Photography Tips by Expert Food Bloggers

First Site Guide is all about getting your blog off the ground, so most of our articles and guides focus on the general tools and stuff you need to make that happen. There are some popular specialty blogging areas that deserve a bit of attention, however.

Food blogging is a tricky proposition. On the one hand, everybody eats, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not there’s a potential market out there. On the other hand, we judge food mostly on how it smells and how it tastes, and you can’t do either of those things through a computer screen. No doubt, someone, somewhere, is working on a WordPress plugin for it, but in our professional opinion, they’re going to fail.

So what can you do? Well, you have to learn how to take delicious photos, and we’re here to help with that. First Site Guide is full of blog people, not photo people, so we went out and found some photoblog people who would talk to us about what’s needed to be a good food photographer.

There are an awful lot of great food blogs out there, and many of them feature extremely talented photographers, so don’t expect to be able to compete from day one with a point-and-shoot camera.

It’s going to take some time, and maybe some equipment, to make it into the elite cadre. Still, the blogs of our interviewees are a great place to start looking. They’re the people you want to emulate on your journey from where you are now to a blog that looks good enough to eat.

 

Aiste Miseviciute   www.luxeat.com

Bio: Food blogging is not only about eating well and enjoying talented chefs work, but also catching that very special moment on your camera. Food is about sharing and bringing people together!

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Leica D Lux 6.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: No.

Alexandra Stafford   www.alexandracooks.com

Bio: I write the blog alexandra’s kitchen, a place for mostly simple, sometimes fussy, always seasonal recipes.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: I think you need a relatively high quality digital SLR camera. There is so much good food photography now that it’s almost impossible to compete when your pictures are just not up to par. That said, I used a canon rebel xt (a SLR camera, the bottom of the line, though still about $500 or so when I bought it) for 7 years, and I would still be using it now if I hadn’t left it on the airplane.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I am partial to canon because that is what I know, but people seem to love Nikon equally. I don’t think you could go wrong with either brand. For a new blogger, I do suggest getting a SLR camera, and depending on your budget, see what options are available for you. As I mentioned above, the canon rebel xt was very good to me for many years.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: For about a year I’ve been using a 50mm lens ($125 or so), which creates a different sort of look — blown out background, smaller area of focus. I love it. A macro lens is nice, too, but you have to keep your hand so steady, and I just don’t think it’s worth all the money especially for food photography.

Alexandra Caspero

Alexandra Caspero   www.delishknowledge.com

Bio: Passionate about vegetarian food, nutrition and helping others find their “Happy Weight”. Alexandra is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and enjoys balancing her time between cooking, seeing clients and teaching yoga.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Yes.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Nikon or a Canon are my favorite brands.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: Macro 35mm 1.8- favorite lens I own.

Alice D’Antoni Phillips   www.allyskitchen.com

Bio: Her friends and family know her as Alice or her alter ego, Ally. Her trademark cuisine is most aptly described as ‘Bohemian Bold’-simple, albeit sophisticated dishes – seasonal vegetables, traditional cuts of meats, seafood, fresh herbs, spices and seasonings, fashioned into unlikely combinations resulting in eclectic ‘new’ dishes with varied cultural influences -Italian, Greek, Creole, Southern, European, African and Native American, Mediterranean, and Asian to name a few.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Yes, I think so.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I use a Nikon.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: A lens designed for close up is important.

Alysia Ehle   www.slimsanity.com

Bio: Alysia is a food blogger with a passion for all things health and fitness living in Dallas, TX.She has a PhD in chemistry, and heavy background in research and currently work at a branding and web development marketing agency.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Yes.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Canon Rebel T5, it’s affordable with a wide range of settings, a good starter camera.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: 50 mm f1.8-5.

Amanda Finks   www.thewholesomedish.com

Bio: Amanda is the recipe developer, photographer, and blogger behind The Wholesome Dish. She is a Registered Dietitian and enjoys creating healthy, delicious, easy recipes.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No. But it is easier if you invest in a DSLR camera.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I use one of the less expensive DSLR cameras, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR. I found mine for around $450.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I use the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II camera lens. It’s around $100.

