I can't tell you that I've systematically reviewed a complex data table comprised of the thousands of submissions we've received since launching the image gallery for Healthy Aperture in 2011. But I can tell you that after reviewing more 30,000 images over the past 2 years, a few common mistakes always seem to resurface as reasons our Editors decline an image for the site.
Nutrition probably goes without saying. This is after all a site curated by registered dietitians. But very honestly, nutrition seems to be fairly self regulating. I guess when "healthy" is in your URL, it helps to deter some of the more decadent submissions. But photo quality still has plenty of room for improvement in the blog world.
Here are the top 5 mistakes we see most often:
Out of Focus
Cropped Too Tightly
Lighting Issues (Dull, Harsh, Artificial Light & Use of Flash)
If you are a planning to attend FNCE (the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo hosted by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and any of these image issues look familiar to you OR you simply need some hands on instruction to better your photography skills, please join me, Janet Helm and Liz Weiss for our pre-FNCE workshop on Saturday, October 19th. The workshop is specifically designed with the registered dietitian food/nutrition blogger in my mind and will cover food photography from all angles (pun intended) including styling, composition, basic camera settings and even iphoneography. Don't miss it!
Question: I believe we all have tendancies when it comes to our food photography - mistakes that seem to pop up every time we step behind the camera. What are your common mistakes?