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Paleo/low carb food pictures.

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 02, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Is it just me or do most food pictures on paleo/low carb blogs and sites look bad? Is it lighting? Just really unappetizing.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on April 06, 2011
at 12:37 AM

yeah, they really do a great job.

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on April 05, 2011
at 11:11 PM

I love that site - it's like food porn

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on April 03, 2011
at 03:40 PM

Excellent suggestions. I bring this up because if the food looks bad it doesn't suggest to others that this lifestyle is enjoyable.

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on April 03, 2011
at 03:39 PM

Your photos are good. Definitely not who I was talking about.

Ab566019baa884ec9e3327c108586ff8

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on April 03, 2011
at 03:02 PM

Definitely not,.. I could as I have the background, and even have some lighting equipment,...but usually way too hungry and ready to eat to take that time. Baby steps,..maybe someday ;-)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on April 03, 2011
at 02:17 PM

I post food pics to Facebook, but often not nearly enough or great shots, because of this same reason, prepping the perfect plate takes time and I'm hungry!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on April 03, 2011
at 02:16 PM

Jan, updated your link to actually be clickable. On a side note, I think the photo quality on your site is definitely above average

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on April 03, 2011
at 02:15 PM

Jan, updated your link to actually be linkable. On a side note, I think the photo quality on your site is definitely above average.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on April 03, 2011
at 02:13 PM

while I don't see professional photography/staging, I do see some tasty food!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on April 03, 2011
at 02:11 PM

yeah Foodee and Chowstalker are my 2 "go-to" recipes sites.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on April 03, 2011
at 07:58 AM

Wow...another site for bookmarking. :-)

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on April 03, 2011
at 02:36 AM

YES - especially on the flash! Most plated paleo meals involve a fair amount of fat/grease, so a flash only serves to emphasize that. Ambient natural lighting is featured on all of the foodie blogs (and not just paleo ones - Pioneer Woman Cooks is a great example) whose recipe pictures look drool-worthy.

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on April 03, 2011
at 12:24 AM

@Ziva, excellent answer!

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on April 03, 2011
at 12:20 AM

+1: interesting question, and you've started a lively discussion

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on April 02, 2011
at 11:55 PM

Right on Shari!

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Eb800baf10f5c42478f803b7cb09aa6a

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on April 03, 2011
at 12:08 AM

In my experience and based on what I've read about photographing food, two easy guidelines help a lot: use natural light instead of a flash, and shoot with a shallow depth of field (so the image is sharp in the front, and increasingly softer focus as it recedes).

The catch there is that the first requires that you photograph the food during the day, outside or near a window (unless you are more knowledgeable about bouncing the light from a flash, lightbox, etc.), and that you use a camera where you can control depth of field.

Like everyone here (and like you, I'm sure), I'm very appreciative of the efforts that paleo food bloggers go to in order to share ideas and recipes, and I've found them very useful. That said, I agree that flash photos taken in a point-and-shoot way don't often make the food look as appetizing as it does in person.

Directions for affordable DIY lightbox: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html

Tips on food photography for blogs: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/001451.html

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on April 03, 2011
at 12:24 AM

@Ziva, excellent answer!

B9bfd6e543f2b8c8ac71d4a4e28a76d2

(276)

on April 03, 2011
at 03:40 PM

Excellent suggestions. I bring this up because if the food looks bad it doesn't suggest to others that this lifestyle is enjoyable.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on April 03, 2011
at 02:36 AM

YES - especially on the flash! Most plated paleo meals involve a fair amount of fat/grease, so a flash only serves to emphasize that. Ambient natural lighting is featured on all of the foodie blogs (and not just paleo ones - Pioneer Woman Cooks is a great example) whose recipe pictures look drool-worthy.

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on April 02, 2011
at 10:30 PM

Jeez, aren't you just the food photography snob. I do my damndest: www.janssushibar.com

B9bfd6e543f2b8c8ac71d4a4e28a76d2

(276)

on April 03, 2011
at 03:39 PM

Your photos are good. Definitely not who I was talking about.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on April 03, 2011
at 02:15 PM

Jan, updated your link to actually be linkable. On a side note, I think the photo quality on your site is definitely above average.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on April 03, 2011
at 02:16 PM

Jan, updated your link to actually be clickable. On a side note, I think the photo quality on your site is definitely above average

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on April 02, 2011
at 11:49 PM

That has not been my experience. I love looking at all of them and am grateful for all the hard work, time and energy so many put into their sites.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on April 02, 2011
at 11:55 PM

Right on Shari!

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on April 02, 2011
at 11:01 PM

Yes, but I'm a writer, not a photographer. I even say on my site that everyone has to suffer through the retro-amateur look with me. Who has time to take a Food Photography weekend workshop and who has the money to invest thousands of dollars in new camera and lighting equipment? It's a lot to ask of a humble blogger. Not to mention, the food's getting cold while you're trying to get the perfect shot, and I wanna eat! I think there's a certain aesthetic developing in the food blog world, and everything is beginning to look the same out there. BOR-ING!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on April 03, 2011
at 02:17 PM

I post food pics to Facebook, but often not nearly enough or great shots, because of this same reason, prepping the perfect plate takes time and I'm hungry!

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on April 02, 2011
at 09:50 PM

"the food lovers primal palate" has fantastic food pictures. mine suck because i take them with my cell phone for easier uploading to facebook. food photography isnt easy though, and you need a good camera. i dont think most bloggers have a ton of photography experience, generally speaking.

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on April 05, 2011
at 11:11 PM

I love that site - it's like food porn

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 06, 2011
at 12:37 AM

yeah, they really do a great job.

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463a85858508f1de7a34b548a0340844

on April 02, 2011
at 09:35 PM

I think it's just you.

These guys aren't usually professional photographers.

I think the pictures in Sisson's book look great, by the way.

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on April 03, 2011
at 10:14 AM

If they did, then it surely can't be to do with the paleo-properties of the food. There's nothing about a meal not containing grains/vegetable oil/dairy/sugar that would make it look less appealing.

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Ab566019baa884ec9e3327c108586ff8

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on April 03, 2011
at 02:32 AM

Hubby who works in food Industry was embarrassed at the food photos I was putting out... Have worked to improve just starting this week.http://passionatelypaleo.blogspot.com/

Ab566019baa884ec9e3327c108586ff8

(1055)

on April 03, 2011
at 03:02 PM

Definitely not,.. I could as I have the background, and even have some lighting equipment,...but usually way too hungry and ready to eat to take that time. Baby steps,..maybe someday ;-)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on April 03, 2011
at 02:13 PM

while I don't see professional photography/staging, I do see some tasty food!

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Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on April 03, 2011
at 07:58 AM

I agree with Dan Quinn. Just two of my favorite blogs.... http://everydaypaleo.com/ http://cavewomancafe.wordpress.com/

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on April 03, 2011
at 03:00 AM

I find it hard to get good pics, but this site certainly has plenty

http://www.thefoodee.co/

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on April 03, 2011
at 07:58 AM

Wow...another site for bookmarking. :-)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on April 03, 2011
at 02:11 PM

yeah Foodee and Chowstalker are my 2 "go-to" recipes sites.

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