I also didn't know how much the internet world is set up for people like me: people who cook, take pictures of it, and write about it. There is a huge supply of places to visit on the web if this is what you do. HUGE. The one I was introduced to via another blog is FoodGawker. FoodGawker, like Taste Spotter, is a place for all the pretty food to live. You can submit a picture to them and if it is just right they will accept it. But if there is anything not appealing to the eye -- anything not making it to be a great picture -- they will just say no. I had seen/heard about it before, but as much as I know I am a pretty good photographer for most things, my food photography is definitely lacking. I know that and that fact doesn't bother me. It is what it is. Hence, I had never submitted something to FoodGawker.
Earlier this week I just tried. I sent them a picture. Guess what? They liked it!
Shoot, I thought, this is easy. Yeah, yeah, hold your horses, Tiffany.
See, the thing is, they are picky. Really picky. Every time you submit a picture they actually look at it and see if it measures up. And if it doesn't, SLAM, you're out.
Let's just say that I have experienced FoodGawker's door slamming on my face several times now. First time's a charm, right?
But I like that. For one, I know that if I get a picture on FoodGawker, it is a GREAT picture. And two, they always tell you why it didn't measure up. "Composition too tight" or "Under exposed". This is real feedback I can use. These descriptions of my flaws point out exactly where I am weak and need to improve. As I mentioned above, I know my food photography is lacking, but it doesn't mean I want to keep it that way. It is a process, it takes time, and I am willing to do the work to get it to where I want it to be.
So, for now, I am proud that I have one picture on FoodGawker. It is only one, but it is a beginning. No, let me rephrase that... it is the beginning, the beginning of better things to come.
FoodGawker, you better watch out. Tiffany is coming your way!