I’ve been wanting to do a post on my gear for a while now — but it’s such an ever-changing and evolving topic. I’m in the process of really amping up my equipment, in hopes of picking up more food photography gigs! So I do, in fact, rent a ton of equipment. Not a day goes by where I wish to myself that photography weren’t such an expensive hobby.
1. Nikon D610 camera body — I had a refurbished Nikon D80 for about 5 years before I upgraded to a full frame camera, and that little thing served me well… from my first Dupont kitchen, to Capitol Hill, to Europe and beyond. But once I made the jump to full frame, I don’t think I’d ever go back! This D610 has traveled the world with me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
2. Nikon 24-70 mm f/2.8 wide angle zoom lens — Also known as the “wedding photographer’s lens,” this is by far my favorite lens in the entire world. I was first introduced to the 24-70mm at my office, because we have this one, and I use it for almost everything I photograph at work. It’s on the heavier side, but it’s such a versatile lens because you can go from a pretty wide shot to a nice zoom. Works well for food!
3. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens — a great beginner lens. It’s not a zoom, but it would give you a good opportunity to learn about aperture and depth of field. I use this lens when I’m on the go, and when I know I won’t need any wide shots or a zoom. It’s lightweight, and does well in low light.
4. Lowel Ego Lights — I had been eyeing these lights for years, and finally bought them in prep for one of my photo shoots with Cava. Finally, I was able to photograph food at night! As I learn more about lighting and such, I’ve been thinking about purchasing some LEDs after working with the artistic dude behind Pornburger.
5. Manfrotto 131DB side arm — This piece. This is what I was searching for my entire life. I first saw it in a photo of Katie Quinn Davies (scroll down to the image that shows herself hard at work) and knew that I needed it. After sufficient Googling, I found the Manfrotto side arm tripod extension. It’s changed my life. I mean, let’s be honest. I have a huge life crush on KQD. It takes a lot of self control to not Google every piece of photography equipment she has and not purchase it for myself. A lot. of self. control.
6. Manfrotto 190XDB tripod, 804RC2 tripod head — This was my first big-girl-photographer tripod, meaning that this tripod has a removable tripod head. To be able to use the next item, I needed a real tripod that fully came apart. The great thing about this one, though, is that it has the horizontal tripod extension already built-in. So, if you’re working with a lightweight lens, you can position your setup for some overhead money shots.
7. Update: New favorite lens is a Nikon 14mm f/2.8 ultra wide. Who doesn’t love a good prime lense? Whether I’m shooting a friend’s wedding, or the view from the top of a fjord, this lens gives me exactly what I want.