Although this generation has witnessed the growing trend of “foodies” posting pictures of culinary creations on social media, there are numerous things that can go awry with this practice. While it is perfectly acceptable for food lovers everywhere to celebrate food with pictures, it is important to be respectful and aware of your surroundings before you capture your next shot.
To help amateur food photographers maintain decorum while photographing their food, the following list is a set of rules that foodies everywhere should abide by.

Rule 1: Be Aware of your Surroundings

When taking pictures of your food, you need to be considerate of others. More specifically, this includes the other diners as well as the restaurant’s staff. If taking a picture of your food causes a commotion or forces the staff to wait around for an absurd amount of time while you take your picture, it is not worth it.

Rule 2: Do Not Use Flash

The bright flash not only washes out the picture and makes you food look unappealing, but it is also disruptive to everyone in the vicinity.

Rule 3: Sit by Natural Light

If you know in advance that you will be photographing your food, it is best to try to sit in an area where your food will be well lit with natural light. One suggestion is to sit by a window. If you cannot, however, sit by a source of natural light, you can also use the candles on your table for light.

Rule 4: Adjust Your Camera Settings

Whether you are using a professional camera or the one built into your phone, all cameras contain a variety of settings that you can adjust to enhance the quality of your picture. For instance, some cameras have “food,” “low light,” and “HD” settings that can optimize your photos.

Rule 5: Keep Steady

It is especially important to keep your hands steady when photographing your food in a low-light area.

Rule 6: Camera Angle

While many people take a picture from above the plate to capture the overall dish, you should explore a variety of angles to find one that best exemplifies your dish. For instance, you can use a 45-degree angle from above to capture the food from your eyes’ perspective. Alternatively, you can take a picture from a lower angle to accentuate the height of the dish. You can even take a close up picture to show off the texture of the food.

Rule 7: Rotate the Dish

Try rotating the dish to explore which side makes the dish look most appealing.

Rule 8: Use Props

Using background props can enhance a photograph. You can use simple items, such as salt and pepper shakers, a part of the menu, or something even more innovative if it’s available.

If you follow these simple tips, you will not only have better quality photos of your food, but will also avoid any mishaps that can occur when trying to capture the perfect shot.