I know these days a lot of people are into, or trying to get into food photography and food blogging. I won’t be shilling any courses or anything like that any time soon, but for anyone who’s interested here’s an overview of what I use to run this show.
During the summer of 2018 I took a course with Foodtography School by Bromabakery. I think I lucked out because this was her first program in one of its earliest runs and we got a lot of guidance at the time. Be sure to join one of her free webinars to see if its a good fit for you and for the discounts she tends to offer for full programs during these webinars.
Because I worked in social media for over 15 years, and I don’t have to ambition to get that big, for me the social media elements were less relevant. But Sarah is the first person who was able to lay out the basics of photography for me. And I went to art school (and dropped out, twice) and took a few photography courses before, so that’s saying something (possibly about me).
Her tips on composition, styling and finding your voice were also very helpful and clear. Her Lightroom walk-through is essential for anyone new to Lightroom.
At this point a lot of influencers have started offering courses. Look for the courses that offer an actual skill, like photography techniques, as opposed to ‘how do I get rich and famous’ or ‘how do I get a bazillion followers’, as there are no clear paths to the latter two. People who claim there are, and that they can tell you, are lying.
- Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II mirrorless camera
- Sony 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens (in a refurbishment deal from the MediaMarkt outlet)
- Meyer-Optik Görlitz 1.8 50 lens from Dutch eBay sister-site Marktplaats
- Tripod from AliExpress
- White and black A3 sheets of paper as a bounce boards
- IKEA Eggegrund shower curtains as sun filter
When I first started I just used my table and pulled some laminate flooring from my attic and clicked those together to use as backdrops.
Now I mostly use:
- Backdrop photo by Lucie Beck, printed as a vinyl banner (size small, indoor use, no frills) at VistaPrint
- Backdrop from Etsy
- Backdrops printed from wallpapers I found online, or color blocks I created in Photoshop, also printed at VistaPrint
- Backdrops from AliExpress, these are very cheap and made of paper. I am not sure how long they will hold up with the amount of mess I like to make. So far so good though
I’ve collected weird random shit for most of my life. So a lot of the stuff you see in my photos was stuff I had laying around anyway. I get new junk from thrift stores mostly.
I use a bunch of different stuff to run this website and associated social media channels. Most of it is quite standard, with some notable exceptions that I felt deserve props.
- Marinate Pro theme by Metric Themes, with minor customization provided by them free of charge
- Content Calendar by Hubspot, I’ve used this for work (with minor adjustments per brand and job) for years and it still suits me fine
- This website and Vette Sletten are hosted by Blitskikker, with the first year of domain-ownership generously funded for my by the lovely PJ and Stefan of Nombelina-fame
- The pictures in this post were taken by the amazing Tessa Wiegerinck