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5 Ways to Take Better Food Shots for Instagram

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Who hasn’t come across an image of food before that looks sooo good that it sets off immediate cravings?

Food in the 21st century is now a visual affair. Just serving good tasting chow these days just doesn’t cut it anymore.

But taking great food shots isn’t for everyone. If you’ve tried to recreate a beautiful photo seen on Instagram before, only to have it result in a pic you’d prefer to hide on (or delete from) your phone, then this is for you.

Here are 5 easy tips to better Instagram food photos!

 

Pay attention to where you sit (or stand)

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79 After Dark is an Indian-Chinese restaurant located at Boat Quay. They offer North Indian tandoori kebabs and Indian-Chinese cuisine with bold flavours and freshest ingredients. ⁣ ⁣ Here’s some of the dishes that we tried:⁣ ▪️Butter Chicken ($18)⁣ ▪️Garlic Naan ($5) ⁣ ▪️Mutton Biryani ($16)⁣ ▪️Butter Garlic Beetroot Noodle ($12)⁣ ▪️Vegetarian Sharing Platter ($22)⁣ ▪️Momos (dumpling): Chicken and herbs, corn and spinach ($8)⁣ ▪️Deepavali Special: Mithai Platter ($16)⁣ ▪️Cocktail: Cutting Chai ($20)⁣ ⁣ My favourite has got to be the GARLIC NAAN and Butter Chicken!! ❤️ ⁣ ⁣ EATIGO: 79 After Dark is one of the merchants on eatigo, a discounted reservations platform with up to 50% discounts at 650+ restaurants everyday. In partnership with Standard Chartered, users can get instant additional $5 off their dining bill when they pay with their SC credit card.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #eatigo ⁣#indiancuisine #indianfood #butterchicken #garlicnaan #naan #sgindianfood #sgindianrestaurant #sgfoodie #sgfoodlover #foodiesg

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Why? Because lighting is everything in photos. If the place you’re going to has a great overhead light, or if there are seats by the window, you’ll want to sit there.

Of course, your seating options need not necessarily be limited to the aforementioned two examples. Pay attention to your environment and where best will offer ideal lighting for your photos.

One thing you should definitely avoid is your camera’s flash. Most tend to be over-the-top and produce washed out colours in your photos.

 

Shadows

While lighting is important, shadows are too.

Obviously, you don’t want any shadow of yourself ruining the picture. But you can turn this annoyance into your advantage. As with above, pay attention to your light source and simply stand opposite to it. Sometimes, placing your food at the edge of the table helps to minimise the annoying shadows casted on your food.

When done right, the shadows give the photo a natural dramatic effect that will automatically make it 10 times better – all by just taking the photo from a different angle.

 

Angles

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Located within the rustic Kam Leng Hotel along Jalan Besar, Enjoy Eating House & Bar presents a similar retro and cosy feel to its interior. The decor highlights the poignancy of the restaurant's dishes as the menu celebrates all the Asian influences – dishes that Singaporeans grew up with. . Here are the four main signature dishes of the restaurant : . 1. Brandy White Fish Soup (S$11.80) Made from scratch by boiling fried fish bones for hours to achieve a collagen-rich soup with a natural milky consistency. A shot of brandy elevates the flavour of the soup . 2. Singapore-style Chilli Prawns (S$17.80) Singaporeans may be more familiar with the crab version of this dish but Chef Joel presents a version with pan-seared sea prawns. The home-made sauce packs a punch and great with fried mantous . 3. Chef Joel’s BBQ Pork (S$14.80) A Thai-inspired dish, the texture and juiciness of the meat is what makes it such a crowd favourite. 4. Grandma’s “Te Kah” Bee Hoon (S$11.80) The wok hei and home-made tender braised pork leg shines through on this dish — my favourite! . Other notable dishes that we had include the Signature Salt Baked Whole Sea Bass (S$32.80), Ugly Cabbage in Fish Sauce (S$9.80), Crab Meat Omelette (S$12.80), Sauteed Otah (S$17.80), Cendol Panna Cotta (S$5.40), Teochew "Orh Ni" and more . . @enjoyeatinghouse is one of the merchants on @eatigo_sg a platform which offers up to 50% time-based discounts for restaurants . . 📍383 Jln Besar, Kam Leng Hotel, Singapore 209001 ‪.‬ ‪.‬ ‪.‬ ‪.‬ ‪Hosted by ‬@enjoyeatinghouse and @eatigo_sg #enjoyeatinghousesg #mediainvite #localfood #singapore #eatigo

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So you may have seen a really nice top-down view photo on Instagram. You try it but it doesn’t produce the result you were going for.

Just because a particular angle looked great on social media doesn’t mean it works for all shots. Experiment with angles and different shot types.

Sometimes, the ingredients are a dish’s main star. And you’ll want to highlight this with a close-up bokeh shot, instead of a top-down one.

 

Arrangements

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Opened at @fareastplazasg since 2005, @sukoreanrestaurant relocated previously to Toa Payoh in the heartland before reopening back at Peace Centre. Fans of Korean BBQ will fancy the Combo BBQ set consisting of Original Pork Belly, Garlic Pork Belly, Marinated Pork Collar, Original Pork Collar, LA Galbi, Bulgogi and Chicken Teriyaki suitable for 2 to 3 pax. The Sausage Stew with Ramyun Noodle is another that is perfect for sharing. Add on the likes of Jap Chae , Seafood Pancake and Boneless Fried Chicken to complete the meal before ending off with the refreshing Mango Bingsu . 📣 Get 50% time-based discount at @sukoreanrestaurant through @eatigo_sg . 🏢‪ 1 Sophia Road Peace Centre 02-01/02 ‬ Singapore 228149 . 🕚 Operating Hours: Daily:‪ 11.00am to 11.00pm‬ . 💲Cost: Jap Chae Set Meal $13.80 Seafood Pancake $14.80 Boneless Fried Chicken $17.80 Sausage Stew $40.00 Combo BBQ Set $58.00 Mango Bingsu $13.80 . 💌 Tks @sukoreanrestaurant & @eatigo_sg for the invite & @iceshakeats for the coverage! . #singapore2019 #igfood #sgfood #instasg #igsg #sgig #sgcafes #sgcafe #singaporefood #sgfoodlover #visitsingapore #igfoodies #foodiesg #igfoodie #sgfoodie #sgfoodies #exploresingapore #stfoodtrending #singapore #cafesg #sgeat #exploresingaporeeats #yoursingapore #sgeats #latergram #koreanfood #bbq #grill #meat #kimchi

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There’s so much to explore in terms of the arrangement. Think of the spaces within a frame when you’re making a flatlay shot. Sometimes, just bringing in a human element in your photos helps a lot too!

Whether it’s a friend’s hand holding a fork, ready to eat, or a knife in the midst of cutting open a beautiful poached egg, it will bring a different dynamic to your photo!

 

Don’t be afraid to do a little editing

In an ideal world, every photo you take is all Insta-ready – brightness, colours and sharpness are all perfect.

Apps like Snapseed and VSCO allow you to do just that. Natural lighting, while nice, still comes with the risk of washed out photos, especially on a particularly sunny day. But it’s an easy solve by tweaking a photo’s colour saturation to ensure the dish’s colours are faithfully captured.

Be careful though – you won’t want to over-edit them. The result would be very fake-looking photos that are more grotesque than gorgeous.

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