A Camera-less Food Blog

A picture is worth a thousand words, and in today's Instagram age, it also can be worth thousands of likes and followers.

When I made the decision to start a food blog, I knew I'd need a few core elements:

  • Wi-Fi (check)
  • laptop (check)
  • awesome camera to take dope pics (crickets)

Like most folks, I take all of my photos on my iPhone. While a DSLR purchase is in my future, I've relied on a few techniques to take blog-worthy food photos.

Let There Be Light

The key to great photos taken on your iPhone is light. Shoot your subject near an open window, on a window sill (like this delicious chicken apple sausage and polenta brunch dish) or outdoors to capture optimum lighting.

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Consider "Props"

It's easy to focus on the finished product when it comes to food, but don't forget things like utensils, the ingredients you're using to make a dish or the mess made while you were cooking or baking. These props add color, personality and a more natural feel to your social media feed or blog.

Use Your Eyes

Think about your eyes' natural movement and use it to frame the photo. Instead of taking 20 shots of the same look, take a minute to observe. It's likely the composition will present itself in the first few snaps.

Keep Edits Simple

My best iPhone photos are unfiltered and unedited. While I'm a huge fan of editing apps like VSCO, Snapseed and Afterlight, I only use them when absolutely necessary.