With holiday meals right around the corner, now’s the perfect time to brush up on your food Instagramming skills. We’ve turned to a few of the city’s top chefs on Instagram to hear their thoughts on what to do and what not to do when translating your plate into a pic.
Chef: Ron Aleman from Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue Account: @RonAleman27 Tip: I've always been into the seasonality of cooking. Foods in season presented in a fun, interesting way will always catch my eye as I browse through Instagram. Right now, I'm really loving all the fall colors and flavors of the various local apples, veggies, and amazing squash.
Chef: Takashi Yagihashi from Takashi & Slurping Turtle Account: @ChefTakashi Tip: Don’t use the filters that brighten the photo. It washes out the food, and then it’s hard to tell what’s on the plate. VSCO Cam is a great app with tools to highlight the natural colors. I usually use it to touch up the photo before sharing on Instagram.
Chef: Andrew Zimmerman from Sepia Account: @chefandrewzimmerman Tip: Turn off your flash. The most common mistake you can make when taking pictures of food on your phone is using the flash. It drowns out color and just makes your food look unappealing. Bonus Tip: Use the plate. The negative space from filling part of your frame with a white plate or bowl draws your eye to the food and makes the subject pop.
Chef: Abe Conlon from Fat Rice Account: @eatfatrice Tip: Don't over filter. Filters tend to make food look less appetizing. We usually use the sliders to change exposure, contrast, and saturation instead.
Chef: Duncan Biddulph from Kinmont Account: @dbiddulph Tip: I try to take pictures of the dishes I make during the daytime so they're captured in natural light. And I choose dishes with simple compositions—they show off their respective ingredients well, as opposed to something like a stew.