for you. The dual AI-enabled rear camera auto-identifies scene types and instantly adjusts the settings for you. Easy.