As a food blogger and beginning photographer, I have learned that photographing food in natural light yields the best results. Indirect sunlight, especially in the early morning and late afternoon, makes food look its natural best. However, it is not always convenient to shoot during these times, especially since I work full-time and have to fit my cooking and photography in on the weekends.
Most of you would surely agree that a key element to a successful food blog is beautiful photography. A gorgeous photo of a mouth-watering stack of pancakes, a plate of chocolate toffee artfully arranged, or generous scoops of ice cream is a sure-fire way to grab a reader’s attention, most likely even before seeing the recipe’s title. Many times it is the photo that propels the reader to click to see the rest of the post.
OMG! I just made Tastespotting on my first try with my pumpkin bread pudding photo and recipe, not knowing they actually reject many submissions! If you Google “tastespotting + rejections”, you’ll see countless bloggers pour their frustration out on their blogs on being “gently rejected by TS.” (Click here and here, for example). Apparently, in the food blogging world, it’a medium-big deal and I didn’t even know it. On a whim, I registered, carelessly wrote a caption, added my blog link and hit submit. Within two hours, I knew something was up because my wordpress stats were going through the roof. I was expecting it to take 24 hours to be notified of the status of my submission, but look here, I made it… Click here to see my post. Enter “pumpkin” in the search field found on the upper right hand side. Yeeaay, for me!!! It’s nice to be appreciated once in a while….ok, I’m done acting like a real food geek!