Being up for a new adventure is like a jolt of pure energy to me. Experiencing something new and something different can sometimes be revitalising to some, but also a bit scary to others. I am definitely not the latter. So when the opportunity knocked, I opened my computer, logged into Travelstart and soon the payment approved sms notification found it’s way to my phone and so I found my way on a trip to Cape Town not so long ago. Easy peasy this Travelstart thing. It was a “quicky” so to speak (no, don’t get funny ideas), it was not planned to perfection, but rather an impulsive weekend shared by me and my twin brother, Stef. Our very own “bro-trip”, a dash in and dash out of Cape Town thing.
Naturally, the weekend was filled with the finest wine the Cape region has to offer and the best food to tantalise your tastebuds and senses and to top everything off, the weather played along ever so nicely! The Cape of Good Hope, doing it’s own nickname justice! There are a few things about me that are just the bare necessities when lavishing your way through all these experiences, and that is my trusted smartphone. No, this is not a blog about my smartphone at all, but rather how handy this device is, capturing different dimensions, colour, beauty and experiences of my life, to savour and browse through on the flight back to good old Gauteng!
One thing is for certain, food is my passion! I like making it, like eating it and I love taking pictures of it. The ritual of ordering an item off a menu and just envisioning it in my minds-eye what it will look like, gives me an immense kick and yes, I do snap almost all of my food. People sometimes look at me very distastefully (think I just made up a new word) when I do it, but this is the same as smelling your food. It’s all about the colour, angle of the picture, distance to the subject and off course adding the right tints and highlights when it comes to filtering. Ok, people, let’s not be purists about automatic filters, some are just professionals when taking photos with expensive gear and others like me, quickly tucks out my little smart companion and start planning the shot. So what are the fundamentals when taking a good food-snappy for your social media pages or platforms? Here are my top 5 things to keep in mind, when taking that perfect photo:
- Wipe your lense!
There are a few things that ticks me off like someone who possibly could’ve taken the perfect picture, but instead the picture they posted was misty, filled with lines caused by light that is clearly caused by a dirty and greasy lense and dust in the photo. So my dear food-snapper, wipe your lense, even if it’s against your sleeve or your napkin. Make sure you don’t use tissue or paper napkins as they could scratch your camera lense.
Always make sure that you have sufficient light available to take the photo. Some smart devices have a warm flash function that softens the light when using a flash for your picture, but personally, I’m not a fan of a flash as it ‘hardens’ the appearance of your food. Rather lift the little lantern or candle up high, get your focus right and snap the photo.
3. Turn your plate.
Jip, it sounds silly, but rather turn your plate to find the right angle to tell the story of what you are about to enjoy. Unlike photos of people, when it comes to food, there is definitely a good and a bad side. Choose the side with the most colour and better placement.
4. Don’t be shy!
Sometimes (trust me, I have been there, in a very fancy restaurant) one can get a bit self conscious when taking longer to take the perfect food pic. It’s fine, let people say what they want, this is your Fillet Bourguignonne and you have to snap perfection. Take your time and make your snappy count.
5. Share it!
There is no use in going through all these motions and not sharing it with your fellow friends and followers. Take your pic, give enough information, content and description of the venue, setting, taste and experience and be ready to change someone’s perception on the dish that you have enjoyed.
These are mere principles I employ to make sure my social media pics are above standard. Let’s be clear, there will be some that are less desirable and if you want to, post them too. To me, it’s all about sharing experiences, old and new, imperfect sometimes but aiming to be perfect most of the time. So, whether you are dining at The Fat Duck in Melbourne or JAN in Nice, France or even your local eatery you enjoy frequenting, it should always be true to what YOU are experiencing. So let’s set our sails, click onto the Travelstart Blog and find out more about taking fabulous food-snaps on your new adventure. Make sure when we snap away at your favourite subject, whether it’s scenery, friends or food, that you capture the essence of that special moment. So start somewhere or better yet, start now. Snap away my fellow food-snappers!
PS. (Images were snapped by myself, for myself and enjoyed, by myself at De Grendel Wine Estate & Restaurant).