Amanda Robson   www.glamorousglutton.com

Bio: I’m a food and travel blogger who has developed a love of photography through my blog. I’m an avid recipe developer and traveller. The travel influences my food and food influences my travel.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: It helps to have a good camera, but when I started I used a point and shoot.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: To begin with use your phone, then if you’re interested in getting better quality photos – use a DSLR start at the basic price and then change the lenses as you can afford it. I buy mine from reputable secondhand places. I use a canon.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I use a Canon macro lens 100mm 1:2.8 and a 24-105mm for shots out and about.

Anjali Shah   www.pickyeaterblog.com

Bio: Anjali Shah is a food writer, health coach, and owner of The Picky Eater, a healthy food and lifestyle blog. Anjali grew up a “whole wheat” girl, but married a “white bread” kind of guy. Hoping to prove that nutritious food could in fact be delicious and desirable, she taught herself how to cook and successfully transformed her husband’s eating habits from a diet of frozen pizzas and Taco Bell to her healthy, yet flavorful recipes made with simple, wholesome ingredients. Through her blog, The Picky Eater Anjali shares her passion for tasty, healthy cooking.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: I don’t think you need a “professional” camera, but you do need a high quality digital camera that you are comfortable using and know the ins and outs of — e.g. how to adjust settings like ISO, aperture, etc. I use a Canon DSLR with a Tamron lens.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Again – I’d recommend using the camera you already own – if that’s your iPhone great! If that’s a DSLR that you love – great. The most important thing when you are starting out is to establish a presence and be consistent in your posting – and to have good, high quality picures. You don’t need to spend a ton of money on a fancy camera to get there. The iPhone camera can take amazingly high quality pictures for the fact that it’s a phone camera! Use what you are comfortable with at first, and you can always upgrade or expand later.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I love my Tamron lens (with maximum zoom capability). It’s a very expensive lens though, so I’d recommend it more for future use vs. for a new blogger starting out.

Ann Thibeault   www.thibeaultstable.com

Bio: Love to cook and believe ‘Recipes Are Meant to Share’.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Samsung Galaxy S5.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: No.

Anushruti RK   www.divinetaste.com

Bio: Anushruti R.K is a food writer, food blogger, photographer and recipe developer. Her site and blog divinetaste.com has been featured in the Wall Street Journal blog section, BBC Good Food India, among other publications. Her photographs have appeared in Child, BBC Good Food India and elsewhere.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: A professional camera is not a requisite as one can take great pictures with a point and shoot camera as well. At the same time, a professional camera like the Canon 5D line up that I use, has all the tools to capture the colours, tones and textures of food and make it possible to present one’s food in the best possible manner.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Depending on one’s budget a beginner could go in for any entry level SLR camera. Both Canon and Nikon make great cameras. But, before you invest in the camera body, make sure that you decide about the lenses you want to buy and accordingly invest in the camera body.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: Depending on what I’m shooting and the mood I want to create I use my 100mm f2.8L lens which is great for getting macro shots. I also like to use my 50 mm 1.4 and 24-105mm L lenses for general food shots. And when I want s lot of bokeh and I have the required space I use my 85mm f 1.2L lens. The 50 mm lens is very versatile and a good lens to begin with.

Ashley McLaughlin   www.edibleperspective.com

Bio: My name is Ashley and I’ve been blogging at Edible Perspective for over 6 years now. I’m a self-taught photographer and cook and have slowly turned my passion into a (more than) full-time career. Beyond the blog, the majority of my work days are spent completing photography and recipe development jobs for a wide variety of clients.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Not necessarily! But photo quality is definitely important.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Canon Rebel T5 or Canon 70D – If you’re able to spend a bit more, knowing this is something you really want to focus your time on, I would try to jump in with the 70D. However, I definitely used a beginner camera body like the T5 for many years before making an upgrade. I also recommend buying the “body only” as the kit lenses are very poor quality and not worth the extra money spent, even though they seem like a good deal. I moved from the Canon Rebel xti, to the Canon 7D, and now to the Canon 5D Mark iii. These upgrades have happened over the course of 6 years and as my hobby turned into a real photography business.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: Canon 50mm 1.8 (or 50mm 1.4 if you can spend a little more up front) — There are also a lot of great off-brand lenses out there, but do your research first, as quality varies greatly between brands.

