‘Getting started in food photography: A basic tool kit ‘ is an invaluable article. Most especially for beginners in food photography; as it outlines the key equipment needed to take off in food photography. These are key equipment should make up a food photographer’s kit.
Any Canon or Nikon DSLR.
Get a camera you are comfortable using. Though I will recommend Canon or Nikon DSLR because they have uncountable user base and a massive range of accessories. I assure you that benefit greatly from the assorted range of accessories at some point in your career. Most importantly, Also, when it’s time to upgrade, Canon and Nikon usually have a better resale value.
Manufacturer branded lenses are the best but also expensive. However, it is important that you make your findings on quality lenses. Close up filters that screw in the front of a lens and allow you to focus closer is a no-no for me. I will not recommend them because they are poor in terms of sharpness and flatness of field.
A Good Tripod
A sturdy tripod is a must. A most overlooked specification on tripods is the minimum height when in use. I recommend a Bogen/Manfrotton 3001 with a 3035 head. It’s a relatively light tripod and a heavy head.
Get to the store and pick up a couple half sheets of foam core, some silver boards, a utility knife, some fun tack and a couple of artists manikins and you have all that you need for making reflector cards.
Computer Workstation Capable of Shooting Tethered
Set up a computer workstation, but chances are you are already working with one. So the issue to notice here is the ability to shoot tethered. Shooting food requires you to shoot, look, repeat. Evaluating your shots on a laptop screen is easier than on that little LCD viewer on the back of your camera.
Color Checker is important. Expodisc or a Macbeth color checker is adequate. It is important to ALWAYS shoot a color chart on every shoot. This is to ensure that the food comes out in its natural color.