Ultraviolet Lens Protection Filter 58mm (for each lens)
Backdrops & Food Props:
Foam boards are absolutely essential for bouncing light and creating a clean backdrop. I use them 99% of the time I do a photoshoot.
I have so many of his wood pallets it’s ridiculous. I’m addicted but have to stop since I have limited storage space for props!
(More coming soon!)
I’m going to be honest–when I first started out in the world of photography, I was a total Nikon believer. My first DSLR was a Nikon D50, and it got me by for some years. Then after I really started getting into photographing my baked goods, I saw that all the food photography pro’s were using Canon 5d Mark ii’s, and I loved the results. I eventually sold my beloved Nikon and went for a Canon and I haven’t looked back. I absolutely adore it. My first prime lens was the 50mm f/1.4 and it got the job done very well on its own. The extra .4 of a stop down from the 1.8 is worth the extra cash just incase you need to let a bit more light in if you’re in a dark setting. The Sigma 24-70 f/1.8 is great for when I need to zoom in or zoom out–it offers great flexibility and still creates a great bokeh effect for less than half the cost (and weight) of the Canon version, plus has a higher f-stop range. The Canon 85mm f/1.8 is my newest baby. I wanted a fixed medium telephoto that could zoom in for more macro shots, and it’s a wonderful, sharp lens great for portraits too. It’s also super light-weight, which is a huge plus.
As for other gear, I used to resist tripod usage with every excuse under the moon. I’ve never been able to stand being tethered to one and I like the freedom to roam around. That being said, there are moments when I want to capture a stream of steady shots and create a .gif to demonstrate something I’m doing (see example here–just scroll down a bit) and it saves my life. I love my wireless remote to help be my “third hand” so-to-speak. And it’s also great if you want to capture a series of things moving around in the photo ie. frosting a cake without moving the distance of the camera from the object (cake).
I strongly recommend UV lens filters for every lens for obvious reasons. Dust, dirt, food particles, etc. can easily cling onto your glass lens and 1. it’s not good to touch and 2. it isn’t always easy to remove. Having filters prolongs the life, quality and cleanliness of your lenses.
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