Averie Sunshine   www.averiecooks.com

Bio: I began blogging in 2009 as a way to share recipes, and what began as a little hobby, has turned into one of the best things I’ve ever done. Sharing recipes, connecting with readers, making lots of friends along the way, and cooking up a storm has been so much fun.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: If you can’t afford fancy camera. My suggestion is to take lots of photos with the camera you do have. Practice, practice, practice. You can never get good at anything if you don’t practice.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: From July 2013 to the present, I shoot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III body. For most of 2012 and up until July 2013, I shot with a Canon 5D Mark II camera body.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I use a Canon 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens for 99% of the food photos you from early 2011 to mid 2012. That lens is my workhorse and I love it. If you are going to buy one lens, that
would be the one I would buy. Save up, it’s worth every penny. As of May 2012, I also have the Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens that is great for overhead shots and although it won’t ever replace my 24-70mm, it gives amazing clarity to images and I use it about 20% of the time. The other 80% of the time, I use my 24-70mm lens.

Barbara Lechiancole   www.cucinadibarbara.com

Bio: I love black and strong coffee, i am a chocoaddict and incidentally food blogger.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Yes, I do!
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I use a Nikon D3200 50mm. but to share through instagram or twitter i use my iphone.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: 50mm.

Bec Thexton

Bec Thexton   www.dancingthroughsunday.com.au

Bio: Rebecca is an avid foodie, blogger and sunday brunch fan. Dancing Through Sunday is where she shares recipes and food styling that inspires her./em>

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Not ‘Professional’; but a good one.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: A Canon 100D will do the perfect job, the most helpful tool is a 50mm lens. I also love using my iPhone and VSCO cam for Instagram.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: 50mm f.8 lens, or even a 35mm to get the really close up, detailed shots of food.

Betsy Eves   www.javacupcake.com

Bio: I am an enthusiastic food blogger who loves to create recipes to inspire the average home baker. I am also a recipe developer, write and food photographer! I’m also an Army wife and a mother of a teen and a toddler living in Germany for the last 3 1/2 years!

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Absolutely I have been using a basic Cannon, but with an upgraded lens.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I think for a beginner, learning the basics of a DSLR camera is more important that buying an expensive camera and not knowing how to use it.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: For food photography, I always use my 50mm f/1.4 lens. It’s great for close up and blurred backgrounds. My photography has improved 10 fold since I started using it.

Ceri Jones   www.naturalkitchenadventures.com

Bio: A certified Natural chef, blogger, food writer and healthy cookery instructor base in London. I love eating healthily and adventuring in the kitchen with healthy ingredients!

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No, because not everyone can afford a professional camera and I don’t think it should be a requirement or a barrier to get started.  Given enough light and some clever styling an I-phone is just fine for on-line photographs.  Its a different story when you come to printed books.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I have a lumix dmx-lx5 super easy to use.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: No, because my camera has a lens built in and that’s about as much as I need to know!

Christine Berres

Christine Berres   www.curriedcantaloupe.com

Bio: Christine is a Midwest girl who has spent 10 years living in Canada, France, and China. She loves to try new things, travel, eat, learn new languages, and spend time with family and friends!

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No, but if you have one and know how to use it, I think it helps.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I really love my Nikon D3200, which runs between $450-$500, but honestly there are a lot of similar models out there that would get the job done. The important thing is to do your research and then get to know the camera you decided to buy inside and out!
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A:I use the Nikon 35mm 1.8F for food photography and a Tamron 18-270 F 3.5-6.3 for travel photography, although I’ve found I like taking bird’s eye view shots of food with this lens.

