Beautifully plated baked goods and melty grilled cheese sandwiches dominate Instagram feeds for a reason: food photography can actually make you hungry. From classic overhead shots to #foodintheair, it can be tough to figure out the best way to photograph your food and stay competitive on the explore feed. Get inspired with these four top food photography styles trending on Instagram.
1 OVERHEAD SHOTS
Overhead shots highlight the entire feast. By showing a variety of foods, photographers are able to appeal to a wider audience, while having more opportunity to play with shapes and colors. In order to take a true flat lay, you’ll have to angle your food directly over your spread.
Pro Tip: Use a camera with a tilting screen so it’s easier to frame and review your shot when your camera is high up in the air.
2 STACKED INGREDIENTS
#StackedSandwiches, burritos, gyros, and wraps have been making a recurring appearance on the Instagram feeds. Ideal for capturing close-up shots, this food styling trend shows off every delicious detail of your sandwich (or wrap) through creative positioning.
Pro Tip: If you’re capturing food indoors, try bumping up your image’s brightness and color saturation to make the ingredients really pop.
3 MELTING CHEESE
There’s something undeniably appealing about #meltedcheese being spread apart slowly in an ooey-gooey mouth-watering shot. Thanks to mac n cheese, #raclette, and other cheesy classics, #cheese has evolved from a foodie favorite to a trending hashtag with over 16 million posts.
Pro Tip: Widen the aperture of your lens and zoom in to sharpen the focus on the cheese and highlight its textures.
4 FOOD WITH A VIEW
#FoodWithAView is about more than just the food. Whether you’re eating a hot dog at a baseball stadium or enjoying a flatbread at a rooftop bar, it’s about sharing the “where” and “how” elements of your story.
Pro Tip: If your camera has built-in high dynamic range (HDR) mode, turn it on to balance the lighting of your shot. HDR takes multiple shots at different exposure then combines them into one high contrast image.