Today I want to talk about blogging, specifically food blogging. While I wouldn’t necessarily throw TAE into the Food Blog category, I do share at least two recipes each week, meaning I’m at least a semi-food blogger. With that said, today I want to share what I consider to be the three necessities when it comes to food blogger. Whether you’re thinking about starting a food blog or you already have one, these are three things that I think every food blogger should own.
Before I get to it, I’d like to note that food blogging is ALL about the photos. I used to think otherwise, but I find myself being drawn to blogs with the prettiest photos. I can’t help it! Some photos are mesmerizing, and that’s kind of what it’s all about. You want to make people drool. The age-old saying “people eat with their eyes” is so, so true.
So, without further ado, I think every food blogger should own:
1) A DSLR camera
Without having any photo experience, a DSLR camera will significantly improve your photography right off the bat. Then, after many, many hours of practicing and some research on photography, your photos will continue to improve. The drawback is that DSLR camera’s aren’t cheap—in fact, they tend to cost a pretty penny. Determine what YOU want out of your blog. If it is strictly a hobby, please do not go out and spend $1,000 on a camera. However, if you’re looking to take photography seriously and possibly monetize your blog, you may want to invest in a DSLR camera. Do your research and find one that’s right for you. I currently use a Canon Rebel T3i and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a beginner DSLR. It takes great photos and is SUPER user-friendly, which is what you should look for when you’re just learning photography.
2) Photo backdrops
Besides owning a nice camera, having a few backdrops to shoot your photos on is HUGE. I know some people would say they aren’t a necessity, but I disagree. Backdrops set the stage for any and every photo you take. You don’t need a whole collection of backdrops—I think I own four—so a few will do just fine. Two of my favorites include a thick white board that I bought at Michael’s for approximately $13 and a wooden board that I made myself. I’m not crafty AT ALL, but I kept seeing awesome wooden back drops in food photos on Pinterest, so I decided that, rather than spending money on one, I could make my own. If you’re in the market for a wooden back drop, you can make your own too using this tutorial. Without photo backdrops you are left to shoot on tables you already own (my tables are cherry wood which wouldn’t look too hot in food photos) or on the floor. Hopefully you have wooden floors, too, because using carpet as a photo backdrop is just tragic…
3) Handful of props
Now that you’ve got your camera and your backdrops, you’re going to need a handful of props. What kind of props, you ask? Things like bowls, plates, silverware, napkins, cups, etc. You don’t need a ton of them—just enough to give your photos some variety, because using the exact same bowls in all of your photos will get old really quickly. A few different sizes and colors is a good place to start. I tend to get a lot of my food props from Target but that’s mostly because I’m at Target every other day. You can find some pretty cheap dishware on Ebay, Etsy and I’ve even found a few things from garage sales.
*I’m not adding a #4 to this list, but I do want to say that if you’re going to start or maintain any blog, you NEED a love for writing. I mean, that’s kind of common sense I suppose, but if I’m writing a post about “necessities” I felt the need to mention writing on this list.
So there you have it, my top three food blog essentials. With that said, there are a TON of other “necessities”, but these are the three that I’ve found most important.
Q: What necessity would you add to this list?