If you answered with “the second one,” you’re in the majority. If I told you that your only options for breakfast were to eat the first bowl of oatmeal or bring your own breakfast, you’d probably just bring your own breakfast, right? The same is true of your students. If you use pictures of food that looks less than appetizing, students won’t want to eat in your cafeteria. It’s simple. Great pictures will encourage students to eat with you. Unappealing pictures will discourage students from eating with you. Therefore, great pictures = more participation.
If you have no idea how to get your pictures looking like the bowl of oatmeal with the berries, don’t worry. Those two pictures above are actually the same bowl of oatmeal, taken with the same iPhone. You don’t need expensive equipment to produce beautiful photographs of your food. You just need to know how to make your smartphone work for you. Three key things to keep in mind with your photos: use the correct lighting, stage your food, and practice a clean edit.