“The Camera Eats First”: Tips and Tricks for your Best Food Photos

With all the food accounts on Instagram today, it’s hard to stand out from the pack. Whether you’re taking pictures to share with your friends and family, or shooting content for your business, it’s important to know how to take the most ‘Grammable pic possible. These fundamental tips are essential for photos as mouthwatering as your food.  


The most important tip when it comes to food photography is making sure you have natural lighting as possible. Dim restaurant lighting is your natural enemy!. Park yourself at a  window table for the best chances of snagging your perfect pic.


Switch up your shooting angles. Usually take your pictures straight on? Try getting an eagle’s eye view of your whole spread. Your best shot will shift depending on the setting, the plating, and the food itself.

Get Down with DSLR

If you’re serious about your photography than investing in a good camera is crucial. This can be a little cumbersome but trust us when we say this will always get you the best shots. Cameras can handle more of the nuances of lighting than your regular phone camera can.

Find an Interesting Background

No one wants to look at your food in front of a cluttered table or a boring street. Find an interesting wall, a cool view, or set your table up with other foods to create a full scene. All of these changes will help make your picture more intriguing and more likely to bring in more likes and followers.

Use a Postproduction App

These editing apps can help take your photo to the next level. If you want to create an aesthetic or a theme for your profile, this is the best place to do it. Some of our favorites are VSCO, Snapseed, and Afterlight.


Whether you’ve just ordered your first Instagrammable meal, or you’re a seasoned food photog, it’s important to always be on the lookout for ways to elevate your photos and, therefore, elevate your platform. Let’s face it, at the end of the day, we’re all still hungry for more.

For major food pic inspo...

Check out some of our favorite women-run food accounts that you need to follow!

  1. @hungrybetches
  2. @new_fork_city
  3. @nycdining