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Attack of the Meme: Let’s Make Fun of Amateur Food Photogs!

Posted by on March 16 2012 in Photos

With the advent of Instgram, Pinterest, and an array of other easy photo-sharing social media, everyone thinks they’re a food photographer these days. Which is great in theory, but sometimes often we see a post that makes us say “Um…. NO.”

My new favorite Tumblr has thoughtfully archived all those aberrations of food “photography” in one place: Amateur Food Porn Has Got To Stop. (Is there ANYTHING Tumblr can’t do? No.) Let the mocking begin…

I mean, I never claimed to be Ansel Adams, but I have some sense of artistic dignity. What even IS that crap?!

(image: AFPHGTS, of course)

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19 Responses leave one →
  1. March 16, 2012

    Luckily, none of my photos made the list. Whew!

  2. Christina permalink
    March 16, 2012

    I tried food blogging once, but when I realized I was incapable of taking good photos I did the world a favor and stopped.

  3. shelly permalink
    March 16, 2012

    I would rather read the blogs and enjoy…and these photos are really scary!

  4. March 16, 2012

    i don’t food blog, mostly because i can’t take a decent photo for love nor money. when i do it’s a complete accident.

    the ravioli in the background looks good…

  5. March 19, 2012

    The blogging community is, in general, full of amateurs. But these amateurs are hashing out their interests and skills. I, without any prior experience, started a food blog to strengthen my writing skills and allow myself a creative outlet. I’ll admit that there are more than a few scrappy food pictures littering my website, but I’ve learned more about photographing food by trying than not. Haters gonna hate?

  6. Chris permalink
    March 19, 2012

    Your just jealous cause some people can cook as good as pro-chefs. BTW this is not food porn

  7. Jonathan permalink
    March 19, 2012

    Its some variation of a crab boil. Have you never lived or visited the coasts? Or seen cajun food? Even central texas has a place that does crab boils.

  8. yvonne permalink
    March 19, 2012

    it takes HOURS to do a good food shot, or beverage shot, appropriate for advertising. It’s not as easy as it looks…as the photos reflect.

  9. March 19, 2012

    How easy and fun it is to write snarky comments on somebody’s amateur efforts. I’ll bet you have a lot of friends and lead a real interesting, creative existence. Let’s dissect your hobbies and critique your efforts. You game?
    ……….Huh, I didn’t think so.

  10. March 19, 2012

    Whoa, surprised by all the acerbity in these comments! Y’all should know that ES likes to make fun of everything.

  11. Chuck permalink
    March 19, 2012

    This is a stupid post. Get off your high horse, quit trying to be modest. If you’re going to be a douche, then be a douche.

  12. Gina permalink
    March 19, 2012

    A lot of these don’t even look to be “food porn” and more like the steps to a recipe or “hey! my first time making pizza!” It’s kind of meh to make fun of people for being amateurs at something that they fully cop to being amateurs at. Leave the fun-poking to CakeWrecks.

  13. mm1970 permalink
    March 19, 2012

    Uh, I don’t get it? Sure, there are food blogs where the writers are really into photography. I read several of them. They have SLR cameras, they take classes on how to take great food photos, it’s very nice.

    But then there are other blogs (like mine), more about the food, and not at all about the photography. So what? What’s wrong with sharing a recipe and snapping a quick photo? I must be missing something here.

  14. Matt permalink
    March 19, 2012

    Let’s call the blog for what it is. An angry vegan, getting angry with non-vegans for not being vegans. It’s almost like he’s pulling a Kony2012 with this thing.

  15. March 19, 2012

    Wow, these ARE bad! We take a lot of pics of food, but rarely post – we’d rather not subject the world to any more bad food porn. We just designed a new t-shirt, “Food Porn Star” , for those who are great at it, unlike these poor folks!

  16. March 20, 2012

    Luckily, I have friends that are photographers who help me with my food blog. Appetizing pictures are an essential for any food blogger. While not all can invest in expensive cameras a few tips can turn even a camera phone picture into a great visual treat.
    Check my food blog:

  17. Cindy (Martini Doll) permalink
    March 20, 2012

    OMG ! ! YUCK ! ! I’m not making fun of anybody’s photog skills but these picture kind of turn my stomach. Picture # 1 isn’t too bad but picture # 2 looks like vomit and picture # 3 looks like the trash can spilled.
    Sorry :P

  18. March 20, 2012

    The remnants of your crab boil should never be photoed and shared as “food porn”. That’s just gross, and no one wants to see that.

  19. March 20, 2012


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