10 quick tips for brilliant Instagram food shots
The Kitchen Shelf authors Eve O’Sullivan and Rosie Reynolds have some great style advice for home cooks
Our new book The Kitchen Shelf takes the pain out of shopping for, cooking and enjoying great food. Take a few pantry essentials, add two ingredients from the store, and, with this book, you can make everyday eating extraordinary.
However The Kitchen Shelf authors aren’t just recipe mavens, Rosie and Eve are also professional food stylists, and have contributed regularly to such titles as the Guardian and BBC Good Food.
The authors are hosting a food-styling master class at London’s OXO restaurant on 5 June. Tickets, on sale here, include the cost of their new book. However, if you want to shoot better food shots right now, then follow Eve and Rosie’s simple tips.
1 Get good ingredients Always buy the best quality food that you can afford,” say Rosie and Eve. “Beautiful artisan bread & fresh produce from farmers markets or specialist shops is so much prettier than supermarket counterparts.”
2 Select props “If you want to tell a story with your photograph choose props such as background, plates, glasses and napkins that help to convey your message,” the authors advise.
3 Arrange the shot, then cook “Set up your shot before you start preparing your food,” they say.
4 Seize the moment “Take the picture of your food as soon as possible so it still looks perfectly hot, cold, gooey or frozen,” they advise.
5 Try a little oil painting “A slick of light coloured oil can bring cuts of meat to life,” say Rosie and Eve. “While a spritz of water will reinvigorate salad leaves.”
6 Hold on to the herbs “Add fresh herbs to dishes right at the last minute to stop them wilting,” they counsel.
7 Chill the vegetables “Vegetables are often undercooked and kept in ice cold water before being photographed to keep their vibrancy,” the cooks reveal.
8 Work the angles “Look at the food and see if there are any characteristics that are unique to the recipe or dish that you really need to see,” Eve and Rosie say. “Move around the food and decide where and how it looks most interesting.”
9 Ask yourself “would I like that?” “You should always ask yourself 'do I want to eat this?'” they say. “If the answer is NO then don't post the picture!”
10 Buy the book and meet the authors You can book tickets to Rosie and Eve’s OXO talk here, and buy a copy of their wonderful book here.