If you didn’t get a photo, did you even really eat it?

It’s never quite a complete meal without mouth-watering photos of amazing food. August is Auckland Restaurant Month, so get prepared for some serious ‘food-porn’ and an eyeful of dishes in delicious digital detail.

Whether you’ve been into food photography for ages or want a piece of the cake, we’ve collated the best ingredients to help everyone get a seat at the table.

1. Once upon a kitchen… Your followers will appreciate a story behind the food. Just simply taking photos of a succulent steak and golden crispy chips won’t get people’s tummy’s grumbling. Put some context in the photos you take. Is it a family dinner? Is it themed? Write down a story around the photo and get creative.

2. Light & tasty Light is an extremely powerful tool for storytelling and it can change the context of a set-up depending on how it is used. X Series cameras’ ability to shoot sharp, detailed images in low light means that mood lighting is no barrier to professional-looking food photography.

3. The human element A simple and easy way to add context is to add props in to the frame. Try showing the cooking tools that were used, a fork with food showing a delicately-taken bite, or a human hand pouring the gravy.

4. Crowd-pleasing kit Hungry yet? The last element to ensuring a ravenous crowd through your food photography is having the right kit. The Fujifilm XF10 is a compact, fixed-lens mirrorless camera that is easy to take a snap on-the-go and its Rich & Fine mode is designed especially with food photography in mind. If you already have an X Mount camera, the Fujinon Macro 80mm lens will capture the smallest detail of rock salt, the gloss of the icing and the texture of fruits like raspberries and strawberries in mouth-watering detail.

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