All the gadgets and gear I use daily to shoot my recipes and photos for the blog. A user-friendly guide to purchasing your first food photography equipment!
I am not an expert when it comes to food photography. Heck, most of the time I feel like I’m majorly failing at it myself! With that said, people are always asking me questions on my technique and how I learned how to do food photography with a DSLR camera. Well friends, it’s a learning process that I am still very much in myself.
I am not going to beat around the bush…it takes practice, LOTS of practice. Food photography is something I work on daily and I frankly, I still feel like I’m not very good at it. I’ve definitely improved over the years because daily practice shoots (still making my way through the archives to update old recipes), but I am nowhere near where I would like to be.
But just because I’m not an expert doesn’t mean I can’t help all you beginners out there get started! Today I am sharing my MUST HAVE pieces of food photography equipment. All the beginner tools I bought to start my food photography endeavors and what I currently use to take pictures for the blog. Read on for some insight into my daily photography escapades!
An easy to use DSLR, great for beginners, and affordable!
My go-to for artificial lighting when it’s too dark outside to shoot in natural light. Well worth the money!
So important for getting overheard shots and steady shots when lighting is not good. This tripod moves 360 degrees and is one of the most versatile ones out there!
For using as backgrounds.
For sticking on to poster boards to create textured, patterned backgrounds!
More background options and much cheaper than buying marble slabs or something similar. Easily found at Home Depot or Lowes!
Another key background option for a clean, blank surface. Easy to clean too after messy shoots!
Miscellaneous Bowls, Silverware, and Props
Easily found at HomeGoods, TJMaxx, or Marshals! Little trinkets and tchotchkes to add some fun to your food photos.
A few other tips…
Take a digital photography course!
I was lucky enough to be able to take a Digital Photography course as an elective in my last semester of undergrad. I can honestly say that this made the BIGGEST difference in my photography! It taught me how to really use my DSLR camera. Not just auto mode…but actually how to USE my camera. Did you know most people only use 1% of their camera’s capabilities? Well I know that is definitely true after learning about all that mine can do. Now I exclusively shoot in Manual mode and take pictures in RAW format for editing later on. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, all the more reason to take a course! It’s a great use of your time and money.
Photography can be so rewarding, yet equally as frustrating. Blurry images, overexposure, too little light. These are all common problems that you just have to get used to and learn how to work around. Give yourself some grace and allow your self to mess up…because you will. But when you eventually get that shot you’ve been working towards, it will be ALL the more satisfying!
One thing I’ve learned about the photography community is that they are very open and willing to help beginners! I’ve never not received an answer to my photography question within minutes of asking in one my blogger groups. Not only that, but there is TONS of free information online. Seriously…google that ish! You’re sure to find a tutorial on YouTube, an informative article, or a comprehensive photography forum to give you advice. Remember, this is all a LEARNING process. Don’t be afraid to ask questions even when you think you have it all figured out!
Now you have my best tips and MUST HAVE equipment when it comes to food photography and photography in general. You’re all set to start your own photography practice!
Let me know if you end up buying any of this stuff or implementing these tips in your own life! I’d love to hear how they’ve helped you in some way.
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