The Instagram Accounts Guaranteed to Make You Hungry

Throughout the day, I spend a considerable amount of time glued to my phone. While this addiction is probably not the best habit I’ve developed, it has given me an ounce of authority on the best apps. I’m particularly fond of Instagram, not just for the power to instantly share images, but for its undeniable skill of making me hungry. 

Instagram is a food lover’s social media paradise. While taking photos of our food becomes more and more common (if not minimally more acceptable when dining out), so does the skill and creativity behind food Instagrams. I have a few suggestions for the best accounts to follow and the do’s and don’ts of creating your own food Instagrams.

 

Food Publications

@bonappetitmag

Bon Appetit earns the top spot for their effortless presentation of food that looks equally accessible and swoon worthy. Their contributors and editors post recipe suggestions, super quick tutorial videos and the occasional food porn photo — like pizza and tacos. Note their use of natural lighting and subtle use of filters.

@saveurmag

Much like Bon Appetit, Saveur’s post cover food from around the globe, their test kitchen, and home kitchens. Their photos aren’t rehearsed, and I get the sense each post is a mini celebration for a new recipe or restaurant they just can’t wait to share. Bold colours and close-up shots define their photography.

@cherrybombemag

Rounding out the list of publications is Cherry Bombe Magazine, a biannual magazine that celebrates women and food. Their photos are cheeky and approachable. When not posting about women and food, Cherry Bombe shares their favourite fashions and book recommendations. The photos work well for their content, though not necessarily their professional photography skills.

 

Individuals

@helenr

Helen Rosner’s the current features editor of Eater and an avid Instagrammer. While it may be her job to photograph her every meal, Rosner makes it look easy. Her use of white space and attention to detail (she always tags the restaurant or location) make her the perfect study.

@amateurgourmet

Adam Roberts is a funny guy. The internet knows him as the author of the Amateur Gourmet blog, but I find his daily posts about what’s for dinner — and the subsequent dirty dishes associated with dinner — make Roberts an approachable food authority.

@sliceofpai

Joann Pai is kind of a big deal. The Vancouver-based photographer routinely makes the list of best Instagram accounts to follow (wired), and she co-founded her own magazine, Acorn. Pai’s photos utilize depth, texture and natural light to highlight ingredients. She’s proof that food styling an Instagram post isn’t going too far.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Instagram food photography

Do

Arrange the composition: Use glasses, cutlery, and condiments to enhance the photo, not crowd it. Remember, the focus should be on the main course.

Remember the rule of thirds: Food doesn’t always need to be centred in the photo. Let negative space fill up a portion of the frame for that simplistic style.

Have fun: Not everything is photo-worthy, so don’t fret if your attempt at capturing your bubble tea isn’t successful. The best Instagram photos don’t take themselves seriously!

 

Don’t

Use the flash: The flash on most cameras and smartphones doesn’t do even the fanciest of food any favors (just ask Martha Stewart). If you find yourself in a dimly lit space, it might be best to put the camera down for the meal. Look for natural light sources like windows to achieve the freshest looking photos.

Take just one: Getting the perfect shot takes a long time, even for professionals. Make sure the food is in focus before posting.

Forget to label your posts: Instagram includes three information fields where you can write a caption, tag other users and pinpoint the location. These details are great ways to connect with your followers.

Connect with EAT Magazine on Instagram and our editors/ writers:

Colin Hynes (Assistant Editor)

Treve Ring (Drink Editor)

Holly Brooke

Jon Johnson

Kaitlyn Rosenburg

Sol Kauffman

 

 

 

 

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Kaitlyn Rosenburg holds a BFA in creative writing with a minor in journalism and publishing from the University of Victoria. Her work has appeared in local publications such as The Martlet, as well as national publications like ...

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