If you're taking pictures of food with flash, you're doing it all wrong.
Food should look like food.
But all too often beautiful dishes are transformed into cafeteria mush because of flash.
And I get it.
Sometimes the lighting in restaurants isn't ideal, and sometimes it's not great in your home either.
But flash isn't the answer.
All it does is destroy your food's rich colors and wipe out any contrast, definitely not Instagram worthy.
So here's what you do.
Turn off flash.
Most new phones have sensors that are sensitive enough to catch whatever light is available, but here are a few other tips.
Look around for a light source.
If you're at home, that might mean taking the dish closer to a window.
If you're at a restaurant, grab a candle, or find a brighter spot at the table.
Use the build in exposure tool before you take the photo.
And if you need to, use an app to brighten your photos, my favorite is VSCO Cam, because it let's you change more granular settings in your phones default options.
With these tips your food will look appetizing and Instagram worthy.
And now you're doing it right.