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Instagram Photography for Foodies

teacher avatar Daniela Lambova, Food Blogger & Photographer

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (1h)
    • 1. Intro

      2:02
    • 2. Lighting

      6:06
    • 3. Composition

      10:37
    • 4. About your camera

      3:34
    • 5. Colour Wheel

      2:21
    • 6. Props

      6:46
    • 7. Editing

      5:12
    • 8. Photo Shooting Demo

      2:49
    • 9. Editing Demo

      6:45
    • 10. Instagram Feed

      5:27
    • 11. Posting in Instagram

      3:03
    • 12. Reels

      2:16
    • 13. Additional Tips

      2:17
    • 14. Project & Conclusion

      1:24
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About This Class

Do you share your delicious creations on Instagram? Are you a food blogger, baker, pastry shop owner or an aspiring chef, frustrated that your photos never come out as good as your food in reality?

This course will help you change your Instagram photography for good, even if you are a newbie with the camera. It will teach you simple but effective tips on how to create mouthwatering food images.

What you will learn:

  • How to use natural light for most flattering food images
  • How to compose your photos for impressive look
  • How to curate your feed (and do you have to)
  • What kind of props to use for your photography
  • How to edit your images
  • How to create your own Instagram posting workflow  
  • Additional tips for better social media engagement
  • You will also see a photo shooting and editing demo 

This course is created for beginners but intermediate food photographers and Instagram users might find some useful tips.

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Daniela Lambova

Food Blogger & Photographer

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I'm Daniela, a Food Blogger, Food Photographer and Cookbook Author based in Sofia, Bulgaria. I love everything about food, especially desserts. In my blog Dani's Cookings you will find all kinds of sweets, including sugar-free, low carb and vegan. 

I've been baking since I was a child and I enjoy helping other people become confident in the kitchen. My philosophy is that everyone should be able to eat good homemade desserts, made with love and without guilt.

In 2019 I published my first cookbook about healthy desserts (it is only in Bulgarian for now but I am planning to release it in English soon!)

 

