The phrase “all the gear and no idea” truly applies to food photography. Buying the most expensive gear will NOT make you an amazing photographer, learning how to manipulate light and understand styling and your camera settings is much more important. To learn some of these key principles, check out my guide: Food Photography for Beginners. However, if you are in the market for gear, there are certainly some important things to look out for. Here are all of my curated favourites that I use regularly.
I recently upgraded to this camera from my trusty but old Nikon D90 and I adore it. It is a full frame, mirrorless camera with 4k video that produces amazing results. I bought mine with the kit lens which is actually a great all-rounder lens!
The 50mm “nifty fifty” is every food blogger’s favourite for a reason: it is just perfect for most shots and is affordable too. If you have a cropped sensor camera, look for a 35mm to get the same results.
A tripod is essential for food photography and I love this one that I picked up on Amazon. It is tall enough for overhead shots and comes with a ball head that allows you to get every angle.
This is not essential unless you would like to do overhead shots and videos but is a great piece of kit. It allows you to face your camera straight down over your food and is nice and stable.
This is an essential for every photographer: a quality memory card with plenty of space. You can get away with smaller if you are only doing photos, but if you are doing videos, I would recommend a 128 GB.
Tethered shooting with your laptop is the best way to make sure everything looks good in your shot. Most cameras will come with a cable, but it is often very short so I like these USB extension cables.
This is great for dealing with bright, direct sunlight as you can just hang it over your window and it diffuses the light perfectly. I just clip mine on to my curtain pole with hair claw clips!
I found this camera strap on Etsy and I love it! She makes them with all sorts of Liberty fabrics and they are a great way to personalise your camera - they are very comfy too.
Camera bags are essential if you plan to take your camera anywhere (or even for storage in your house). I love this bag because it is completely waterproof, isn’t too big but has space for everything I need. Plus it looks cute!
Photo Boards are my favourite backdrops hands-down. They are lightweight, a great size and are wipe-clean which is essential for food photography! Here are a few of my favourite designs, but they are all so gorgeous. I recommend the 60cm size for food photography. My favourite thing to do is to use one as the “floor”of my photo and another as the “wall” - it means you can have a gorgeous setup even if you don’t have an Instagram-friendly kitchen! Follow this link to get 10% off your first order. Pictured: versailles, winter and clay.
Napkins are one of my favourite props to use as they really make photos look soft and homely. I love linen napkins in soft colours and stripes, but you really can go for any colour or style that you like. My favourites are this Beige Linen and Striped Linen from H&M and this Fringe Powder Blue Linen from Oh Curio (the fabulous styling brand launched by Photo Boards).
I have SO many different props, it would take me forever to share all of them so instead I will share my favourite places to shop for props. Get creative! I love little bowls, rustic plates, woven placemats, cutlery, unique glasses, antiques, wooden serving boards, cake stands and anything marble!
Scandinavian Design Centre
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