Just like a chef needs a great pair of knives, a food photographer needs a solid camera and a good lens (or two). While sensor size is easy to determine by a quick look at the tech specs, other aspects that play a role in food photography aren’t as easy to pinpoint.
In the mirrorless category, the Fujifilm X-T10 offers excellent color and detail for an affordable price—though if you want more features you can find them on the X-T1. There are a lot of interchangeable lens cameras that will do well with food photography—especially when you pair that body with a great lens. Prime lenses are also great for food photography because they are have much wider apertures, allowing for that out-of-focus background. Note: If you use a crop sensor camera, the same lens will get you in closer than with a full frame camera.
Getting in close to your dish is a good way to tempt the senses by showing detail and texture, which is why a macro lens is such a good choice for food photography. While getting in close helps show texture and detail, sometimes it’s the whole spread that makes the dish.
With any still life subject like food, you can save quite a bit of cash without a big difference in the photos by choosing a camera with good resolution but without that best-in-class speed.
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You can save a big chunk of change if you consider what really matters in food photography (at least in terms of camera specs): resolution, depth of field and color.
A full frame sensor, like the one on the Nikon D750, offers more resolution than a crop sensor like the entry-level D3300.


Color, dynamic range and noise reduction are all big factors, but something that’s hard to see in a spec sheet (though DXO Mark does put a number to these factors). While you’ll get more resolution and depth of field with a full frame camera, entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless cameras can hold their own too, especially when you skip the kit lens and pair them with a solid prime lens (more on that next). With 50 megapixels and a full frame sensor, the camera gets plenty of detail for food photography. But while kit lenses are affordable ways to get started, they don’t offer the best quality.
The 50mm lens on a full frame sensor is considered the closest to what the human eye can see, and by zooming with your feet, you can get a variety of different shots from this single zoom lens. For getting shots of an entire table, a 35mm is a good way to add variety to your food photography.
Steve Hansen’s Getting Started in Professional Food Photography course will broadcast live, for free, May 18. When I was beginning to get into wine in a serious way, someone gave me a Portuguese red to drink. That crop or APS-C sensor is larger than a micro four thirds mirrorless sensor, which is larger than a compact camera. The camera you choose will play a role in creating your own photography style (or how much editing you have to do to reach that style), so take a look at some sample images from the camera you are considering before you buy. Zoom lenses are great for their flexibility, but once you start throwing in all those moving parts, you sacrifice a bit of sharpness. No matter what camera body you decided to go with, here are the best lenses for food photography.


The only downfall (at least for food photography) is that you can’t get in as close as with a macro lens. Besides the affordability of fixed zoom lenses, they’re also usually sharper and wider than their zoom equivalents.
After working as a photojournalist for several years, she made the leap and started her own business and now enjoys sharing tips and tricks with emerging photographers. Professional food photographers are better off with a full frame camera, so they can print large with no problem.
But when several brands offer a wide 50mm for under $200, it’s an excellent affordable option instead of that kit lens.
If you have an APS-C camera like the Nikon D3300 or Fujifilm X-T10, look for a 14mm lens instead of a 35mm for the extra wide shots. They have their own set of grape varieties, and lots of different regions ranging from warm to cool, resulting in a wide array of interesting red and white wines.
For enthusiasts and food bloggers though, the APS-C or even Micro Four Thirds sensor is usually plenty of resolution to work with. Even on a budget, you can often get a solid prime lens for less than the cost of a kit lens.



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