Change Makers @alisonstewartphotography

Change Makers @alisonstewartphotographyChange Makers @alisonstewartphotography

Who doesn’t love to take photos of food? There’s nothing nicer on your Instagram feed than a gorgeous shot of some tasty food, a reminder of a delicious meal and your followers will drool over it too. 

Irish people took around 3,924,723,984 photos last year and we would bet that the majority of those were food pics (or selfies!). Taking a good snap of food you’re about to tuck into is a win-win for everyone involved: you have a gorgeous new picture for your social media and the restaurant you ate at knows you liked their food.

If you’re anything like us, then you probably take most of your food photos on your mobile phone – nobody wants to lug around a massive camera, lenses, and more when you can just as easily take a great picture on your phone. To make sure you maximise your food photography, there are a few things you need to remember.

Read on for our top food photography tips...

Find your light

Natural light is always best for photography, so if you’re in a restaurant then try to sit at a table next to a window. However, direct sunlight can oversaturate food and look very harsh, so use a napkin to block direct light if you need to. Angles and shadows are other important things to consider when you’re taking photos of food. Overhead lights can cast weird shadows on food, so play around with positioning to avoid this.

Food @somethingsweetmalahide

Food @somethingsweetmalahide

Use props

Now we’re not saying that you should bring a bag full of props with you every time you go out to eat just in case the opportunity arises to take a great photo! Instead, take stock of your location and how you want to set up your photo: Do you want to include cutlery in your picture? Would a glass of wine in the background help to enhance your photo? Take stock of what props are on the table that you can use in your photo. If you’re taking photos at home, consider taking what we would call an ‘action shot’, which is where there is an action taking place in your photo (you might need an assistant!), such as hands squeezing lemons or a knife slicing bread.

Little and large

Before you take your photo, think about whether you want to take a wide shot to include all the dishes on your table or if a close-up shot would suit the food better. A wide, overhead shot is a good option if you want to set the scene and showcase multiple dishes, whereas a close-up really highlights the quality of one dish in particular.

Dublin_Overall @shotbymaguire

Dublin_Overall @shotbymaguire

Don’t be afraid to edit

If you’ve taken a great photo, but you think it’s a little dull or needs to be sharpened slightly the don’t be afraid to use an editing app to make your photo perfect. We’re big fans of Snapseed, Photoshop and editing our photos in Instagram itself. Be careful when editing as you don’t want to take the photo too far; be cautious when using saturation and contrast as you can easily take them in the wrong direction.

Make sure your phone is suited to great photography

It’s obvious that some phones are better suited to photography than others and that’s why we love the Huawei P20 Pro. It makes sure our photos are always crystal clear and that the food looks as good as it tastes. It’s true that you can take a photo and edit it on any device, but having a phone that takes great photos will make the whole process a lot easier.

Think your food photography is good enough to eat? Enter the #HuaweiCreatives competition for a chance to win the trip of a lifetime and take the newest Huawei device for a test run. This social media competition is inviting Irish creatives and social media enthusiasts to upload their photos to Instagram using the hashtags #HuaweiCreatives and #Food to be in with a chance to win the ultimate prize: flights and accommodation for two to anywhere in the world, plus the new Huawei premium P30 device to take photographs of their adventure.

For more information about the #HuaweiCreatives competition and categories, click here.