Danielle Kurek

Danielle Kurek   www.daniellekurek.com

Bio: Danielle is a food lover and author of Finding Joy blog, currently living around Calgary, Alberta. Finding Joy is a lifestyle blog for women that focuses on finding joy in the midst of everyday life.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: I would recommend getting a professional camera, as good quality photographs are a necessity to succeeding in the food blogging world.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: The camera I use is a Nikon D5300. It’s a professional grade camera that isn’t too expensive of a purchase. I highly recommend it for it’s quality photographs.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: A wide angle lens as well as a macro lens are recommended.

David Dial   www.spicedblog.com

Bio: A lover of fine pastries and delectable treats, David has always had a “sweet palate” and knows a good recipe when he tastes one! After receiving an undergrad degree from Duke University and a masters from Louisiana State University, David went on to get his doctorate from the University of Georgia. David is currently living outside of Saratoga Springs, NY, where he enjoys exploring the Northeast with his wife and 2 dogs!

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: I would say that you can certainly start a food blog with a simple point-and-shoot style camera, but you should consider upgrading to a DSLR camera as soon as possible. The variety of lenses available for DSLRs really makes a huge difference in quality of photos. Since food blogging is largely about the photos, a blogger should really focus on their equipment and photography skills as much as possible when starting out.

Deeba Rajpal   www.passionateaboutbaking.com

Bio: I am a non conformist, passionate & ‘rabid’ baker and blogger from Gurgaon, for whom visual appeal holds as much significance as healthy and delectable food. Any idea that grabs my fancy becomes a springboard for creativity.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Not at all. It’s the eye that captures the story. I have seen amazing images taken by point and shoot cameras, and smart phones too on food blogs.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: That’s a difficult one as everyone works with a different budget. I began with a Canon PS40, and happily graduated to the Canon g9. I still love the camera even though it’s a point and shoot. As you can see, I am partial to Canon. I own a non pro Canon 50D, and it meets my requirement as of now.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I prefer the macro f2.8/100mm lens as that’s the one I’ve used ever since I got the DSLR. I also have a 5omm fixed lens, and a 35-100mm one. I haven’t experimented enough with the 50mm but I’ve seen loads of amazing shots with it. My vote however would go for a macro lens if you can afford one in the future.

Dorothy Kern   www.crazyforcrust.com

Bio: Hi, I am Dorothy. Crazy for Crust started in 2010 to showcase my love of pie and crust. (It really is the best part!) A short time in, I realized that I really liked creating desserts – all of them. I love a freshly baked cookie, a fudgy rich brownie. I love homemade ice cream and perfectly decorated cupcakes…and I love pie

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: This is a hard one for me, because I used a high-end point-and-shoot for a very long time. My pictures were good but not GREAT. I do know some people that use good P&S cameras or their iPhones, but with Pinterest being so huge today I think that a DSLR is almost required. I have an entry-level DSLR and I’m getting to the point where I think I need to upgrade! I think that, if you look at all the “BIG” bloggers -they’re using DSLRs and have amazing images. There are so many food bloggers at this point that if you’re starting out you need to be at the top of your game.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: For a blogger starting out I think a beginning DSLR is fine. These are the ones usually sold at Walmart and Target and they’re about $500 with their stock lens. Mine is a Nikon D3100.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: Shortly after getting that camera I got a 50mm/f1.8 prime lens which I love (about $250). Great for low light and lots of brokeh. Now I use a 17-55mm/f2.8 lens (which was about $1400). Really, it’s not just about the camera. It’s about using natural light and editing too!

Erika Kerekes   www.inerikaskitchen.com

Bio: Erika is a working mom who writes the blog In Erika’s Kitchen and recently created Not Ketchup, a line of gourmet condiments.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Need – no. But it really helps.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I shoot with a Canon DSLR. Model doesn’t matter. Take the best pictures you can with the best camera you can afford.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I use a standard kit lens. But I am by no means an accomplished photographer.

Giulia Scarpaleggia   en.julskitchen.com

Bio: Food blogger, food writer, food photographer. Tuscan cooking class instructor. Food lover!

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Canon 500d.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: 50mm f. 1.8.

