Sunday, October 17, 2010

Please, veteran foodbloggers, advise me!

Is there a 'how-to' guide to get started in this? I keep submitting to tastespotting, foodgawker, and photograzing, to be continually rejected again and again. What am I doing wrong here? Are these sites for the food elite only? Is it typically hard for a newbie to break-in to this club?

I'm under no illusions that my photos are amazing, great, or even really all that good. I have a 5+ year old point and shoot and virtually no technical photography know-how. I think I've had some okay results though, despite those things. Are there some secrets that I don't yet know? Have I not yet passed the freshman hazing that I didn't know existed? Aren't they, above all else, about the food?


  1. Man I wish it were all about the food! I have noticed that many of the sites I go to really feature those recipes with FABULOUS photos of sSome of the most basic recipes, stuff you and I both would make.

    What is your ultimate goal with your blog? Do you want recognition? Do you want to make money? Do you want to cook/share great food? Do you want all of the above?

    If food photography is one of your goals, there are some great web tutorials about taking photos of food. It is a subject matter that is totally different from anything else. I would start there. Keep at it, you will succeed!

    P.S. I haven't submitted a single thing to any of the sites you have mentions. Loser!

  2. My goals are pretty simple, I guess. I enjoy a sense of internet community, and I'd love to find that and develop that in the food blogging community. I wouldn't mind recipe feedback either! I'm not out to make a bunch of money or anything like that.

    I get a bit discouraged with the photography aspect, because really, I think there is only so much that can be done with the equipment I have available.

    I see that you started in January! How has the first 10 months been for you? What have you learned?

  3. My first few months were very very quiet. I got a bit upset until I remembered that I was doing this blog for myself more than anything. Slowly things have started to pick up, I have more followers and my feed subscription grows weekly. I get more recognition when I actively post on other blogs, and I have tried to team up with other bloggers by doing features, guest posts etc.

    One of my favorite community of blogs is FoodBuzz. There are great blogs, great recipes, and your posts get "buzzed." The top blogs (those with the highest buzz) are featured daily. Good luck!

  4. Sorry to hear this. My suggestion is study up on the photos you see on tastespotting, foodgawker etc. then try and create the same "feel" with your photos. Use your macro mode on a point and shoot and use a editing software to play with light, like picassa (free if you have a gmail account). I've been blogging for 5 months now and I've learned just by observation and visiting other blogs. Good luck and don't give up (=

  5. I've been blogging for almost a year now, and I definitely still have photos rejected by FoodGawker and Tastespotting. For them, I think it really is about the perfect photo.

    There are a lot of Food bloggers on the What's Cooking message board at The Nest, and I've learned a lot from them. So I would suggest that as a resource/way to enjoy a community of Food bloggers.

    Also, for photo advice, this tutorial from Our Best Bites is one of my favorite. You don't need a fancy camera to do some of the tips they talk about. Don't use your flash, and avoid putting your food in harsh sunlight. Indirect natural light is best to shoot food.

    Hope that helps! I still have a lot to learn... :)

    aka The Nerd's Wife

  6. Thank you for the suggestions! I will definitely check out those links that you posted Arena.

    Lisa, I definitely have been using the macro mode, but hadn't done much with the editing until you suggested it. Thanks for the tip! Hopefully as time goes on, the pictures will get better.

  7. I agree with the others - tastespotting and foodgawker both seem to be half the actual food and half the photos. If you read their longer "info" statements they basically say that the photo needs to be stellar in order to get accepted. I've only tried twice on tastespotting, and I had one rejected (on account of the photo) and one accepted.


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