My second big passion is the Food Photography. Since I started my first blog in 2012, I have gone... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hello everyone. My name is Daniela and I'm a food photographer and food blogger. And this class is all about is the ground photography for foodies. Why is the groundwater is different for Instagram photography then it will be for other photography. Food photography is a very extensive topic and it is hard to learn it in order to create perfect images every time. And I'm sure that if you want to create an aesthetic Instagram feed and beautiful mouth-watering problems, particularly for Instagram, you want to learn it fast. Maybe you're a food blogger or maybe you're starting photographer who wants to grow through Instagram. Or maybe you're a baker who wants to show the best of your delicious products in all the three cases, I want to give you my best tips for creating aesthetic photos, specifically for Instagram that make you stand out if you're just starting with food photography, this course is going to help you learn the essential. And then you can of course, expand from there and become even better with more practice and model learning. The goal of this class is to give you simple but very effective tips that can make a big difference in your Instagram feed. I will talk about lighting composition, styling, props, editing, and more. This course is designed specifically for Instagram. It gives you the most important things to focus when creating your image in the social media. This is a course for beginners, but I believe that everyone can benefit from some of the tips. So if you want to improve instantly your Instagram photography, let's dive into the course and let's have fun taking photos. 2. Lighting: Lighting is very important for any photography and of course for food photography as well. That's why using it correctly is essential to improve your images. Use one light source window in most cases, unless you're using artificial light. But in this course I'm going to talk mainly about nature of light. The light source should be positioned on the right or on the back of your scene side. And backlighting are the most common for food photography. They create more flattering images if your room is dark, movie or seen as close to the window as possible in order to use all the available light. Also tried to position the scene on the level of the light, not below it. I know some of us have very high windows and it's not really easy, but positioning it at the level of the window helps to utilize the light the best possible. If your house is too dark or you have a lot of trees around which don't let a lot of light to enter using a tripod, my help, you use more of the available light. Why is that? Because if you position your camera still on the tripod, you will be able to lower the shutter speeds as much as possible while keeping a low ISO. I'm not going to talk in details now about manual mode, but I advise you to learn it because by using manual mode in your camera, you will be able to create better photos in lower lighting conditions. And to use the lighting conditions the best possible without letting the camera decide what settings to place. So if you use a tripod, you can lower the shutter speed as much as possible, because shutter speed is important for moving objects, your foods doesn't move. So with a tripod, you are going to avoid camera shake from your hand. At the same time, you can keep ISO lower. Iso is the sensitivity of the camera to light, which if increased, allows to take lighter photos in lower lighting conditions. However, a higher saw, especially in a camera that is not full-frame, might result in grain. Therefore, keeping your ISO 100 or 200, keeping your shutter speed low on a tripod, you will create very nice photos in lower lighting conditions. Try this, and also, I advise you to learn manual modes of your camera that will help you a lot to utilize the available. Why? Also, it's important to shoot in row in order to preserve the quality of your image. Even if you use the mobile phone, you can shoot in RAW or DNG is the format for phones. A true different apps. For example, Lightroom Mobile is a great app that allows you not only to edit your images, but also to adjust the settings. So just ISO adjust shutter speed and aperture. And of course to select the format, which in this case is DNG, equivalent to row in the salon or mirrorless cameras. Shooting in RAW will allow you, even in low lighting conditions, to create slightly dark images and to lighten them in post-processing without losing a lot of the quality of the image. Never use kitchen lights and never liked your objects from above. With artificial lighting, kitchen lights are usually yellow and you're full, do not look so nice with these type of artificial lighting. Also lighting them from above. In most cases is not going to create the flattering shadows that you want them to have. The next point is actually that your food should have shadows. If your images don't have shadows, this means that the light is from everywhere, and that means that you need to change it. You need to manipulate it in order to make them better. For example, let's say that you're shooting in kitchen that is all white with white furniture. It's a light sunny day and you're shooting no shadows. Everything is super flat. This means that you need to add shadows. How do you add shadows by placing something dark next to the object so that it makes a shadow. This dark thing could be a piece of black cardboard. Or if you have dark curtains, you can draw them closer to the object and that way you can create additional shadows. Just beware that if the curtains are red or orange, they will leave a cast on your photo. Avoid using red or orange gloss on yourself as well because they will leave a cast on your image. Making your light source smaller also helped to create nice shadows. You can also lower the blinds. There are many things you can experiment in