resources for food photography
First of all, I wanted to create this space, so that other aspiring food photographers would have a reference that would spur their learning and knowledge. I have spent hours and hours, days and nights of staying up till morning hours studying and teaching myself the art of food photogrpahy. I get so many questions about my food photography. So I though I would answer all those questions in one nifty place! This page is meant to be a resource for food photographers of any range. I hope it is helpful! let me know if there are any unanswered questions.
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Food Photography Tools
The Nikon D7200 is a great camera for an awesome price! But, there is an even lesser expensive option. The Nikon D5100 may be inexpensive (at only $239). But this body will capture crisp and stunning images. I have shot nearly all my photos with this camera. So, you don’t need a super fancy camera to get started. Learn how to use your camera well and it will do wonders! Either of these camera bodies will produce professional quality images. If you are looking for an upgrade from either of these, take a look at the Nikon D750.
The Nikon Micro 105 2.8 lens is the next one on my list. This lens is prime, meaning the zoom length is fixed. Prime lenses tend to be clearer then zoom lenses. This immaculate lens is exceptional for getting up close and personal with food! I mean like, let. Me. Eat. That. Now! This lens is perfect for creating stunning Pinterest images that are sure to catch viewers attention. This lens is the next one on my list:)
The Nikon 50mm 1.8 is the lens I use to shoot almost all my images. I cannot say enough good things about this lens. It is the bomb! Incredibly versatile, lightweight, and easy to use. This lens is the pro at capturing stellar images. Fortunately, this lens comes at an incredible rate, at only $216.95. Also, there is an older version of this lens which is even less expensive ($131.95). This lens was the best investment I ever made. The quality far exceeds the price. I suggest every food photographer purchasing this lens. Any photographer interested in the food photography needs this lens in their bag.
Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G I use this prime lens when I am shooting in a tough space and want to get closer to my food. This lens makes it easy to frame close up images of food. This prime lens makes maneuvering around a set up easy, allowing me to quickly capture images.
This lens is a beast. The Nikon 70-200 1.8 is the cream of the crop and a professional grade zoom lens. This lens thrives on capturing action, scenery, and people. I use this lens when I don’t want to hovering close to my subject. The dramatic zoom on this lens is perfect for snapping photos from a distance. This mighty lens is perfect for travel, portrait photography, and action. I also love using this lens for recording cooking videos.
Indoor Lighting Unit- Lowel EGO is an indoor lighting unit that is perfect for shooting in low light situations. The Lowel EGO light produces natural looking light with the perfect white balance for food photography. I use this light when photographing in the evenings and even at night. Pinch Of Yum blog has an incredibly useful post on how to photograph with the Lowel EGO light. I have many comical memories of me trying to create “white lighting” and nothing came close until I purchased this EGO light. Problem solved!
Let’s be honest, shopping for memory cards is boring. Who knows what to get when they all look the same? Well, this San Disk Extreme 8 GB is a high performance card that ensures optimum quality. I use this card and it performs very well. Important note: owning at least three of these cards is a good idea. Finding yourself in a pinch with a full memory card or corrupted card is not pleasant. Trust me. It is better to use many cards with a lower GB then one card with lots of storage. Because, if your card suddenly fails you, not all your images will be one one card.
When asked what has impacted my food photography the most, I will always answer with this: Adobe Lightroom. Without a doubt, this was the best investment ever. Lightroom is the only thing needed to take photos from great to amazing! Lightroom can salvage crummy photos, but who wants to do that? Even better, Lightroom will take a great photo and tip it over the edge to amazing, stellar, and perfection! I highly recommend all photographers looking to improve their photos to purchase Lightroom. There will be no regrets. Scared by the thought of Photoshop? Lightroom is a great place to start. Because it is easy to use, I feel like it’s instant success. The difference in images will be noticeable right away.
Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan includes both, Lightroom and Photoshop. This tool kit is all any aspiring photographer and professional alike will ever need. I use Lightroom for all my bulk editing. Photoshop I use for creating long Pinterest images, in depth editing, and anything I need to do that involves layers. Adobe has switched to by monthly/yearly subscription instead of hard copies. Plans begin at $9.99/month.
LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt and USB I have learned the hard way… like loosing ALL my photos hard way!!! That back up storage is essential! This heavy duty back up drive is hardcore.
- Shock, drops up to 5 feet, dust and water resistant for all-terrain use
- Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 for speeds of up to 240 MB/s
- Bus powered via Thunderbolt for mobile workflows
- Hardware RAID 0/1 flexibility for speed or security
Davis & Sanford Magnum P343 Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head This tripod is the bomb! Like seriously. It’s so sturdy and has an incredibly reach at it’s tallest 72″. The tripod head is a ball head, which allows you to maneuver your camera in any and all directions. I know, pretty rad, huh? This tripod is a fantastic budget friendly investment. My tripod is my extra set of hands! It’s a must;)
AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control for Canon Digital SLR Cameras This little handy remote makes taking images hands free a total breeze. And for only $8.49, it’s literally one of the best investments… okay, maybe it doesn’t cost enough to be an “investment”, but you need it. This remote works wirelessly with DSLR cameras so that you can get that perfect shot. Enjoy it!… Cause it’s gonna change your life, my friend;)