TasteSpotting is one of my favorite foodie sites. Simply put, TasteSpotting is dedicated to sharing the art of food porn.
Okay, perhaps that's not the site's official mission statement. Nevertheless, TasteSpotting posts some of the foodie community's most appetizingly (yep, I made that word up) stunning photos as well as links to the recipe's owner. There is no official list of criteria for what is required from a TasteSpotting photo submission; simply looking at them shows their clarity, appetite appeal and personality. Basically, if you find yourself trying to jump through your computer screen to (literally) dive into an incredible looking dish, then TasteSpotting has done it's job.
Since I started Pardon My Crumbs in November 2009, I've submitted approximately seven photos for TasteSpotting's consideration. Clearly I've got a lot to learn about food photography, as six out of my seven photos were rejected. Here's the sole photo that made it past the judges table:
I thought it would be interesting to share a few of the photos and reasons for their rejections. I think my photos are actually pretty darn good, but to get more experience I'm going to the "PhotoTasting: The Art of Food Porn" seminar in downtown L.A. this weekend. Hopefully it will help improve my Lighting, Sharpness and Composition, as TasteSpotting reference those two elements as my biggest problems (see the "Notes" in each TasteSpotting rejection photobelow).
This is all in good fun and definitely a learning experience. I love a challenge and can't imagine anything more fun than cooking incredible food and making it look just as mouth-watering in photos. So I can't complain; just have to work harder. :)