Ahhhh…the elusive food photography for food bloggers. So many resources, so many suggestions, so many things to learn. My best advice? Start with lighting and relaxation. And, by lighting, I mean a really bright window. By relaxation I mean just relax. Once you’ve got those two things down, delve a little deeper and try the suggestions below!
Tasty Food Photography eBook by Pinch of Yum
I’m a huge fan of this eBook and recommend it to anyone who asks me about food photography. Practical tips, easy-to-follow steps and a great resource for new food photographers – yet still has enough advanced information to make more advanced photographers happy. Head over to Pinch of Yum for more detailed information on their wildly successful book.
From Snapshots to Great Shots by Nicole S. Young
This is the first book on food photography I purchased back when I was just starting out. It’s a fantastic book with so much information on everything from camera settings to lighting to processing your photos once you’ve taken them. If you’re new to food photography, either Tasty Food Photography (above) or From Snapshots to Great Shots will be a solid choice.
Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin
Huge disclaimer – I have never personally read this book. However, many of my food blogging friends swear by it and it’s gotten amazing reviews on Amazon. So I felt that it was important to include it so you could make the decision for yourself what might work best for you and your skill level.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm IS STM Lens
Oh, how I love my Canon 7D. It’s amazing how you get used to one camera, master it (so to speak) then find yourself ready for something more. I saved up for this beauty and once I held it in my hands I never looked back. Of course, the lens you use will also have an impact on your photos but starting with a high-quality body will never steer you wrong. I recommend the 7D because it’s what I use and it’s what I love!
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens
This macro lens is amazing. My favorite lens by far – and that’s saying something. If you’re interested in macro photography or you’re just looking for a good, solid macro lens, I highly suggest you check into this one.
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
When I was looking to purchase my first high-quality lens, I turned to Aran Goyoaga, author of Small Plates and Sweet Treats, whom I had just been on a trip to Alaska with. Her photography is stunning and I knew she’d have the best advice (and I was right). To quote Aran, this is a “great walk-around lens” that you’ll not only be using for food photography but also on family getaways.
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM Lens
When I first realized I needed to get semi-serious about food photography, I picked up a Canon Rebel which served me well. It’s fairly inexpensive, did exactly what I needed and was a great starter camera to learn on. This one comes with a decent lens that will make for some solid food shots.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
If you want to upgrade from your kit lens but don’t have a lot of money to spend (or even if you just want to try a macro lens), this one is fantastic! I just love this lens and have recommended it to countless people. It’s inexpensive but you’d never know it from the professional quality photos it takes!
DSLR Camera Lens Cleaning Kit
No matter what type of lens you have, you’re going to have to clean it. This kit is inexpensive and does the job.
Softbox Lighting Kit
When you have the choice, always go with natural, bright light for your food photos. But when that’s not available and you need a decent lighting kit that won’t cost you a mortgage payment, this one is a great choice.
A Great Starter Tripod
Whenever possible, shooting with a tripod is ideal. What isn’t always ideal is how much all this food food photography equipment adds up! This tripod is high-quality for the low price and will be a great addition to your food photography setup.
Reflectors and a Diffuser – All in One
Even when you’re shooting with bright, natural light, there will be times you’ll want to bounce that light back onto your subject and/or diffuse the light if it’s too bright. This economical set will take care of all those needs and takes up almost no space in storage.
Epiphanie Camera Bags
Lugging around my camera is almost a pleasure with my Epiphanie Camera Bag. It looks like a sophisticated purse, the compartments inside move around so that I can tailor it to my needs and it even fits my wallet and a few other small items, too. Click the link to see the red one – that’s on my wish list!
Lowepro SlingShot Camera Backpack
If you’re looking for something a little more practical and rugged for your travels, this backpack is my absolute favorite. I took it with me all the way to Morocco for a travel assignment and it held everything I needed for an entire day of shooting (including my passport and some extras). It’s well-made and durable.
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