14 secrets to taking drool-worthy food Instagrams

Here's how to turn every picture into food porn.

By Charlotte Palermino
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Ever wonder why some food pictures look like #goals and others look like dog food? Here are 14 easy tricks you can use to take your pictures from just OK to OMFG.

You don't need a studio or a fancy camera to take a picture everyone wants to double tap. The most important thing you need to do to get any good food shot is find good natural daylight that is indirect (which means the sun isn't shining directly on your subject).

Get playful with your food! Hold it up when you take your shot and make sure the light is always hitting the food in the front instead of the back. If you're outside, try to find a shaded area or a spot that isn't in direct sunlight.

Mix up your food pictures by capturing the vibe of where you're eating. The picture above was taken at Donutfest, an amazing donut competition hosted inside a nightclub. There were colourful lights, a great crowd, and natural daylight by one of the doors, which all added up to the perfect doughnut shot.

Typically, when enjoying food, you're clothed. Kill two birds with one stone and get your shoes, jumper, or entire outfit in the picture.

Taking a food picture by a beach or some exotic location is an easy way to get all the likes. But if you find yourself with a donut in your hand without access to a beautiful natural landscape nearby, look for an interesting background, preferably one that has texture, like the wood backing of a desk (pictured above), bricks on a building, or cool wallpaper.

If you can't find anything pretty indoors and there isn't a massive storm, try going outside to take a picture. Sunsets, cityscapes, and the great outdoors all make for Instagrammable food porn.

Much like with having a great outfit to show off with your food, you can also do the same with a manicure. If you just got a fresh coat, try adding some #nailspo to your #foodspo.

An easy way to add height and dimension to your food is to stack it. Pancakes, cookies, chocolate bars, and even sandwiches all look extra delicious stacked.

If you have an amazing spread of food, try taking a picture from directly above it. Take your phone or camera, make sure the frame is filled with your food shot, keep your hand steady as you snap, and voilà​! You have a food picture that everyone will want to make into a wallpaper.

Not all food is pretty. When your food is ooey, gooey, and messy, try to get an up-close texture shot. Extra points if you get some drip action.

One of the best food Instagrams out there is @foodbabyny. Why? He has adorable pictures of his kids ​*with food​. If you're out eating with friends, try to get them in the shot!

Hangry? No problem. Take a bite of your food before taking the picture. Just don't eat the whole thing; no one wants to see an empty wrapper.

You're not always going to have good light, the beach, or a natural background, so if you really want to take a picture of your food, make sure you have some good photo-editing apps. Snapseed and Aviary are great apps if you're familiar with the fundamentals of Photoshop. Otherwise, start off with VSCO, which has fantastic pre-loaded filters. The picture you see above was heavily edited by increasing the brightness, saturation, and sharpness. See the original and decidedly duller picture below for comparison.

If you want pictures like the best food Instagrammers, you can't have any shame. The people you're eating with might get annoyed that you're art directing brunch at first, but they also tend to be the first to regram (and double tap) your masterpieces.

A special thank you to Donutfest NYC, The Doughnut Project, and Du Jour Bakery.

Source: Cosmo UK