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DSLR Camera: I use a Nikon D5100 which I bought over 1 year ago. It came with a basic lens kit which proved very useful for taking the first steps to professional photography. I don’t have any plans to upgrade to a better camera any time soon – I feel like there’s so much more I can do with this one that upgrading doesn’t make sense at the moment. It’s a camera perfect for beginners, but it has plenty of options for advanced users as well and with the right lenses, it can take amazing shots.
50mm prime lens: This seems to be the lens of choice for most food bloggers – whether Nikon 50mm f/1.8G or Nikon 50mm f/1.8D. I intend to upgrade to a 50mm 1.8D in the next couple of weeks, but until then I use the very basic lens that came with the Nikon body which was useful at first, but it just doesn’t fill my needs at the moment. i want a sharper lens and the two options above are my top options. They are both considered portret lenses, thus perfect for food photography.
35mm prime lens: Much like the 50mm, the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G is a prime lens so it doesn’t offer the possibility of zooming in and out, but it’s sharper and takes better pictures in low light conditions. It is considered to be a general photography lens, but it’s all about your own style and how much of the subject you prefer having in the picture because in terms of quality, both the 50mm and the 35mm are cheap and good quality lenses.
Photography Backdrops: I’ve been longing for some proper photography backdrops for a very long time, but since my space is limited, I found a middle way – patterned cardboards – I have a few plain and a few that mimic stained, vintage, used wood. They are easy to deposit and use, although not as easy to clean. In addition to these cardboards, I use various fabrics to add texture and to bring in more light, bu also the back of my baking pans. In fact, improvising is one of my favorite things in photography – there’s always something in the house you might be able to use in your food pictures, even if something as simple as a wooden spoon or your bed sheets as backdrops. Just think outside of the box and improvise, be creative, look at things with the eye of an artist and you will surely find a solution for every photography problems you may encounter. One thing I always say is that having a passion for something is great, but it’s not enough – learning is just as important, one can never know enough about something and it’s exactly the same with baking or photography – they are both a learning process that goes on for years and years to come. And isn’t that just beautiful?!
Food Props: Once you get the taste of food props you realize that one can never have too many of those. And for that reason I’m always on the hunt for new and beautiful food props, from vintage spoons to vintage bowls or plates, glasses, chopping boards, tea towels, bottles or cake stands. And of course, flowers, usually natural ones – adding flowers in a picture makes it come to live more than anything in my opinion. I do know that the food should be the focal point, but sometimes food props make it shine, bring it out and make it look twice as beautiful. And I don’t know what it is with this kind of photography but I feel more attracted to it day by day – each picture feels like it tells a story and I absolutely love that. Food, stories and photography is a magical combination for a food blog, one that brings more and more visitors, one that bring more and more people back to your blog.