Greg Henry   www.sippitysup.com

Bio: Greg Henry is a cookbook author and also writes the food blog Sippity Sup- Serious Fun Food. He’s led cooking demonstrations in Panama & Costa Rica, and has traveled as far and wide as Norway and Alaska to promote culinary travel. He’s been featured in Food & Wine Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The Today Show Online and Saveur’s Best of the Web Greg also co-hosts The Table Set podcast which can be downloaded on iTunes or at Homefries Podcast Network and was named one of The LA Weekly’s 5 favorite podcasts for food lovers.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Not at all. I used a point and shoot (held together with duct tape) for the first 4 years of my blog. It wasn’t until I got my first cookbook that I decided to invest in a DSLR.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I think the Canon Powershot G15 or Canon G12 is a great camera for a new blogger. They’re basically point and shoot cameras in the $400 to $500 range, but they have plenty of features (and more importantly
manual settings) that allow you to become a better photographer before you invest in a more expensive camera.

Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: My dream lens (and don’t have one but want one badly) is the Canon 100mm macro. It leaves the photographer plenty of room between subject and lens thanks to the longer focal length, but allows super shape macro-photography. Perfect for a food blogger.

Heather Resler   www.cookituppaleo.com

Bio: I’m a teenage nutrition nerd who can’t keep out of the kitchen! I love to create new healthy recipes to help people get healthier through cooking homemade food.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No; a good point-and-shoot will suffice to start.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I use the Fujifilm XS-1, which I highly recommend.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I’m a point-and-shoot girl, but those macro lenses look pretty awesome.

Jacob Leong

Jacob Leong   www.cooksnapeatlove.com

Bio: A food geek, cooks a lot, eats too much.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No, but you do need one that has decent capabilities.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Mirrorless Cameras are my favourite, they’re light and are as good as a mid level DSLR. I’m a Fujifilm fan and own a XE-1. I recommend spending a decent amount of a good body, and putting more investment into good lenses instead.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: 35mm or 50mm lenses should fit most of a food blogger’s needs. A fast f1.4 is recommended if you get stuck in a low light restaurant.

Jennifer Drummond   www.peanutbutterandpeppers.com

Bio: I’m a part-time health food blogger that takes everyday food and makes it healthier without sacrificing the flavor.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Yes.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I use a Cannon EOS Rebel T3i, It takes nice photos and is great for beginners. Since I started using this camera, my photos are more likely to be accepted by food photo sites.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I use a Cannon EF 50mm lense. It focuses on food nicely, however the lense that comes with a camera will work for beginners also.

Jo-lynne Shane   www.musingsofahousewife.com

Bio: I’ve been writing at Musings of a Housewife for over 8 years. What started as an impulsive hobby has evolved into a full-time job that has provided some amazing experiences and unique opportunities, but best of all, a diverse group of friends around the globe. I adore the smart, encouraging community of women who gather here to read about my most recent antics or my latest obsession. Blogging would be meaningless without them.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: I do not think it is necessary to have a pro camera, but it helps.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I love my Nikon D7000 but it’s $$$$$ – prorobably an entry level DSLR is better – but ditch the kit lens IMMEDIATELY. Better yet, buy the body only.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: A 50MM lens is the best for food blogging, imo.

Joe Pastry   www.joepastry.com

Bio: Joe Pastry is not a photographer. He bought a Canon OM-10 back in the early 80’s because he thought Chrisitie Brinkley wanted him to. He almost never used it, but continues to follow Christie Brinkley’s life advice to this day.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Umm…define “professional”. There are a lot of food bloggers out there who are really photographers in disguise. They produce some truly astounding images. I’m not one of them. I’m a writer who also takes pictures. For me photos serve a very utilitarian purpose. Though I’ve gotten better over the years I’m nothing close to a professional snapper. I use auto focus, nothing but natural light, etc., etc.. So to my mind the question is not whether you need a professional camera or not, but rather how dependent will your blog be on images? If the answer is “very” then get a very good camera. If like me your intent is to draw audiences through a combination of images and other types of content (like fun writing) then an average camera is plenty.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I use a Nikon D60 because it was recommended to me by some photographers I knew. They thought it was an all-around dependable model for the price. I’ve found that it works surprisingly well when caked with flour, icing and buttercream.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I use the lens that came with my camera and have never needed anything else, though I should point out that I basically take the same shot over and over again: down, at food on a cutting board.

