When it comes to food photography, it’s hard to get it right when you don’t know how. The last few years of blogging has taught me that when it comes to photography, you need to find your own style and your own essential items. I have taken over the spare room and created a space that I use to take my pictures. It has everything set up and all of my props and useful tools within grabbing distance. This is a far cry from when I started out. In the days when I was taking shots of things in dull, yellowed lighting that didn’t really look good at all. Food that wasn’t really presented well, or in a way that made me want to recreate it. So, if you’re making my recipes, surely you will want to take a picture of the deliciousness (before you scoff the lot!) So I’ve written a list of my essentials for food photography so you can steal my photography style as well as my recipes.
A DSLR camera is best for taking amazing pictures of food. I currently use the Nikon D3100 for my still images and some video recipes. It’s not too heavy and the standard lens is really good too. It is easy to use, if you know what you’re doing. It took me a good few months to be brave enough to come off the automatic mode and be a bit more adventurous but now I know how to use it, I can get all of the shots I need.
I do use my iPhone or my iPad for taking pictures quickly or when the moment arises. It’s all well and good having a DSLR but it’s not as handy as the closest device to me! Sometimes, it’s just not practical to set up a full shoot with the camera and if I only need a couple of shots then I do use a gadget. There are loads of apps that can be used to edit pictures too but I am a big fan of using the features on Instagram and just saving the edited picture instead of posting it to my account. A good picture editing software is essential. I use Photoshop by Adobe when I’m on the PC and I use Canva on my iPad. I use the software to edit my pictures with added title and branding text. Photoshop can be expensive but but there are many cheaper or free alternatives available which can be used to get similar results.
I have a collection of useful tripods and other devices that hold my camera or gadget in place. I use my full size tripod for filming and wider shots. My small tripod for close-ups and macros and I have a gorilla pod and a selfie stick for the shots I just can’t make with a rigid tripod. A selfie stick is great for taking long range shots.If I want to take a picture of my table filled with food, I just get my selfie stick out of my handbag and instead of taking a picture of myself, I use it to achieve amazing angles I can’t get otherwise.
You can never have too many props. even when they start to take over your house, it’s fine! You might need that weird shaped glass bowl one day! I have a very good selection of props which I buy mostly from charity shops and car boot sales. I have a stupid amount of odd plates; bowls and mugs. I have also acquired a lot of odd cutlery, as well as vintage and modern kitchenalia. I won’t even tell you how many different chopping boards and serving things I own. My props do take up a lot of space, it’s a good job we have a big house because I also have a massive stash of tea towels; tablecloths; napkins and wallpaper samples which I use in my shots. You can’t have them looking the same each time now, can you?
Disclaimer – I received a complimentary selfie stick from Presents for Men:
the online shop for unusual gift ideas for men and women of all ages.
All opinions are my own