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“Perfect angles for a umami truffle burger.” Thanks to charonarnold.

In light of Thanksgiving, I think it is fitting to discuss the often noticed, questioned, and practiced art of photographing meals. So, what makes Instagramming, tweeting, blogging, and showing the world what’s on your plate so special? Is it to promote your favorite restaurant? Maybe to invite others to come and eat with you? Some even use it as a documentation to keep track of what they are putting into their bodies. Others think it’s fun and ups their online aesthetic. There are many reasons and whatever it may be, it was particularly popular to do this past weekend with mashed potatoes and stuffing piled high on their plates.

Surprisingly, many people are serious about displaying last night’s meal and you can find that there are many how-to’s and tips to get your picture-perfect foodgram all over the internet. From controlling the natural lights and shadows, keeping a neutral background and vibrant articles of food, to even giving the food some breathing room, serious food bloggers use many techniques before slapping a picture of their half-eaten burger on their websites. Like all thought out pictures, there seems to be an art and science to getting the picture just right and the “good” ones are clearly seen through likes, retweets and reblogs. You can even find some Instagram and twitter accounts solely devoted to “food porn.”

Not all food-grammers take the art of photographing their food as seriously as others, but it is evident that many people take pride in what’s on their plate, whether it’s to show what they were doing last Friday, to keep on track of their diet, or again, just because they like it! Whatever the case may be, foodgram’s are steadily becoming increasingly popular such as Buzzfeed’s “Tasty Food Videos” that show fun and different ways on various meals and desserts. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a platform dedicated to foodie photographer lovers.