Recommended Gear for High End Food Photography. Pro camera and lens.
It’s been two weeks since the last article in which we discussed basic gear for food photographers. Well as you can imagine, things are not quite so simple. Even though an entry level DSLR paired with a 50 mm lens will do most of the work, it’s only half the story. If you want to get serious about food photography, you’ll need some professional gear. That’s where things start to get expensive and subjective. Most people will agree that the 50mm lens is a must have lens, however I will tell you that, in my experience, that will not suffice.
Enough small talk. The first thing you can upgrade is the camera body, from a APS-C sized sensor, that most entry level cameras have, to a full frame sensor. A full frame sensor is a larger sensor that covers an area of 36x24mm or the exact size of a film negative. These larger sensor cameras offer a range of advantages that are a major factor when considering a new camera body:
– Stunning image quality: these sensors excel both in low light and sufficient light scenarios. The details in the final image are simply at a whole new level compared to APS-C cameras.
– Lower depth of field. Depth of field is controlled mostly by the aperture size. But because the sensor is larger, with the same lens on a full frame, compared to APS-C, depth of field will be smaller, causing the main subject to pop out more.
– A more three dimensional look. The larger sensor size gives a more “natural” look to the images.
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