I hope you’re doing well.
Since I often get asked what photo equipment I use for my food photography, I figured it would be a good idea to share it with you today as well as how to create your own photo studio.
Creating a photo studio in your house can be quite inexpensive. All you really need is:
- A table
- A large window that gets plenty of light
- A thin, white sheet or blinds (to diffuse the light coming in from the window)
- A few pieces of styrofoam to use as reflectors
- Your photo equipment (see below)
- A ton of different fabrics and plates to complemeent the food
- Tasty food 🙂
Speaking of photo equipment, this is what I use:
- Nikon D60 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera: This is the camera I use to photograph my food…and my life. The Nikon D60 is a great user- friendly “starter” DSLR.
- Nikon 55-200mm Nikkor Lens: For being a relatively inexpensive telephoto zoom lens, this one is pretty darn good. This is what I use most for my food shots.
- Nikon 18-55mm Nikkor Zoom Lens: This is the lens I use when I want to get a nice close, but not too close, shot of my food. This is another good deal of a lens.
- Tripod: This handy tool helps you minimize blur in yourphotos and allows you to fuss with the food, not with the camera’s location or frame.
- Table-Top Sweep with Colored Paper Backgrounds: This is a neat little photography tool that allows me to have different colored backgrounds for my food photography. It sits nicely on the table and isn’t too expensive. Over time, I have found I prefer using my own papers and/or fabrics, as opposed to the ones it comes with, but it is a handy tool that will hold up a background for your shots.
Food photography is all about natural lighting. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, though, I also use a Studio Lighting Kit that includes a light, stand and umbrella to help provide needed diffused light.
I hope this information helps. Please let me know if you have other questions!