This post contains affiliate links to Etsy and Amazon. If you take action after clicking one of those links, we’ll be getting some coffee money at no extra cost to you ☕ – which we promise to drink whilst creating more incredible content for you.
We love taking photos of food, just like most of our influencers. The HBC team learned so much about taking photos of food and products, and we have been working hard to create our own style and find the best tools of the trade. We get asked time and time again what does it take to take incredible photos, and this is what we’ll be unveiling today.
We’ll be talking about some of the best tools that can simplify our life when it comes to photography.
Before getting started – learn about food photography
We recommend looking for some beginners resources to learn more about food photography.
Our lovely blogger Emma from Essentially Emma decided to write an eBook to help other budding food photographers learn in an easy, concise way. Food to Photo is designed specifically for beginners and breaks down all the different aspects of photography in a simple way that is specific to food photography.
Food to Photo is designed specifically for beginners and breaks down all the different aspects of photography in a simple way that is specific to food photography.
It covers everything from gear to lighting, styling, editing and more. It even contains information specific for smartphone photographers, to help you take professional looking photos with your phone. Each chapter has an activity at the end to help you consolidate the information and put it in to practice.
What camera is the best camera?
We asked our community about their favourite camera, and they shared their updated list with us in our list of best cameras for bloggers for 2019.
Essential tools for getting started
We recommend a premium vinyl backdrop for product and flat lay, food photography since spillage can happen often and ruin your shots. Also, vinyl backdrops are best to be carried around, and there are different styles to choose from depending on your style. Start with one first.
Most people will get started by using a simple piece of white cardboard to bounce light into shadow. The next upgrade tends to be still quite affordable and comes in the form of light and collapsible reflectors. Gold warms up the picture, silver brighten the picture whilst black blocks out unwanted light.
Tripod for flat lays
A tripod for food photography will help us to capture sharp images. Camera shake is the biggest contributor to blurry or out of focus shots also having your hands free when shooting food photography or still life photography can help improve our compositions.
We recommend you heading to Etsy to have a look at our favourite presets. Presets are optimised for a range of purposes including flatlays, food photography, product photography or lifestyle photos. If you are not sure about how to install a preset, check our post on the matter.
As an example here’s a preset called Foodie 6 Food Presets
If you are looking for more information about photography, we recommend you learn how to take photos and which are the best cameras for bloggers.