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The secret to incredible food porn photos: our fave Instagrammers explain

By Rachel O'Regan |


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Ever wondered what the secret is to those amazing (read: tummy-rumbling) #foodporn shots you see on Insta?

You may think it requires state-of-the-art cameras and professional Photoshop skills, but actually most food bloggers are amateurs – mums, students, corporate lawyers – who start out with nothing more than a camera phone and a shared love of food.

But, as with all things, practice makes perfect – so as Day 1 of the 8-Week Program kicks off (woohoo!) we’ve quizzed some of our favourite #foodporn artists for their best tips…

“Light it up” – Charlotte Dupont @aipxwhole30

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A big colourful bowl of fermented veg and (right) one of Charlotte’s expert exterior shots.

Don’t waste money on studio lights, says Charlotte: “Always, always, always shoot in natural light. Shooting beside a window or even outside are great ways to get gorgeous natural light. If you have good natural light in your house, turn off all your lights before shooting.”

“Know your angles” – Lilian Dikmans @realfoodhealthybody

Lilian knows raw chocolate looks good from every angle.

Lilian knows raw chocolate looks good from every angle.

Corporate lawyer Lilian learnt to photograph by experimenting with different angles: “Aerial shots of meals on plates and in bowls work well. I like to crop out one edge of the bowl or plate to mix things up and focus in on the food.”

“Up-cycle your props” – Bonni Rouch @bonsaiiii1

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One of Bonni’s smoothie bowl creations and (right) bulletproof coffee served in a cute vintage mug.

Besides making the most beautiful smoothie bowls we’ve ever seen, Bonni is great at up-cycling thrift store buys: “I regularly trawl my local charity shops for pretty plates and bowls.  The crockery you use can change the way a whole meal looks!”

“Supersize your servings” – Erin Jade @erin_dreamingofalmonds

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A collage of Erin’s family-size feasts and (right) a big batch of IQS Spiced Coconutty Breakfast Muffins from the 8WP!

Erin is a mother of two so she whips up big batches of food for her family: “I play around by making miniatures of pancakes (because who doesn’t love a big stack), fritters or empanadas; or alternatively going for giant, family-sized portions.”

“Include your mates” – Victoria Yordonopulo @_naturalnutrition_

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Victoria gives her photos a personal touch by getting her friends and family to help set up the shot.

Victoria tries her friends patience with her delicious cooking: “I always make my boyfriend hand model for me, by holding the cutlery or dishes up for a snap. Sometimes he just starts eating because he doesn’t want to wait, and this makes for a cool action shot, too, as he slices open his poached egg for that perfect oozy yolk-porn shot.”

“The world is your backdrop” – Jessica Cox @jescoxnutritionist

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The pavement (left) makes just as good a backdrop as your kitchen table.

Jessica looks outside the box for cool surfaces to photograph on: “Often the best looking surfaces are floors, or pavements with lots of gritty detail. A concrete driveway can appear like a very cool concrete benchtop in a photograph.”

“Make those colours pop” – Claire Gillian @consciousclaire

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Include some bright greens (and your dog) to create interesting snapshots.

Claire adds bright garnishes for a contrasting pop of colour: “I usually put aside some of the raw, fresh ingredients and sneak them into the photo as a garnish or in the background. Apart from the aesthetics, it hints to flavours and what’s in the dish!”

“Get messy” – Elise McKillop @healthyfamily5

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Making mess look fabulous and (right) IQS Bangers and Mash – we approve!

Don’t be afraid make a mess, says Elise: “I like to add extra texture and interest to my photos by scattering oats and nuts, or spilling yoghurt or sauce over the food. This makes the food more appetising and adds more dimension to the photograph.”

Are you signed up for the 8 Week Program? Tag #IQS and #IQS8WP in your foodporn shots on Insta and Facebook and you could be chosen as one of Sarah’s Picks and feature on IQS! Each round Sarah selects her fave hashtagged images for us to share – and the best of the best wins the entire IQS book catalogue.

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