Food is a universal language, and so it’s no surprise to see the rise in popularity og food photography – both professionally and amateurs. After all, who doesn’t love food and want to show off the delectable meal you’re about to consume?
We all know and follow that one person on Instagram that insists on posting a picture of each meal, coffee, dessert or snack. Admit it, you do it to from time to time yourself, So why not make that image of your mouth-watering dinner look as good as it tastes?
B&H Photo spent a day with popular foodie Alexa Mehraban (@EatingNYC) as she eats her way through New York City, giving us some food photography tips for Instagram and beyond. In the last two in and half years, Alexa has amassed 189k followers by posting all her toothsome food adventures. When she started, she wasn’t even a photographer, but along the way (and as seen in the progression of her Instagram photos) she’s learned some tweaks to make food photographs look appealing.
The first thing Alexa talks about is the most important in any genre of photography and that is lighting. She tries to use natural light as much as possible by sitting by a window, but, she mentions in this interview, if she must use an additional light source she will use the light from a friend’s phone or create a scrim on her own phone’s flash by using a napkin. Clever.
The remainder of the 3-minute video shows her traipsing through more of NYC’s trendiest food establishments giving tips on composition, perspective and more, to make your food images more tantalizing.
For those that may be wondering what Alexa uses to edit her food images in as shown at the end of the video, it is the very popular and versatile app, SnapSeed – and it’s free.
Do you take pictures of your food? Comment below with your favorite food photography tip.