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Jan 26, 2011 12:28 PM

Taking pictures at a restaurant

Maybe this topic has already been discussed, but I find it annoying that so many people are taking flash pictures of food, themselves, each other at restaurants these days.

I realize that social networking is big and everyone needs to document every moment of their lives but it seems like everytime I go out there is a ton of flash photography going on all around me and it takes away from my enjoyment of the meal or evening to have strobe flashes in my eyes again and again.

Anyone else sick of the food paparazzi?

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  1. No.

    Well, you did say 'flash', and that's distracting. As long as people aren't using flash, I don't give a rat's behind what they're doing (unless they're taking pictures of me, I suppose)

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    1. re: jgg13

      I agree.

      Maybe you are overstating to sway the argument, but really a "ton of flash photography"? "Every time"?

      1. re: Quine

        It happens a lot but maybe not every single time I go out. When it does happen it is typically a few different tables and they will take several (between 6 and 10) flash pictures throughout the evening.

        I agree, if there is no flash then it is not a problem.

        1. re: Scott M

          Well, maybe they're celebrating something and just want to remember the night. I say, more power to them that they're having a great time, and then I get back to my food.

          I would say the bigger problem is the horrible, dim lighting in most restaurants nowadays! :o)

    2. Unless someone is paying you for the photos, I say just eat the food.

      1. Although this is not a new topic, a new discussion with new thoughts is often welcome. As for me, put my vote in the "I hate it" category. Sure, I shouldn't care, but if the guy next to me is making enough noise and commotion to distract me so he can take a photo, I'm going to be annoyed.

        Last fall, while vacationing, we stopped for an early dinner. A couple was eventually seated at the tabe next to us. Needless to say, they were quite close. As they began to have dishes served, he proceeded to arrange the food on, and photograph each - repeatedly, with and without the flash. He took photos of a white bowl of orange chowder and a plate of oysters arranged on ice. I mean, they're f*cking oysters - why????

        1. I really don't care for this trend. I've been guilty of it in the past, but stopped doing it a while ago. Obviously, the ability to have the pictures instantly thanks to digital cameras (and being able to take pictures with phones which are always on us) has caused this trend. There are many times people will post about their experience at a restaurant and post photos along with it. And most of the time the photos look like glop on a plate. The art of food photography is just that: an art. I'm all for technology, but I fear it's making us all into amateur photographers, singers, writers, video stars, etc.

          1. Hate it.

            If you have to do this for your blog, review, blah, blah, then go get a decent camera which will yake shots in low light situations. That way, you won't be such a freaking nuisance to everyone else sat around you.