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BLOG: Why smartphone food photos look horrible

Mike Elgan | Dec. 2, 2013
Martha Stewart wants to show you horrible pictures of nauseating-looking food for some reason. Mike Elgan finds this personally vexing.

Use Friends+Me to auto-post your pictures from Google+ to Twitter. There's no reason to post on Twitter by any other means. Only Google+ will improve your pictures automatically, and Friends+Me posts look exactly like direct posts. And they're posted with a link to the full shot on Google+ in all its full-resolution and auto-improved brilliance.

So if you love food, and want to share your passion online, do it right!

Don't take food pictures in low light unless you have Apple's new flash. Make sure you focus on the right part of the shot. Don't cast shadows. Process your photos through Google+.

And when all else fails, just don't post the picture.

Most people want to see well-photographed pictures of well-presented, delicious-looking food. But hardly anyone wants to see dull green, over-exposed, blurry, shadow-obscured photos wrecked by Instagram or Facebook.

And speaking of social media, please send this column to Martha Stewart and Nigella Lawson!


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