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4 Tips For Drool-Worthy Food Photos on Your Phone During Moncton Taco Week by @EatWithJessie

@EatWithJessie / Jessica Emin is a photographer from Halifax who specializes in food and drink photography & food styling. Here she gives you a few tips on making the most of your phone snaps of the tacos while you eat your way around Moncton for Taco Week!


Tip #1 Natural Light is Best

When you are taking photos of your food, it’s best to use natural light. If you’re in a restaurant, getting close to a window is best. Try to chose a spot for your photo that doesn’t have hard light, by this I mean directly in the sun, but rather a bright spot. Avoid depending on the overhead lights that can make food photos look less appealing and often turn photos an orangey hue. But if you must resort to this, ot if you are taking photos at night with only the restaurant lights to depend on, make sure to use tip #2.

Photograph taken on a phone, in natural light; prefereable.

Photograph taken on a phone, with restaurant lighting as main source; less appealing. 

Tip #2 Balance Your Color
Most photo editing applications, such a Snapseed, VSCO, Lightroom for mobile etc. have a setting called white balance, which helps make food look better in your photos. When we take food photos on our phone in restaurants they are sometimes yellowish, from incandescent light or warm light bulbs. In these apps you can often pick something in the frame that is meant to be white, and correct it, whether it be a white plate, or sour cream. You’ll see your photo go from something that might not even resemble food, to it looking delicious, just by it being more recognisable. Whether you are taking the photo in natural light, or under ceiling lights, you can try and improve the white tones this way. Your entire image will look better because all the color becomes more correct! Also, avoid filters which change the white balance.
White balance with restaurant lights before correction.
White balance with restaurant lights after correction.

Tip #3 The Perspective

Phones are often not equipped with depth of field, which allows a professional camera to focus attention on a certain object, like your food. Because of this, when shooting with a phone, you’ll often get better results with a shot from top down. Taking a photo from above will allow for the whole plate to be shown, without other objects, people or the room distracting from the photo. Having your phone level with the surface you are shooting on will also help.


Tip #4 The Setting

If you’re really keen on getting the best shot possible, bring in some of the objects around you. Have a nice cocktail, a napkin, a friends hands? These will all give context to the photo. Oh, and let people know where you are; restaurants always appreciate being tagged & tag the festival too! @monctontacoweek #monctontacoweek