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9 Super Handy iPhone Tips For Taking Droolworthy Food Photos

We eat with our eyes.

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These days it's completely acceptable to snap a photo (or 100) of your food before eating it. But sometimes you might take waaaaay too long shooting, only to end up with blah pictures.

BuzzFeed spoke to Australian chef and health food lover Dan Churchill to find out how to improve our food photography with a phone camera. (Your meal may go cold, but this is art, so...).

1. Head outside to get plenty of natural light.

But, Churchill said, be wary of very harsh light, like the noon sun: "Overexposure can be very frustrating, so shooting in shaded areas is ideal.

"If you are eating out in the middle of the day, look for a spot that has cover but still gets great light."

2. If your only option is to eat indoors, the most ideal table for food photography would be the one nearest a window.

3. And when dining at night, borrow a friend's phone and use it to illuminate the space.

Sitting near a window at night will still give you some natural light. If that doesn't work, Churchill recommends you "get a friend to shine light slightly away from the direction of the food, line up [your camera] and click."


4. The background is as important as the dish.

Pick a background that complements the colours and ingredients in the dish. "If it's a colourful bowl of food, choose a background that's more neutral, as this will automatically draw the eye to the food," Churchill said.

5. Bird's-eye view always works.

"Not only does this angle pick up detail, but especially for iPhone users the camera has been optimised for a sharper image across the entire frame."

6. If your dish has a particularly interesting height element, take the photo from a 45 degree angle and tap your focus where the food touches the plate.

7. Including yourself (or your hands) in the picture can give a different, and sometimes more interesting, look.

"Have a think about what story you want to tell in your photo," Churchill advised. "If it's specifically about the food, maybe the dish alone is more ideal. If you want a more communal feel, include some hands.

"My personal brand is to inspire the everyday cook. So by putting myself or my hands in the image it makes the cooking and recipe more relatable."

8. A shallow depth of field makes your food stand out.

"The amazing thing with technology is the newest iPhone's portrait shooting mode can give you a shallow depth of field," Churchill said.

For older phone models, apps like this can give you the same effect.