7 Types of Instagram Food Poses VS Reality

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Always see pretty and nice food picture poses on Instagram, but wonder what actually goes on behind the scenes to create them? Wondered how they were captured so beautifully, but it’s so different when you actually attempt it yourself? Me too.

But wait, I guess it’s a pretty common sight nowadays when you hit the cafes or basically anywhere that sells food; you see people doing out-of-the-norm photographic stances that make people stare or judge, in order to get the “feel” in their photos.

Let’s see what really goes on behind-the-scenes of all these good looking food pictures you see on instagram.

 

#1 Hands In Frame

Ladies especially, could relate to this perhaps? Many food photos include some hands inside so as to bring out that real live action factor. As I mentioned, more ladies than men. Why so? Because they usually have lots more accessories like fanciful rings and/or bracelets and definitely it’ll help brighten things up. Their manicures definitely look better than our uncultured hands.

When eating with a group of friends, everyone at the table will be more participate when they work together to display their hands together anywhere in the picture. But guess what, everyone has to freeze and not move while pretending to fork a piece of cake so that the photo can be taken.

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#2 Foods Held Up Against a Beautiful Background

Sometimes we get too tired of photographing food items laid on the table or on a flat surface. So we move on to lifting them up on one hand, and a camera on the other. We sometimes also hold the food using both hands if we have a helpful friend who’s able to take a nice snapshot. Whichever suits your style of course.

But finding that beautiful backdrop is not always a walk in the park, and it can be in the most obscure places.

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#3 Action Shot with Food

No matter how palatable or presentable the food is when served, it is still a static image. You can take pictures from many different and various angles but you can never change the layout.

Therefore, we play with our food, literally. We scoop up our noodles hidden underneath the sauce, or toss it around, pour the source over it. Therefore this pretty much brings the food to life, or might even make it look more appetizing than it appears to be.

This type of shot mostly needs a friend to help.

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#4 Photo-ception

Why stop at just taking pictures of your food with your camera, when you can take a picture of your camera taking a picture of your food? Even though it’s basically the same picture, sometimes it gives the picture a little twist and it might just look so different.

The more photos within photos you have, the harder it is to escape the dream.

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#5 Flatlay shots (Top-down)

Always trying to take an aesthetic snap of your plate but can’t find that perfect or satisfying angle? You move the food around, or even position yourself all around, nope still not it.

Now here’s a little trick that works on most foods especially with a bunch of them on the table – from the top. But what if the camera is too close? So you take off your shoes, and stand on the chair. You take your picture straight down in a ‘flatlay’ and the photo will likely turn out amazing and unlike any other shots. Especially true if the table is plain white or of a wooden texture.

This particular stance will gain you stares and attention along with big time judging from other diners.

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#6 Food on the floor

This is not exactly what everyone will do when trying to capture nice photos, lying on the floor is not always a glam and clean thing to do. Sometimes the tiles are just that much nicer as a setting. When you are sick of placing the food on the table, you turn to putting them on chairs and floor.

The latter works better for me, though. Putting it on the floor gives a more balanced framing as well, but in order to achieve that, you (or the camera at least) has to be in line with the food. This way, you can then capture a nice photo of it.

Stick your feet in for some added effect too. If you can get over how close your food was to the floor, one might still eat it too- it’s still rather unhygienic thou.

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#7 Using your #OOTD as a background for food

More than often, we always try to find nice spots to be the background of the food. But sometimes what you need has always been on you the whole time.

Therefore we start to look at each other, and determine who has the nicest dressing, or the one that compliments the food the most. If choosen, you are now the default background for the dish. Nothing of too similar colours, nor too contrasting, your outfit is perfect.

However a slight contrast must be present in order for the food to stand out in the picture. White or black shirts work really well too.

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE ON INSTAGRAM:

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WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IN REALITY:

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Which behind-the-scenes shots are you guilty of doing most of the time? Or which do you think gives you the best effect for your photo thereafter? I believe we must always be open to different poses and actions in order to attain great photos, but please don’t piss the owner and/or customers off with your excessive posing.

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