I am by no means an expert in food photography, but I think I’ve seen a few things along the way that help! I’m sharing the equipment I use, the resources I’ve found helpful, and I hope they can help you too.
I started out photographing on a Canon point and shoot. It was great, but eventually, I needed to step up to a better camera! Luckily, my dad is a photographer and permanently loaned me one of his Nikon DSLRs.
- I started out and am still using the Nikon D200. It’s an older model, but it’s served me well so far and gets the job done. While it doesn’t have a lot of the fancy features the newer cameras have (no wifi or tethering). I still think it’s a great camera and would recommend getting it if you are looking for an older/cheaper DSLR to get started with.
- In addition to the D200, I’ve been using a Sigma 17-70mm Macro lens for quite some time now. I love that I can really get up close and personal with the food, while also getting great overhead shots as well. I’ve rented a few prime lenses over the last year, and have to say that I always come back to the zoom lenses.
- As far as other equipment goes, I do use a tripod on occasion, but that’s about it! I haven’t gone the next step to invest in filters or tubes yet, but my setup now is pretty basic and takes decent photos.I do edit with Lightroom Creative Cloud and think there is no better program for editing out there.
Now, let’s talk learning resources! I’ve read just about everything out there about food photography, styling, and editing and it is all so helpful. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve Googled resources on food styling, how to edit out crumbs, and the best ways to style brownies. BUT, I do think there is one course that is the ultimate resource for improving your food photography and styling.
The very talented Sarah from Broma Bakery has a Footography course that is hands down the BEST for upping your food photography game. She covers everything from the basics of food styling, capturing the best photos possible, and marketing tools for your food photography business. I think this has been some of the best money I’ve spent investing in myself and my business and would recommend it in a heartbeat. Sarah is an amazing teacher and even hosts Q and A’s after each course, so you can really dive into any subjects that you want to know more about. One of the things I love most about Sarah’s course is that she not only covers the basics, but she teaches you to how partner with brands and market your business in the best way possible. Trust me, you want to take this course!