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More Of A Food Critic's Absolute Worst Food Photography

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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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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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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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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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This is what peppers look like when their livers fail.

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

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Alpo dog food?

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