Taking the perfect food photos: 5 more expert tips

We’ve all attempted it, but how many of us have actually successfully pulled off the perfect Instagram food photo? If you feel like putting all your friends to shame, take our crash course and get tips from the very best Instagram foodie fanatics out there.


Voted one of the Evening Standard’s top 10 London Instagrammers to follow, you can learn a thing or two from Clerkenwell_Boy. He is obsessed with booze, food and all things London.

He says:

Try and reserve a table by the window, with loads of natural light... breakfast and lunchtime are ideal.

In terms of composition, either go for an aerial shot or a close-up / side view, but look out for the dreaded "phone shadow"!


David Griffen

David is a professional food photographer and an expert in the area of Mobile Phone Food Photography. He has presented at numerous events and locations including Google London, Restaurant Tom Aikens, Lima London and The Dorchester Collection. This guy’s photography is seriously yummy—you can find more of his work on his site

David says:

Use good quality light, such as window light; take a good look and observe what the light is doing, paying particular attention to light quality and direction.  The ideal lighting scenario is during the day, using indirect sunlight coming in through a window.  Set up on a table that is by a window, (not in direct sunlight as this creates high contrast images and will give you problems with exposure). This lighting scenario works well because the light is moving across the subject, and will reveal the subject’s textures and colours.  For natural subjects like food it also helps to turn off or block any indoor/artificial lighting.

Consider your composition. Many great food images work week due to how well considered and constructed they are. When composing your shots, it can really help to move things around—move the subject you are shooting, or your view point to create shapes. Take your time to really line things up to form a strong composition.

Giulia Mulè

Guilia is a food and travel blogger. She is the prestigious winner of Travel Blogger’s Best Foodie Explorer and was also voted one of the Top 10 Foodie Instagrammers in London. Long story short; her advice is golden!

Giulia says:

For me it's very important to edit my photos before uploading them on Instagram. The smartphone camera photos always look a bit dull, so I always use Snapseed to correct brightness, contrast, shadows and white balance; or I change the crop from portrait/landscape to square. Then I do a final edit on Vsco Cam, a wonderful photo app with great filters. I use the F2 filter 99% of the time, as I like the opaque blacks and blue hues. I think it's important to maintain a consistent style of photos, as that's what my followers expect from my Instagram feed.


Nathan Outlaw

Nathan is a restaurateur, sea food fanatic and Michelin starred chef—the images on his Instagramn account have a heavy focus on dishes he uses in his own establishments, as well as the sumptuousness of raw ingredients.

Nathan says:

I worked with photographer David Loftus for both his cookery books, and David told me always to photograph food plates in natural daylight if possible.  I now do that all the time and get what I think are very good results.



This 17 year-old vegan is making real waves on the Instagram food scene. She already has 113,501 followers and seems to specialise in ice cream—eating, making and photographing it.

Laura says:

My top tip would be to make the photo colourful and clear, and of course make it look delicious! I think aerial shots of food are so pretty especially!


Got any tips of your own you’d like to share? Leave them in the comment box below!



25 Sep 2014 10:57
The tomatoes shot is really lovely!
Alex Wilkie
21 Oct 2014 11:41
look good enough to eat
28 Apr 2016 08:16
fabulous images :)
Bryony Bishop
10 Oct 2017 15:00
I'm hungry after looking at all those yummy food photos!

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