Food photography 101

by Leah Moldowan

Since you’re not able to smell or taste the food you see online, it’s the photos that are going to convince you an online recipe is mouth-wateringly delicious. That said getting those shots isn’t always an easy task. When I first started photographing my food as way to document my journey to healthier living, I had no clue what I was doing or that I’d eventually fall in love with food photography itself. While you don’t need to be a professional photographer, it does take some time and repetition to master. Of course a nice dSLR camera (my Canon T2i is my baby) helps, but an iPhone will do. Honestly if you have nice looking food and good natural light, you’re set.

My biggest tip would be to practice, practice, practice! A cliché, I know, but just take pictures everyday and try new angles and lighting until you find what works. Also look critically at photos of food on Instagram or Pinterest and use them as inspiration for your own shots.

Food selfie etiquette

by Madeleine Brown

I have and will never take a selfie. Never ever.

But, it’s true I have and will definitely continue to take the odd food selfie. That said I have mixed feelings about the act. I haven’t worked long enough yet in hospitality to downright despise it, but on the other hand I firmly believe that there’s a way to go about doing it. So until society deems it utterly socially inappropriate or restaurants confiscate the cameras and cellphones of guests who attempt it, go ahead document your breakfasts, lunches and dinners, but keep in mind the following advice.   

The stigma of using a college/university food bank

by Claire Matlock

While our workload rises and snow falls, everyone hunkers into the season with a warm sweater and, hopefully, some comforting food. However, the reality for many students on a budget is the exclusion from seasonal traditions such as pumpkin spice lattes, or a roasted turkey. As a food writer, I understand the importance of food in punctuating holidays. Those students unable to afford its physical and emotional satiation should not be afraid to utilize their university’s food bank.

Navigating the university food system

by Danielle Del Vicario

We’re well into the school year and you’re getting used to university life: the campus, the lectures, and the people. You’ve even figured out that you don’t have to raise your hand to go pee. Sadly though, you’re may still completely confused by the food system. When are meal times? Where and what do you eat? The smorgasbord of cakes is calling, but a fear of the “freshman fifteen” pushes you to the salad bar.

Want to eat well while rocking your new food environment? Follow this six-step guide.