With roughly 100 million photos uploaded each and every day, Instagram has become the #1 place for foodies to share their most delicious and drool-worthy creations. But, we know from experience that getting the golden shot ain’t that easy! That’s why we went to our friend and food photography expert, Nick Anderson aka @forkinpancakes on Instagram, to get the lowdown on how to take the perfect Instagram food photo. Here’s what he had to say:\n\nLIGHTING IS EVERYTHING.\nLighting is the most important factor in capturing your recipe innovations. Lighting equipment can be expensive but you don’t have to spend that much to take a great photo. Grab your camera or phone and find a north-facing window, set up your plate next to it and shoot during the morning hours for a cool, soft light. Avoid letting the sun hit your dish directly – the light will be too harsh and the shadows too strong.\nSTRAIGHT ON OR OVERHEAD? FIND THE BEST ANGLE.\nUse a straight on or slight angle for a tall dish, like stacked pancakes, and an overhead shot for a dish that’s more spread out. Try to keep your camera or phone level. Tilted photos can be distracting and confusing.\nHIT UP SOME THRIFT STORES FOR STAGING AND STYLING YOUR SHOTS.\nYou’ll want a small collection of plates, silverware and props to help compliment your mouth-watering recipe. Head to your closest thrift store; you will be surprised at what you may find for really cheap! You can find surfaces and backgrounds at places like Home Depot and other flooring stores. Stage your scene with props to add a compelling visual component, such as chocolate chips scattered around or a small bowl of strawberries blurred in the background. Experiment with placement and strive for perfect imperfection. Don’t spend a lot of time trying to get everything just right. Go with your gut!\nADD SOME MOTION OR A HUMAN ELEMENT.\nSometimes a hand with a fork in the shot can add some really great perspective to your photo. Play around with placement until it feels and looks natural. A thick syrup or chocolate pour can really add to the epicness of your photo. Try capturing it mid-stream, although keep in mind you may need to be quick with your camera!\nPRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!\nKeep shooting, all the time. You’ll get better with time and find out what works best for you. You’ll find out what angles look the best and you’ll understand your camera better.\nYou see, it’s that easy! Special thanks again to @forkinpancakes for letting us in on a few of his secrets.\nSo, keep these 5 tips in mind as you bake and share your beautiful culinary creations…\n*cough* FlapJacked *cough* 😃\nand you’ll be well on your way to becoming the hottest new Instagram food photographer.\nBest of luck!!\nP.S. – Be sure to follow us on Instagram too!