Ask a Blogger Question #3 – Popular Food Photography Sites

Today’s “Ask a Blogger” question comes from Erica over at piExperiment. Erica has a question about submitting photos to some of the more popular food photography sites, like Foodgawker and Tastespotting.

“When I edit my photos on my personal computer they look one way, but not the same when I upload them onto foodie photo sites and look at them from other computers.
What is going wrong? My best guess is the display color setting I am using, but I am not sure which one I should use.
I have been working so hard to improve my photography, and this has become my major obstacle recently.”

Erica, I can tell you one thing. Getting your photos approved or rejected at certain food photography sites is a hot topic among many bloggers. In fact, I spoke with 3 different (very talented food photography) bloggers on the phone today and the topic of conversation turned to this very subject on all three phone calls! Each and every day Twitter is full of tweets about one of these sites rejecting their photo. So, in saying this, you are not alone.

Great food photography is a very big part of what makes a food blog go beyond just good to great. Appetizing photos entice your readers to keep coming back and to try the recipes you post about. Plus, we all know that when a photo gets accepted to one of the more popular food photography sites, traffic to your blog tends to increase exponentially. Without knowing what kind of camera you use, what kind of computer you have, etc. it is going to be difficult for me to answer your question, but I’m sure one of the smart experienced bloggers will come to the rescue with some tips!

In the meantime, hopefully other food photographers / bloggers will stop by and share their best food photography tip. One that stuck in my head from when I attended BlogHer Food ’09 and the session by Matt Armendariz was to imagine what size your photo is going to be as you are taking the picture. So, if your goal is to have your picture look good in a 2×2 square, then when you are setting up your photo, make sure you take your photo so that it will be well positioned in a 2×2 square. If there is a certain size photo you use for your blog posts, do the same thing. Make sure that your props and photo are well contained within that specific size you use on your blog. Keep the end result in mind.

Hopefully we’ll have some answers for you, Erica. Readers – if any of you have Ask a Blogger questions you want answered by some experienced bloggers, send me an email to kristen <at>

Now, for your recipe loving pleasure, here is a unique and oh so good bread recipe.

Shredded Wheat Bread (from my Mother-in-Law)

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup crushed Shredded Wheat cereal
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted butter, optional
  • In a large bowl, pour boiling water over cereal. Add the molasses, shortening and salt. Let stand until mixture cools to 110°-115°, stirring occasionally.
  • In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add cereal mixture and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape into loaves. Place in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Brush with melted butter if desired. Cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).

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  1. says

    This is a great topic and always a struggle for us food bloggers! I do not always understand why some pictures are accepted and some are rejected. It is very confusing some days. I used to submit huge files and have recently learned to shrink them and I know that has helped. I do agree with the differences in colors between screens and computers. That is something that is out of our control, but I am interested in seeing the difference between Safari and Firefox. I will check into that today. (Thanks, Azelia!)

  2. says

    It seems that it’s never enough to have food recipes and photos. This isgreat information and recipe. I love wheat bread and will this one soon. Thank you.

  3. says

    I’m not sure why it is, but I can attest to the fact that the type of browser used DOES impact the quality of the image loaded to your blog, or one of the photo sites. I am on a MAC, but have been using Firefox for a while, and liking it for it’s customizability. Yesterday, when having lunch with a blogger friend (Julia from Grow, Cook, Eat), she mentioned having read that Safari was better for loading photos than Firefox. I tried a little experiment today, and found that both the color and sharpness of the photo were noticeably better when loaded using Safari….guess I’m changing browsers AGAIN. Thanks for the tip, and the helpful conversation. – S

  4. says

    …interesting Oui, Chef…you received the same advice as I pointed out on my post about loading photos in Safari to received better quality than loading through Firefox…

    … I’ll tell you something even stranger which is when I first stared the blog and posted 2 recipes through Firefox I then left the blog for 6 months without posting…when returned that’s when I started to noticed the quality of the photos 6 months later was of inferior quality to the first 2 posts I had loaded…

    ….if I remember correctly in the meantime I know they did a big update at Firefox and wonder if that was part of the problem…?
    .-= azelia´s last blog ..Gabriela’s Pesto – Two Ingredients =-.

  5. says

    I love posts like this! As for your photos looking good I think most useful tips have been given already. the only thing I can add is check which colorprofile your camera is set at; adobeRgb or sRgb. For screen make sure it is on sRgb and not Adobe. I’ve had that issue once and it just looks wrong!

  6. says

    Sorry it took me a while to answer, but I guess everything has been said about editing your pics in photoshop. Like Simone said, you have to make sure that the color profile is set to srgb and not adobe. To do that you need to choose the it when you are saving your picture in photoshop. That should improve how your pictures look once they have been saved. :)
    .-= Ben´s last blog ..Poblano Lasagna Rolls =-.

  7. says

    I stumbled upon your web site on yahoo and look some of the early blogposts. Preserve up great perform. Seeking forward to studying added by you afterwards!…

  8. says

    I have a lot to learn when it comes to food photography, which is difficult during evening restaurant visits where you can’t control anything. So far, my success rate with foodgawker and tastespotting is like 1 out of every 50+ submissions. So far, I’ve been doing much better with photograzing. Great post!


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