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Pics or It’s Not Real: Photographing Your Betto Meal

There’s no doubt about it – we love sharing a good food picture when we go out to eat! And, we love seeing people share their Bettolino meal on social with us.

Whether you’re a dedicated foodie or just love sharing the photos with friends and family, capturing the perfect shot can make all the difference. Follow these tips to photograph your meal like a pro and make your Bettolino dish look just as incredible as it tastes.

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1. Find the Right Light: Lighting is key to great food photography. Natural light is your best friend, so if you’re sitting near a window or on our patio, you’re in good shape. Avoid using the flash on your phone, as it can create harsh shadows and unnatural colors. If you’re seated in a space that doesn’t have natural lighting, use your phone’s flashlight to gently illuminate the dish from the side.

2. Keep It Simple: Clutter-free table settings help the food stand out. Make sure there are no dirty plates, empty wine glasses, or personal belongings in the background before taking your photo.

3. Get the Right Angle: Different dishes look better from different angles. Flatlays (photos taken from directly above) work well for dishes with lots of elements, like our salads or pastas. For taller items, like our sandwiches, a straight-on shot or a slight angle can capture the layers and details beautifully.

4. Play with Composition: Use the rule of thirds to create a balanced and visually appealing composition. Imagine your frame divided into a 3×3 grid, and place key elements along these lines or at their intersections. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different compositions until you find the one that looks best.

5. Focus on Details: Close-ups can showcase the textures and colors of your dish. Focus on an interesting detail, like the drizzle of sauce, the crispness of a crust, or the freshness of a garnish. This can make your photo more engaging and appetizing.

6. Edit Lightly: A little editing can go a long way. Adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation to make the colors pop, but be careful not to overdo it! Use editing apps like VSCO or Lightroom for subtle enhancements that keep the food looking natural and delicious.

7. Add a Human Touch: Incorporate elements of the dining experience by including hands reaching for a bite or holding a drink. This adds a personal touch and can make the photo feel more inviting and dynamic.

Share Your Photos With Us

We love to see your photos when you dine with us! Tag us on Instagram @bettolinokitchen, or on Facebook. And, don’t forget to stop by our Betto Booth for selfies when you dine in!

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