I've been reading food, design and craft blogs and sites for a long time, pretty much since the whole concept evolved. If I had to chose one single thing that will predict the popularity of a food, design or craft blog, it would be the quality of the photography.
I am not saying that design, usability and quality writing don't count, they do, but we buy design magazines and read design blogs mostly for the eye candy. We have a series of posts with photography tips for beginners. You can now learn how to shoot for fun (and profit).
Sometimes I am reading a well-written post by a talented blogger who has created an interesting thing and I can hear the voice in the back of my head that says "it could use a better photo". In the interest of shutting up that little voice, I thought of giving my fellow bloggers a few simple tips to improve their photos.
I am not going to explain what "aperture" means, or suggest to upgrade. Not right now, anyway. It will be more along the line of "step back", or "take it outside". A point-and-shoot, and free online software can do wonders if you use them right.
I know there are thousands of sites with excellent tutorials, I am glad they exist, I've learned a trick or fifty from some of them. In fact, I am going to suggest other sites where you can learn more, should you wish, but you are reading my blog now, so I am just hoping to wake up your interest.
Another important thing is to clarify my credentials, or lack thereof: I am food photographer.
I get paid to do photography (yay me!), and have had my photos published, print and online in some really big name publications. You can see my portfolio here.
But the important thing is, do I have something to teach you? Yeah, I think so, or at least I hope so.
I have been paid for photos for books and publications with subjects ranging from "plastic surgery and feminism" to latino food for a Russian publication, and work with 3 of the biggest, most prestigious photo agencies, as well as shoot food photography for some big name brands and some small ones. In my professional life I do mostly stick to a very small niche: food photography.
I've received a few questions from commenters, and readers who have emailed me, asking what equipment I use. I think what they really mean is to ask how I got a photo that looks like that.
So, what do you think? If you are interested in learning, you can check the whole series of posts here.
Updated in 2015.