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I looove food photography! My photos have come a long way over the years. From sub-par to featured in international magazines. Woop! Here’s what I use for my food photos
I use many cameras for many purposes. With the right lighting and techniques, you can take great food photos with any camera. Even your phone! But I still go for my DSLR when it’s an easy option.
iPhone X: for when I’m out and about and I don’t have my other cameras. Love portrait mode! Takes best photos with natural / artificial light.
Canon G7X: for when I’m out and about and / or traveling. This little guy is so portable, it’s a dream to carry. Excellent in low light photo conditions. Can’t change the lens, but you can use the Aperture setting and set an aperture as wide as f1.8. Translation for non-camera geeks: This is a good setting for when you want that blurry background affect. Note: I have the first version, but version II is now available and is what’s linked above.
Nikon D7000 (now D7200) DSLR: for when I’m taking photos at home or don’t mind lugging this thing around. It’s heavy, but the photo quality is hard to compare. Some say the colors in the photos of a Nikon are better than a Canon. You’ll want a very good lens (I’d skip the kit unless you want to use that to take hobby/travel/family/whatever photos). Note: A version (D7200) of this camera is now available and is what is linked above. If you’re trying to save money, consider getting a used D7000. It’s pretty old so you should be able to get a good deal. But it still takes amazing photos, especially with the right lens.
DSLR Lens: To get that blurry background, you need a lens with a wide aperture. A classic favorite of me and my food blogger friends is the 50mm prime (no zoom) 1.8f for Nikon and here’s the same 50mm prime 1.8f for Canon.
Props / Backdrops
I try to keep my props and backdrops to a minimum so the food can be the star.
Faux marble backdrop: This simple roll of marble-looking material is lightweight and easy to store. Not to mention it’s waaaaay cheaper than buying a marble table. Or heck…even a slab of marble.
Lightroom: This software saves me so much time. Editing is a breeze, and I love that I can copy the edit settings and apply them to multiple photos. Perfect for when I shoot many options of food in the same setting.
Afterlight: I don’t really use filters. I like the editing options in the Afterlight app. It’s not free, but I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth with this one.
Facetune: I use this to whiten the backgrounds of my photos.
Audible: I love to use Audible to stay inspired and work on personal development. It can be difficult for me to make time to read. Luckily, it’s so easy to listen to audiobooks during my commutes to work, plane trips, or while I’m waiting for Ann appointment, etc. Another fave: when you get to hear the actual author reading their book. Such a treat to hear their voice!