Taking pictures of food to support local businesses.

If you want to help more restaurants survive during the pandemic in Southwest Florida, Huffington Post suggests that you take better pictures of your food for social media.

Food stylists were interviewed to give us some tips on how to make dishes look delectable when you post on Instagram, Yelp, or any other platform.

If you are bringing takeout home, plate your food as it would look at the restaurant. You might set the table and have a romantic atmosphere with candles and good silverware. No one wants to see your food in a plastic container.

Reheat your food to give it that just-cooked look on camera.

Take your pictures with a neutral background so the meal can shine without a distracting background. Basically, make sure the food is the star.

The rapidly-growing short-form mobile video app, TikTok, is another way to entice people to visit your favorite restaurant.

Users are making creative videos that highlight everything from the food-making process to the way the dish is prepared… and sometimes these videos go VIRAL and bring tons of traffic to the business.

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Katherine Viloria is Beasley Media Group's Fort Myers Digital Content Manager. She loves to write, snap photos, and watch Grey's Anatomy. Connect with her on Instagram @alittlethisalittlekat