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Essential Food Photography Gear For Food Photographers

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If you’ve ever wondered what’s in a food photographers bag or what they may use on a regular basis, you’ve definitely come to the right place! This is all the equipment I use and some of the things I highly recommend, based on things I’ve read and other food photographers I know. So, whether you’re brand new to this or have been at this a while, this the guide is for you!

spice cake on a white plate with two slices taken out of it

My Stuff:

apple butter linzer cookies stacked with white flowers

What I Recommend

For The Beginner:

This is equipment I’ve owned before, or have known other photographers use. I started out with the Rebel T6i and It’s still, to this day, one of my favorite cameras for so many things! I even still use the lens I started out with.

Tip: If you’re on a tight budget, shop around! Try looking at your local camera store, too! You never know what you might find.

Additional Accessories

  • Backdrops:
    • Most of mine are from Replica Surfaces, but making your own can be a lot of fun! I also recommend checking out Amazon for cheaper vinyl backgrounds. I actually started out with a lot of vinyl back drops from Amazon.
  • Camera Backpack: This is my savior. It make storage and on the go shoots so much easier, trust me!
  • Sandbags: to hold tripods and stands down. This is super important. A lot of the time, whatever you’re using, whether it’s a reflector or a light, it can be heavier than the tripod can handle. So, sandbags are the perfect thing to make sure your equipment stays put.
  • Step Stool: trust me, this helps! It has saved me from so much back pain. Especially with those overhead shots!
  • Diffuser: to soften light. Very important!
  • Wipes: to keep your camera and all your lenses as clean as possible!
three marshmallows stacked on a white plate with more behind

Let me know in the comments below what’s in your camera bag!

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