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Jun '08

Shoot Your Food! The Fine Art of Food Photography Part II of II

Part II: Where to Share Your Food Photos and/or Find Culinary Visual Inspiration

(If you missed Part I: Tips For Photographing Food Like a Pro For Your Blog or Website you can read it here.)

1. A Few Words About Tastespotting, Plus Other Places to Share Your Food Photos and Get Inspired

If you’re like me and love to think, write, and lust over inspiring photos of food, you’ll be sad to hear that the influential food porn site, Tastespotting is no more.

According to a note on the homepage of the site, the blog was closed down for legal reasons amid much online speculation on Metafilter, Serious Eats, and (most ominously) here.

If you’re a food blogger, columnist, or home cook this news hits especially hard as the photos on Tastespotting probably launched nearly as many posts, columns, meals, and food articles as ships that sailed for Helen of Troy.

On the bright side, two good alternatives to Tastespotting for sharing your food photos have just emerged: Food Gawker and Recipe Muncher.

Also, word is that the folks at Recipes2Share are also expanding the functionality of their Food Gallery over the next few days to help fill the Tastespotting niche.

Other more established alternatives to Tastespotting include Open Source Food and PhotoEats (which combines a food gallery with worldwide restaurant reviews).

Alas, the future of the site Food Porn Watch is a bit shaky, but if they get help with their hosting they will remain another valuable resource for food photographers looking to showcase their work.

Looking to test your photographic mettle against other online food photogs? Still Life With is the place to find out what their latest Flickr foodie photo challenges are and how to contribute.

2. Offline Inspiration

Don’t forget to read the recent print issues of such food magazines as Saveur, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine to see what visual trends are emerging in food photography. Back issues of these magazines are available at most good public libraries. You’ll probably also want to look at cookbooks with quality photographs as well to help spark a few new ideas.

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