your house, especially considering that you most probably have at least blinds or curtains on your windows. If the sun is too bright, it is better to use a diffuser. Diffuser is something transparent that diffuses the light and makes it softer so it creates softer shadows. You can use white transparent Curtis, or you can just place some white baking paper on the window. It is true that there are a lot of images that look very beautiful, created with hard light. But for starting photographers, it is better to learn to shoot with soft light before experimenting with something more complicated as the hard light is. 3. Composition: Composition is very important for the overall look of your image in this class, since I want to simplify everything and help you learn the easiest possible ways to improve your images in Instagram. So I will give you a few simple ideas how to make beautiful different types of food very important for starters, a reduce the clutter around your foot as starter, I advise you to start with minimum styling and to learn first to compose your image in a way that it leads the eye of the viewer, right where it has to lead it. If you're not used to compose, placing too many objects might have a very negative effect on the overall feel of your image. Remember, you need to have one hero in your photo. If you have several food heroes, let's say cookies or bowls of soap, you need to arrange them in a way that they lead the eye of the viewer naturally through. All of them, prefer odd number of objects. Or if you place, let's say two balls, they need to be placed in a way that one of them attract somehow attention with something different, your hero should be in-focus. This is very important. Another important rule is to have a straight horizontal line. So this is not always achieved while you're shooting, but in post-processing, you really need to straighten your image. Otherwise it looks unprofessional. For here, few different composition roofs, which you can use for different types of food. And I will show you in photos what I mean when you should salads and soups. It's very important to layer your ingredients in the walls or in the plates because that way you create texture and make the picture more interesting. In this particular images, the ingredient had been layered very carefully on top of the soaps. As you can see flatly or from above, it's quite a good angle for soups, and that also applies for start. Framing is another composition which you can see in the middle photo, specifically where the soupy surrounded by different ingredient vice boom, and so on. So apart from layering in this image, I have also a framed the soup in the middle. When it comes to cookies and bars, there are two main ways of presenting them, flatly or stacking. It is good to consider when you have cookies to follow the rule of odds, the eye automatically understand certain number of the cookies and when you have an odd number, they definitely look better. Also consider using a textured background. For example, in this case, apart from textured background, I have used also texture baking paper which have cramped. One of the cookies has a bite taken off, which makes the scene even more interesting. When it comes to bars, brownies, or any other kind of rectangular pieces of food, you can stack them one on top of another. Consider showing the texture inside. This is always quite interesting. And honestly in this case, on the left, for example, some close-up, but a close up always looks better. Layer cakes are one of my most favorite subjects to shoot. If you have a tall layer cake with nice decoration on top, a straight-on angle of shooting is quite group. Has on the photo on the left. This is not very tall cake, but still in this angle, it looks particularly nice. On the other hand, a close-up of a cake. It's always really delicious. It looks nice, especially if you can show at the same time the inside of the cake and the declaration. So the image in the middle is also quite interesting. And last but not least, I like to shoot cakes from more or less 45 angle degree. That way you can show a lot of the top of the cake and also some part from the site where it's also worth demonstrating. In general, every part of the KT is quite good to show. And you need also to ensure grade styling. Of course, flatly is also a possible option as long as the cake is not too tall. And you will see that later. Few examples. Brown food is among the most difficult to shoot. And in order to make it look good, you will need to consider non first-place adding additional colors if you can. For example, in the photos on the left and the middle, I have added blue and green, which obviously compliments. Brown and make it look a little bit more flattering. But of course, you need to consider exactly how to replace it and where to place it. If you're shooting meat, you can always put some parsley or some other reverb on top and it will make it look better. The meat sandwiches on the left half cucumbers aside, I didn't put on top of any green herb because I wanted to show them the very nature of the way, normally the sandwiches, but this would have been another nice addition. The sheet cake in the middle has blue towel around. And one thing that makes it look good is that the chocolate glaze shiny. So playing with highlights when it comes to chocolate is essential if you're not able to find the life that makes the chocolate flattering, make sure that you're garnishing it with something so that it looks better. In this particular case, I sprinkled the wall not on top, which definitely make it look better than it would have been without them. That way I create texture, otherwise, it would have been just one brown spot in the middle. And you surely reread, read it. It wouldn't look nice this way. The cake on the right as well is nice because it has texture and color variations. Even though Brown is the predominant color of the whole photo. You see that the frosting in the middle is kind of a