One of the most fun parts of the Foodtography School community is seeing all of your gorgeous photos together on our insta page. and we can’t tell you how many times we’ve gotten dm’s from students asking how they can get featured on the @foodtographyschool IG. We’ve even heard from many of you that you don’t know what you should be doing to get featured!
So today, we wanted to pull back the curtains to share with you exactly what we look for when we’re crafting our feed!
- 01. BE A FOODTOGRAPHY STUDENT – First things first, in order to be featured on our Insta, you must be a Foodtography School student. That means you must have taken one of our courses — Foodtography School, Advanced Foodtography School, Restaurant Foodtography School, iFoodtography School or The Style/Edit!
- 02. SHOOT WITH A MONOCHROMATIC STORY – If you’ve been following us for a while now you know that our feed is one big transitioning color story. If you look at our feed, most of the photos that we feature have a monochromatic color story, meaning they predominantly have one main color in them.
- 03. SHOOT ON A WHITE, GREY OR BLACK BACKGROUND – If you look at our feed, within featuring one color, we usually transition between a block of light & bright photos with grey backgrounds, light & moody photos with grey backgrounds, and dark & moody photos with very dark or black backgrounds. This very much falls in line with the whole monochromatic color story idea… using more neutral backdrops make that week’s featured color pop more and feel more cohesive.
- 04. SHOOT WITH COMPOSITIONAL PRINCIPLES – None of this color story stuff matters if your photos aren’t beautifully composed and well-lit! Are your photos compositionally sound, with a purposeful perspective, a balanced use of props, and great implied movement? Are you implementing the rule of thirds, framing and/or negative space? We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, composition is 51% of a photo, aka the most important part!
- 05. MAKE SURE YOUR PHOTOS ARE WELL-LIT – Lighting is a sure-fire way to make or break a photo. Something we see a lot are beautifully-composed photos with not enough attention to lighting. To avoid that mistake, checkout the lighting tips below!
Oh! and a final (and v. important) note: if you don’t end up getting featured on our account right away, do not get discouraged! Our food photography careers are about waaaay more than being featured on an instagram page 😉
We hope this helps, and we can’t wait to see your photos!