My Gear for Food & Lifestyle Photography + Videography (Update 2020)

Updated: Sep 3



Before You Dive In!


In case you’ve want to get into photography/videography or blogging or creating an online brand, I curated this list of helpful resources that I have used to create everything you see on this website and on my Instagraml. But, before you venture any further, do know that this equipment and software list has changed vastly since I first started.  I firmly believe in waiting to upgrade equipment until you’ve proven to yourself that you’ll stick with it.  It kills me when people spend their hard-earned money on equipment thinking that equipment is the answer to building a successful business.  Good equipment helps, but only if you’re going to use it.  I started shooting video with my iPhone and a video editing app and that’s really all you need in the beginning.  Start small, be patient, know that photography, videography and blogging are skills that take a good bit of time and personal passion to grow.  But, if you love it and you stick with it, you’ll be amazed at what you can do!


Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I use all of the products listed below and recommend them because I believe in them. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything listed below!



Photography


I currently shoot with the Canon 6D. It’s a warhorse of a camera and I absolutely love it. Full frame truly changed the game for me when I upgraded.


When I started photography back in 2014, I was shooting everything on my Iphone 7. I bought my first point and shoot Canon camera about 6-8 months after beginning photography.


In 2016, I upgraded to my first DSLR camera, the Canon Rebel T5i.



Photo Lenses


The two lenses I use the absolute most in my work are the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens and the Canon 24-70mm f/4.0 lens. The 24-70 is incredible for both flatlay images as well as lifestyle photos when I’m trying to get wider scenes.


I also have the Canon 85mm f/1.4 lens and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens.


If you are just starting out, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 is an AMAZING lens.




Videography


The Panasonic Lumix GH5 was recently recommended to me from a co-worker and it was love at first record. I LOVE this camera! The internal stabilizer is unreal and it’s what I use now for all my video.




Lighting


I currently use artificial lighting for 99% of my photography and videography. I have three types of softboxes/umbrellas I use on the regular. I have the 53” Inch Umbrella, a 2x3 Rapid Switch and a Beauty Dish. Note that you will need the Switch Insert (FJ400, Bowens, Godox), if you get the Godox lighting, to use the rapid switch and beauty dish.


For my lights, I use two of the Godox SLB60W continuous lights. I have both the wireless batteries and the plug-in batteries. The wireless batteries are great for outside or on-location shooting.



Accessories


Tripod + Lateral Arm + Ball Head


Diffusers (Small + Large)


Camera Bag


Bookkeeping - Quickbooks Online


Client Management - Honeybook


Storage

I use these 64gb SanDisk cards for shooting. I use these external hard-drives to back up my photos and videos.


Gallery Sharing - I built out a custom WIX site where I am able to organize and send client galleries but still keeping the analytics under the CBTK domain.


Adobe Creative Suite -- Lightoom & Photoshop for Photography | Premiere Pro for Videography | Illustrator for Design


Editing Presets -- I use my collection of custom made TK Presets for all of my photography. From personal work found on my IG to client work. Presets here




Props


I look to antique shops, thrift stores, Etsy shops, and good ol Facebook Marketplace for my props. But I also love:


Old World Kitchen - Wooden Spoons & Utensils

Erickson Surfaces - Tabletops

Sugar Mountain Woodworks - Wooden Table




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