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We asked the photographer Irini Agortza teach us how to photograph our food properly. Irini did something even better. She gave us some valuable tips and a bunch of amazing photos.

The need to share our moments on social media created a trend. The trend of photographing our food whether is a restaurant dish or our own creation. But often enough the outcome is rather disappointing, making our friends and followers wonder how in God’s name we managed that. This is the crucial moment where I come in to help you improve your food photos by giving you some extremely simple advices.

Lights.

Do not you your flash light. Flash lighting tends to skew the texture and level the color saturation of your dish. Take advantage of the natural light; just sit next to a window. Any light source besides flash will make your food much more appealing. In case there is no natural light source available – e.g. you are in a dark restaurant – you can always use your messmate’s phone as your “natural” light source.

Phone on top.

It is preferable to photograph your plate from above. Just hold the device in parallel over your dish. This angle is suitable if you want to give emphasis to your “model” because mobile cameras usually don’t offer the option of adjusting the depth of field*. If you insist on using a different angle, make sure you have a plain, uncomplicated background.

* Depth of field trivia

 Depht of field is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appear acceptably sharp in an image.

Creativity.

Be creative. Use objects that will add dynamic lines to your photos. A fork, a scoop, the angles and curves of a plate can add intensity to your subject and point the viewer’s eye.

Step back. A little more back.

Avoid close ups. Shooting close ups to individual components of your dish might be a bit messy and confusing for the viewer to understand what he is looking at. Prefer to shoot the entire dish.

The simpler the better.

Show restrain during the editing. Some filters in the image editing applications aren’t very friendly with food (don’t work well with food). The vintage filter alters the food colors; the strong contrast can alter the texture. Keep it simple in order to achieve a more natural and appealing outcome.

It’s now or never.

Don’t waste any time. Press the click button as soon as possible, before time tampers with your dish.

Last but not least.

Keep in mind that last piece of advice: before you publish any of your pictures be sure that food looks like food and as delectable as in real life.

Bon appetit and have a grade photoshoot.

* Irini Agortza did the photoshooting using Lemonis bakery products.

**Head photo via the wonderlfull and vast internet.