Melbourne-based food blogger Sara Oteri shares her top secrets for creating a mouth-watering Instagram feed. With the help of her new Google Pixel 2 coupled with her foodie expertise, Sara shows you how to capture the perfect shot.

Gone are the days when you could say “I can’t remember what I had for breakfast”, because chances are you took a pic of it and posted it to Instagram.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love seeing what people are having for dinner, but like every great recipe, taking a beautiful shot can also be made better with some simple techniques and attention to detail.

Here are my top 3 tips to capture the most scrumptious, gooey, or saucy food shot with the new Google Pixel 2.

Surround yourself with all the things

It’s no secret that a fresh dish looks better than one that’s been sitting around for half an hour. Whether you’re photographing cereal or lasagna, I always suggest that your dish is the last element to arrive on set.

Before you even think to pick up your Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, place everything you could possibly need to style your shot within arms reach. Graters, jugs, fruit, tea towels etc. should all be close by to avoid running around while your dish deteriorates.

Once everything is in place, all that’s left is to drop your dish into position and take one hundred snaps. And yes, I literally mean one hundred. Don’t forget that with free unlimited storage with Google Photos*, you can have plenty of options to choose from without the worry of running out of room.

Lighting, lighting, lighting

Have you ever wondered why people in movies look so good? Ok granted, they have a tonne of makeup on, but it’s actually got a lot to do with lighting. So basically what I’m saying is, if you light your bowl of mac ’n’ cheese correctly, you may mistake it for Charlize Theron.

Whether you’re choosing to shoot with a lot of light or a little, there needs to be a focus. Don’t be afraid to move your dish out of the kitchen and around the house where lighting is interesting. And remember, the Google Pixel 2 has epic photo editing capabilities. So you can increase exposure, create focus and colour all with just a few clicks of a button.

Less is more

I’m all for adding filters and tweaking colour on my pics, but when it comes to food, always think about appetite appeal first. After all, nobody finds a blue coffee delicious. My Google Pixel 2 has been able to bring images to life like none of my other devices. Colours pop in a way that’s lifelike and authentic without the need for filters, which is really impressive.

So when you’ve finished with your sumptuous snaps, I suggest using the unique editing tools to their full capabilities (keeping it natural) over a stock standard filter.

Go forth and snap happy.

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