Julie Nowell   www.3chickensandaboat.com

Bio: A blogger and publisher on a small island on BC’s west coast. Spends her days doing “All the things” surrounded by free ranging chickens.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Yes.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Whatever high res camera they can afford.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: Macro.

Karen S Burns-Booth   www.lavenderandlovage.com

Bio: Karen Burns-Booth is a free-lance food & travel writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a passion for local, seasonal ingredients. She is a member of the prestigious Guild of Food Writers and regularly contributes to a variety of print publications and online recipe sites, as well as creating bespoke recipes for numerous major brands and supermarkets in the UK and Europe. Karen specialises in baking, seasonal fare and healthy low-calorie recipes having recently lost weight on the 5:2 intermittent diet.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No, I think an entry level DSLR is fine, as long as you know how to use the camera manually and how to style and set up your shots.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Nikon D5100, £500 as well as a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini phone camera, £150.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: Prime lens 35mm F1.8 for close up food photos.

Kath Younger   www.katheats.com

Bio: I live in Charlottesville, Virginia with my husband Matt and our son Mazen, who was born September 7, 2012. I am a Registered Dietitian, and blogging here is my full-time job.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary – if you have a cool instagram-style blog you can just use a smart phone. But I do think for a lot of the drool-worthy recipe blogs you’re going to want a pretty nice camera.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I would recommend one of the Canon Rebel’s like the T3.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I think the Canon 35mm f/2.0 is a smashing all-purpose prime lens. The wider angle will accommodate all kinds of photography styles and it’s fairly affordable under $500.

Kate Hackworthy   www.veggiedesserts.co.uk

Bio: I’m Kate and I bake, with vegetables. From Kale and Apple Cake to Beet Nut Butter Cups, I put vegetables into desserts on my blog www.veggiedesserts.co.uk. The bonus is that adding them usually means you can add less fat and sugar, they’re naturally bright coloured – and you can’t even taste the veggies!

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: I think it’s very important to have a good camera. Iphone cameras are getting better and better, but a DSLR will give you much more scope to make food look enticing, thus drawing in readers and expanding your reach across the more visual parts of social media.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I prefer Canon. Although I’d love a top of the range one, I think if you get the best one you can afford and learn to use it properly (I still need to learn a LOT!), then you can add lenses and grow with your camera before upgrading. Inexpensive accessories like a remote shutter, tripod and reflector discs make a huge difference as well.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I mainly use a 50mm f/1.8 lens. In hindsight I wouldn’t have bought the camera kit and would have just bought the body and this lens since it’s the one I use the most.

Kelly Roenicke

Kelly Roenicke   www.theprettybee.com

Bio: Kelly is a mom to two little boys who have quite a few food allergies and intolerances, and she had to adapt the way that she cooks and think about food in the last few years. Most of her recipes are gluten free, dairy free, vegan or all three. She believes allergy friendly cooking can be fun and delicious!

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Yes.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Canon Rebel.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: Canon 50mm f /1.4.

Kristen Stevens

Kristen Stevens   www.theendlessmeal.com

Bio: Kristen is a recipe developer, food photographer and creator of The Endless Meal. She is also the chef and owner of a small underground restaurant called The Endless Meal Supper Club in Vancouver, Canada.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: To succeed, yes. When you’re first starting out though don’t feel like you need to invest in a fancy camera. When I first started The Endless Meal I used my old iPhone 3G.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: The camera I bought (and still use) is a Nikon D5100. It’s inexpensive (as far as SLR cameras go) and takes great pictures.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: The lens I use most often is my Nikkor 35mm 1.4. You’ll often hear that you need a macro lens for food photography, but I think that’s nonsense. It’s very rare that you’ll get so close to your subject that you’ll need a macro lens.

Kristy Still   www.mommyhatescooking.com

Bio: Kristy Still is the founder of Mommy Hates Cooking. She started her blog on a quest to learn to cook and to love it, many years later she has done just that. She shares recipes daily that are easy enough for the worst of cooks but tasty enough for the best of cooks!

