Captivate with these mouth-watering tips for food photography

With a smartphone, you can also capture the essence of the food and make everyone stare with envy

Staring at Instagram accounts filled with tantalising food photos is sheer torture. Especially when you’re nearing the lunch hour.

But once the plate is placed before you, chances are your smartphone is aimed at that mouth-watering breakfast or glistening medium rare steak. After all, the thought of making everyone envious of the feast you’re enjoying is almost equal to the moment you taste it.

What’s the trick to making that happen? Glad you asked, because we're going to arm you with the right tips to get that perfect food shot for the Smartphone Photography Awards. With the help of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, we went on a food hunt to show you how it’s done.

Photography Tip #1

How do you get everything into a shot? Don’t be afraid to stand up and take a top-down shot. Heck, if you’re feeling adventurous, step onto a chair to get a better vantage point. That is, if you’re used to getting weird stares from folks who’ll stop chewing and throw you an amused look while you’re at it.

Photography Tip #2

Do not underestimate the background, it makes a whole lot of difference. Take note of your surroundings, sometimes a little snippet could add more meaning to the image. For example, taking a shot of this pot of tea could be quite mundane. Throw in a subtle background reference about enjoying some cake with your cuppa, like the sign does? Now that’s adding more value to the shot.

Photography Tip #3

Get up close and personal. Because your smartphone can do amazing macro shots. With it, you can capture the juices glistening on this freshly cooked plate of meat. Think about it - how could you resist tucking in after getting such a close-up view?

Photography Tip #4

Get creative, think of a story that you can tell with the photos. On its own, a picture of this yummy chocolate and banana crepe would have gotten your attention. But a static image isn’t as powerful as this dynamic shot which shows the creative process behind your delicious dessert. After all, offering up a different angle is a great way to get you more likes on Instagram.