Sorry for the rant, but I've been seeing more and more of the same problems with much of the food photography being shared on people's recipe blogs.
BTW, I'm not referring to the complete amateurs, who are shooting with their on camera flash and all their shots look like crime scene photographs - they're a lost cause.
- Stop over-saturating the colors. The food should look natural, not radioactive. I've seen tomatoes and tomato sauce so over-done it looks like glowing lava. Red onions that look like a fluorescent purple. Lettuce that's the color of kryptonite.
- Calm down with the hyper macro shots. We don't need to see the food from the point of view of a mosquito landing on a blade of rosemary. These types of images do little to describe the food, and are veering into non-objective, shoegaze territory.
- For goodness sake, Edit! You don't need to include a separate individual macro shot of *every* single ingredient in the dish, and every minuscule step. I already know what sea salt looks like up close, seriously. I don't need ten consecutive shots of you scrambling an egg. "Pioneer Woman" is one of the worst offenders of this (and my first two issues as well).
- Stop slipping in family photos and other unrelated images. I don't know any of these people, I can care less about a bunch of random photos of complete strangers standing together at some random event smiling.
- Put down the tweezers. They're for plucking eyebrows, and removing splinters. Not for plating food. Meticulously placed pieces of chopped parsley over a dish doesn't look natural or appetizing, it looks creepy and neurotic.