I have dabbled in photography for many years now, dating all the way back to when I was in high school and had a totally rad teal 110 camera. As I got older I got better cameras – my husband (then, boyfriend) bought me a 35mm Canon Rebel that is actually still my favorite camera to this day. I prefer the look of Velvia 100 color slide film and Ilford black and white film. I don’t typically shoot food in film – however, I am toying around with the idea of a project to do just that. I just want to see how it turns out.
For my blog, I use a Canon 60D DSLR (also gifted to me by my husband for my graduation in 2013). I have a number of lenses I switch between but my favorite for food photography is my prime lens, a Canon 50mm f/1.4. I have a standard zoom lens from my 35mm camera that I switch between my digital and film bodies. I also have a wide angle lens which takes beautifully sharp photos, but a wide angle isn’t really the best for shooting food.
I should note one disclaimer about my blog food photography though. I live in a house with windows on two sides only (hello generic NE Philly rowhome!). Lucky for me (note: sarcasm) one side faces east, and the other side faces west. Even luckier for me, the side that faces east is where my kitchen is. And the side that faces west is where my front door is. And if all that wasn’t lucky enough, I work 5 days a week and leave before 6:30am and am home after 5pm. What I’m trying to illustrate here is the severe lack of natural light my house has for food photography. I try really hard to get great light but at this point I have resigned myself to thinking that it’s just something I will have in my next house. On top of all that, I’m not a Photoshop pro, and nor do I ever plan on trying to be. I try to get as much right in-camera as I can to limit post-shoot work. So if my pictures don’t look like everyone else’s, just think about how much bigger and nicer their house is than mine, and then cross your fingers for me that I find my dream house when I start looking in a year or two.
I have a standard tripod that I use on occasion, and I never ever ever ever ever use flash. Ever. On anything. At all. Like, they should have just built my cameras without flash. If I need flash to take a picture, then I don’t want to take the picture. Flash is evil. I use natural light at all times for every kind of photo shoot possible. I have some reflectors that help boost the light and reduce the shadows of a shot. And I have a fancy little remote thing for my camera so I don’t have to touch it to press the shutter button. But other than all that, no fancy equipment here for my food photography.
For my Instagram, all pictures are taken with my iPhone.