If you are interested in food photography, you might want to see what I use to take my pictures, so I’ve created a list, just for you.
CAMERA & LENS
I guess you bought your first DSLR camera with a kit lens. But there is another option too: buy the camera body and the desired lens individually. This way you invest almost the same amount of money and you don’t have to wait for the opportunity to get the lens you need. My choice was the small but smart Canon EOS 200D camera body and a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. And yes, it’s really that small, so easy to deal with it when I’m shooting from hand too. I think it’s the best idea to invest in proper batteries for your camera since there is nothing more painful than a few hundreds of pounds extra cost in case of cheap batteries damage your beloved camera.
TRIPOD AND C-STAND
I received a gift card so had the chance to purchase a Manfrotto Action Tripod. I love it so much but unfortunately, it’s not one with overhead shot option, so I’ll add some extras soon to create the perfect tripod myself.
My workflow mostly happens at night so I cannot rely on natural light all the time. I tried a cheap led panel first, but its battery life was ridiculously low. Sometimes I spent hours with styling and shooting different projects so I’ve exchanged for this continuous light I can plug into a socket and won’t let me down as easy as the ones with battery.
DIFFUSER & REFLECTORS
I have a reflector set that contains a diffuser too. For food photography, I mostly use the diffuser plus the white and black reflectors. Silver is rarely in use, the gold is not too handy when you shoot food since it’s negatively affecting the white balance, but it could be great for specific portraits. If you do not want to buy a set like this, you can reflect the light with some cheap white and black foam boards or use white EPS. A simple white fabric sheet could do as a diffuser as well.
I’m partnering with EryngoProps, so some of my own designs are available to order in their webshop. These backdrops and surfaces are wood-based and created by hand in the UK. Feel free to check my pictures if you would like to see how they perform in practice.
I mostly use Adobe Lightroom Classic CC software for editing my images, very rarely open Photoshop too. On mobile, I use the free Lightroom CC app. For the consistent look on my Instagram stories, I use the full version of Word Swag and Unfold.