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 of my gear, just for you.
Source of product catalog photos: Amazon.co.uk
CAMERA & LENS
I guess you would buy your first DSLR camera with a kit lens. But do not forget: 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 desire. My choice was the small but smart Canon EOS 200D camera body and a Canon 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. And yes, it’s really that small, so easy to deal with 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 battery damages your beloved camera.
I use the official Canon EOS Utility 3 software for tethered captures while keeping my camera on the tripod I can modify my scene real time which provides repeatability, which is crucial. My camera can connect to my laptop wireless, but I’ve found it slows down the processing at motion captures when I have to take multiple images in short period of time, so I’ve invested in a TetherPro cable.
Normally I pour, sprinkle, hold, cut, do whatever actions on my pictures, so I have a remote switch with a 5m extension cable, I can plug it directly in the camera. You can set a timer as well, but it’s very time-consuming in some cases to wait 10 seconds repeatedly between two shoots.
By the time I trust more in cable solutions than wireless options.
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 the overhead shot option.
I have not much room for studio equipment, so I was not able to buy a normal C-stand.
This is why I’ve added a tripod boom arm (to secure it on the usual 1/4″ male endings of tripods you will need a 3/8 male to 1/4 female adapter too), I can secure it on my light-stand for overhead, in this case, my softbox goes on my tripod.
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.