We eat with our eyes first. How the food on your plate looks is going to affect your appetite quite a bit. Think about how you’d feel seeing someone bring in a dirty plate with greasy fingerprints on the rim, and the meal just slopped in the middle. Now consider someone bringing you an elegant dish that looks just as good as (if not better than!) in the pictures. The difference is night and day.

There is a massively popular subreddit with nearly 5.2 million members that encourages foodies to share beautiful photos of food. We’ve collected some of their freshest pics to show you just how much love and effort some chefs—professional and amateur alike—put into their creations. Be warned, dear Pandas, this post is going to make you hungry as heck. So we hope you’ve got some snacks while you’re upvoting your fave pics.

Bored Panda reached out to world-famous pie artist Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, @thepieous, for some advice on food photography and how to make the snaps look as appetizing as possible. She shared some great technical tips and told us about the main pitfalls to avoid. Jessica is the author of 'Pies Are Awesome: The Definitive Pie Art Book,' and you'll find our interview with her below.

For some more gastronomic inspiration, check out Bored Panda’s earlier articles about the massively-popular subreddit here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. And if you like content like this, be sure to join the Reddit community!

#1

Mango And Dragon Fruit Ice Cream

Mango And Dragon Fruit Ice Cream

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Jessica, the author of 'Pies Are Awesome,' was kind enough to share her insights on photographing food to make the pics look appealing. The good news is that you don't necessarily need a lot of fancy equipment to get awesome results. What's far more important is how you approach photography!

"You no longer need ultra fancy camera equipment to take professional-quality food photos—as of iPhone 11, cellphone snaps are virtually indistinguishable from the most expensive DSLR cameras," the pie artist shared with Bored Panda. She pointed out that there are two areas that might cause problems. The first is a cluttered backdrop. The second is light.

"The two biggest mistakes new food photographers make are working with overhead kitchen lights instead of natural light from a large window, and photographing their food on a counter cluttered with a million unrelated objects in the background," she said.

#2

I Had A Dream I Made Cottage Pie With Starry Night Mashed Potatoes And I Haven’t Been Able To Stop Thinking About It.. So I Present To You The Starry Night Cottage Pie

I Had A Dream I Made Cottage Pie With Starry Night Mashed Potatoes And I Haven’t Been Able To Stop Thinking About It.. So I Present To You The Starry Night Cottage Pie

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#3

Celebrating With Some Prosciutto, Capocollo, 3 Year Aged Cheddar And 21 Days Of Sobriety

Celebrating With Some Prosciutto, Capocollo, 3 Year Aged Cheddar And 21 Days Of Sobriety

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"To get started, find the biggest window in your home and pull a chair or table set with a large piece of cardboard right up next to it. Place your food on the cardboard and snap away! Direct overhead shots are popular, as are slightly oblique angles that give the viewer the PoV of someone sitting down for a delicious meal," pie artist Jessica explained how newcomers to food photography might want to approach things. Once you get the fundamentals down right, you can start investing in more professional equipment. But that's always optional.

"As you start to up your game, you can spring for professional backdrops, and even your own lights that mimic daylight so that you can shoot outside of peak daylight hours… but these are by no means necessary to get in the game."

According to pie artist Jessica, once you've become confident with the basics, you can then turn your attention to the food itself.

"Make sure there are no smudges, drips, fingerprints, or other unappetizing elements on your dishes or styling props. Check your produce for wilted areas or other blemishes, and turn these away from the camera," she explained to Bored Panda that attention to detail is paramount.

#4

Puff Pastry Apple Turnover

Puff Pastry Apple Turnover

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Sasy
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

tries so so hard to not lick my monitor

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#5

My Apple Pie Trifle

My Apple Pie Trifle

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#6

There’s An Ice Cream Place Near Boston That Sells Soft Serve Ice Cream With Gooey Caramel In The Middle And Apple Cider Donut Crumbles On The Outside

There’s An Ice Cream Place Near Boston That Sells Soft Serve Ice Cream With Gooey Caramel In The Middle And Apple Cider Donut Crumbles On The Outside

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"To ensure your food is at peak freshness when you shoot it, do all of your prep work well in advance—set up your backdrop, camera tripods, lighting, props, etc. and get everything perfect using random household objects as 'stand ins' for your food. That way, once your dish is hot and ready to go, all you have to do is place it in the frame and snap away!"

Jessica noted that there's a lot to learn when it comes to food photography. Everything depends on your curiosity and willingness to try something new.

"There are hundreds of little tricks specific to certain types of food to make dishes look the most luscious and delicious, and many books have been dedicated to this subject. When you're ready to take things to that next level, start a list of your favorite food photographers on Instagram and see if they have ebooks, manuals, or courses offering their best lighting and styling tips... before you know it, you'll be joining their ranks and inspiring others with your own killer food photog style!" the pie artist said.

