My Favorite Food Photography Equipment (Updated for 2021)

I get a lot of questions about the food photography equipment I use and love. This post was updated in July 2021 and is completely dedicated to sharing my favorite gear. Let’s dive in!

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Food Photography Equipment

Please note that I am a Nikon and Fuji shooter and the gear I am listing is compatible for Nikon and FujiFilm. Make sure that your lenses and studio gear are compatible with your camera brand and model.

A pro tip is to rent before you buy. Food photography equipment is not cheap, so test things out before you make a big investment. Check out lensrentals.com for a wide variety of equipment, brands and models.

Food Photography Equipment: Cameras

When it comes to what camera to buy for food photography, there are a lot of different things to consider. I’m the type of photographer who invests in lenses over the fanciest camera body. I see a much bigger difference in my images depending on the lens I’m using, but not so much with different camera bodies. Below is a list of the cameras I currently own or rent for food photography. If you’re not sure where to even start when it comes to looking for a camera, check out my post about The Best Camera for Food Photography.

Nikon D750

Nikon D850

Fujifilm XT3 (NEW)

Related Post: The Best Camera For Food Photography

See what gear I use as a professional food photographer ranging from cameras and lenses to lighting equipment and travel bags. Read more.

Food Photography Equipment: Lenses

I have a variety of lenses for food photography in my lineup. It has taken time to get all these beauties, because lenses don’t come cheap. However, if you’re looking for a lens that’s a step up from the kit lens that comes with your DSLR, I recommend the 50mm 1.8. It’s a lovely little prime lens with a fixed focal length that is great for overhead, angled and straight on shots. And, if you want to dive a little deeper into the details of these lenses, I recommend checking out my post The Best Lenses for Food Photography.

50mm 1.8

NIKON 35mm 1.4

NIKON 105mm 2.8

NIKON 14-24mm 2.8

NIKON 24-70mm 2.8

ZEISS TOUIT 32mm 1.8 (NEW)

Related Post: The Best Lenses for Food Photography

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Food Photography Equipment: Lighting

Learning how to shoot with artificial lights was a huge game changer for me as a food photographer. I started off as a natural light shooter and later decided to take an online class to learn how to use artificial lights. It was such a great decision. Natural light is beautiful, but it’s inconsistent, so you’re constantly having to adjust your camera settings and modify the light throughout your shoot. You are also ruled by the sun. If it’s dark, you can’t shoot. That posed a big problem for me here in the midwest during the winter months. Artificial light gives you full control over your lighting allowing you to shoot anytime, anywhere. Talk about a confidence booster! Check out my post that introduces you to three different artificial lights to consider for food photography.

Strobes

PAUL C. BUFF STROBES (MODEL x1600)

Continuous Lights

GENARAY MONOBRIGHT DAYLIGHT LED

GODOX SL SERIES SLB60W

(NEW) FALCON EYES 48W LED

Speed Lights

NIKON SPEED LIGHT WITH TRIGGER

SPEED LIGHT SOFT BOX KIT

Light Modifiers

UMBRELLAS

SOFT BOXES FOR PAUL C BUFF

SOFT BOX FOR GENARAY

DIFFUSOR AND GRIDS FOR GODOX

SOFTBOX WITH GRID

DISC REFLECTORS

LARGE DIFFUSORS

GRIDS

GELS

SNOOT

WHITE FOAM BOARD

BLACK FOAM BOARD

Related Post: Artificial Lighting for Food Photography

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Food Photography Equipment: Studio Gear

My home studio is full of goodies to help make my shoot process safe, efficient and most importantly, enjoyable. I’m sure I might be forgetting something in this list, but overall, I try to keep my studio organized without a lot of clutter or unnecessary stuff laying around that doesn’t get used or serve much of a purpose.

MANFROTTO TRIPOD WITH BALL HEAD

MANFROTTO GEARED HEAD

OBEN CT-3561

MY BADASS OVERHEAD SETUP

POCKET WIZARDS PLUS X

GAFF TAPE

BACKUP BATTERIES

SD CARDS

TETHER CABLES

TETHER BLOCK

REMOTE SHUTTER

SUPER CLAMPS

SMALL CLAMPS

LARGE CLAMPS

COMPUTER CART (WITH WHEELS)

Related Post: My Overhead Setup For Food Photography

See what gear I use as a professional food photographer ranging from cameras and lenses to lighting equipment and travel bags. Read more.

Food Photography Equipment: Travel Bags

I have to shoot on location quite a bit, which means I need to pack up the gear I need and safely transport it to the photo shoot. There are a ton of travel gear options for photographers on the market, but my focus is finding gear that will protect my equipment and is easy for me to transport. Packing up and traveling with your equipment can get exhausting, so find travel gear that will alleviate this part of the photography process.

Travel Bags for Camera & Lenses

VANGUARD CAMERA BACKPACK (55T)

  • This is my current favorite camera bag. It’s small enough to fit into the overhead bins on airplanes (I like to keep my camera and lenses with me if possible) and large enough to fit my camera bodies, lenses and my laptop. It can be used as a backpack, but also has four wheels and swivels for easy transport. I LOVE IT.

ONA CAMPS BAY CAMERA AND LAPTOP BACKPACK

VANGUARD ALTA SKY 45D CAMERA BACKPACK

Travel Cases for Lighting Equipment

NEEWER PROFESSIONAL CAMERA TROLLEY CASE

Travel Bags for Computer Monitor

ARCO LCD TRAVEL CASE

Check Out More Food Photography Equipment in My Amazon Store

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All images ©Regan Baroni 2021.

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