• We asked Insta-king, Steve Steinfeld, the man behind the @thejoburgfoodie Instagram account, to share his tips for editing beautiful Instagram images.

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    Here are Steve’s top 3 tips for editing your food pics for Instagram

    Consider the type of dish you’re photographing

    A beautifully plated dessert or pasta might look better shot from the top, whereas a burger or a stack of flapjacks might have more impact when shot from the side. Play around with different angles to find the one that captures the dish in front of you to best effect.

    Make sure your dish is well lit

    When you’re using the camera on your phone, the image quality is greatly affected by good lighting. During the day, natural light is fantastic – but at night(if you’re in a restaurant), rather use the flashlight setting on someone else’s phone or another light source to light up your dish.

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    Don’t stick to generic filters

    Food and dishes vary and one filter might not work for every single dish; rather experiment with the exposure, contrast, saturation and temperature settings. This allows for a more unprocessed appearance to an image. Do not overuse these settings either or you’ll end up with harsh, bright images that don’t look real. Food is about beautiful ingredients and should look organic. Steer clear of over-editing your images.

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    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com