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Kate Lewis Photography
Holey sugar addiction, up close and personal

You make--and eat--a lot of great meals, and you want to share them with the world. Trouble is, your iPhone snapshots always end up more meh than yum. Everyone else’s posts look so appealing--what have they got that you don’t? We turned to professional food photographer Kate Lewis--she’s teaching a daylong class at Spork Foods on March 8--to give us a few tips.

Light Matters Natural light is best. Set up near a window with diffuse sunshine. In a cave-like restaurant, use the flashlight from a buddy’s phone as a source (just not around other patrons). 

Angle In Above the plate is the trendy angle on Instagram today, but also try head-on shots and snaps taken at a 45-degree angle, like you’re sitting at the table. And forget the zoom lens--you’ll get crisper images by leaning in, then backing your device away from the plate slightly.

Cropping Is Cool Cut out part of the dish and leave in a hand or glass--they add interest and lead the eye around the image.

Shoot in Stages It’s fun to turn cooking into a story. Post separate shots of mixing, cooking and pulling your finished dish fresh from the oven.

Spork Foods, 7494 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 302, West Hollywood; 323-512-5544 or

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