I am currently using the Canon Rebel T31 (seems to have been discontinued) which is the European version of the Canon 600D. The Canon Rebel T5 is a good starter camera if you don’t want to spend a lot of money getting started. Not only does it shoot great pictures, but it is really easy to use. It’s an moderately inexpensive camera, but if you’re just getting started take some time and research. I am looking at the amazing Canon 6D for my next camera with 20.2MP full frame CMOS sensor.
This Canon 50 mm 1.4 is my go to food photography lens. It’s an amazing lens that continuously produces quality photos. It’s a bit expensive but it gets really good clarity. This lens is fixed and doesn’t zoom in or zoom out and is good for doing product or food photography. I shoot 100% of all my food photos with this lens, and I highly recommend it.
SanDisk 64GB Extreme SD Memory Card– Let’s be honest, it’s never fun to buy a memory card. Camera? Yes. Lens? You bet. Memory card? Nope. But let me make a case for this little plastic piece of awesomeness. It’s a really fast memory card with tons of space. This is especially important if you’re shooting your photographs in RAW mode or recording video. If you have room in your budget it might even be worth it to buy a couple of these, just in case.
Adobe Photoshop– Photoshop isn’t cheap, but it’s an amazing tool! If you’re interested in getting it I’d suggest getting the free trial first to give it a test run. If you’re still a little hesitant on purchasing the software you can always purchase a month-by-month subscription until you know you’re ready to purchase the software outright.
Photography Books & Instruction
Food Photography Books
Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling by Helene Dujardin
Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Nicole S Young
- Lighting for food and drink photography by Steve Bavister
Food Styling Books
Food Styling: The Art of Preparing Food for the Camera by Delores Custer
Food Styling for Photographers: A Guide to Creating Your Own Appetizing Art by Linda Bellingham and Jean Ann Bybee
The Food Stylist’s Handbook by Denise Vivaldo
Food Presentation Secrets: Styling Techniques of Professionals by Cara Hobday and Jo Denbury
Working the Plate: The Art of Food Presentation by Christopher Styler
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