Do you want to know how to take the best food and travel photos? Learn tips and techniques to capture your favorite memories and improve your food and travel photography!
Food and travel are two of my biggest passions. Without food and travel, I probably wouldn’t enjoy photography as much as I do. Photography captures memories, life and experiences. Even after a trip is over or a meal is finished, photographs help to preserve those memories. I actually purchased my first camera before a vacation many years ago and now bring at least two cameras with me every single time I travel.
There are A LOT of resources available for food and travel photography. I rounded up some of my favorite food and travel photography resources. Some of these resources are geared towards bloggers but many of them can be used by anyone that wants to capture beautiful photos of landscapes or delicious food. I highly recommend all of the resources below and was not paid to recommend any of these resources.
Food and Travel Photography Resources
(1) General Food and Travel Photography Tips
Tasty Food Photography by Pinch of Yum
The World Through a Lens by Kirsten at Aviators and a Camera
16 Food Photography Tips and Tutorials by Ashley at Edible Perspective
Ten Affordable Food Photography Backgrounds by Laura at A Beautiful Plate
How to Take Better Travel Photos by Paper Planes
Vacation Travel Photography Checklist by Rebecca at Simple as That
Tips for Shooting in Low Light by Trisha at Eat Your Beets
10 Photography Tips from Bloggers with Awesome Photos by Taylor at Food Faith Fitness
(2) Tips for Using your Smartphone to take beautiful photos
6 Tips for Taking Beautiful Food Photos with Your iPhone from Liz at The Lemon Bowl
5 Food Photography Tips Using a Smartphone by Lindsay at Cotter Crunch
(3) Food Photography Workshops and Classes
My friend Kita from Pass the Sushi and Girl Carnivore is hosting pop-up photography workshops across the country this year. Pinch of Yum, Todd Porter and Diane Cu and Helene Dujardin also host workshops that often receive rave reviews. I have to admit that I have never attended an all-day or weekend intensive food photography workshop but it is on my list of things to do and I highly recommend taking one. Taylor from Food Faith Fitness also has an online course for Dark and Moody Photography.
My top three tips for food and travel photography:
Good lighting is the key to good photography. I’m sure most photographers would agree that nothing makes your life easier than good lighting. With good lighting, you can shoot a great photo on any camera. I’m not an expert on all of the technical aspects of photography but I always make sure to use good lighting for my photos.
(2) Rent camera and lenses
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to produce high quality photos. For the longest time, the only camera I traveled with was my iPhone. Eventually I wanted something higher quality and with lenses that I could adjust. For food photography, I use the Canon 6D camera with either the 50mm or 100mm macro. For travel, I bring one lens with me, the 24-70mm and use it for everything travel related, including food. It’s a heavy lens, but I think it is the most versatile lens for my needs and the one that I enjoy using the most. For some trips, I will bring the Sony Alpha a6000 with the Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar 24mm f1.8 lens. The Sony camera is much smaller and I bring this camera with me if I need something more compact and convenient. I’ve used other mirrorless cameras and I like the Sony Alpha a6000 the best for both price, quality and ease of use.
I know what you are thinking. I have to spend over $1000 for good photos? Absolutely not. Like I said earlier, your smart phone can take great photos. If you want to use something like any of the cameras I mentioned, I highly recommend renting them. In fact, for the longest time I didn’t own the 24-70mm lens and I still don’t own the Sony camera or lens. Both are expensive pieces of equipment so it was more cost effective for me to rent the lens and camera when I traveled. I use lensrentals.com and love them. I chose them originally because they are located in Tennessee which is closer to Florida than many of the other lens rental companies so I knew that I would receive my equipment quickly. The quality of equipment and shipping process is easy and convenient so I continue to rent from them.
(3) Tell YOUR story
Your photos should tell your story. If you take away nothing else from this post, I hope you recognize the importance of telling your story through your photography. You can spend hours analyzing what you love about someone else’s photos and try to replicate them. It doesn’t matter whether you can master someone else’s style or technique because your photos should be different. Be authentic. Don’t get caught up in whether your photos look like others or whether they are good enough. Do what works for YOU.
I love photography but I don’t spend a lot of time editing my photos. I prefer to capture places, food and people exactly as I see them. My photos tell my story and I love that.
Do you have a resource that you really love that isn’t on this list? Leave a comment below and I will add it to this list. I will continue to add links that I love.
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