Choosing a Camera for Food Photography

With so many different brands and features, it can be overwhelming to choose a camera, especially when you are making that big leap from entry-level point and shoot to something with more functionality to express your creative vision.


The first big hurdle is deciding between point and shoot models and a DSLR, which stands for digital single lens reflex.

Point and Shoot cameras range from your digital device to high-end models that have many modes, approximating the look and feel of a DSLR. Great for snapping a quick shot and easy to add cool effects, these cameras are convenient and fun.

Similar to the old 35mm film cameras back in the day, DSLR’s offer complete control over your exposure and the ability to change lenses for different situations. They also offer a host of bells and whistles that you can choose, at a price of course.

For me, the DSLR is always the way to go. Invest in the model that suits your budget and aspirations. Canon and Nikon dominate the market, but Sony and Pentax have cameras worth checking out as well.

Lenses & Focus
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Here’s the important thing – no matter which camera you choose, invest in good lenses.

The kit lens, the one that comes with your camera, will be fine, but you’d be surprised what an upgraded lens will do for the quality of your final image.

Believe it or not, a good lens on a mediocre camera will yield a better photo than a mediocre lens on a professional camera!

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The best part – if you invest in an entry level camera body and a good lens or two, when you’re ready to upgrade, your lenses are designed to be compatible across the brand of camera body. There are even special devices that allow Canon lenses to work with Nikon and vice versa, so don’t sweat it.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that the camera you choose is only one factor in the quality of the picture you create.

Mastering your camera’s functionality and understanding light and composition are essential elements in creating the shot you imagine.

Entry level DSLR’s run between $400-$700. Top models include: Canon Eos Rebel series, Nikon D5000 series

Here’s a nice rundown of entry level and mid-range models. If you have the budget and are investing in a camera that will take you through many years, the mid-range may be right for you.

If you want someone to walk you through the various options, I recommend finding your local independent camera shop to get all your questions answered.

Choose a camera that’s right for you and get shooting. Practice is essential and enjoyable!

What camera are YOU shooting with? Share your favorite (or not so favorite) models below.


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