10 Accessories for food photography

 

Here’s a handy list of 10 accessories for food photography to make your life a little easier when capturing those mouth watering images.

 

Tripod

Anybody who has read any of this blog before will know i’m a big advocate of the tripod and it should be the first thing (after a camera and a lens) on a food photography shopping list.

If you’re shooting with natural light then a tripod is a must if you’re wanting to use slower shutter speeds. It also gives you the option to set up your shot and then make small movements to props while keeping your camera in the same place.

If you want to read a little bit more about which is the best tripod for food photography, check out this post here.

Tripod arm

If you’re looking to shoot overhead images of your food then getting an arm attachment for your tripod is a great investment.

It allows you to get your camera right over the top of your food and keep it rock solid so you can have confidence it’s not going to tip over if you accidentally knock your tripod.

The Manfrotto 131D is a great answer to this problem and if you want to learn a little more about shooting overhead food photography take a look at this post.

5-in1 reflector

A 5-in-1 reflector is one of the most common accessories in every photographers bag and it’s a great multi-use addition to your food photography kit.

It offers you a way to reflect, diffuse or remove light allowing you greater control of what the light is doing.

They come in a range of different sizes but a 50cm reflector is a good place to start for food photography as it allows you to place it on most tables while you can still easily work around it.

Bounce Card

A bounce card gives you minute control over your light which a large reflector would really struggle with.  You can go really lo-fi with these and just use a piece of white card or a small mirror is great for using on beverage photography to bounce light into just the section of the subject which you want to light.

It can also be used as a flag to just allow really small slivers of light to fall across your food and replicate natural lighting conditions.

Mini Clamps

A clamps come in all shapes and sizes but having a handful of mini clamps in your food photography gear bag can be a life-saver.

They have a multitude of uses, from holding your bounce card in position to dangling props down in places which wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

For the sake of the cost of a good coffee, having a couple of these in your bag will be a great investment.

Tethering Cable

If you’ve got your tripod mounted overhead and don’t fancy balancing on a table to look at the back of your camera every time you press the shutter then getting yourself a tethering cable and shooting into software such as Adobe Lightroom or Capture One is a great answer to your problem.

It allows you to shoot directly to your computer and see your food photography on screen in live view to make small adjustments as you go along.

The Tether Tools range of cables are bomb proof and come in a handy orange colour so you can avoid tripping over them while on set!

Remote release

If your camera is in an awkward position and you don’t fancy returning to your computer to trigger your camera each time then picking up a cheap remote release is a good time saving tip.

You can keep your camera up high and trigger from the safety of the floor and if you spend a bit moe and get a remote trigger with an intervalometer built in you can use it to shoot time lapse photography without having to touch your camera.

Spray Bottle

Having a couple of spray bottles or atomisers on hand for a food photography shoot will mean you’re never left with your lettuce looking wilted.

A quick spritz of water can be used to add a nice mist over your food to make it look freshly picked. Or spray a little bit of oil across dry looking meat and it will instantly look edible.

Colour Checker

Colour is key in food photography, if your food looks the wrong colour then chances are, your viewers won’t want to eat it.

Having a simple grey card such as the X-rite ColorCheck Passport Photo will ensure you can get the correct white balance on set.

Your monitor is one of the most important places to get your colour correct. There is no point spending hours retouching if you’re retouching to the wrong colours. Calibration tools, such as the Datacolor Spyder5ELITE, ensure that your colours are exactly what they should be.

If you’re printing your own work, then something like the Datacolor SpyderPRINT is imperative to make sure your colours stay consistent throughout the whole process.

Microfibre towel

Nothing ruins a food photograph more than noticing there is an errant finger print on a glass after you have packed away.

Carrying a small microfibre cloth ensures that you can keep everything nice and clean, saving you vital hours in post-production.

That’s our list of 10 Accessories for food photography, are there any that you use which help with you food photography? If so pop us a comment below!

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