I am often asked,
“How do you get such good pictures of food?!”
The answer is:
I don’t know! I just see it and take a picture. My eye sees a great angle or the light is just right and I have to snap a photo.
I am self taught and at this stage of the game still learning! I will share what equipment I use, where I find props and my favorite editing tools. If you have questions, please ask! If I don’t have the answer, I will find out and we can learn together. Sound good?
Oh, and some of the links I’m providing are affiliate links-if you decide to use or purchase through these links, a small amount of dough is added to the coffee fund. Thank you!
I’ve had to be very frugal when it comes to equipment, so I have Macgyver’ed many a photo shoot.
For a lot of my photos, I use an iPhone 5s. I dream of upgrading to a 6, but for now, this works just fine. This means I have a camera on my person at all times, so I can get a shot anywhere. The tricky part is lighting-especially in restaurants. *Window seat please*
NO. 1 RULE= NO FLASH!
Canon Rebel T3i : This is my “big girl camera” and I love it. I have used the kit lens (18mm-35 macro) up until a few months ago. I added a (100mm-55 zoom) by happenstance — it was left behind by a college student and the landlord had it in the dumpster. This is a gorgeous lens and takes beautiful photos.
I am adding this camera to the list too: Samsung NX500 mirrorless camera-From what I’ve seen on the web, this little camera takes phenomenal photos and is compact — which I like.
I find a lot of my props at garage sales or Target. The $1.00 section has great finds for backdrops, bowls or plates.
Craft Store: I use craft poster board for my plain backdrops. I have 3 white and 1 black. They are only a few dollars each and work great.
I know, chocolate and pumpkin, right? Here's the recipe for you: Best Pumpkin Truffles
Scrapbook Paper: I stock up on scrapbook paper every chance I can get. When doing close-ups, it can’t be beat. For .10 cents a sheet, you can have an instant burlap background! See? This is a piece of paper!
Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins, Mmmm…mmm!
Lightbox: I did try to save some money and made my first box out of a left over wine box and tissue paper. It did the job, but was a huge pain to store.
It worked great for this recipe shoot:
I eventually broke down and grabbed a kit on Amazon- and I am thrilled with it. It comes with 4 different colored drapes, lighting and the best part is that it folds completely flat and stores perfectly next to my prop cabinet.
You can be the BEST photographer in the world, but you will still have to edit your photos. Whether you need to resize them or just add a bit more light or balance to your image, you will be editing. Everyone has their favorite software, but for me, I keep it super easy and super simple.
The only one I use is PicMonkey. Yep, that’s right. Every picture you see on the blog has run through that little site and I’ve been really happy with it so far. They offer a free version and a paid option. I went ahead and paid because I wanted the versatility that came with a subscription (more gadgets!) and less ads flashing. PicMonkey: photo editing made of win!
These are my tips so far- as I learn more, I will definitely share.
Again, have a question? Please ask! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
*I have included affiliate links to the products I’ve highlighted. If you purchase through these links, a small commission is added to the coffee fund, so I thank you!