Hey, food people. Have you settled into Facebook as the best way to share triumphant pictures of the all-day cooking project that turned your kitchen into a war zone? Do you tweet pictures of the $100 shellfish tower you’re enjoying on vacation to make your friends happy for your good fortune (i.e., green with food envy)?
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Instagram tips from the pros
1. Always use natural light. Keep the flash off and adjust the exposure on your iPhone by touching and holding the subject of your lens.
2. Stay away from kitschy or aggressive filters. “Filters can be great for landscapes, but you don’t want purple steak,” says Nicole Franzen. She likes to use the filter that comes with the ShakeIt app, which gives food shots a subtle enhancement in contrast and exposure. Hardeman likes the VCSOcam app, which comes with several filters and posts right to social media platforms.
3. Keep the composition simple. “I don’t use any weird angles for food,” says Franzen. She shoots straight down or from the side and keeps horizons or background objects to a minimum.
4. Look for interesting natural subjects. “Using great produce, unique items that you’d find at the farmers market, makes an interesting picture,” says Camille Becerra.