How to Take Insta-Worthy Food Pics As Pro As These

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Check out 10 of our favorite food grams and get the scoop from UberEats food photographer Jane Ko on how to take your own.

Whether it's pasta, donuts or ice cream, food these days tastes only as good as it looks on Instagram. Admit it, we're all guilty of stopping to snap a picture of our food before we even take a bite. That said, we rounded up 10 of the most delicious and decadent food pics on UberEats' Instagram to fuel your #foodgram fire. But it doesn't stop there—UberEats food photographer Jane Ko also shared her tips and tricks on taking your very own Insta-worthy food pictures so can join the ranks of the best foodies out there.


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Natural lighting is best. “Diffused natural sunlight casts soft light on the food and makes it look delicious! Never use flash photography," Ko says. She always recommends avoiding window seats, as direct sunlight can be harsh. And no matter how good your food looks in a dark restaurant, it's not worth taking a picture.


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Opt for a camera with a flip-out screen. It's not as hard as you'd think to capture a top-down tableview, all you need is a camera with a flip-out screen. “The flip-out screen allows me to see the entire table without standing on the chair, which can be disruptive in a restaurant," Ko says.“I can also sit down and shoot one handed so you see my other hand reaching into the food." Mystery solved!


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Use the restaurant's décor or iconic local scenes as a background. If possible, take a look around the restaurant and see if there are any interesting aspects to shoot your food in front of like cool wallpaper, tiled floor or a fully stocked bar. Or grab your food to-go and take advantage of outdoor murals, statues or iconic buildings.


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Always use odd numbers. “Table spreads always look better in odd numbers—three plates, five plates, seven plates and more," Ko says.


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Ask for the prettiest dishes on the menu. Not sure what to order? Don't be afraid to ask your server. “Colorful appetizers, entrees with dripping eggs, beautifully plated desserts and cocktails that are garnished are best," Ko says.


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Touch your food. “Adding hands to food makes it look edible and not like it's just sitting there by itself," Jane explains. She has her friends pause just before eating to snap a picture and then snaps another one after the first bite for a variety of options to post later.


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Strategically edit your photos. Jane always makes sure to edit her photos thoroughly to make the food really stand out. “I always increase brightness so the food pops, adjust contrast so the colors are more vibrant, increase clarity so the photo is sharper and increase saturation so colors intensify," she says.