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Pre-production is quite simply the planning of your food photos. It is what you do before you begin to take your photos to ensure the shoot runs smooth. This can be helpful with larger jobs such as commercial, editorial or restaurant photography. Pre-productional elements can make or break your photoshoot and it is a good idea to plan in advance.

Planning your food shoot will help make it go smoothly. Pre-production can include: creating a shot list, drawing a storyboard for your images, setting up your tripod, camera, and lights. It can also include other equipment such as tether cable, computer, and color calibration systems.

Pre-production can also include any food styling or prop styling tasks such as finding the best looking ingredients, cooking the food, sourcing props, and choosing backgrounds and surfaces.

The Equipment in My Food Photography Kit

This hand-curated list of food photography equipment features all items that have helped me create images that I’m proud to share. The Food Photographers Toolbox is the ultimate list of tools and resources that I use every single time I take a photograph. This list an extensive list of cameras, lenses, accessories, lights, stands, storage, …

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Seven Essentials for Next Level Food Photography

WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR PHOTOGRAPHY? The very basics to creating photographs are: Camera Memory card Computer Subject Light source My biggest suggestion to anyone interested in improving their photography skills is to start with what you have. This list includes seven essentials to improve your photography but the very basic essentials are listed above …

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Six Ways to Add Storytelling Elements to your Food Photos

As food photographers, we all tell food stories in various ways. Below you’ll find six specific ways to help you tell those stories. I’m sure that we all have strong memories that are connected to food in one way or another. I call these “food memories” and they are definitely part of my overall “food …

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Five Ways to Improve Your Restaurant Photography

This post contains affiliate links. I will make a small commission if you make a purchase through one of these links, at no extra cost to you. Restaurant photography can be difficult. We’ve all been there, eating dinner, trying to take a quick pic of the awesome meal we just ordered, having it come out …

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