Tip No 5: Gear it up!

It’s only been 5 weeks since I started sharing these tips about food photography with you and I’m already starting to get a few questions about all sorts of things. If I can, I will reply to them straight away and if they’re relevant, like this one, then I’ll write a snippet about them.

One of the most common questions I’ve got is what camera is the best for food photography and is your phone still ok for foodie pictures.

I’ll try to answer this as best as I can because there is no definite answer to this.

Sommeliers have a saying “The best wine is the one that you like the most” so the same applies to cameras and lenses. While there is no dedicated gear for food photography, the market is oversaturated with camera and lens varieties. From nifty point and shoot compacts to the ultimate medium format beasts and same with lenses, from the cheapest plastic-ey lens to the finest art pies of glass. Now, which one is better? None! It’s all down to the way you use your gear and what you do with it.

What's the best camera for foodie pictures - Xavier D. Buendia

As for mobile phones, the answer is simple: NO! many will argue this, since phones are getting better each year at getting photos but still, nowadays, phone pictures are ok just for social media and when viewing the photos on a small screen.  If that’s your only purpose, then it’s fine but if you wish to take your photography for serious, get a camera.

What is the best camera for food photography - xdbphotography

Now, the camera that you should get depends entirely on your needs, your experience and your knowledge of photography. If you’re a beginner, start with a camera that allows you to easily learn the basics and create beautiful pictures right from the start. If you know your way around a camera, then you know what to do then.

Whichever level of experience you are, just remember, the camera is just a tool, it’s you making the photos.

“The best camera is the one that you like the most”

Hope this answers to your questions, I’m sorry I’m not selling you the latest model of camera and lens combination but this is the truth. My opinion is not biased by any brand so I’m not going to BS you.

Have any questions, send them over and I’ll try to reply as best as I can. Don’t forget my food photography workshops for foodies and industry professionals, they’re awesome!

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