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No you do not need a professional camera, the key is simple taking good, appetizing photos. Many times professional cameras are much better quality, but you have to learn your camera well too in order to get that professional photo.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I started off with a basic point and shoot camera without a flash, it took me a while to learn how to take a decent photo and I’m still learning. I now use a Nikon D3000 with a 50mm lens for most of my food photography. The key with any camera is good natural light and no flash. Just turning off the flash and getting natural light will immediately improve your photos if you have been shooting with a point and shoot flash.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I love the 50mm lens, it focuses in on a certain aspect and lightly blurs out all that is around it.

Liz Berg   www.thatskinnychickcanbake.com

Bio: I’m a self trained baker that loves to create decadent desserts for my blog.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No, but you need good lighting and a sharp photo.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: A Canon EOS Rebel is a nice starter dslr.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: A 100 mm macro lens is worth the investment.

Melissa Coleman   www.thefauxmartha.com

Bio: Hi, I’m Melissa and also The Fauxmartha. I’m a designer by day, baker/blogger by night, and wife and a mama all the time. My second office is my kitchen and making food from scratch is my jam.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Two years ago, I would have said yes. But camera phones have come a long, long way. I always recommend new bloggers, if not familiar with a DSLR, to start with their camera phone. The quality is great for web. There’s so many user friendly editing apps out there too. I’m a huge fan of Afterlight for editing.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I call myself a fauxtographer. I know just enough to be dangerous and that’s it. Actually, all my camera bodies and lenses are hand-me-downs from my dad, minus a $100 Canon lens I bought. Right now I’m shooting on a Canon Rebel T1i with a Tamron lens. But I mean it when I say use your phone. I’m partial to iPhones since that’s all I’ve had. I often shoot simultaneously with my phone and camera. For whatever reason, I’m able to better see and adjust composition using my phone. When I’m feeling stuck with the camera, I pull out the phone. Here’s a more elaborate post on how I Instagram.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I think this depends a bit on the look you are going for. I started out using this cheap Canon 50mm F/1.8 lens. It’s perfect for getting your feet wet without having to make a huge investment. This lens allows you to focus on the main subject and blur out the rest. Hot! But these days, I’m shooting overhead more, so I’m not as interested in that blurred out look. I use my hand-me-down Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens. The lens is a bit wider than the Canon and gives me more versatility between shooting eye level and bird’s eye.

Mish Lilley

Mish Lilley   www.mishdelish.com

Bio: Mish is based in Melbourne and has been publishing recipes for nearly 9 years. She now works as a freelance food stylist and recipe developer.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Not at all – any basic digital SLR will do the trick.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I find Canon the most user friendly. I use to have a pro camera but have downgraded to a much lighter 600D.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I only shoot with a fixed lens. I’d recommend a good macro lens and a 50mm.

Nate Lau   www.houseofannie.com

Bio: House of Annie is the food and travel blog of Annie and Nate, based in San Francisco Bay Area, but eating the world. It’s real good food.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Canon PowerShot.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: Not applicable for PS.

Nikki Gladd   www.seededatthetable.com

Bio: Nikki Gladd is the creator, author and photographer of SeededAtTheTable.com, a food+family+travel blog. Since 2007, Nikki shares recipes and ideas that inspire families and friends to gather for joy and community. Whether it’s a meal, a group project, road trips or game nights, Nikki believes relationships grow when making time for one another. On Seeded at the Table, you will find easy recipes using everyday ingredients, along with family stories, house projects, favorite products and travel adventures.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No, you definitely do not need a professional camera to be successful in the Food Blogging World. There are many more components to success than beautiful photos. A good friend of mine has a very popular food blog and uses only her iPhone camera, whereas her recipes and positive personality keep readers coming back!
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I use a Nikon d7000 which was a gift from my father-in-law. It’s an expensive camera, so I wouldn’t recommend it to those just starting out. Start with a lower model. I started with a D40, then upgraded to the D90 before the D7000. Many others use Canon. When it comes to Canon verses Nikon, you really can’t go wrong with either one. Go test them out at a camera store and choose the one that feels good in your hands.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: If you are a food photographer, do not waste your time and go NOW to get the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. I used to shoot with a Sigma 50mm macro and it isn’t nearly as sharp as the Tokina I now have.

