One of the most common things we get asked about is our equipment. What camera do we use? What lens do we use the most? and so on.
We love getting questions like this, so please keep them coming!
In this post I will cover what Photo and Video equipment that we use to create the eye-catching food photos and videos that keep people coming to our blog. We’ve built this lot up over more than 3 years (one camera with a remote and a tripod was pretty much all we had for the first 2 years).
If you wanted to check out any of our work head over to KitchenSanctuary.
Canon 5D mk IV
I absolutely LOVE this camera. It’s full frame so really good in all conditions (including low light). The auto focus system on recent Canons is AMAZING! It’s great for HD video – up to 60 frames a second, which is pretty decent for smooth slow mo. Did I mention that i love this camera? If I was to have only one camera in my arsenal it would be this one…
Nik uses this one more nearly 100% of the time for food photos.
Link: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Panasonic GH5 **NEW**
This is our newest camera. First impressions are AWESOME but cant really give a full review yet. We bought this because it goes all the way up to 180fps (great for slow mo shots) at 1080p (full HD) and also shoots 4k footage. We want to start shooting more slow mo and 4k in the future.
Canon 7D mk II
For a while this has been our second camera. We both like using it, it’s especially good for sports/high speed photography because of its high frame rate. Also, because it’s an APS-C sensor (which is smaller than the sensor on a full-frame camera) we get a bit more range out of our lenses (i.e the 35mm lens is actually 56mm when using this camera) which is always useful.
Link: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Sigma 24-70mm Zoom Lens
This lens is normally on my 5D for video work. I find it really handy to have a good zoom lens on the camera most of the time during video to capture movement, by zooming in on the food.
It’s also my number one lens when shooting outside (when shooting events, people etc). Having a lens like this is a sure fire way not to miss that shot or that perfect moment.
Canon 50mm Lens (the nifty 50)
Bang for buck you can not beat this lens. Its sooo cheap for the quality you get. Everyone should have this in their kit bag. True its not as good as the other lenses I have, but its still a nice lens and pretty good for things like portrait shots. I have the old version that has been discontinued by Canon so the link is to the new version of the same lens.
Sirui 240S MonoPod (**NEW**)
Ok having used this on 3 shoots (both video and Photo) I don’t know how we lived without it. It makes moving around the kitchen so much easier with way more stability than handheld. We have done some full shoots both video and photo with this thing. Its fantastic!
Nik really likes this one for photography too, as it gives the camera better stability than handheld, whilst being able to move around the food quickly and easily.
Link: Sirui 240S MonoPod
Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom
This is a great little tripod for getting into those tight little spaces or taking on a shoot with you. With the arms folded together you can use this as a sort of selfie stick too. I would say when the 5D mk4 with a heavier lens is on it, it does struggle to stay stable. But for the lighter cameras like the Panasonic it works great!
Link: JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom
We have 2 of these Aputure Amaran Lights with the Soft Box attachments. They create a lovely soft light and have a high CRI rating so you know the colours you are getting are good. They are also flicker free (Important when shooting videos).
Link: Aputure Amaran EZ Box
If I had limited budget but wanted to improve the lighting of my shots, the first thing I would do is invest in a decent reflector. We have various methods we use to bounce light to get the perfect lighting but the main thing we use most often is this reflector.
Here are some of the other items we use during our Photography and Video Production processes:
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