lighter color and this creates texture. Also, on the top you see the rings and they are actually sprinkled everywhere in the photo. So this diversifies the brown and makes it look better. If you just showed the brown cake without anything on top, this would not work with brown. Consider always adding some texture, either shine, either some garnish and when it comes to meat and soap, for example, that is Brown, always, always tried to add somewhere something green in order to make it better. I want to talk a little bit particular shooting angle flatly. It's a topic that is actually quite extensive. It's from one side, the easiest from one side. And the most complicated flat lay is kind of goal to shooting angle. If nothing works, usually Plotly works, of course, not in each and every photo, for example, if you should, burgers biblically is definitely not going to make them look good. Sammy's with any other twofold. For example, tall kicks in the example on the left that the KCI stall, but these flat lay shows the decoration on top and creates texture. So in this case, it is okay because the main focus of the photo is the declaration, not the cake by itself. But in case of burgers, you don't have worked to shoehorn top normally. So for that reason is better to avoid this angle with them. But whenever your food doesn't look good, you can just place it in different plates and decorate layer and you will have a nice flatly. And last but not least, it is very important how you arrange your food on your scene. If you have several objects, you cannot just place them randomly. You need to create a path for the eye to travel and to go from one object to another. And the most important thing is that you need to highlight the main object that you want to show. This is your hero, this is the most important object in your scene. So when you arrange your objects, it is good to create the lines. They could be straight lines, triangles like lines that are meeting at some point, like in the first picture, the lice are basically pointing to the piece of cake, but also it could be lines like S-shape or C shape. This is also a great way to compose your images. In the second image, we're following the rule of odds, which is use odd number of objects in your scene and the way they are arranged forms a C shape even though it's their way out. And on the last photo, it is an S, but again inverted. And it leads from the porn on the bottom through the central object. Basically is the 5-mer lanes in the middle and goes to the hand which is holding the last modelling, which is beaten. And you can see inside the feeling the blueberries. It is important to think about this when you arrange your images. Because with the time, you will learn to do it automatically without even thinking. But if you're a beginner and you're wondering why your images don't really look that impressive. One of the main reasons might be because you're not composing them correctly on your image. 4. About your camera: You can use any camera to photograph food. This is true and not true at the same time, I will explain. Nowadays there are many food photographers who use just their mobile phones. Two main beautiful photos. But while you can create beautiful food photography, insert on angles. So with mobile phones, I strongly advise you to buy a DSLR or mirrorless camera as soon as possible if you are serious about photography. The reason is that in mobile phone, you don't really learn as much as you learn with a camera. And also, because the mobile phones have wide lenses, usually, if you use them to shoot food in any other angle, 90 degrees, which is straight on or flatly from above, you will see distortion. Distortion is that the objects look slightly different than they look in reality, they look distorted in a way. And that is happening very often with wide-angle lenses, much more often than with narrower lenses. Mobile phones have wide-angle lenses. Obviously, the newer models mobile phones are comparable to the DSLR and mirrorless cameras and even exceeding some of them. That is out of question. And I'm sure that in few years we'll have more and more advanced mobile phones. But at that point, I still haven't seen mobile phone that they better photos then gets large camera or mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses. Said that if you're starting with food photography just right now, if you're doing it for fun, if you just want to improve your photos, don't really let the fact that you don't have a camera with interchangeable lenses stop you from learning. You can learn styling, composition, editing with a mobile phone and you can improve your photography even when the mobile phone, you may even not want to upgrade if you shoot your photos are just for your bakery, for example. You might not be really interested in a moment to improve in food photography, but you may just want to improve your Instagram feed and the toy you're taking this course. That's fair enough. So in this course we're going to talk about food photography. With anything you have, you can improve your images with any camera that you own. And in case you have a camera with interchangeable lenses, prefer the ones that are above 40 millimeters. For food photography. The reason is that again, wide-angle lenses, like 15 millimeters, 20 millimeters, and even below them, they're not really so good for food because they have distortion and because they capture a huge part of the surrounding, which for food photography, you don't always want. That is just a side note. And if you want to learn more about cameras and lenses for food photography, I have another class which explains in detail, so which are the best cameras, lenses for this type of photography, particularly, and you can check it in Skillshare. 