I began shooting the photos on this blog in 2011 with a Canon 7D. In January 2012 I upgraded to full frame with a 5D Mark II. I use a tripod and take as many pictures as possible in natural light, although this is New England, so I almost always use off-camera flashes for cooking shots in our kitchen, whose natural light ranges from dim to Stygian. If Jody’s chopping vegetables near a window I crank the ISO up to between 800 and 1250 and shoot wide open. I rely on three lenses: a Canon 24 – 105mm F/4 IS L; a Canon 50mm F/1.2; and a Canon 100mm Macro F/2.8 (the non-L). Once in awhile I pull out my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 ii for a finish shot. Lately I’ve been playing around in the kitchen with an inexpensive Sigma 50mm 2.8 macro, which I’m learning to love for it’s facility: it’s a macro… it’s not a macro… it’s a macro…. I love my gear, and would probably run out and buy the new Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 if I had a little more cash on hand. Canon, are you listening?
That said, great photographers take great pictures with the gear and the light they’ve got. I got my start with a half-dozen online courses at at The Perfect Picture School of Photography. To the extent that the pictures work, I give credit to what I learned in both of Ron Goldman’s Food Photography offerings, and to Rick Friedman’s off-camera flash workshops. To the extent that the photographs don’t work, the fault is due to what I learned–and then forgot.
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