As a novice food blogger, I admit that I have no idea what to do with food other than eat it.
But food can be more than just delicious, instant gratification. I wanted to find out what it takes to be one of “those people” who post fantastically-framed food pictures on social media.
Megha Tejal has become a seasoned pro at taking food pictures on her Instagram, @hotpinkhouston. Her account has gained a significant following of fellow Houstonians wanting a bite from local eateries.
1. Practice, practice, practice.
“I use every opportunity to take pics of food (at home, at restaurants, at events, etc.) even just for practice in capturing different angles, lighting, etcetera.”
2. Get to know your device.
“I use my iPhone for almost everything because it’s faster to get the pics up on social media, so you should familiarize with your device and how the camera works best for you.”
3. Natural lighting is always best.
“When taking pics of food I have learned to always use natural light, never flash,” said Tejpal. “I have had occasions where a restaurant is too dark or the pictures don’t come out well, and it’s just not worth posting on your blog because the true experience does not translate to your followers. Quality over quantity.”
4. Pay attention to plating.
“(With) dishes which are plated beautifully, I like to capture from directly above (sometimes the plate or tablecloth is a perfect backdrop)! Colorful foods are always popular,” said Tejpal. “The photos are much more fun to look at and immediately attract attention to your blog post.”
5. Be passionate about your posts.
“I love food, restaurants, the whole industry and I put 110% into everything I write/post/blog about because I truly enjoy it. This started out as a hobby for me, and now it has turned into something so much greater. If you put your heart into what you are writing about and the pics you are taking, your blog will be a great success!”