Recipe owners can now edit the recipe images for any recipe they’ve added.
Currently, this includes selecting a primary image for the recipe and deleting any images that you don’t want. Previously, editing images required a support request, but now it’s in your hands, too.
Look for the “Edit Recipe” and “Edit Images” button on the website
Simply log into BigOven, and find the recipe in question. If it’s a recipe you own, you’ll see an “Edit this recipe” and “Edit images” button in the right-hand bar:
Clicking on the “Edit this recipe” button takes you to a form where you can alter the recipe – ingredients, title, text, etc.
Clicking on the “Edit images” button will take you to a screen like this (below), where you can choose the primary recipe image, and/or delete any images you don’t like. If you delete an image that is the primary image, BigOven will choose another image to be the primary image for the recipe. The “primary image” is the one that shows up when searching for the recipe.
If I click the “Make Primary” button next to the last photo, here’s what the new recipe page looks like:
Note that deleting images is permanent – you’ll get a pop-up confirmation before you delete the image.
Guidelines We Use In Selecting “Primary Image”
The BigOven search experience is greatly enhanced with good photos. We care deeply about making the recipe images as useful as they can be. For that reason, please choose a “primary image” for the recipe that is most representative of the recipe. This is usually the finished dish, but it doesn’t always have to be. It should be a close-up, it should be in-focus, well-lit, and as beautiful as possible.
You can reward great photographers by giving them medals (simply click on the Medal icon right beneath the photo), and take a moment to mention how you appreciate their contribution!
Every month, we give away a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card to the person who submits the best recipe photo for the month. There’s no cost to enter. Learn more on our Monthly Food Photo Contest page.
Please Take Care with Other People’s Images
If you post a recipe and create a new recipe entry on BigOven, you now have the power to delete the images that other people have taken the time to submit. Until now, this was only under administrative control. Please use some care in determining whether to delete a photo.
If you find the image not representative of the recipe or your taste, by all means delete it, but please keep the Golden Rule in mind – treat other people’s submissions the way you’d like your own to be treated.
Take Better Food Photos
Want to take better food photos? See “Looks Good Enough To Eat – The Food Photography Guide”, a resource on BigOven.
Tip: Consider Contributing a Step-by-Step Photo Series of your Favorite Recipe
Some of our recipes have terrific Step-by-Step photos, for instance: Greek Style Moussaka. Check out how a series like this can convey the preparation in detail: