In this Food Photography How To Series, I’m going to share my approach, my process, my secrets and tips and tricks to how I do food photography for Inspiration Kitchen. I’m somewhat unconventional in how I think, as well as how I do, food photography – so you can expect a completely different perspective on making food photography work for you and insight into my thought process.
Friends – I’ve got news!!! I’m super excited to share early details about a new series of posts that are coming to Inspiration Kitchen starting next week that specifically talk about food photography.
- I’ve been getting a lot of food photography related questions, and this will enable me to answer everyone at the same time and share with a broader audience – so everyone can learn something;
- I’m mentoring a new lifestyle/food blogger, who’s finding it very helpful, so I thought you might too.
Here’s the thing → I don’t follow the conventional standards and approaches to typical food photography. So get ready to think outside of the cake box and prepare for a different perspective that may be unconventional, unusual and unique!
Now, if you only care about recipes, don’t feel bad if you want to exit here! 🙂 Just feel free to ignore these posts, but come back and don’t go too far, because I will still be posting new recipes each week!
Ok…, now let’s chat about this series… over the next few weeks, here is what you will learn:
In this succession of posts, I’m going to reveal what I use, when I use it, how I use it and most importantly why I use it. My intent is not to influence you that this is the only way to approach food photography, my objective is to help teach you what has worked for me (and why), so that you can decide if it will also work for you.
Let me just say this – there is not one way to do food photography – there are many ways. And although my approach may not be a fit for everyone, it works for me, and it may work for you too. I will let you decide if you want to try it!
Here are a few of the topics I’ll be talking about in the series. The titles may change, as I’m still working on the posts – but it will give you an idea of what you can expect to learn.
- Lenses and gear in my camera bag
- My favorite go-to lens for food photography
- My 2nd favorite lens for shooting food
- To use or not to use a tripod
- Natural light or artificial light
- Lowel EGO Lights vs. Ice Light vs. Flash
- Best angles to use
- Best props to use
- Necessary tools and accessories
- Tips for shooting hard to photograph foods
- Easiest and hardest foods to shoot
- Why to shoot food and kitchen failures (a.k.a. disasters!)
- My editing software and process
- Your social media BFFs
- Why I upgraded from Nikon D600 to Nikon D750
- A behind the scenes look at my studio
When this series is complete, I will compile all the various posts into a single, downloadable online booklet so that you can download it to your device in it’s entirety.
My goal is to minimize the amount of time it takes you to get started taking shots and being successful in your food photography endeavors!
One final thought… please know that this will not be an in depth review of cameras and preferences in camera brands and equipment. I will share what I use and why I use it.
→ I use and shoot Nikon with Nikon lenses because that is what I know and I prefer. ←
Please also know that I have not been compensated in any way by Nikon for these posts.
Ciao for now. Stay tuned!