It's no secret that there's an art to taking photos of your food. The right shots will have you wiping the drool away from your chin, but unflattering food posts can make you seriously lose your appetite (ugh, why does it look—slimy?). To help you up your Instagram foodie pic game, we asked Susan Spungen, contributing food editor to Dr. Oz The Good Life magazine, for the secrets to taking picture-perfect food snaps. Use her tips the next time you post a photo of your meal to Insta, then sit back and watch all those "likes" pour in.
1. Play with Colors
Sometimes something as simple as swapping out the color of the tablecloth you're shooting cookies against or using a blue bowl instead of a red one can make all the difference in getting the perfect shot. But don't just think about the hue of your background—consider the colors in the dish itself, too. The shades of pink in this brown rice bowl make it look as good as it tastes. Get the recipe here.
2. Go Dark
Instagram is overloaded with pics of vibrant, brightly colored foodie pics, but don't be afraid to veer to the dark side. Setting your dish against a dark granite surface or black baking dish can help bring the food center stage.
3. Keep the Crumbs!
Perfectionism has its place, but it's not here. Scattered crumbs give shots an inviting, can't-wait-to-dig-in quality. Ditto for oozy globs of cheese dripping down the side of a dish or smears of sauce on your pizza pan. Get the recipe for these chocolate-covered clementines here.
4. Add Texture
Flat food can look a little blah, so play with ingredients to add dimension. (You can get the same effect by sticking a spoon into a dish.) The nut and coconut flake toppings make these banana pops fun to eat and look at. Get the recipe here.
5. Don't Stop Snapping
Chances are that you won't get the winning shot on the first take. Playing with your composition will help you figure out what's working and what's not (that's what the delete option is for). Switch out the background, style your dish with or without a napkin, pull in and out for the shot, change up the light—heck, throw your toddler into the frame! Then, flip back through all of your pics to find your favorite one. Get the recipe for these portobello mushroom pizzas here.