But we all know it can be hard to nail a 'gram that's good enough for the grid when it's just you and your smartphone. Luckily, we've teamed up with Huawei to bring you everything you need to know to get the perfect pic – no Instagram husband necessary.
Ready, set, snap!
1 Throw the rules out the window
The golden rule for food photography is good lighting. Standard practice? Yes. Realistic? No. Insta-worthy opportunities can happen at any time. The key is to have a camera that can do the hard work, so you don't have to.
The Huawei P20 Pro smartphone has a 40MP Leica Triple Camera that can instantly take any shot to a whole new level of sharpness and focus. It colour balances your pictures automatically and it even has Night Mode, so you can take clean, sharp pictures, whenever you want.
You'll have access to professional standard photography, all in your pocket.
2 Work those angles
We love the fact that there's more than one way to get a good food photo. So which angle is right for you? Short answer: Get creative and get snapping!
If you've got a ladened table, stand up and go for a bird's-eye view to capture the full scale of your feast. Be sure to keep an eye on the position of your hands and body, as you can cast a shadow on the table.
If a particular dish has caught your fancy or there is one thing the eatery is famous for, go for the classic close up. Huawei AI Image Stabilisation means it's easy to capture blur-free shots just like a professional photographer, from up high to up close.
3 Set the scene
Once the waiter sets down your plate, don't be afraid to play around with your dishes. Try filling empty spaces with water glasses or alternating small and big plates. The Huawei P20 Pro has the added benefit of Master AI, so it can identify in real time that it's snapping food. That way you can avoid getting frazzled trying to choose the right setting (and ending up with a cold dinner).
It automatically knows exactly what it's capturing, giving you more time to play with what's in front of you!
4 Don’t forget to capture the whole experience
What's food without the people you're enjoying it with? Huawei P20 Pro's Portrait Mode means you can capture DSLR quality photos of your friends and family, all on your smartphone. Whether it's a brunch, dinner party or fun night out with friends, Huawei P20 Pro takes it beyond just food and makes it a meal to remember.
5 Keep it real
Napkin on the loose? Hand in the shot? Cutlery askew? Don't over think it. Instagram influencers are slowly making a move towards authenticity, with many 'grammers choosing to ditch the pressure of being picture-perfect. With the Huawei P20 Pro, the photographs speak for themselves.
Photos were taken on the Huawei P20 Pro at Gemmayze St restaurant in St Kevins Arcade, Karangahape Rd.