5. Colour Wheel: You surely have heard about the color wheel in which you can create different combinations of colors which are considered as nice and I pleasing using the color wheel is helpful, but you don't really need to follow it strictly every time in order to create beautiful images. With the time, you will learn to combine the colors intuitively for Instagram, particularly using the color wheel, might help you create a more cohesive feet using specific color combinations as suggested by the color wheel can help you experiment with different styles of images and can help you also find specific style which you want to communicate to your audience. There are a lot of color wheels available online. I normally use the one of Canva or Adobe, and I will show you now how you can use it in order to select your colors. Using the color wheel is particularly useful when you have a collaboration with the client on Instagram and you are presenting their products. So you can choose the matching colors as br, the color wheel. And that way you're going to highlight them in your image. How to use the color. We'll consider the color of the food you will be shooting, selected on the wheel and choose one of the possible combinations you want to use. Let's say complimentary to dietary, et cetera. There are several options to see which colors come up and consider your props. Select all your props, and also the fruit color accordingly without adding other colors. This is the ideal situation. Obviously some cases, you may want to add other colors like black and white or gray. These are the neutral colors. But if by any chance you have an additional color, it normally is not a big problem. The color wheel will help you to learn which colors go well with others. And with the time you would not need to take it, it's just to help you. 6. Props: I will show you some of my crops and hopefully you'll get a good idea of what to buy and what not to y. I'll start with this little balls. They're relatively new. I bought them quite recently and I really loved then they're ceramic. They're a little bit shiny inside. Got this is not something that is a big problem because normally you feel the ball so you will not see the big shine on the bottom. It is important for the props not to be shiny because this will create the not a good effect on your image is, of course, even some Matt drops might create a little bit of shine, but probes that they're shiny by default are really not a good idea to buy. On the other hand, I'm sure you all saw my plates, some of them actually because I have more, but these are probably some of the ones that I use most of the times. These are my favorite ikea plates. They're light as a counselor, they are small. I prefer small blades because it's easy to small pieces of cake and some cookies. He said, Well, with the big plate, it would be much more challenging to fill them. And also big plates are much more challenging to place more and more of them on your scene. So these are displayed here. I have also a black plate, so this is a matte black, but sometimes it creates a little bit of shine regardless. Or in order to avoid any kind of glare, I need to move around and find the proper angle where the glare doesn't exist. It's always a problem with dark props. The glare. Of course, they have also white plates, but I don't use them anymore as much as I used to use them before. In the past, there was a time when I realized that colorful plates are not the best for food photography because they are distracting the viewer from the main subject or the food. So I bought a lot of white plates. Of course, why plates are good for food photography and when, whenever you are in doubt or white plate, these are great choice. The problem is that they don't have texture, okay? This one has a little bit of texture, but why these two planes sometimes, and if you place the food on top, it doesn't always help to highlight the food, especially if you're fully is also on the light side. On the other hand, if you have, let's say y displayed with some little texture, this is a great plate to highlight, particularly light fought. In some cases it might be actually do destructing with all these dots, but depending on the case, it might be actually quite, quite a good choice. Okay, this is a blade that I don't recommend you buying. I have few similar plates with blue blue designs. In some cases, for example, for a plain chocolate cake, it could go well, but it's very particular one. You risk could destructing a lot the viewer from your food with such plate. And definitely I don't recommend, but I wanted to show you it is still in my props collection, but I use it quite rarely. These plate, I like them very much. There are ceramic and it is nice. The combination between, let's say white, cream, cream, your white and blue insight. When you place the kick hits, it stays inside and it is not too distracting in this case. In some cases regardless, it could be not the right blade, it could be a little bit distracting also, you need to combine very well with the colors. But I tend to use a lot of blue in my photos. So this is a play that I use from time to time as well. I've been buying a lot of these greenish or blades and I also like the style that they have highlighted edge here and their plane otherwise. And they normally go well with my big round. The green color or something between blue and green in this case is something that I like very much. And probably it's my current style. But I use this particular plate at the moment. And of course I need to show you also the forks and knives cutlery, beware that it should be as not shiny as possible. These ones are a little bit shiny, but their vintage There are present from my mother-in-law and there with some silver coating. So I like them very much because they are vintage and still they are a little bit shiny, but you can hide the shine by placing something inside. Thus born or putting this fall under needs late kind of to to hide the glare. There are ways to hide the glare here. On the other hand, I also bought these ones recently. There are new, but you know that in some stores they sell these type that look like worn-out, but in fact they are new and they have just a specific color. So this is one option when you cannot find vintage category, I have a lot of problems to find vintage cutlery. And that's why I bought this one's less, but not least, it's good to have some wooden pieces. I have these nice wooden boards. I have also other wooden boards in general is a great addition, especially if you're shooting a little bit rustic style. The more wooden blocks you have, the better. 