It’s been two years since I quit my job as a full time art teacher to begin my journey with food photography and recipe developing. It was a tough decision for me, but I’m so glad to have never looked back and absolutely love what I do. I wanted to share with you some things I’ve learned so far and all of the photography gear that I’m currently using. Food photography allows a lifetime to grow and learn new things, so know that I’m constantly trying to expand my skill set and learn new techniques.
I am self taught and have never taken a formal photography class, though I have to give credit and many thanks to The Bite Shot on YouTube, I have spent hours on her channel absorbing and learning so much valuable information that has helped me grow tremendously! I definitely recommend checking out everything she has to offer.
I’ve also loved learning from Beata Lubas book, “How to photograph food.” It is a beautiful book that is so thoughtfully written, and she breaks things down in such a clear and concise way.
Below is everything on my current gear list and items I use regularly. I’ve provided links for easy access, but please note I may receive a small commission from items purchased via affiliate links.
Canon T6 Rebel
This has been my first camera, my mom gave it to me as a gift for Christmas a few years back. It has a small and lightweight body which I love. It also has wifi and video capability, along with many other features. I may look into other cameras eventually, but this has been great for me so far.
This is my go-to lens. A 50mm lens is great for food photography and for overhead food images, which is how I’m shooting most of the time. Because of the low aperture you can use with this lens you can also get some amazing shots in lower light situations.
I use my 50mm lens more, though I love playing with this macro lens as it allows for some amazing sharpness to my images.
I use the Zomei 72’’ Camera tripod, but unfortunately it looks like it has been discontinued. A tripod has been essential for me to reduce camera shake and get a sharp image. The main thing to look for with a tripod is to be sure it has an overhead arm attachment for overhead shots. I’ve found a similar one for you below!
Neewer Photography Studio Light Reflector
I love this diffuser for its compactability and size. I use this diffuser to soften harsh light and remove any heavy shadows.
External Hard Drive
Seagate Portable 1TB External Harddrive
An external harddrive is essentially a portable storage device that gives me peace of mind knowing that all of my images are safe and easy to access.
I like to have multiple memory cards on hand to allow for quick access and efficiency in shoots in case one fills up. You can get all different sizes of GB, I personally like to have a variety.
Arkon Pro Phone or Camera Stand
I mainly use this stand for shooting videos and then the tripod for photos. This stand is very sturdy and does a great job.
You can get poster boards at your local craft supply, Walgreens, Walmart, etc. Poster board is good at reflecting light and shadows. I have one white and one black for light adjustments.
Artificial Lighting Gear
I’ve just recently begun to use artificial light, and I’ve been loving learning about and experimenting with both artificial and natural lighting. Below is all of my current artificial light gear, I might do a more in depth post in the future on artificial lighting, please leave a comment below if you’re interested in hearing more about my process with it!Godox TT600 Camera Flash Speedlight Godox X2T-C 2.4G Wireless Flash Godox S2 S-Type Bracket Bowen Mount Neewer 35’’ Octagonal Speedlite Neewer 75”/6 Feet/190CM Photography Panasonic K-KJ17MCA4BA Batteries
With food photography also comes food styling and utilizing props and different backdrops to get your composition just right. I like to use different ceramic bowls for styling and have an assortment of silverware and linens to use. I like to buy from independent artists and have their sites linked below.
For my backdrops I use Woodville Workshop Backdrops and Ink and Elm Backdrops. Both of these are easy to clean and provide an assortment of options for all your backdrop needs.
I love Sunnys Shop for their variety of items with a clean, minimalistic and modern design touch. Check out their Instagram @sunnysshopLA or there website.
Susan has one of a kind ceramics that are notably made with love and attention. Having quality ceramics for my photos really highlights the dish I’m shooting. You can find more of her work on Instagram @sweetheartceramics and on her website.
I use napkins and tablecloths by Fern Studio who offers one of a kind pieces that are all hand dyed using natural materials.
I love the vintage look of these silverware and use them regularly while styling photos.
That wraps up all of my food photography gear that I am currently using. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit about what I use to capture the recipes I develop, please leave a comment below with any questions you may have! I hope it’s inspired you to pick up your camera and get creative. Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a lovely day.
Nice guide! Your photos are always lovely.