The internet is teeming with photos of food. It seems like everyone who likes to cook — or eat — posts the occasional food pic on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or other social media.
Fortunately, these photos won't just make you hungry — they can also inspire you to try cooking something new. Checking out food-focused feeds will give you ideas for family dinners, and posting your kitchen successes is a fun way to connect with other foodie parents.
But it can be tricky to get a good shot. How can you make your delicious dish look as good as it tastes?
Most smartphones double as decent digital cameras, so taking a great photo of your kitchen creation is easier than ever. I've learned a few things from my professional photographer husband, Sam. Even though he generally shoots with a pair of Nikon digital SLRs, he knows how to snap the best possible pic with his phone. Luckily for me, he's usually willing to share his secrets.
Get close. Close-ups make for striking photos. Most phones can focus quite near to your subject, so go ahead and get as close as you can for a couple of shots.
Get low. Instead of standing over your dish, bring your phone down beside it and shoot straight at it from the side for a fresh perspective.
Try for natural light. It's usually the best. If that's not possible, try using an extra light or two to brighten up your plate — and make sure to position yourself so you don't cast a shadow over your dish!
Use the rule of thirds. Instead of positioning your dish dead center in the photograph, try it in the bottom, left or right third of the frame.
vsCO Cam: It's easy to use and offers a wide range of filters. Great for giving your pictures that cool, moody, faded look that's popular with many food bloggers right now.
Instasize: It maintains your rectangle pic shapes, with a white or black border. But it also offers many unusual filters and editing tools, as well as text, sticker and overlay options.
Retrica: This app is most popular for selfies, but I love its retro-feel filters for pics of desserts and treats. It has many filter options and lets you position your photos in unusual ways.
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