#9

My Cousin's Wife And I Put This Charcuterie Table Together For My Other Cousin's Wedding! I Think It Turned Out Pretty Great

My Cousin's Wife And I Put This Charcuterie Table Together For My Other Cousin's Wedding! I Think It Turned Out Pretty Great

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The subreddit is a great place to find some inspiration if you feel that you’ve run out of ideas when it comes to cooking. If you value aesthetics and presentation a lot but feel like you’ve hit a creative block, it’s perfectly fine to take a break from it all.

Then, when you come back to the kitchen all rested-up and reenergized, you can start looking a bit broader for inspiration. Take a peek at other areas of life for how you cook, bake, and arrange your food: maybe you’ll find something in nature, pop culture, or even architecture that motivates you to go the extra mile!

The subreddit is home to over 5 million members, or ‘foodies’ as the moderator team has dubbed them. The online community has been active for over a decade, and in that time, it has become one of the most well-known and influential groups on Reddit.

The sub describes itself as being dedicated to “simple, attractive, and visual” content. If it’s related to food and it looks great, you should probably share it here.

#10

We Have So Much Fruit Coming From The Garden. Brownie-White Chocolatemousse Pie With Fresh Fruit

We Have So Much Fruit Coming From The Garden. Brownie-White Chocolatemousse Pie With Fresh Fruit

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#12

My Girlfriend And I Don’t Bake But We Made Her Birthday Cake From Scratch And It Looked Really Beautiful

My Girlfriend And I Don’t Bake But We Made Her Birthday Cake From Scratch And It Looked Really Beautiful

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The internet is a much different place than it was in 2009 when the subreddit was first created. Back then, internet users were far more open to naming their communities something embarrassing or unusual. Something that instantly gets your attention.

Fast-forward to 2022 and internet censorship has become quite widespread. Even mentioning some of these community names in full, in the text, is a wonderful way to get on the wrong side of the Internet and Social Media Overlords. The sad reality is that the subreddit has a so-called ‘stop word’ in its name which is why we can’t mention it directly. We can, however, celebrate just how great the community is and invite you to check it out yourselves, dear Pandas.

If you do decide to join the sub, make sure that you familiarize yourself with the community rules. You can find them in the sidebar. They’re pretty straightforward.

Be civil toward others. Post things only related to food. It is a food subreddit after all! If you’d like to discuss something unrelated, there are plenty of other communities on Reddit and elsewhere for that.

#14

Poppy Semolina Bread

Poppy Semolina Bread

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#15

Pan Grilled Jiaozi. And A Cat

Pan Grilled Jiaozi. And A Cat

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Meanwhile, members are encouraged to post only images and gifs. Videos and articles aren’t allowed. While writing the title, be sure to include some context.

Oh, and mark your post with an [OC] (original content) tag in the title if the photo is one that you took.

#16

Pot Roast Bread Bowl Topped With Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes

Pot Roast Bread Bowl Topped With Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes

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#17

French Berry Tartlets I Made For My Fiancé

French Berry Tartlets I Made For My Fiancé

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#18

Homemade Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Homemade Salted Caramel Cheesecake

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Rat Lord
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want to frame it and eat it at the same time

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However, if it’s not your photo, make sure that you credit the actual content creator. Transparency is an important part of practically any online community.

And even if it wasn’t, it’s nice to know the original source of something you come across. Credit where credit’s due and all that.

#19

Homemade Asian BBQ Chicken Lo Mein

Homemade Asian BBQ Chicken Lo Mein

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#20

Ratatouille I Just Made

Ratatouille I Just Made

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Via Hawk
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It’s made of tomatoes and zucchini right? I would love to know a recipe

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#21

Went Strawberry Picking

Went Strawberry Picking

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K W
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fresh picked garden strawberries taste like heaven. It's so rare to get truly tasty strawberries in the supermarket. Even when they're in season they often taste bland.

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According to the hard-working moderator team, low-effort titles will be removed. You’re asked to be as descriptive and precise as you can. What’s more, originality is further encouraged by limiting the number of non-original content posts you make to one per day.

If you’ve found a delicious-looking pic on the internet that you can’t wait to share with the other members of the sub, remember that you can only do that once every day.

#22

Flour, Water, Salt. Today's Loaf Really Did Things To Me

Flour, Water, Salt. Today's Loaf Really Did Things To Me

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Absolute perfect bread loaf! Well done!

