How to Instagram Your Food Without Looking Like an Asshole

3. Don't ask for assistance.
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Pictured: not your dining partner

Speaking of your dining partner: No, your friend sitting across from you doesn't want to hold that candle near your food so you get better lighting. No, that person sitting at the table next from you will not move because they're in your frame.

Simply, remember to be courteous of the people around you when you're IGing. I realize there's a lot already going on in your head to get a good shot, but don't forget about everyone else. Remember, most of them (all of them) are there to eat in peace, not be your PA.

2. Don't spend more than two minute trying to get a shot.

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I mean, you've probably already waited in line

This one's pretty straightforward. Don't linger too long on one picture. Even if you're doing a good job being discrete, the longer it takes you to take a picture, the more awkward and indiscrete you get. Plus, do you really want to hold up your guests from eating just because you're still trying to get a shot?

1. Learn to let go.

Photo by Sam Howitz
Just eat already

It's OK to give up sometimes. Sometimes the lighting is too bad. Other times the food is melting too quickly. The list of things that can and probably will go wrong can go on forever. This tip alone could make the difference between posting a hideous IG and a gorgeous one. It's also the most important tip of them all because it takes a big person to know when it's time to call it quits and just enjoy your food.

Now let's get to eating already.

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My Voice Nation Help

I will take picture only after I finish the dish.  If the food was good, the plate will look clean, but if not, there would be some left over on it.


Checked out the author's Instagram page... lots of food shots. Did you follow your own advice???

Jessica Ancira
Jessica Ancira

That was one of.the lamest articles ive read. I hope the author wasn't serious

JGlanton topcommenter

I will often take a few bites, realize how great it tastes, then decide that this wonderful dish deserves a photo to capture it's memory for all eternity. Except that then it looks more like gross used food with bites taken out of it framed by a dirty knife and fork and a wine glass with fingerprints on it.

Mike Muñoz
Mike Muñoz

Great advice for those annoying people insisting on using a damn flash for food pics.

Antonio Maldonado
Antonio Maldonado

Facebook it Defriend them Instagram it the sign o' the times (= and yes, any stock flash is the absolute worse flash to use.

Roderick Conwi
Roderick Conwi

Really? Is Instagram an actual verb now? Or have the OC Weekly staff forgotten how to use proper English?

Josh English
Josh English

LMAO :v I think these rules can be adapted, universally.


Yes, it is. Just like Facebook....and Twitter...and every other social media outlet.

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