I have become a food photographer. I never thought that would happen. I am learning more each and every day. I really enjoy photographing food. I believe that it is just like anything else you need knowledge, practice, patience, equipment, and did I mention a lot of practice! I am so into cooking and food photography I have a site called cooking in bliss so check that site out. I found the key to great food photography is great looking food. Then you need the right light, setting, and the right lens. I am learning each day and I believe I am close to the perfect picture.
Tutorials I have watched
All the ones on Lynda.com
Check out creative live for FREE Photography classes
Tutorials I have read
Edible Perspective – Great 101 definitions
Awesome free ebook Two Peas
Websites to check out:
food stylist Vivaldo
The strobist lighting information
Software to edit images I recommend
Okay, I am going to be honest one of the best tips I have received is how to load presets into lightroom. It is easier to use these created enhancements instead of spending hours making your own or doing each picture by hand. This is the best food photography tricks.
Free Lightroom presets for food/ Still Life
Adobe Lightroom presets (you have to tweet and like them on FB)
Lightroom presets I have paid for
Books I own
Dujardin, Helene Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography and Styling,
Equipment I own
My Cheap Camera Bag
My Stylish Camera Bag
How to make a DIY studio
See my before and after shoot images to see how I set them up.
Places to submit your food photography images
- Foodgawker–Foodgawker has some pretty high standards, and is a great community for your best recipe posts! They do have to be approved before they will post a recipe.
- TasteSpotting– Like Foodgawker, they like recipe with great photos, and your recipes will have to be approved before posting.
- DessertStalking– This is a super fun site dedicated to all things sweet! Set up an account to begin, and make sure to check out their posting guidelines, which are pretty easy and straightforward.
- Food Porn Daily– I know what it sounds like, but I promise it’s not bad ha! You can submit a recipe here easily by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking “submit a photo”
- Bakeolicious– This is a great tumblr to submit your baked recipes to.
- FoodiePix– This is another great site to submit your recipes too. Sign up is easy and free, and they also have a great tip section for bloggers!
- eRecipe Cards– This is a fun site because you can actually have your followers visit the site, and they have the option to search by blogger! So you can put all your recipes in one place. People that don’t know you can find you too because they can search by ingredient.
- Taste of Home– This is always a great site for exposure, because taste of home is already a well known magazine. You can set up a free account to post your recipes here.
- FoodSpreading– They love food bloggers, and have a great page for getting your recipes out there!
- Tasty Kitchen– Tasty Kitchen is user friendly, and has a great community! Set up your free account and start adding!
My Equipment Because People Want to Know
These reduce the glare when you are shooting glass
PLR Optics 58MM High Resolution 3-piece Filter Set (UV, Fluorescent, Polarizer) For The Canon Digital EOS Rebel SL1 (100D), T5i (700D), T4i (650D), T3 (1100D), T3i (600D), T1i (500D), T2i (550D), XSI (450D), XS (1000D), XTI (400D), XT (350D), 1D C, 70D, 60D, 60Da, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D, 5D, 1D X, 1D, 5D Mark 2, 5D Mark 3, 7D, 6D Digital SLR Cameras Which Has Any Of These (18-55mm, 75-300mm, 50mm 1.4 , 55-200) Canon Lenses
This is one of the best investments. I have shaky hands and this gives me the ability to take images with a huge range of motion. This is a must have. I can’t live without item. I would save up instead of buying junk!
This is what I started with and I still use it to take product pictures. It makes taking picture and controlling light easier.
I am so glad I saved up and bought this lens it has an amazing ability to capture food images. I can’t explain how in love with this lens I am.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras This is my favorite by far but a bit expensive!
This is my take everywhere lens it shots nicely but is a bit heavy. I find I can take great close ups and get nice detail far away as well.
This is the lens I bring with me when my kids are on stage. It isn’t useful for food photography and it came in a kit I bought at one time.
This is a no brainer if you do food. You should not touch your camera while playing with food. I also let my kids click the button so that keeps them out of my picture.
This is really helpful to make sure my computer is tethered to my camera. I shoot using lightroom so I can see what I am doing on a large screen. This item bridges the gap between the camera and the computer.
I use these to hold onto my swanky prints and to keep placemats tied down.
I lost all my pictures once and realized I needed a wifi card just in case. It works with your smart phone to upload the pictures to it.
This is a great lens for food photography. I also use it for portrait photography. It was my starter lens but I like the 100 macro and use that one all the time.
I keep the lens I am not using in this
I always have cards to spare…
I always have two batteries or more you never want to run out of battery.
These are great and they fold up easily. I uses the clips above to hold them.
This is what is in my cheap photography bag post.
This is to prevent my lens from being scratched
This is my baby and the single biggest investment I have made. I have been very happy but I have had to learn a lot to use this camera. I suggest staying with the Canon rebel if you aren’t ready to study!
You can also follow me on instagram if you want to see my before and after photography projects.. http://instagram.com/madamedeals