How to take the perfect foodie photo

With the trend of taking photos of your food rising, we get an expert to weigh in on how to capture the perfect shot. 

Whether you're capturing your food to share on Instagram or to simply bank up a few memories, you can't deny that taking a snap of your daily meals is becoming more commonplace. 

Former food editor of Daily Telegraph and expert food critic, Grant Jones, reveals his top tips on how to get that drool-worthy photo snap.

Why are we so keen snapping our meals?

“The rise of social media, particularly Instagram, and review sites has had a huge impact on the global food scene. Today people want to take beautiful imagery of their food and while they do have the equipment in great mobile phone technology, they need tips on how to use it properly and the knowledge with which to describe dishes, instead of opting for generic words such as ‘yummy’ and ‘amazing’.

"Insta-culture has meant that many reviews lack depth and don’t fully capture the whole story of the restaurant or flavour of the dishes. When reviewing, you need to grab people from the get-go. Observe, open your eyes to everything around you and be able to communicate that.”

When you're battling low light

“Sometimes the lighting in a restaurant doesn’t do justice to your photos. However, there are ways around it.

"There are a whole suite of apps you can use, both inbuilt or external, to tweak images and make them appear brighter, sharper and more appealing. By simply adjusting the brightness, the aperture and focus on your photos, the look of your dishes will be transformed.”

What about overcoming shadows?

“One simple hack you can use to remove shadows from your photographs is to zoom into the image of your dish from a distance. By moving into the correct position, and zooming in can eliminate those annoying shadows."

For more information on the art of being a food critic and capturing great foodie shots, spend an evening with Grant Jones at this one-off workshop at The Storehouse Central Café and Bar at Vibe Hotel Sydney.

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