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#23

Baked My 30th Birthday Cake. Grapefruit And Champagne Cake

Baked My 30th Birthday Cake. Grapefruit And Champagne Cake

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#24

Crunchy Grilled Garlic And Pesto Bruschetta

Crunchy Grilled Garlic And Pesto Bruschetta

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lauralett50
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can't stop licking the screen. I better leave now.

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Meanwhile, the mods note that if you plan on sharing a recipe with your photo, you should write it in plain text in the comments. “We do not require posts to include a recipe, however we do strongly encourage it,” the team running the community explains.

“You are free to link to off-site recipes, but there must always be a plain text version in a comment, if there is to be any recipe at all. All we're requiring is that if you are going to post a link to a recipe, you also include a plain text version in the comment.”

#25

Made A Chocolate Chip Banana Bread That Came Out Very Moist

Made A Chocolate Chip Banana Bread That Came Out Very Moist

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K W
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My mouth actually watered when I saw this. I miss banana bread. I haven't found a gluten free version that isn't a texture fail but also I'm just too lazy to do much baking.

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#26

I Made Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon And Mashed Potatoes

I Made Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon And Mashed Potatoes

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#27

Sister Made This Chocolate Cake For My Birthday. I Couldn't Be Happier

Sister Made This Chocolate Cake For My Birthday. I Couldn't Be Happier

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Which of these food pics impressed you the most, dear Pandas? Were there any dishes or desserts that you’d love to take a bite out of if you could reach through the screen? And, be honest, are you as hungry as we are after finishing this list? Share your thoughts, opinions, and hunger level in the comments!

#29

Pumpkin Gnocchi With A Creamy Spinach Sauce

Pumpkin Gnocchi With A Creamy Spinach Sauce

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#30

Look At This Motherf**king Paella!

Look At This Motherf**king Paella!

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Sasy
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

does anyone else hear a chorus of Angels ?

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#31

Nothing Profound To Share, I Just Thought My Ribeye Looked Sexy

Nothing Profound To Share, I Just Thought My Ribeye Looked Sexy

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#32

Moon Drops Grapes

Moon Drops Grapes

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#33

A Bouquet Of Chicken Gyros On Homemade Pitta

A Bouquet Of Chicken Gyros On Homemade Pitta

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#34

Peaches And Cream Roll Cake For A Local Peach Festival!

Peaches And Cream Roll Cake For A Local Peach Festival!

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#35

My First Attempt At Beef Wellington

My First Attempt At Beef Wellington

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#36

Steak And Ale Pie

Steak And Ale Pie

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#37

Injera With A Variety Of Ethiopian Dishes

Injera With A Variety Of Ethiopian Dishes

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Sasy
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that looks so inviting to try and to experience.

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#38

Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich With Focaccia

Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich With Focaccia

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Not Marsha
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i’m vegan, but that breading on the chicken….

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#39

Homemade Broken Glass Jelly

Homemade Broken Glass Jelly

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#40

Colombian Platter With Pulled Chicken, Chorizo, Fried Plantain, Garlic Rice, Red Beans, Potatoes And Guacamole

Colombian Platter With Pulled Chicken, Chorizo, Fried Plantain, Garlic Rice, Red Beans, Potatoes And Guacamole

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#41

Made Pancakes With Blueberries I Picked This Morning

Made Pancakes With Blueberries I Picked This Morning

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#42

Any Garlic Soup Lovers In Here? This Is How I Make Mine

Any Garlic Soup Lovers In Here? This Is How I Make Mine

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#43

Our Halloween Charcuterie Spread + Pumpkin Spice & Cream Cheese Frosting Cupcakes + Skeleton Brownies + Rice Krispie Treats (Not Raw Meat)

Our Halloween Charcuterie Spread + Pumpkin Spice & Cream Cheese Frosting Cupcakes + Skeleton Brownies + Rice Krispie Treats (Not Raw Meat)

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#44

Decided To Make A Choco Taco From Scratch And It Turned Out Great !

Decided To Make A Choco Taco From Scratch And It Turned Out Great !

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#45

My 34th Batch Of Homemade Sushi

My 34th Batch Of Homemade Sushi

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HelluvaHedgehogAlien
Community Member
2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

After making that: Hark, what alien hedgehog through yonder window breaks? (Alien hedgehog summoning spell)

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#46

Jalapeno Popper Mummies

Jalapeno Popper Mummies

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#47

Mini Sourdough Detroit Stye Pizzas

Mini Sourdough Detroit Stye Pizzas

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#48

Ramen Made From Instant Noodles With Beef And Mushroom Broth

Ramen Made From Instant Noodles With Beef And Mushroom Broth

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#49

Homemade Golden Paneer Baos With Butter Sauce

Homemade Golden Paneer Baos With Butter Sauce

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#50

Seafood Grill In Santorini, Greece

Seafood Grill In Santorini, Greece

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