How to Take the Perfect Food Shots on Instagram?

When you scroll through your Instagram feed on any day, you are likely to get three kinds of photos – sunsets, selfies and food. Ironically, even the utterly tasty meringue may end up appearing a foamy mess under the flash of your camera, unless you have a great vision. So, keep reading for the tips and tricks from Hugh Johnson, season food photographer, who shot the creations Yotam Ottolenghi, Heston Blumenthal and Thomasina Miers.

Don’t Add Too Much Details in One Frame

Avoid capturing too much of stuffs in one image, especially when you want to crop and upload to your Instagram. Focus on a specific area like pine center of a steak or sheen of egg yolk. Don’t get too close to identify what it is.

Keep It Still

Tuck your elbows into the sides closely in order to keep your camera as stable as you can to avoid blurring. Smartphones like LG G5, HTC 10 and iPhone 6s come with optical image stabilization that can keep it to the least.


In a dim restaurant, using a flash can bleach out any defining details, splashes of colors and features of your food. Plate looks nice only in natural light. Be sure to use as much of the current light as possible if sunshine is not there. You can use shadow for your advantage.

Move Items Around

Having a lot of people can ruin the perfectly nice shot if you are failed to consider the background in proper way. Be sure that all the unruly napkins and menus are out of side along with any dirty cutlery on the table and your food should take center stage. Similarly, you have to think whether dish will appear clicked nicely from the side and the above.

Use Your Best Camera

When Smartphone cameras are considered to be capable, they don’t have a huge range of lenses and functions one can get on DSLR. If you are an avid Instagrammer, it is important to change lenses to achieve great focus via narrow depth.

Use Widest Possible Aperture

It will be applied only to those who use full cameras but use the widest aperture which is available and it will ensure great level of light and provide most of the focus on foreground.

Add Water or Oil to Food

Especially on vegetables or salad, adding water or oil to food can add attractive glisten which really works well on camera. It can be helpful to avoid meal which is flat.