I am extremely new to food photography and blogging. I am trying to get on foodgawker.com to drive more traffic to my site, but they rejected this photo due to the composition being too tight. If you go here you'll see that there is another picture that was also rejected due to composition. The more zoomed out photo is not very appealing to look at in my opinion. So how can I take a picture of that might show a plate of food with a fork on top of a napkin next to it and a glass of tea for example, but make it look sort of close up while getting everything in the shot? If that makes any sense... I obviously have a long way to go, and this is the hardest thing I've EVER done in my life. I have much more respect for good photography now!!
Also, the camera I use is a Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (whatever that means) :)
I'd appreciate ANY help or advice. I recently discovered how helpful a white board has been in reducing shadows.. so I'm feeling much better about that, and would like to focus on composition next.