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Our Stylists' Tips for Nabbing a Good-Lookin' Photo of Your Dinner

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We're working with Citi and No Kid Hungry for their Dine & Do Good program, which aims to raise up to $2 million to fight childhood hunger in America. That’s enough for 20 million meals for kids in need. Enroll your Citi® card, and every time you spend $5 or more dining out, Citi will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry.

Want to do even more? When you dine out and share a photo of your meal with us using the tag #f52grams from 8/3 to 8/10, you’ll enter our Instagram contest.** We’ll re-gram the winner and donate $1,000 to NKH in the name of the food photographer who made doing good look best.


Have you ever found yourself futzing around with the plates on the table at a dinner out, kind of in the middle of everyone's conversation, and you still can't get your Instagram just right? And so you just abandon the whole project, photo-less with a little frowny-smile and a few sorrys to your compatriots for interrupting? (Not like I've been there or anything. Except, oh yeah, I have.)

Well, our stylists—yep, the ones who work on our editorial and video shoots, and cookbooks, too—shared a few of their secrets for getting that shot to look like you took a lot of time, and had a lot of fancy equipment (but we can't promise you won't fall into your friend sitting next to you trying to nab a corner of their plate, too).

Watch the video below to see their tips in action, or scroll down to get them (a screenshot is useful!):


Here are our stylists' top five tips for getting the right shot in any restaurant, even in low light:

1. Overhead is the safest option, always.

2. Try to create a strong direct source of light—like, drag the candle on your table close to your plate of food. It will add nice shadow.

3. Add environment: Show some of the table, a chair, maybe even a person. It'll place your food in a landscape that makes it being in the dark make more sense.

4. Try not to get yourself and your shadow in the photo. Look for the light source and move around it so you're not in it.

5. Don't fear, there's always a filter to fix stuff.

We're working with Citi and No Kid Hungry for their Dine & Do Good program, which aims to raise up to $2 million to fight childhood hunger in America by donating $1 to No Kid Hungry every time a Citi cardmember spends at least $5 dining out with their Citi credit card. Dining out to support Dine & Do Good? Share a photo of your meal with us on Instagram from 8/3 to 8/10 by using the tag #f52grams.

**Some terms and conditions apply to this Instagram contest.

Tags: citi, dine and do good program, no kid hungry