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Quick tips for delicious food photos

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In the age of social media, sharing what we eat has gone beyond splitting a portion of food. Photos of meals taken by smartphone are quite frequently put up on Facebook, blogs and other online channels for the admiration (and envy) of the people in our social networks.

But putting up a quick snap of a dimly lit, flat image of the food will likely cause more puzzlement than appreciation for your culinary experience. Still, you don’t need to have a studio set up for your pictures. All you might need is some quick adjustments, and you’re ready to share your meal with the world.

Stacked food
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When the food is stacked up, taking photos from the side can be a good way to show the depth of the dish.

Use fresh food

If you’re cooking a signature dish and wish to show off your efforts, remember that while digital editing software can help make a shot look better, most of the work is done in the phototaking.

So you’ll still need to get the basics right. There’s not much that can be done when the photo includes food that’s wrinkled, damaged or looks like it’s a couple of weeks past its expiry date.

Nutrifresh
The Electrolux Nutrifresh refrigerator has a Nutrilight feature which helps to keep food fresher for longer. 

For food that’ll look its best even in close ups, pick flawless ingredients at their freshest and most vibrant. Refrigerators like the Electrolux NutriFresh come with the innovative NutriLight feature that not only helps keep produce fresher for longer, it actually improves the vitamin content of fruits and vegetables. 

Natural lighting

Lighting is one of the most important factors in taking appetising food shots. It’s hard to see what you’re eating in dim lighting, but hard, direct light from a flash casts harsh shadows on food and fades out colours.

It’s best to use natural light, with some way to diffuse it. This could take the form of a frosted glass window or just waiting for cloud cover. The presence of a diffuser softens shadows and creates a natural, even contrast to enhance details like the texture of the food.

If you’re dining at night or in a dim area however, then you may have to look for ways to diffuse the camera’s flash with materials like a paper serviette. If you own an iPhone, try turning on the HDR mode to brighten the picture a little.

Take a different angle

Adjust the angle of the shot to the food. For flat foods like pizzas and soups, shooting from directly above can make for a more unusual and stylised shot. For foods that are thick or stacked up, like cakes or a burger, a photo from the side is suitable for showing the depth of the dish.

If in doubt, try taking a dish from three angles – the top, side and at a ¾ angle between the first two. You can also try focusing on the most appetising part of the dish, like the part of a melting ice cream, or a perfectly cut fruit in a salad.

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