October 25, 2016
Want to know how to take the perfect foodie Instagram snap?
We’ve partnered with Instagram food celebrity Leanne Lim-Walker to introduce official Instagram training for our staff at Zizzi Bow Street! The Instagram session with Leanne taught our staff how to help diners snap and share their perfect foodie shot. Known as ‘Instagram Gurus,’ our staff will offer diners tips on composition, framing, filters even how to light the perfect plate.
We caught up with Leanne after the session, who said “social media is such a big part of our everyday lives, it’s no surprise that most people even share their dining experiences. It’s great to show your friends and followers new delicious meals and drinks you’ve discovered. It’s all about making it look ‘Instagrammable’ so it fits within your feed. Zizzi’s Instagram Gurus will be making sure no good food opportunity goes to waste.”
Leanne has also pulled together her top 10 tips for taking an Instagram snap:
1. Clean your camera lens before taking a photo to reduce blurring and sharpen the clarity
2. Reduce camera shake by using the ‘+’ volume button to capture an image when shooting landscape
3. All iPhones have a grid that you can use, and it can be helpful for lining up your shot. To enable the grid, go to Settings > Photos and Camera > Grid. This works especially well when shooting multiple dishes
4. Don’t use your flash! It will bleach the picture. Instead, use the torch light on someone else’s phone to illuminate your food
5. Make use of natural light where possible – this will help you to avoid shadows across your pictures
6. Use apps such as Snapped, Facetune and Perfect365 to edit your photos before uploading
7. Make the colours pop – play with the temperature (‘warmth’ in Instagram’s editing tools) and slightly increase the photo’s saturation
8. Instagram offers “3D Plane” features, allowing you to fix perspective and distortion. Top-down shots are sometimes hard to take, so you can always adjust the photo to straighten the image vertically to adjust the depth and make it look more realistic.
9. When taking top-down food shots, get high. Get on your feet, your tip-toes or even your chair to achieve the optimum angle
10. Once uploaded, get your snap noticed. Use between four and ten relevant hashtags to help people find your photos.