7. Editing : The real beautiful photography is not complete without editing. That is true. Editing is the final part of the image creation. And in some cases it might be like half of the image. That's why I recommend you to edit all your images. There are many softwares for editing in Lightroom is one of them which I recommend because it is free. You can take photos with it in URL format. You can do settings adjustments of your mobile camera if you're shooting with a mobile. But even if you're not shooting with a mobile, it is really one of the best software on the market for editing and for free. If you have a Creative Cloud subscription, of course, you can use Lightroom on desktop with your DSLR or mirrorless camera, and you can have even more capabilities there. But Lightroom Mobile is a great start. Another desktop application which is also very good and I recommend, even though I have never worked with it, is capture one. It is also a very powerful in it's comparable to light wrong. Some people even prefer it. But these are both pay the applications and they require a monthly subscription starting with Lightroom Mobile, CCDs free overall, and just a few weeks. Our tools require paid access. And basically you can do a lot with it without actually having to pay taxes. So I'm going to demonstrate to you how you can edit them to which settings are important for editing always, I'll show you a very simple workflow without complicated the editing. And you can always use a preset. Of course, you can always buy or download free presets and import them into Lightroom. Presets will be very helpful. For instance, Good luck because in most cases they are carefully curated for a specific result. The problem was presented that if you just use them without analyzing them, they don't teach you. And of course, the final goal is to learn how to create everything by yourself. So presets are very useful for learning as well. If you analyze them, you can learn a lot from them. There are many other editing apps like Snapseed is one of the popular VSCO big seller. In many of them, you have ready filters, but you will not understand from the filter how to achieve this effect by yourself. Of course, with them, you can also do general adjustments and they work more or less the same way as the demonstration I will show you in Lightroom. Now. I'm selecting an image from my phone library. And the first thing I'm doing is to strengthen it. This image had been shot with my automatic cameras, all these kind of light. But we're going to dark on it in order to highlight the cherries. So I'm first adjusting the light, highlights shadows contrast, exposure or so, and will increase the vignetting as well. And that way, I will create an additional darkness around the cherries which will highlight them. The white balance needs to be adjusted because the this kind of yellowish. And I wanted to save as the cherries and the plate. And I would like to separate the different colors starting from the red. I would like to increase the texture and the clarity a little bit in order again to make the cherries. And the picture looks quite nice like this. But finally, I will use one tool and local adjustment, which can be used only if you have a paid Creative Cloud subscription. But I would like just to show you how it will change the cherries. Additionally, where I'm going to just lighten slightly the cherries only and leave the rest as it is. So this is the difference before and after you can see it's a big difference. Much nicer. And the tourists are highlighted. 8. Photo Shooting Demo: I want to show you now a very short than improvised photo session where you can see me styling and shooting fruit. It's just a small demo where I would like to show you my normal process. You see the light is coming from the right of the scene. And I also place some black cupboards because the photos are moody style and I wanted to block the light, which was too much for the scene after the demo. I will also show you how I add images which I took. And you can measure them as characters. And we can get here. Hi, again and again. And again. 9. Editing Demo: I will show you a quick demo of how I edit the images of this sequence from the whole shooting session. I will start first with one image, just do cherries in a ball on a plate. And then I will copy the adjustments and paste them on other images and that way make the editing easier. I'm not going to explain in details now about each and every tool that I'm using. You can see in light wrong if you need explanation about the different tools in Lightroom and how exactly they work, you can watch my class Lightroom editing, where I'm explaining in details. Here. You see how exactly I will adjust this image. And then in the second part of this video, I will explain you how I will copy and paste the settings to the next image is from the sequence. Yes. Hello. And so on. After I edited this first image, I'm going to copy the adjustments and I will paste them into the other images. I'm copying everything but cropping, white balance and local adjustments because these are rather specific parameters which I would like to just separately. So I'm copying first on this image with apricots and beaches and apples. I just paste the adjustments. And obviously the image will not look like the first one because the white balance is different. There are other colors that are mixing in. So in this situation, I will have to do some additional adjustment in order this image to look better. I will first adjust the white balance, and then I'll start with the