Food Photography Tricks We Learned from Nadine Lustre's Instagram Feed

Up your foodstagram game with these helpful tips!
by Mara Agner   |  Oct 28, 2016
Image: James Reid | instagram.com/jaye.wolf
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We may or may not have gone 31 months deep into Nadine Lustre's Instagram account in search of food photography tips! Below are some of the tricks we learned.

Use natural light

Nadine is pretty consistent with the use of natural light in her food photos, whether it's taken near a big window or outdoors. We can't blame her—it's the easiest way to make food all photos look great! 

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Think of the color composition

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It's pretty obvious in her feed that Nadine's more into warm, muted, or neutral hues rather than bright pops of color, but when she does post something with the latter, she makes sure it has a nice color scheme.

Keep in mind the angle

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It's safe to say that the best angle for food shots are top shots, at least that's the angle Nadz prefers—and her shots look great! 

Leave white spaces

Nadine likes to leave a lot of "breathing room" for her photos, which makes sense, because it helps keep the composition balanced.

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Pick a neutral background

Very rarely has Nadine taken a food photo against a colored or patterend background. She almost always uses either white, dark, or neutral backgrounds to make food the focus of her picture. 

Show the details

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If she's not taking top shots or including the elements around her food, Nadine likes to zero in on the details—the lines, the texture, or how it glistens when hit by light.

Play with light and shadows

Doing so can make the food photo look more dramatic/artistic.

Add a human element

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It's no secret that Nadine likes to include snippets of her accessories or #ootds in her shots. It doesn't only add a personal touch, but warmth, too. 

Use props

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Make sure that your props don't steal the spotlight away from the food by using accessories with neutral shades. Using props is also a great way of telling a story.

Want more Instagram tips from your fave celebs? Share your suggestions in the comment box below!

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