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 D80 camera body — I’ve had this baby for almost four years now, and it’s served me well… from my first Dupont kitchen, to Capitol Hill, to Europe and beyond. So at home, I do a lot of shoots with this baby. But lately, I’ve been itching to upgrade to this model (which has video), or even to switch to Canon entirely (this is the cream of the crop). So, that’s up in the air. The D80 is a great DSLR to start with, but as you get more and more into photography, you’ll probably want to upgrade to a full-frame model.
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 genius 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.