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5 Mistakes You're Making With Your Food Insta

Ditch the filter and get to work.

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Take it from someone who's been taking pics food consistently for the past year and a half, food photography is much harder than it looks. I've had my ups and downs in the cut throat world of Instagram photography, but now I can pretty confidently say that I've figured it out...mostly.

1. Using pre-generated filters.

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There's nothing that kills my food porn boner faster than an Instagram filter. And that's the truth. The point of food photography is to enhance what is already there, not add extra colors and weird effects. In my early Instagram foodie days, I would use filters on all my photos, but now I don't go even go near them. Instead, I opt to shoot in ideal lighting situations, so that when the time to edit comes along, I only have to make minor adjustments, such as upping the saturation or brightness.

2. Using plates that are too large. / Via

Nothing's worse than a plate that's too big for your food. Not only does it leave a ton of empty space in the photo, but it also makes it impossible to get a tight shot of the dish, so your viewers will miss out on all the delicious details of your food. Head to your local IKEA and find some small appetizer plates. Your food will fill up the space and as a result will seem more abundant.

3. Cutting off parts of the plate or bowl.

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This goes hand in hand with using plates that are too large, but you shouldn't neglect your background and serving dishes for the sake of getting a close up view of your food. A general rule of thumb is to keep the plate or bowl (or whatever you have your food on) centered and within frame. That is, unless you're going for an off centered look, in which case--tread with caution.

4. Taking photos at night.

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Taking photos at night (without the appropriate lighting equipment) is a recipe for disaster. Without natural lighting, you'll have to depend heavily on editing software to make your food look appetizing, and you will likely fail. Try to shoot during the day and close to a window, you'll save yourself the trouble later on.

5. Using a boring background.

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There's nothing interesting about a plain white wall, and it definitely won't add anything to your food photos. Try spicing things up with your backgrounds! Think about adding different colors and textures, and maybe consider using some food related props, such as fruit or kitchen utensils. There are a ton of cheap and easy ways to do create food photography sets, and the great part about it is you don't need a ton of material or space to make them.

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