Basic Food Blogging Equipment – what you need as a food blogger

Food Blogging Equipment

In today’s blog post I want to give you an overview over the basic food blogging equipment you need in order to start out as a food blogger. 

At first, beginning a food blog can be quite a big and daunting task at first. You have this big vision of taking awesome food pics and sharing your wonderful recipes? However, you are unsure of the equipment you need? Then look no further! In this blog post I have summarized all the basic things you need in order to start taking amazing pictures of your recipes. Food photography hacks included! 

We will look at topics like camera equipment, props, kitchenware and decoration items. I will only mention the essential food blogging equipment. Everything you need in order to start out. Nothing super fancy or advanced – just the basics to get you startet. 

How to photograph for your food blog

First things first. Let’s talk about camera equipment. When you are just starting out you might want to take photos with your camera. That is okay for the beginning. Most phone cameras have a „depth of field“ or „portrait“ mode already. Try using these as it will make the background blurry, which will look more professional. 

However, if you want to become serious about your food photography you should consider switching to a DSLR camera. It made all the difference for me and was a real game changer! For over three years I have been shooting with Nikon already and can highly recommend their cameras. Currently I am working with the Nikon D7500 which is a great camera also for beginners. Regarding the lens I am using a 35mm 1.8 lens. I like this lens because you can be pretty close to your dish and get a very nice blurry background. 

Here are some food photography tips for beginners: 

  • Shoot with natural, diffuse light
  • Using a flash for food photography is something I would not recommend as it distorts the colors in the picture.
  • Shoot on automatic mode until you become comfortable trying the manual mode
  • Use a portrait lens to get a nice bouquet effect
  • Invest in a reflector and tripod – this is the reflector and tripod that I am using

Food Blogging Camera equipment

Food Blogging Props

You will want to acquire a little selection of different kitchenware. Buy some nice plates, bowls, platters, forks, knifes, glasses and jars. Try to stay consistent with the style and color of the props you buy. When taking food photos it is always nice to have different props to choose from. There is nothing more boring than always using the same plate and same set of silverware on every photo you take! 

I have probably up to 30 different plates, around 20 glasses, more little tea spoons than I can count and a couple different marble platters. This gives me a good choice to always arrange my food picture in a different style. Here are some of the spoons that I have ordered online:

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Kitchen Towels and Background Fabrics

A range of different colored kitchen towels can’t be missed in your food photography equipment! Placing some kind of fabric on the area you are shooting makes it look smoother and blends together with the dish and the background. I like using kitchen towels for that. In the background I usually put a very smooth, silky white fabric to make the background blur out. 

Background fabrics for food photography

Food Blogging Equipment – Backdrops 

Having a nice surface to place your dish upon is very important when it comes to successful food blogging. That is why I bought varies backgrounds for my photos. I recommend to get a darker and a lighter one. Marble and wood work really well for food pictures. 

A great food photography tip is to go into your local hardware store and ask them for floor samples. These usually come in different awesome wood optics and I always ask them if I can take some samples home. Like this I have free background surfaces for my photos in different styles! 

Here are a couple links to some background papers that I have bought on Amazon, which are very practical because you can roll them up and take with you when traveling: 

Basic Food Blogging Equipment Backdrop paper

Decoration items

I believe that you can make the most boring chia pudding look incredible with the art of food styling. In order to be able to make your creations look unique I suggest you get some fun decoration items to add more layers of interest to your photo! Sprinkles, flowers or coconut flakes work great. I also bought some tiny little cookie cutters to decorate my dishes with. 

I recommend you also get seasonal decoration items to include in your food blogging equipment. For Easter I bought a couple of little Easter eggs, for Christmas I have golden stars and for Valentines Day heart postcards. 

Here are two deco items that I have ordered and like very much:

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This post contains affiliate links. All products & services recommended in this post are ones that I’ve personally used for my blog.

Do you want to take your food photography to the next level?

Finally I wanted to leave you with some more great support material on your way to becoming the next great food blogger out there.  I have many more other articles on how to grow and develop your food blog! Make sure to have a look at my top ten food blogging tips for Instagram growth! There is also a YouTube video on it!

I also have my own food photography online course. It is a full fletched food blogging course that will teach you everything you need to know to kickstart your food blogging career! 

You can sign up to my food blogging email list where I am sharing free cheat sheets and amazing food blogging tips from time to time. Definitely don’t miss out on this great opportunity:

I hope you found this basic food blogging equipment blog post helpful and that you will be putting some things you learnt today into practice. Let me know in the comments if you still have questions! 

