Taking pictures of your meal before eating is now an unshakable ritual for some, so Google Maps gives you a reason to photograph food that might not look so frivolous. Or, at least, it might still look quite puzzling, but there will be an actual, practical reason for it, instead of simply sharing your meals on social media.
Google has announced that it’s still in the business of “food photography”, even after closing down their Tablescape app in June. After being launched in February of the same year, the app featured a multitude of images of food taken by users, attached with content from Google and a few tips on how to improve your technique in taking pictures of meals.
It’s not as simple as it sounds. Good lighting matters, and you wouldn’t want your food to look fat.
The app was not exclusively offered or intended for professional photographers, but for users who frequently vary their restaurants and want to share their hobby with the world. However, Tablescape closed down, as the company stated their intentions of investing in other projects. That didn’t mean Google was out of the market though.
More and more people seem to be quickly getting into the practice of taking pictures of their food, so it will only be a matter of time before someone finds a practical use for it. Google Maps is giving it a shot.
The feature will be available to Local Guides, for users who are “level 3 or above”, meaning those who have offered over 50 reviews through the program. Foodies will have the chance of having their pictures attached to the Google Maps location of every restaurant, as long as it’s deemed interesting and informative by the public.
With two simple taps, any Google Map user will be able to proudly display their “epic meal” and if it’s in parameters with the app’s interest and relevant to the restaurant, it will be featured in its location within the app. It would be a chance for you to offer a proper insight into how the food looks at various restaurants, fast food joints, diners or others.
So, it seems that the trend of food photography is not only growing, but will be potentially be gaining a actual use outside of food critics or professional photographers, though some might still remain baffled by the practice.
They could range from posing as wordless recommendations to boastful displays of your taste for adventure. Whichever reason it may be, Google Maps will find a use for it.
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