Tips from Sacramento’s farm-to-fork heroes, @urbanfarmstead, on how to make your shots stand out in your friend’s Insta feed
June 2, 2017
| Updated May 20, 2019
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Get the Picture
Scroll through Kyle Hagerty’s @urbanfarmstead or Morgan Daily’s @dailyflourish Instagram profiles and you might get edibles envy. You, too, can get that casual tomato harvest shot with their garden photography tips.
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Shoot in the Shade
“Overcast days are the best for photos,” Daily says. Harsh, full sun can suck the life out of your shots. Not a cloud in sight? Shoot in evening or morning when the sun is at an angle.
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Hold the Filter
When he first started ‘gramming, Hagerty toggled those filters like a fool. He quickly realized a simple presentation looked best. “Now, I skip the filter and let the plant take all the credit,” he says.
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Balance That Page
Think of how your account page looks as a whole. It needs variety with a mix of singular close-ups and wider shots that show how plants work together.
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Hagerty tries to include some advice, a variety name, or an idea for how to cook or preserve the food with every shot he posts. Sure, it’s nice, but it also helps build the online gardening community (and earn those double taps).
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There’s a whole community of urban gardeners sharing tips, swapping plant sources, and yeah, showing off their rainbow carrots. Use hashtags to join them. Some of Daily and Hagerty’s favorites are #homesteading, #urbanfarming, and #growyourown.