CHAPTER 1

What Gear Do You Need?

So what do you need to shoot great food photos? The most important thing is the food itself. If you don’t have some kind of edible subject I guess you wouldn’t be reading this book in the first place. Alongside the subject itself, the gear you use is an important factor, so we‘ll cover this topic in detail.

Consider this old joke: A cook says to a photographer, “Your photos are great—you must have a really good camera!” The photographer replies, “I love your food too—you must have great pots and pans.”

Just as a good cook can create a wonderful meal regardless of the types of pots, pans, and knives she uses, you can capture great images of food using a cell phone, a full-frame DSLR, or whatever camera you like. ...

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