Do you love photography? Have you started your own business and want to take your own stock images? Do you love capturing family events and want to make sure you get every moment? Are you an amateur or an experienced photographer? Either way a DSLR camera is an essential rite of passage for anyone hoping to capture the perfect shot. Choosing a best camera for food photography is not so simple.
DSLR stands for Digital Singe Lens Reflex and is a type of camera that helps photographers digitally see the image they will capture on the viewfinder using a mounted mirror system that is near the sensor. While they are quite expensive, many professionals swear by a DSLR and say that they are an essential tool to learning the tricks of the trade in photography.
The downside to a DSLR camera is primarily that they can be quite expensive and when equipment is taken into account it can almost double the price. In addition to this that they have so many functions and settings which can make it difficult to understand what you need and when.
They use “photography speak” that might be difficult to understand and more often than not, require extra equipment to make the photo stand out. On the other hand, no other type of camera can capture the clarity’ and quality of an image like a DSLR and with a bit of knowledge and information can be easily accessible to the beginner or amateur photographer.
A DSLR is a diverse camera with a lot of different options that can be used and adapted to a variety of different shoots and locations regardless of the type of photographer you are which is why they are a professional favorite.
Luckily, this eBook will cover all of these issues and more so that when you are finished reading you will be a pro at using a DSLR and can capture your perfect shot every time.
Vital equipment for food photography
While you can spend thousands of pounds on new and exciting equipment for your DSLR there are a few basic essentials that you are going to need first. If you don’t want to throw all of your money into your camera straight away you might want to consider getting these in stages but you should definitely start here.
This may not seem like an essential but you should definitely start here. A decent camera bag can house your lenses, camera and collection of other items and accessories you will pick up and accumulate as you go.
Even though cameras come with their own smaller bags (generally) you will find that getting a singular bag can help add an extra layer of protection for your DSLR and accessories from dust, rain or accidents and mishaps.
It is a personal choice as to which type of bag you choose but they come in backpack, sling bag and over the shoulder options which are all much more comfortable for carrying than the normal case.
Note: Wildlife or nature photographers should also consider getting padded straps and take note of the weight you will be carrying because nature photography usually takes a lot more walking and hiking (or even climbing) to get the perfect shot.
These are helpful to create different effects and specifically useful for daylight long exposures. The type of filter you use entirely depends on the subject, conditions and time of day but you will almost definitely end up with one or more in your camera bag. Chapter 6 has more information on filters and how to use them.
These are attached to the front of your camera to change the perspective in different ways to help you capture your subject. Most cameras have a standard zoom lens and chapter 5 discusses each lens in more detail but you should aim to pack 3-5 different lenses in your bag to offer yourself the greatest flexibility7.
If you are a portrait photographer or do a lot of indoor photography you may only need 1 or two lenses but outdoor, nature and landscape photographers could need up to 8 or 9 depending on the setting, location conditions and what you are trying to capture.
Regardless of the type of photographer you are you will need a tripod. It helps to get the exact angle that you need without blurring the photos and can help to capture sharper, more defined images (which is what you need if you are selling them).
Tripods also help to capture the smaller details and can mean you are able to take photos in windier climates than normal. Portrait photographers can also benefit from tripods because it helps to position the subject exactly as what you need.
Make sure you look for a sturdy tripod, don’t fall into the cheap trap otherwise they are usually no better than taking the photo yourself and won’t hold up when it starts to get breezy.
Also legs that have clip locking on them make it easier to deploy which is beneficial for nature or sport photography while twisting locks are less bulky so they are easier to transport.
Note: in some cases you may need to also get a tripod head which can give you a more specific way of shooting that can be used at varied angles although this is a more professional piece of equipment that can wait until you are more confident.
These give you a greater sense of flexibility because remote releases allow you to take a photo without having to touch the camera which can avoid shaking and blurring of the photo.
In addition to this a remote helps with taking longer exposures and can be either wireless or corded and attached to the camera. There are some apps that can be downloaded that enable you to turn your smartphone into a remote release and some are even voice activated for even more flexibility.
These are flash lights that attach to your camera to lighten the image and surrounding area. There are two options; automatic or fully manual but to get an automatic control of exposure you need to ensure the flashgun is compatible with the metering system on your camera. The manual option is the more cost effective version but can be tricky to master at first.
Cleaning solutions – It may seem silly but particularly if you are taking your DSLR outside you will need to invest in some decent cleaning solutions for the lenses and sensors.
As these are very sensitive and tend to attract dust, dirt, pollen and everyday dirt and grime it is important to clean them or you may not get the image you are hoping for.
It doesn’t have to be overly expensive but the proper swabs and solutions need to be used. Why spend all that money on a camera and its equipment without taking care of it properly?