Time for a Real Camera

Best camera and lens for food photography
My iPhone camera served me well these past few years as I snapped photos of my recipe successes to share with you all. However I recently decided it was time to get a little more serious about my photo quality. After all I want the food to look as good as it tastes. I’d also like to put together a book of my most popular recipes eventually. So I needed a camera that could capture at a high enough resolution to be able to print nice large images of delicious food.What I ended up with was the Nikon D80 and a 50mm f/1.8D autofocus lens. The lens is perfect for my needs and lucky for me, not very expensive as far as lenses go. Depth of field is something the iPhone was seriously lacking. With my D80 and 50MM lens I can now get up really close and focus in on exactly what I want people to look at. The foreground and background of the food I’m focusing on becomes blurred leaving the area of focus nice and sharp.So I haven’t actually taken any photos of food yet with my new camera and lens. I’ve been busy setting up the new website, shopping for props and cleaning out the basement in order to set up a studio. More on that later. So for now, I’ll just show you this photo of my Miller buddy so you can see what I mean about the blurred background. Food photos to come, promise.



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One Response to %2$s

  1. Mandy August 20, 2014 at 2:17 am #

    The shots look great, and so does the food! Looks like you’ve upgraded equipment nicely, gotta love the 50mm for beautiful bokeh.

    • mightymrs August 20, 2014 at 2:53 am #

      Thanks, Mandy. Nice equipment does wonders and I also invested in some props and took time to look at other good food photography to learn some techniques, angles, etc. Still learning but I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress recently. I am in love with the 50mm lens. The depth and focus really add so much. Thanks for the feedback! It means a lot coming from a seasoned photographer such as yourself.

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