Tips On Using Your Camera Phone To Capture Food Memories While Traveling

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Back in the day if you wanted to remember an amazing meal when traveling abroad, you had to talk about it. You'd tell stories to your friends and family when you returned home, and although we still do that today, the world of pictures is helping us not only remember what we ate, but what we want to recreate when we are back to the daily grind! 

When you're out to eat, it's pretty easy to snap a photo of your plate before you chow down. Here are a few things that will make those photos turn out a little better so you can recreate those favorite vacation meals at home:

  • Let There Be Light: Just as Dylan and Jeni say with SLR photography, the more light the better for shots with a camera phone — and we're not talking flash. You might have to take a picture from the side and that's ok!

  • Before and Mid: "Before" photos of the plate as it arrives are what usually gets taken, but taking a "mid" shot can help you see how meat was cooked or how that funny side salad breaks down to see what's in it. 

  • Photograph The Menu: It sounds silly, but a quick shot of the menu will help you remember the secret to that sauce or the spice to your dessert!

  • Mind Your Manners: Although it's not super polite to bust out the camera phone at the dinner table, everyone's doing it — even so, be aware of the situation and what feels socially acceptable. If you're using social media to share your photos, crediting your chef or restaurant accordingly is a nice touch.
What tricks and tips have you picked up along the way when using your smart phone to help you remember things? Share your comments below!

(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)

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