I often get questions from readers about my food photography and photography in general. I remember when I first started out, all I wanted was someone to tell me what type of camera to buy and the best lenses to use. Although it’s not as simple as that (because everyone’s photography journey is different), I’ve recommended products below based on what I use and how I shoot.
I use a Nikon D90.
I have been super pleased with this camera. It’s easy to use, has a zillion functions and I just like the way it feels in my hands. If you are doing high volume shooting, you might want to consider the Nikon D7000 because it holds 2 memory cards at once. This is a great feature for portrait and wedding photography.
As far as lenses go, I primarily use a 35 mm f/1.8. This is my go-to lens because it’s light, portable and great for almost every photography situation whether food or portraits. To me, it’s got the most bang for your buck.
I also use a 50 mm f/1.4 lens which is ideal for portraits and low light situations.
Both are very affordable and I highly recommend them. I rarely use the kit lens though it occasionally comes in handy for broad landscape shots.
I shoot exclusively in manual mode because it allows me complete creative control. It’s fine to start off in auto, but in order to get the most out of your camera you will eventually want to learn how to shoot manually. Signing up for a photography class can help, but if you want to learn quickly on the cheap check out the Adorama TV tutorials on youtube.
Other gadgets I like to use include this lightweight tripod.
These umbrella lights.
This wireless camera remote.
And perhaps the most important, San Disk memory cards. I prefer to use 4 or 8 GB cards so that in case one fails, I haven’t lost a zillion photos. I also take 4 to 6 cards with me on each shoot.
For editing, I use Adobe Lightroom 4 to brighten photos and intensify the color. Lightroom is a fraction of the cost of Photoshop and has many of the same functions. I find it perfect for my photography needs.
I hope that helps with your photography questions! Remember to practice, practice, practice!
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me via the contact page.
For samples of my work, please check out my portrait photography page at jenniferharlingphotography.tumblr.com.
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