Rachael White   www.rachaelwhite.me

Bio: Rachael White spent 4 years living and blogging in Tokyo, Japan before moving to Colorado, USA. She focuses on creating quality recipes that inspire others to cook meals that bring their loved ones to the table.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: no.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I believe this depends on your price range. I use a Canon Xsi with a 50mm/1.4f lens. However, I know others who use a digital point-and-shoot or an iPhone and take high quality photos.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: 50mm/1.4f is the best, in my opinion.

Rachel Connors   www.bakerita.com

Bio: My name is Rachel, and I run the baking blog Bakerita. Bakerita is a compilation of the delicious baked goods that get created in my kitchen. I make everything from cakes, to brownies, to cookies, including some goodies for the gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan folks!

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: I don’t think so! When I started, I used a point-and-shoot. I think more important than a good camera is good lighting and a clean background, they make all the difference.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I personally use a Canon Rebel T3, which isn’t very high-end in terms of DSLRs. I would definitely recommend it as a first camera for those looking to move up into the DSLR style cameras.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: I only use a 50mm f1.8 II for my food photography! I love it, it’s pretty cheap as far as lens go, and I highly recommend it.

Ryan Adams   www.nosetotailathome.com

Bio: I’m working my way through Fergus Henderson’s amazing “The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating”. It’s been a fun and challenging ride, but I’m almost done!

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: Yes.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Canon Rebel XTi DSLR Camera.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens.

Sara Wells and Kate Jones   www.ourbestbites.com

Bio: We’re two girls who love to cook and create! We’re also both wives and mothers balancing home management, part-time work, church and community involvement, and a myriad of other things. So we’re probably just like a lot of you. We want to show you that cooking at home can be a delicious, fun, and easy way to express yourself and to care for your families and friends.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: When we first started blogging 7 years ago, it was fine to get by with a simple point-and-shoot (and we did!) However in today’s saturated blog market, to really stand out and compete with the best, a DSLR is pretty standard.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: An entry level DSLR, such as a Canon Rebel, is a great place to start. It allows you to take beautiful, quality photos, and if you decide photography is something you’d like to pursue further, you can invest in lenses or upgrade the camera eventually.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: One of my favorite lenses for foot photography is also one of the most affordable, Canon’s “Nifty Fifty,” the 50mm 1.8. It was one of the first lens purchases I ever made and it’s still a regular in my rotation.

Sireesha Puppala

Sireesha Puppala   www.sirisfood.com

Bio: Siri is a passionate food blogger and wants her recipes to help someone in any corner of the world. But to be able to help others you need to create valuable content including high quality eye-catchy photographs. She prefers to shoot in natural light with minimal setup as she is a food blogger first and then photographer, so food is her hero all the time. Practice and patience are tow key elements for any kind of success which includes food photography too.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: P&S and then slowly to any basic DSLR ,I use Canon.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: 50 mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 (if budget suits).

Steven Dunn   www.ouichefnetwork.com

Bio: I’m a Dad that blogs about teaching his kids how to cook “real” food from scratch.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: I use a Nikon D200, but any SLR with a manual setting and a decent lens will do.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: My favorite lens is a 60mm 1:2.8, but I also frequently use a 18-50 zoom.

Yvette Marquez   www.muybuenocookbook.com

Bio: I’m Latina food blogger, author of Muy Bueno & Latin Twist, and a recipe developer.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Canon Rebel XSi.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: Tamron 28-75.

Yvonne Pratt   www.stonegableblog.com

Bio: I am the author of StoneGable. A blog about all things home.

Q: Do you need a professional camera in order to succeed in the Food Blogging World?
A: No.
Q: What type of camera are you suggesting to a new blogger?
A: Canon Rebel.
Q: Are there any special lenses you prefer and would recommend?
A: 50 mm.