Debate: Banning Photographing Food in Restaurants

Dinner and Photograph?

Dinner and Photograph?

It’s everywhere. You’ve seen it on twitter. You’ve seen it on facebook. You’ve also seen this in newspapers.

Some of you don’t take food photos while you are out for a meal. There are some of you who review restaurants and take photos of what you eat. Some restaurants have started banning food photography.What do you think about this?

We asked our friends on Learn Food Photography facebook page about this. Below are their thoughts with credits.

Helge Taksdal Good. Flashes are distracting, and the world doesn’t need more noisy, underexposed shots of food.
Jay Campbell Newsflash that horrible picture taken in low light with your phone doesn’t look appetizing. Stop trying to brag to your FB friends and texting throughout your dinner and simply enjoy the moment with the people that are actually with you.
Meaghan Harvey I have to admit, even though I take a lot of photos of my food (obviously) I can totally understand where they are coming from. People can be so obnoxious about it! I actually think flash photography should be pretty well banned from all restaurants and bars.
Martin Snow No phones? No photos? What’s next, no talking to the other people at your table? I have no desire to patronize a restaurant like that.
Sadaf Afshan Bad news for food bloggers who do restaurant reviews
What do you think?
Do you think food photography should be banned? Is taking a food photo of your food mean you are intruding on someone else?
Or should customers allowed to take photos of the food they paid for? If a guy sitting next to you on a dinner table suddenly jumps up and starts taking photo with flash on, would you mind it?
Why do you think restaurants are banning it? Do you think a bad food photo taken by their customer makes their restaurant look bad?
Share your thoughts below.
  • Being a food photographer and photographing dishes for restaurants, I am a bit torn by this discussion. I can see it from both perspectives of the customer and service provider.

    Big chains are notoriously bad at deceiving its customers with over-the-top fake looking foods that they supposedly sell. Making things look presentable is one thing but have you ever compared the amount of product fresh product you are getting on a big mac than from the ones they advertise? This is where I feel its good to reveal the truth from the customer can be helpful, even on a smaller scale such as a restaurant.

    On the other side, amatuers with cameras can also be misleading, based on the quality of the photos, the way the lighting presents the food (in a false way), and even perspective of the photo. Not to mention sitting down in a restaurant and having people use flash while you are trying to relax in the comforts of fine dining.

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