I never thought of myself as a photographer…until I started photographing food. Sure, I snapped plenty of photos of friends and landmarks while growing up, but I never considered photography as a way to express my creativity. That is, until I started photographing food. I’ll be the first to admit that I am no expert when it comes to technique, lighting, camera settings, and equipment. Most of what I know, I’ve learned through trial and error. You can look at my old posts for proof of that!
I simply enjoy making scrumptious food look it’s very best. I see every dish as an opportunity to learn something new. There’s no harm in playing around with the different settings. You can always go back and delete photos–no one will ever know!
My love for food photography has also translated into a love for photographing non-edible objects, especially while traveling.
Meet My Equipment
Canon Rebel T2i/550D (DSLR)
I currently own 4 Canon lenses:
Read more about why I chose these lenses here.
Canon SD600 (point and shoot)
This camera served me well for over 4 years. It produces clear, sharp photos and was the reason I fell in love with Canon cameras. I still use it from time to time but because I have no shame whipping out my bulky DSLR in public, it hasn’t gotten a lot of action in recent months.
Read more about my camera history in this post.
Where the Magic Happens
I don’t shoot in a fancy studio (although that would be nice). Rather, I find a spot inside or outside of my house that gets good natural lighting (balcony, windowsill, kitchen counter). I then play around with the camera settings (shutter speed, aperture, ISO) depending on the amount of light coming in.
I look for cheap dishes and placemats from stores such as Marshalls, Homegoods, TJMaxx, IKEA and Target to add color and style to my photos. Most of the items I purchase are between $1-5.
- Bring your camera everywhere!
- Invest in daylight bulbs
- Make a lightbox…then make a better lightbox
- Take a class and/or attend a workshop. What I learned at WSP
- More to come
Feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or advice about cameras and food photography.