local adjustments. I didn't copy of local adjustments from the previous image because I wanted to create a nuance and to have them adjusted accordingly. In some cases, copying the local adjustments. He's also something that can help you, especially if you have similar objects on next images. Okay? Okay. 10. Instagram Feed: I want to talk about the Instagram feed as well, because it is very important for the overall impression of your Instagram account. Many creators curates very heavily their feeds, so they look very cohesive and beautiful with the same atmosphere and feel of all images. I don't recommend that for variety of reasons. On the first-place, curating heavily your feet is very stressful. You need always to consider aesthetics for us. Meaning, you cannot choose just any image in order to tell your story in certain posts. I believe that for Instagram success, the most important is to add value for your audience. Every post should add some value and should be somehow enriching the life of your audience. So looking first at the aesthetics, it makes this goal of very, very difficult. On the other hand, if all your images are with the same style, that makes you always shoot and edit with this towel that prevents you from experimenting in your photography. I believe that experimenting is very important. And also it is crucial if you want to develop your photography and you want to attract clients in the future, your clients need to know that you can shoot in different styles. Of course, if you're not that serious about photography and you want your Instagram to look good just in order to market your bakery. For example, our quiz if feeds might be accomplished easier and without that much stress by using similar editing. But the bottom line is that if queasy feet makes you stressed and prevented from learning, it would be much better to stop curating your images that heavily. My personal Instagram feed is curated, but with moderation, I do not show the same style every time. I do not edit with the same presets. And I don't really look at the colors of the consecutive images. I use an app called preview in order to create my feet. But if I have an idea in mind and the image that I am planning and looks beautiful on the feet doesn't match this idea. I usually go for the idea and not for the aesthetics. So I tried to me to make my feet aesthetic, but I don't curated to the point of all the images having the same feel and look. And actually I don't want all the images to have the same look and feel because I'm going to get bored myself from my own photography. This is how I am. Of course, it all depends on you and your style, your feeling, your goals. But if you believe that curating your feed these tissues and is stressful for you, please don't do it. Also. He's not really that important for most audiences to see. Queasy feet on Instagram. They look more for the value of your content. If you have a food blog and your Instagram is created to grow your full block. There is nothing wrong of posting consecutive images of consecutive posts in your full block even if they are not with the same feel and the same look. I actually think that this is the best approach for food blogger if you want to market your bakery or your best to shop. Using similar style of your images might also help you in your photography workflow. You can use a similar background or the same background every time, or the same lighting every time you can shoot always on the same place and that way your particular style of your own bakery will be recognizable. In this case, definitely a similar style of your images will be a plus, in my opinion, will also help you be less stressed how to shoot every time you will have your workflow, you will know that you place your background every time. In the same place. Lighting is similar. So inevitably, the fill of the images will become similar. Of course, this is just one way to present your work. You may also want to shoot parts of your best to show details about the, the coffee machine, how the bartender this making coffee, how they're serving the cakes, different aspects of your daily work in the pastry shop. This is really good to show a little bit behind the scenes to your customers. If you're just a foodie who loves to take photos and wants to grow into a professional food photographer. One day, as I said already, it's better to show different styles and to experiment with your photography with the time you will develop your own style. And this style is going to make your feed with a specific field that only your feed has. So the moment you post a new image, your audience will know that this image belongs to you. And before seeing who posted the Siemens, They will know already that this image is yours. 11. Posting in Instagram: I will show you my workflow, how I post in Instagram using a Mac and an iPhone. Of course, if you have an Android and Windows, you can still create the workflow that is easy and not very time-consuming. I will give you all my tips for easier and more flawless boasting in Instagram. In fact, with the latest Instagram of date, you're able to Boston so from your computer, but I still use my phone in order to post. As sometimes the photos which look good in the computer might not look as nice in the foam. And majority of Instagram users are still on the phone. So I prefer to post from the form y should all the images that they Boston my Instagram feed with a DSLR. And then I added them on Lightroom for desktop. I prepare several photos from the same photo session for Instagram. In order to validate which will look best on my feet, I transfer them from my Mac to my iPhone using AirDrop. If you use Android and, or Windows, you can use Google Drive or Dropbox in order to transfer your images. You don't need to send them by email. As I used to do in the past. I ride my caption in my computer because it's easier. And then I copied from the computer and pasted directly in the form. That's again a mock function. But in case