Share Your Feast: Tips from Foodie Photographers on Instagram
A little over a year and a half ago, San Francisco food and lifestyle photographer Sonya Yu (@sonyayu) shared some of her best advice about how to take beautiful photos of food. We caught up with Sonya and chatted with a few of the top foodies on Instagram to hear their favorite tips.
For all those celebrating Thanksgiving this Thursday, take note of these pointers to score that perfect photo of your holiday spread:
Patrick Janelle (@aguynamedpatrick) “I look for a nice texture as the backdrop to the meal. The plastic table not good enough? Call me crazy, but sometimes I’ll set the dish or drink on the ground for a better backdrop (see: #coffeegrounded). A lot of people like to neatly organize their food on the table before a shot, but I like a more natural look. A fork askew, map of the city, your handbag, phone or keys: each element gives the photo more visual texture and definitely makes it more personal.”
Joann Pai (@sliceofpai) “Good lighting is an integral part of food photography. Soft daylight is best. Depending on the situation, I would even suggest taking your food to a place with good light, then taking a photo.”
Ruben Hughes (@rubenhughes) “When editing, try slightly upping the highlight in your photo which will increase the whiteness of your plates or other ware. Bringing out the color in your photo can help increase the beauty of it. Try adding a bit of warmth or focused saturation to any colorful areas.”
Sonya Yu (@sonyayu) “A great vantage point always makes for a great composition, especially when your extensive spread seems too difficult to fit into a square. Go grab the nearest chair to stand on and don’t be shy—take your photo from up above to capture the entire meal! And of course, don’t forget to save me and @trotterpup a plate!”
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How I Shoot: Capturing Light Trails with Slow Shutter Cam
How I Shoot is a series where we ask Instagrammers to tell us about the set-up and process behind their photos and videos. This week, Vlad Babushkin (@vladviper5) shares how he captures light trails with Slow Shutter Cam. To see more Slow Shutter photos, browse the #slowshuttercam and #slowshutterapp hashtags.
Vlad Babushkin (@vladviper5) is a 16-year-old living in Tokyo, Japan, who documents the striking architecture of his city on Instagram. Many of his photos are taken after the sun has gone down, when he uses long exposure photography to capture the city’s frenetic activity.
Vlad offered these tips for capturing the light trails created by the lights of moving cars on an iPhone:
I use Slow Shutter Cam primarily to shoot city views at night. The app is great not just for cityscapes, but also for capturing the activity in a city after dark. Try staking out a high vantage point to capture the light trails from moving traffic.
You need a tripod. It’s important for your phone to be still, and a tripod prevents it from shaking. Use the timer to give your camera a moment to stop moving once you hit the shutter.
It’s also important to find a dark place to shoot. If there is a lot of light around the subject you’re capturing or in front of your phone, the photo will be too bright.
Experiment with shutter speed and sensitivity to see what different effects you can achieve.
#ChasingGrammers with @mnf_
For Malaysian filmmaker Mai Fernandez (@mnf_), the photos he saw in his Instagram feed had always been a source of creative inspiration. After a year of seeing photos and videos from people all around the world, Mai decided it was time for an adventure of his own.
As Mai explains, “It dawned on me that these images bore more significance than simply being gorgeous spots. These were places given artistic meaning by real people exploring their surroundings. This was the big adventure—to meet the people who have made me dream with their photos and whose adventures have inspired me.”
Along with his friends @tangerine_yin and @shangshen91, Mai set off on the adventure of a lifetime, exploring the world through the eyes of the people he followed on Instagram. With that sole purpose in mind, the trio created the #chasinggrammers hashtag to document their travels. So far, they’ve met up with Instagrammers in France, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
As Mai describes it, there has been no shortage of memorable experiences: “We drank spring water from the Swiss mountains then from a hole in the ground in a Finnish forest, we were surrounded 360 degrees by the aurora borealis and we jumped, hugged and cried, we hiked to the Russian border, had a snowball fight at the Swiss Alps, saw the Matterhorn reflected against blue mountain lakes, ate reindeer stew, saw a double rainbow and #puddlegrammed it, lived in a Swedish cottage by the woods where elks grazed and, on top of that, our favourite Instagrammers cooked meals for us. Unforgettable.”
Mai and his crew are currently back in Malaysia, seeking out Instagrammers and new adventures around Kuala Lumpur, but they won’t be staying put for long. They’re planning the next stops of their journey with an eye on Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Korea and even the United States.