Food Photography Equipment You Need
Let’s talk about food photography equipment because who doesn’t love a chat about what gear you need as a professional food photographer?
Throughout this article, I will show you what food photography equipment I currently use and what I’m using it. So you’ll get a good glimpse into what a professional photographer needs to create their stunning work. But remember that building any collection, whether prop or gear, takes time. I only had some of this gear when I first picked up my camera!
Note: This page may contain affiliate links to products and services I love to use and recommend.
Camera and lenses
Ever since I started photographing food, I’ve been using Canon. I am currently using a full-frame camera, Canon EOS 6D mark II. However, I started with a hobby crop-sensor camera, Canon EOS 600D, which I still use for some of my behind the scene and styling session photos.
The lenses I currently use are:
I used to have a Sigma 30mm 1.4 lens, which I adored and would recommend anytime since it produced beautiful photos and which survived a huge fall. However, it is only applicable to crop-sensor cameras.
Unsure how to use your camera? Be sure to read all about Manual Mode. Or you might want to read about camera angles and which lens to use when.
Natural light gear
Working with natural light usually requires a modifier of some sort. I mostly use my large 5-in-1 120x90cm diffuser to soften the light coming through the window. I love that it can use covers in 4 different colors to use as reflectors or black flags. Often I don’t need such a big reflector, which is when I use a smaller Neweer 60x90cm 5-in-1 diffuser/reflector.
Whenever I need to modify light with smaller modifiers, I love using a cardboard self-standing A3 reflector or a 5mm white/black foamboard which I can cut to the needed size. (Note: The foamboards in the links differ from what I use since I bought them locally, so I can’t guarantee the quality.)
Artificial light gear
I prefer using a flash over continuous light when working on stills. You can check my Artificial Light for beginners workshop if you want to know why and learn more about working with artificial light.
Currently, I’m using three Quadralite Stroboss 60 C units, which are 60Ws speedlights. And I use the Godox SL60 continuous light for video and some stills.
Working with artificial light requires careful manipulation. There are many options out there. The main softboxes and umbrellas I currently use are:
Quadralite 60×60 softbox
Foldable Godox 60×60 softbox (for on-location shoots)
Studio gear – tripods and stands
I started with very basic tripods, which I still own and use from time to time, but I’ve fallen in love with my Manfrotto 058B Triaut Camera Tripod (discontinued). Having a sturdy tripod makes work so much easier. I’m using the tripod with the Manfrotto XPRO Geared 3-Way Head, which is incredible for making precise adjustments.
For on-location shoots, I use the Neweer tripod with a central column with a ball head; however, I prefer a geared head from Manfrotto, which is much more precise and easy to handle.
For top-down photos or as a stand for modifiers, I’m using the Neweer C-stand.
Another piece of gear I love are the Neweer metal clamps.
I use Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop to edit my photos and DaVinci Resolve for video editing.
Join my free Lightroom webinar replay to learn a few tricks and some of my favorite Lightroom shortcuts and watch me edit a photo in Lightroom,
Organizational software and more
In running a business, the organization of the process is crucial. I use Asana for my schedule, content, and business process organization.
Great post! This article provides a comprehensive list of food photography equipment including cameras and lenses, natural light gear, and studio gear such as tripods and stands. Your post is informative and provides specific examples of tools the author uses in their own food photography work , is a valuable resource for those looking to build their own kits.
Overall, I think this post is a helpful guide for food photographers looking to invest in quality equipment.