DIY Food Porn

Rampant food porn can be a problem. Nowadays, one can’t even browse one’s favorite blogs or flip through Flickr without being hit with a sudden and intense craving for an ice cream cone with colored sprinkles or, perhaps, a whole stack of chewy chocolate chip cookies. That said, you know what can be an even bigger problem? Amateur food porn.

Just when you were ready to get your dinner groove going, a blurred bowl of mystery meat or poorly lit pepper-crusted steak can make you lose your lunch. Bad food photos aren’t fair to onlookers—and they certainly aren’t fair to the edible subjects that probably looked and tasted pretty good in person.

Enter the Kitchen Wench, a Melbourne-based blogger who is working on a series of instructional posts for budding food photographers. In her first installment, she tells you everything you always wanted to know about white balance but were afraid to ask. But beware—one look at her sexy strawberry jam and you may be struck with the urge to take a bath in it. Is it getting hot in here?