Struggle Plates: 4 Ways To Take Better Food Shots On Instagram

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Clover Hope / April 16, 2013

Insist on Instagramming your feast before sticking a fork in it? At least paint
a pretty picture. Foodie photog Lou Manna drops tips on better plate presentation

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BAD FORM: Kim Kardashian’s garlic noodles with lobster
MANNA SAYS: The direct flash compresses distance. There’s no depth to it. It works with people because you want to light them up, but anything close up, it really flattens and whatever’s in the foreground is going to be much brighter. To really photograph food, you want light coming slightly from behind or the side to give it texture and shape. A piece of white tissue or wax paper [over the lens] can diffuse the flash.

Photo Credit: Instagram/@kimkardashian