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What’s in my camera bag?

I’ve been working as a Food Photographer & Blogger for 3 years, so I get a lot of questions about what kind of Food Photography gear I use. Take a peek inside my camera bag!

my favourite food photography camera gear on a budget


I often get asked what camera and lenses I use for my food photography. I thought it might be beneficial for some of you if I made a blog post about what I use, and thrifty ways to get the best equipment at the lowest cost. 


My Food Photography Camera Gear


Canon EOS 6D Mark II


CANON EF 24-70mm f/2.8


Lighting Reflectors/Diffuser Kit


CANON EF 100mm f/2.8




Canon EOS 6D Mark II

I’m going to be completely real with you guys here, this is the very first DSLR camera I’ve ever owned. The first year of my food photography journey I strictly used my iPhone. I don’t have experience with other DSLR’s to tell you the pros and cons of every different model, HOWEVER I can tell you I am absolutely head over heels in love with this camera. To make sure I got a decent price for the camera, I waited till Boxing Day. It is a fairly expensive piece of equipment, but it has taken my photography to a whole new level.

I get frequent questions about how my photography improved so much in such a short time. Honestly, this camera plays a huge role in that! I did spend many hours learning how to use it properly, but I could never achieve the quality of photos I take now with my iPhone. 


CANON EF 24-70mm f/2.8

In terms of lenses, I only shoot with 2 lenses. The first is the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L I. This is my most frequently used lens as it is the most adaptible. I use it for overhead/flatlay photos where I need to fit many dishes in one frame. In addition, it is also amazing for capturing interiors and travel photography.  It’s really an all-in-one lens. I purchased this lens second hand off of Facebook Marketplace. I highly recommend doing so if you’re on a budget and can check the lens out prior to purchasing! 

camera gear for food photography beginners


CANON EF 100mm f/2.8

Even though I use my 24-70mm lens more frequently than this lens, I might actually love this one more. This lens gets every bit of detail you could ever imagine in a photo. It gets up close and personal and makes the food look incredible. The shot is a bit more tight, so it’s a little bit less versatile than other lenses you may use, but I think it gives photos the best detail and quality. For example, I love shooting gooey brownies and cakes to showcase the textures!



On sunny days I think it would be impossible to shoot great content without this baby! It is a 5 in 1 light reflector so you are able to manipulate light for almost any situation. The gold side will warm up the picture. Silver will brighten the picture. White will bounce light into shadows. The black will block out unwanted light, and the translucent will soften direct sunlight. I don’t do any photoshoots in my home or at restaurants without this thing!  In other words, it’s a life saver! 



A tripod is essential if you are planning any shots which require long shutter speeds. But a tripod is also what’s going to support all your expensive camera equipment, so choose it wisely! I love the Moman tripod with a horizontal arm which I got off amazon. This tripod is perfect for flat lay shots as it extends outwards and can face down to the ground! I feel like this tripod took my flat lay photography up a notch! It’s also fairly sturdy and is lightweight to carry.


the best food photography camera gear and props for food photographers



I do not spend a lot of money on my food photography props! When I first started my account I fan girled over all my favourite bloggers props and thought I’d never be able to take beautiful photos like them. YOU DO NOT NEED TO GO OUT AND BUY A $400 PLATE AND BOWL SET FOR STUNNING PHOTOS.

I thrift all of my food props, well, most of them! I like going to Value Village. You can find so many unique, antique like accessories in there for your food photography! I have purchased plates, bowls, cups, mug, cutlery, sheets for “tablecloths”, vases, casserole dishes, cast iron skillets, etc. The rest of my props I purchase on amazon!

the best food photography camera gear and props for food photographers


This post contains affiliate links. If you decide you want to purchase your gear brand new I have made it easy for you to purchase through Amazon. Thank you so much for supporting me! 


About Bailey

I love to bake, cook, exercise, and document all of the above. Nutrition is not low fat. It is not low calorie. It’s not feeling deprived or being hungry all the time. It’s nourishing your body with real, whole foods so that you are consistently satisfied and energized to live your life to the fullest! Read more…

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