Want to show off that stew you slaved over? Trying to boost the popularity of your favorite local restaurant or bar? Hoping to show mom you eat more than Ramen? No problem. Any food can be “insta-worthy”! Here’s a list of simple dos and don’ts so all of your food looks good enough to eat … right off your phone.
Do: Let Food Look Messy
When you let your food look messy, with crumbs and drips, it looks less fake and more appetizing.
EASIEST POACHED EGGS! ? Thought I'd share my method again as I'm often asked. This method is so simple as it requires no stirring, gadgets or cling film! Here's how to do it in 4 steps: 1. Bring a pan of water to the boil. 2. Add a drop of white wine vinegar and then a pinch of salt. The water should foam/bubble. 3. Crack in your egg/s then turn the heat down a bit so water is simmering. 4. After 4 minutes, remove from the water with a slotted spoon and place on to some kitchen roll to absorb any extra water. Serve and enjoy! The vinegar & salt creates tiny bubbles which help bring the white up around the yolk. ? #whatiateforbreakfast
Don’t: Use a Phone Flash or Instagram Filter
Heavy flash and filters on food can make your food look shiny and discolored (not something you’d want to eat). Instead, use the natural lighting of your surroundings to set the mood.
Do: Go Heavy on the Garnish
Garnishes and sauces make a dish look more flavorful. Garnish should be used to create contrast in color and texture in your image for a more dynamic photo.
Don’t: Rely on Artificial Light
Natural light makes food look its best and delivers its most true color. The more “real” your food looks, the more the viewer can imagine its full flavor.
Do: Use Extra Cheese
Melting cheese looks good on almost anything. The more cheese dripping off the edge of a dish, the better. I don’t know why this works - it just does. Trust me.
Don’t: Be Afraid to Get Up Close
When you get close-up and show the varying textures of your dish, it looks more complex and satisfying, making your audience wish they had it right in front of them. Go ahead … take a bite.
Do: Get Handsy With Your Food
Pick up that sandwich you have on your plate and show where you are in the background of your photo. Using a scene as a background can make your photo more dynamic and add interest. Even something as simple as picking up sushi with chopsticks and snapping a picture can make an image come alive.