Photography is a secretive business, but in this video I show you exactly what equipment I use as a professional food photographer.
I go over the equipment used in my day to day shooting as well as covering the cameras and lenses that I rent to work as a professional food photographer on projects ranging from small chain menu shoots to world wide print campaigns for house hold named brands. Food photography is a bit of an umbrella term and within the field there are loads of different niches, much like portrait photography, there is so much that can be clumped underneath this term, it makes it near impossible to give generic advice. With this in mind, the equipment that I use wont be for every food photographer, but I always find it helpful to know what other people are using to achieve their shots.
Having been a prolific Canon shooter from day one, for no other reason that being handed a Canon when I started out, my kit is based around the Canon 5ds. Alongside the standard 50mm and 100mm lenses that one would expect a food photographer to have, I also use a wide angle lens and two specialist tilt shift lenses. The tilt shift lenses are used for two separate reasons, creating a larger file and increasing the depth of field without losing out on image quality (I wrote an article about that here)
Although this is not the most expensive camera equipment available, it certainly wasn’t cheap, nor was it the equipment that I started out with. The kit was built over a decade. For most of the time I shot with Canon 5D and Canon 5Dmk2 bodies and the gold USM lens system which was far more affordable and almost as good. There are certainly diminishing returns are you spend more and more money, but there are also applications where the further investment does pay for itself.
What is in your kit bag this year?