As a food blogger, you soon learn of online photo galleries that showcase your food photos to the world. These galleries act as bridges between your blog and your potential audience, and help you discover others writing about food.
A food blogger today is spoiled for choice. Dozens of food photo galleries exist but resources/time at our disposal is limited. So you ask:
- Which galleries should I submit my food photos to for maximum visibility?
- What should I do so that my food photos get accepted by these galleries?
- How do these galleries compare with each other in terms of quality of photos, response time, communication and traffic?
I will share in this article information to help you compare a few of the most popular food photo galleries so that you can determine which might be useful in your context.
I have been submitting photos from my blog since the past few months. This feedback is based on my experiences. In case you’ve felt differently, please do chip in in the comments section.
For once, not being an ace photographer with fancy camera has been an advantage – it has given me an insight into the entry threshold of food photo galleries. If you are a pro at photography, this information might not make a difference one way or the other – wherever you submit your photos, they will be welcomed with open arms (lucky you!). But if your pictures are of the middling kind, the “Entry Criteria” feedback will help.
Criteria for this Comparison
These are the factors against which the galleries will be compared:
- Entry Criteria – How easy is it to get your food photos approved?
- Response Time – How quickly is your submitted picture moved from the pending queue?
- Feedback Quality – Does the gallery notify you when your picture is accepted? If the picture is declined, does it tell you why?
- Incoming Traffic* – What kind of traffic can you expect from the gallery if your picture is accepted?
- Badge – Does the gallery give you a badge to display on your blog? If yes, how good does the badge look?
- Photo Size – What are the picture dimensions expected by the gallery?
- Usability – How easy is it to login, browse, maintain favorites on the site?
List Of Photo Galleries Being Compared
The following photo galleries have been considered:
A Side-By-Side Comparison
This table shows how food photo galleries fare under the various criteria.
[Update (10-Feb-2014): Since the time I wrote this post in 2011, a few things have changed about the photo galleries. The latest comparison report is below. If you’re curious to see the 2011 report, here it is.]
What The Photo Galleries Do Not Tell You
- Desserts will be favorited far more than healthy eats. For all the emphasis on veggies and slimming broths, when it comes to food “oglability” the rich and sinful rule the roost. If you want your food to get noticed on a food photo gallery, that sumptuous black forest cake is a better bet than your lettuce and beans salad.
- The image size on a photo gallery is typically 250px x 250px. When you click your photos they are far larger. To give them a good chance of getting accepted, use a mix of scaling and cropping. If you scale down too much, your food goes out of visibility. If you crop too much, it becomes hard to understand what the dish is. Don’t rely on the photo gallery folks to do the cropping for you – do it yourself before you submit.
- If your dish or recipe has a non-English name, add its English translation too in the image description. Don’t just call it Rajma Masala and leave it at that – make sure to mention that it is “red kidney beans in tomato gravy“. This gets more people clicking on the picture to reach your blog.
Food Blogs For Photo Inspiration
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Useful Links On Food Photography
Recommended reading for the new food photographer.