How to take the perfect foodie pic

Although we don't like to admit it, many of us can't wait to snap a photo of our food for social media. And it's not just the youngsters, a new poll from Meerkat Meals has revealed that almost half (48 per cent) of adults aged 35-55 regularly upload images of their food to Instagram or Facebook.

Gone are the days when eating out was about the food. In the social media age, food is not only to be tasted, it is also to be seen. And according to the poll of 2,000 adults, Italian food was considered the most photo-friendly cuisine, followed by Chinese, Indian, American and Japanese (sushi).

For 70 per cent, the most important thing when it comes to creating the perfect food selfie was the restaurant's lighting. Preferably natural light over candlelight and brightly-lit settings for the ideal shareable pic. 

Food influencer Food Feels has teamed up with Meerkat Meals at to create a guide. According to Food Feels, “It comes as no surprise that Brits are looking to create the perfect food selfie as it has become the norm to reach for our phones as soon as our meal arrives at the table.

“Creating a perfect culinary picture can take a lot of skill and practice but there are some simple tips and tricks to follow so diners can tuck into their meal while it’s still hot.”

Top 10 tips for taking the perfect foodie from from Food Feels

1. The right light

Natural light is key, I always try and shoot food during the day for the best lighting and to bring out the right colour and texture of my subject. Try and stay away from artificial lighting and never use flash with food. A cloudy day is also perfect as direct sunlight can create harsh shadows and lighting.

2. Use props to set the scene

Add some colour or additional elements to the table. This can be anything from a hand to add a human element, part of a menu to add some colour or even a vase and plant on the table.

3. Stand up for a bird’s-eye view

Not everyone likes to do this in a restaurant. See what options you have with different angles (just don’t stand on the chair).

4. Take a step back

Shooting food doesn’t necessarily need to be the one plate of food, have a look around and see if you can incorporate other dishes on the table, or even the background of the restaurant and the table and chair setting to create more of a setting.

5. Perfect a firm grip

If you’re shooting with a camera, you may like to test out some shots with a tripod, especially if you’re shooting from far away, and if you’re shooting with your phone, always take a few from the same angle just to make sure there is definitely one in focus.

6. Check your background

To create a mood, you may want a lot going on in the background, if you’d like to focus on just the one dish then a plain background will work best.

7. Work the angles

The food isn’t moving anywhere so make sure you’re the one moving around and shooting different angles and options. If there are shadows to play with it’s a great opportunity to work with the lighting.

8. Snap away

Take lots of photos, it’s always better to have options.

9.Don’t afraid to be messy

Some of the best food shots aren’t very neat, keeping it natural and messy can sometimes work best - running egg yolk, messy cheeseboards and sliced up pancakes will always look great.

10. Find your niche

There are thousands of ways to shoot food - find a style that works for you and own it.

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