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Does your office fridge hold secrets like ours?
Does your office fridge hold secrets like ours?

If you've ever tried to snap a photo of your dinner plate in a dark dining room you know it can be difficult to make things look as delicious as they taste. For full reviews I have a professional photographer, but when I'm out and about on my own time, all I have is my iPhone.

The results (as my commenters have so politely pointed out) are sometimes amateurish, and others completely unappetizing. Last year we did a blog post compiling my worst food photos and after a quick scan of my photo albums it looks like I haven't gotten much better...

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Cock and Bull's Blue Plate Special
Cock and Bull's Blue Plate Special

Every Sunday Cock and Bull puts on a blue plate special that's all over the map. One Sunday it's sloppy joes, the next chicken-fried steak, and the next it's sour cream enchiladas. This beef stir fry with red peppers however, combined with the bar's notorious low lighting made this shot completely impossible.

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Deconstructed chicken shawarma
Deconstructed chicken shawarma

I was hoping a photo showing the internal ingredients of this sandwich would help demonstrate how delicious it was. I think we can agree Fadia's chicken shawarma looks much better all wrapped up.

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Chicken and waffles at Victor Tangos
Chicken and waffles at Victor Tangos

I know you're not supposed to use a flash in food photography, but sometimes there's just not enough light. The blast from my iPhone in this one looks like gold leaf draped over the gravy.

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Bacon wrapped jalapeños
Bacon wrapped jalapeños

This is what peppers look like when their livers fail.

 

Rooftop elotes at Nylo
Rooftop elotes at Nylo

It looked so good in my head. Get a shot of a plate with the city skyline in the background and you have a real money shot, right? You have to actually capture the skyline though. Avoiding pocket lint on your lens helps too.

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Ceviche at Stephen Pyles
Ceviche at Stephen Pyles

Foams look sexy the second a chef drapes them over a plate, but they can quickly collapse into a thin veil that looks like something that washed up on the beach.

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Heuvos rancheros at E Bar
Heuvos rancheros at E Bar

E Bar didn't help me with this one. If these eggs look like over-cooked yolk islands in a sea of runny salsa, it's because they are.

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Grilled cheese please
Grilled cheese please

I have no idea where I got this one, but I'm certain that sandwich tastes better than it looks.

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More Of A Food Critic's Absolute Worst Food Photography

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