The Best of Social Food Photography Sites

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The food has arrived at the table and you're about to take your first highly anticipated bite when you hear, "WAIT!" You've been stopped by the food paparazzi. For those who enjoy photographing, sharing, and looking at other people’s foodie snapshots, there's a whole realm of sites dedicated to this mouth-watering hobby...


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Instagram #FoodPhotos: Instagram is the king of social photography, so it’s natural there are over 2 million photos tagged with #food by users. However, using the general hashtag of just #food will bring back a bunch of irrelevant photos. Being more specific with your hashtag can make a big difference.

Adding #foodphotos or #meals quickly filters out all of the non-food photos, while getting even more specific about dish names (#pizza) or ethnic cuisine tags (#indianfood) helps further filter out the noise. The majority of people I follow on Instagram post food photography regularly, however I enjoy exploring a new realm of delicious eats from strangers on Instagram using these hashtags at times. 

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InstaFood: Instafood takes Instagramming your food to another level. This app is useful for people who like to include more tags and information about the dish they’re photographing for future reference or documenting, while also permitting uploads to Instagram itself. If you only want to see food photography or want to organize your food pics all in one place besides tagging them, InstaFood is an ideal app because of its social app integration.

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Foodspotting: Foodspotting is both accessible as mobile app and also as a website. Food photos are searchable based on location, offering what feels like a hybrid of Yelp, Google Maps, and Instagram. It’s a great way to filter food photos based on location, when the photos were taken, or by location, extremely helpful if you’re hunting for your next favorite restaurant nearby.

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Snapdish: Snapdish's filters and editing tools were specifically created  for enhancing food photos. Sometimes Instagram filters Valencia or Earlybird just don’t cut it, and Snapdish picks up where Instagram leaves off. Food photography isn’t easy, especially in dim lighting, or when you’re photographing something that’s delicious, but perhaps not photogenic. Snapdish helps with a larger set of tools allowing for simple blurring and food enhancing filters. The app also allows you to share recipes along with the photos of meals you've cooked yourself. 

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TasteSpotting: An old favorite, TasteSpotting was one of the original community driven food photography sharing sites. The interface is designed in a simple grid format, a precursor to Pinterest. To join the community you can login through Twitter and Facebook and upload your photo onto the site. The photos are high quality and are placed in a format similar to pins, making discovering new dishes and recipes on the site an addictive destination.

Do you photograph your food? What apps do you use?

(Images: Gregory Han; all other images as credited above)


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