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xoxo,

 

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Food Blogging Online Course – grow your food blog!

food blogging online course

Want to have your first company cooperations? Want to start making money with your food blog? Or even want to become a full time food blogger?Then check out this blog post about my food blogging online course where I will teach you everything you need to know in order to take your food blog to the next level!

My expertise as an instructor for this course

I started food blogging in 2016. In the beginning I started off with posting mobile phone pictures on my newly opened Instagram account, back when my name was still strengthberrynutrition – a word I still can’t even spell today. Fast forward three years I am proud to say that I became Austrias biggest fitness food blogger being able to blog as my full time profession and having turned my hobby into my dream job! 

Here is a short video explaining you a bit more about my food blogging background and how I got started:

I have been through the process of starting with nothing and building your blog and Instagram from scratch and want to give all my knowledge to you now. Along the way I have learnt a tremendous amount of skills necessary in this field of business and made important mistakes that I can share with you now.  That is why I developed a food blogging success online course! This course is an extremely valuable source of information. Basically I put everything I’ve learnt in the past years about food blogging and how I made it into my full time job into this online course. 

Recently I am getting more and more requests from international events and university to speak to their guests and students about social media blogging and content production.  I was also featured in some of the most important international food magazines and had a national media food blogging campaign in Austria reaching 1 million people a day, having them participate with their healthy dishes. I would consider myself an expert in the food blogging niche and can’t wait to share my knowledge with you in my own food blogging online course! 

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Food blogging online course chapter breakdown

I really wanted you to learn from a first hand experience and that is why you will find a lot of personally recorded videos in the course with a lot of practical real life examples. 

Food blogging basics

The course is structured into 6 chapters. The first chapter is the introduction. Here you will find an overview of the course and I will explain a thing or two about the right blogging mindset and content creation in general. 

After the introduction you will find the food blogging chapter, where you will learn how to find your vibe and voice, develop great content and a content policy, learn how to set up a blog and I will also be touching on legal requirements. I will help you to find the best wordpress plug-ins a food blogger needs on their website and we will talk about SEO optimization on your blog so your blog posts have a higher chance of ranking on Google. 

This is important to set the base for that is coming in the later chapters. You will learn how to define a brand for yourself and how to set up your blog as a website. I will be sharing some of the important plug ins you need as a food blogger and help you find the right niche!

Food Styling course

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Food photography

The third chapter is dedicated to food photography, where I will share my camera equipment with you, tips on how to prop and style your food, how to find the right light, how to edit your pics with and without lightroom and some more tricks along the way. Most photos really come down to how you present your dish and we will be going into a lot of detail to make sure you know how to decorate your dishes.

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I will also show you what kind of food props you should acquire and the basic things that are necessary for your food blogging equipment. Without the right equipment it will be hard to take high quality images. We will also touch on things like ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Taking good high quality images is easier than you might think!

Food blogging online course

Click here to go to the food blogging online course. 

Instagram Growth

The fourth chapter is dedicated to Instagram growth. Since I started on Instagram and grow my account up to 50k followers this platform really is my main expertise. I had my Instagram before I had my blog and was able to acquire a deep knowledge in this field. You will learn how to make use of the Instagram algorithm and make the features of the app work for you. Learn how to get reposts and post content the right way, join the right shoutout parties and create your own Insta highlights.

This chapter is dedicated to showing you how you can maximize the platform and become noticed out there! With Instagram you can attract a lot of people onto your blog so this can be a very powerful medium. 

Click here to go to the food blogging online course. 

Monetization 

Before the final send off I dedicated a whole chapter to the topic of monetization. I’ll be sharing with you how to find your pricing rates and put together your media kit with great examples. We will talk about how to reach out to companies, negotiate prices and the important topic of disclosing a partnership. 
The reason why so many bloggers fail to become successful is that they don’t know how to monetize their work. Most are afraid of being rejected by companies or have the fear of charging too much money. I will take you through all these issues and show you a couple of simple tricks to look so much more professional to companies. 

Click here to go to the food blogging online course. 

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Learning outcome

You see this is a well rounded course giving you all the insights you need. By the end of the course you will feel comfortable building your food blogging empire because you will have the skills and knowledge for it and won’t be afraid to charge fair prices for the work you create! 

I know that the course has its price – but I am pretty positive after all the company cooperations you will get after this course your money will be well spent! See this as an investment in yourself and in your dreams. 

So head over to the course page right now. Read through the curriculum and I can guarantee you this food blogging online course will bring you to the next level! 

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