Sedra, Food photography, CairoMarch 27, 2016
Sheraton Montazah hotel shoot, August 2016September 14, 2016
Hey guys, what's up,
Hope all is good,
I have been lately getting many question from some aspiring photographers who wanna break into food photography business, and it's all one of two questions:
One is what kind of equipment do i need to start shooting food professionally?
Two how do i get clients?
God, you guys really ask some tough questions :D, Anyways, the answer is simple to say but it takes some time, money and effort to achieve.
Let's start with number one ... Gear;
Well obviously you're gonna have to have a good camera whether Canon, Nikon or any other brand it really doesn't matter as long as you're comfortable with it, but the real catch is a good lens, you really have to invest in a good glass, Many starting photographers underestimate the importance of a good glass until they try it themselves and know how much time, energy and photos they wasted already without a good lens.
Second lighting and here you have 2 options ... If you're just a food blogger who shoots at home then maybe natural light might suffice, btw natural light is the best if you have enough of it, it's unrivaled to me, However if you intend to go commercial, then natural light may not be the solution to you, as you can't rely on it the whole day, besides, it does change positions so you may wanna invest in some speedlights, or if more serious, some strobe heads, modifiers, mainly softboxes.
"youtube is full of videos on how to get started with lighting"; usually 2 heads and 2 softboxes with one or two reflectors is a good starting point and you can go up as your career and needs advance.
Two: How to get clients??
Ok i believe everyone has searched google thousands of times for answer for that, but I have a very quick and effective recipe for this ... Networking and referrals, they work better than anything else, better than google, facebook, behance you name it ... I am not saying that these things aren't important, on the contrary they definitely are, and i personally use them, but the shortest way is connections and networking "Word of a mouth from a friend is million times more trusted than google,FB ... etc"
And to be honest it's not easy to break into photography business these days, the field is getting too crowded with too many wannabes and the competition is fierce.
However we gotta do what we gotta do,
Wish you all guys the best.
Till next time,