** KEY TIP!! Why are my photos DULL?? ** This tip is GOLD and I got it from Nicole Branan’s book – Bright Food, Dark Shadows. Nicole runs the food blog The Spice Train and she also happens to be a professional photographer – which you will instantly know the moment you visit her blog.
This tip applies to any photo that has dark backgrounds (i.e. not when using white/light/bright backdrops).
Dark photos look brighter viewed against black backgrounds than white backgrounds (which is 99% of blogs). But the default background for most photo editing software (e.g. photoshop, Lightroom) is BLACK.
So when editing, you might think it looks bright and lovely but when you upload it on your blog, it won’t display as bright. So ALWAYS edit against a background that is the same colour as your blog. Change the background colour in the settings of your editing software.
THANKS FOR THE TIP NICOLE!! I had a couple of photos rejected by FoodGawker for being underexposed and I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out WHY – now I know!!