Cameras are like cars… people are fiercely loyal to one brand, and for me that brand is Canon. Listed below are some of my favorite Canon products and other useful food (and non food) photography products. While I am still learning my dslr, I have found a few products along the way to make my learning experience much easier.
Canon – EOS Rebel T3i Black SLR Digital Camera Kit w/ 18-55mm Lens (18 MP, 3x Opt, SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot)
If you are just getting started in the world of DSLR camera’s this is a great option. This is what I currently use. It gives me all the options I need without bogging me down with a bunch of things I don’t need. The great thing about this model is that all the fun lenses fit. I’ve had mine a year now and I have no complaints.
Canon – EOS Rebel T3i Black SLR Digital Camera Kit w/ 18-55mm Lens (18 MP, 3x Opt, SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot) – $549.99 (29% off), Free shipping – Available at FumFie.com
Canon – EOS 70D Black SLR Digital Camera Body Only
This is a great camera. How do I know? I have a lot of photography friends who use this camera. 19 auto focus points, incredible auto focus tracking, 7 frames per second and an articulated touch screen makes this a great camera for sports and macro shooting. While it’s great for food photography, it’s even better for action shots.
Canon – EOS 70D Black SLR Digital Camera Body Only (20.2 MP, SD Card Slot) – $879.00, Free shipping – Available at 42nd Street Photo
Canon – 200EG Deluxe Camera Case (Backpack – Shoulder Strap – Nylon – Black, Olive)
This is a great backpack. It’s comfortable and the strabs don’t dig into my shoulders. I’m able to carry all of my lenses, the camera body, miscellaneous cleaning items, charger, batteries and all of my memory cards with no problem at all.
Canon – 200EG Deluxe Camera Case (Backpack – Shoulder Strap – Nylon – Black, Olive) – $39.95, See Site shipping – Available at Fullfillment By Amazon
Canon – EF 50mm f/1.8 II Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens (f/1.8)
Known as the “Nifty Fifty”, this lens is very fast and incredibly sharp. The F/1.8 aperture makes it ideal for low-light shooting and gives a beautiful depth of field. This is the lens that most food photographers use to give that focal point a crisp clear look while the background is a blur. I use mine for a variety of shots.
Canon – EF 50mm f/1.8 II Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens (f/1.8) – $125.00, Free shipping – Available at B&H Photo-Video
Nikon – Coolpix P510 Black Digital Camera (16.1 MP, 42x Opt, SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot)
Ok, I know I said I was a Canon girl, but the truth is, when I was younger I had quite a few Nikon’s. It just so happens that when I was in the market last year for something that was a step-up from the little point and shoot I had and force me to step away from my iPhoneography addiction, I stumbled upon the Cannon Ti3. Which has served me well. However, I know quite a few food bloggers who use this camera and let me tell you, they get amazing results. So, I wanted to make sure I put this option out there, too.
The Nikon Coolpix P150 has a separate food photography setting…
I know!!!!!!! It really makes me want to sell my dslr and pick up this little gem. I mean, a setting just for FOOD ?!?!?!?!
Nikon – Coolpix P510 Black Digital Camera (16.1 MP, 42x Opt, SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot) – $389.95, See Site shipping – Available at Fullfillment By Amazon
At the end of the day, I know some food (and non food) bloggers who use their camera phone. Some food bloggers actually make it in to FoodGawker and TasteSpotting. So, there’s that. It all comes down to styling, natural light, and balance.
Adobe – Photoshop Lightroom 5 (Full Product, PC/Mac)
No matter what camera you use, Lightroom is the perfect addition. With Lightroom you can fix that white light and make your photos gorgeous. Lightroom is so much easier to use than Photoshop when it comes to those tools. Lightroom really is your own photography production studio.
Adobe – Photoshop Lightroom 5 (Full Product, PC/Mac) – $125.00 (23% off), Free shipping – Available at Next Tech
Adobe – Photoshop Elements v.11.0 – Complete Product – 1 User (Image Editing – Standard Retail – DVD-ROM – Intel-based Mac, PC)
I know a few bloggers who swear by Elements. For the longest time I was a Jasc/Corel Paint Shop girl. This program is similar to that. It’s great for ‘photoshopping’ without the bloat and cost of Photoshop.
Adobe – Photoshop Elements v.11.0 – Complete Product – 1 User (Image Editing – Standard Retail – DVD-ROM – Intel-based Mac, PC) – $60.00, Free shipping – Available at Next Tech
Adobe – Photoshop CS6 (Download, PC)
There are many different ‘flavors’ of Photoshop. You can buy older versions and still have a great product. They have basic and extened. Adobe even has web version. There really isn’t anything you can’t do with Photoshop. And while I know we all love PicMonkey and Canva, even they are limited with their services.
Adobe – Photoshop CS6 (Download, PC) – $352.00, Free shipping – Available at preloadmypc
Lowel – Ego Digital Imaging Fluorescent 2 Light Kit – consists of 2 Ego Fixtures, Ego Sweep, Bulbs – 108 Total Watts (120V AC)
When you just can’t get that natural light you so desperately desire, there is help. Lowel Ego Digital Imaging Fluorescent Lights make that happen. I belong to quite a few food photography, food blogger, and photography groups and everyone tends to favor this light.
Tip – turn off the lights in your house! Not only does it help with glare, it will cut down on those gross yellow undertones.
Lowel – Ego Digital Imaging Fluorescent 2 Light Kit – consists of 2 Ego Fixtures, Ego Sweep, Bulbs – 108 Total Watts (120V AC) – $214.99, 14.99 shipping – Available at Fullfillment By Amazon
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