your Windows and Android user, you can write in Evernote or in Google Docs, or in any other application that is on a cloud. And you can basically write from the computer and copy from and based in the phone. So when I transfer my images to my phone, I use the app preview to check my feet. So with this app, I am able to understand how the image will look on the feet. That's the reason why I shoot more than one image for Instagram so I can understand which one would look best on my feet. My images are all four by three proportions. And as you know in Instagram, the format is either square or a four by five. So usually when I shoot my images, I tried to leave some negative space on top or on the bottom or both. Because I know that this image will be cropped in Instagram. If I'm not sure how it looks, I check directly instagram before posting it, so I understand what part of it will be cropped. And I understand if really it's worth using this image, considering its proportions. But in most cases, I already considered the space when I showed the images. I also check how the transferred images look on the phone. And in case the colors are not the same as they looked into computer, I added image in Lightroom Mobile. 12. Reels: This class is about Instagram photography, but I can't keep rails sees it is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the application. Even if you have no experience shooting video and you feel totally insecure, you should try this option because that way you can attract audiences that are not following you yet and you can actually grow faster than with posting images. There are many themes for foodies and food photographers. I'm going to give you a short list just to inspire you. But I'm sure that you can come up with more interesting ideas. Most successful reals are such that they can give some value to the audience. Either something really funny or if you are not somebody that is really able to create funny things sent honestly, majority of foodies create beautiful and the mouth-watering stuff rather Ben, share jokes. So you can share something educational, useful tips, recipes, anything that your audience would appreciate. You can should either with your mobile or with your camera. So when it comes to reals, the high-quality is not really mandatory to have a successful real. I prefer to shoot my Rails with my DSLR when it comes to showing myself. But when it comes to our Sep and I want to show a process, very often I use my mobile. If truly I have real switch share both mobile footage and DSLR for pitch, no matter how you take the footage, editing reals is easier on your mobile. There are many apps that offer excellent service in these terms. I use two EPS normally. One is in shot and the other one is video leap day are both free and offer paid options. I use free options of both, even though in shortest, quite affordable if you want to paid video lip is a little bit more expensive, but the free version is doing a great job. 13. Additional Tips: Great photography is not enough to make your business or your account grow fast. You need to add value to your audience. Today there are so many beautiful looking for Instagram feeds that people just are not that impressed anymore only by the quality of your images. You need to constantly share tips, tricks, recipes, anything that your audience likes. How do you find what your audience likes? Just ask them. There are a lot of tools in Instagram stories to ask them, like quiz, like questions, poles. So if you constantly communicate with your audience, you will soon understand what they like. Every time when I'm in doubt, I ask my audience through quizzes with three or four questions, what exactly they would like me to show them. And that's how I get a lot of valuable input. Also, it's important to watch very carefully your stats. Your Instagram shouldn't be business or creator account rather than personal in order to see stats. So what's your statistics t, which posts lead to maximum engagement and tried to follow the same type of content. If it's recipe boss that brought you most like send commands and saves, Of course, because this is also important, continue to post recipe If it's behind the scenes that gave you a lot of engagement, this is what you should dig into. It is not easy nowadays to grow in Instagram, but the more videos to post, the better it will be for you in the long term. Especially reals, Instagram is not anymore just photo-sharing application, and that's what they said recently. So the more video, the more real send IGTV you both, the better it would be for you. And don't forget to engage with your audience. Answer their questions, answered their comments. If somebody writes you direct message, Don't forget to answer it. So always be there for your audience and tried to respond to their questions and queries. 14. Project & Conclusion: Your project for this class is to create six to nine images for your Instagram feed and to pass them consecutively, then take a screenshot of your feet before and after and upload it to the project section. I would like to see how you improved after you took this course. Thank you very much for watching this class and I really hope that it was useful for you. If you want to dig into food photography, I advise you to watch also my class, food photography for beginners, where you will find particular types of where you should focus your efforts. If you want to learn more about lenses and camera for food and product photography, that is the class as well. For this, which you might find useful, I will be really grateful if you read this class because it will help me understand if you've needs future updates and I can update it accordingly as per your advisors. I would be also glad to meet you. Nice diagram. Maya counties. It's Danny score kings. If you have any questions on the course, I will be really heavy door respond to them. Please start our discussion. Thank you once again, and I wish you good luck in your creative process.