Food Blogging Resources
I’m asked How To Start A Food Blog and what products I use to run my blog, very often. I love to give as much information as I can, but sometimes I can’t get all the information out in one email or one Instagram Message. Simply because there are so many helpful things I use to run this blog, it’s easy for a few of those things to slip my mind while answering someone. Everything in this post are things that I either currently use, or used at some point and still find it can be useful for others.
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Tools For Food Photography
Canon EOS Rebel T7i – I’ve been using this Canon camera for about 2 years now. For food photography and for shooting YouTube food videos. I love this camera because, it’s fairly easy to use, it’s lightweight and the image and video quality is awesome!
Sony Alpha a6000 – For years I was using 2 Sony Alpha camera to shoot my YouTube food videos. Ever since the beginning of my food blogging journey I have always at least had one of these. This is the one I currently own and I highly recommend these because the lens are also interchangeable, just like the Canon. That being said I reach for my Canon more often. This is a backup.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 – There is nothing quite like the “nifty fifty” as it is often called. This 50mm lense is what I reach for most of the time when I’m shooting food that I want to have a nice blurred background, or when I want the focus of the image to be very specific in one spot. Which lets be honest, that’s most of the time! My food photography leveled up after I got this lens.
MountDog Softbox Lighting Kit – I don’t use studio lighting as much I use to. I use to use 3 studio lights for my YouTube food videos and since switching the video shooting format. I now only use one to help enhance the natural window lighting I use for shooting overhead food videos. All food photography is shot in natural window lighting.
Photography Reflector Light Reflectors – Reflectors are so important in food photography. I love to use the white or silver reflector for filling light in areas that have a lot of shadow, or for making a image look more dramatic by using the black reflector.
Adobe Lightroom | Photo Editing Software – I use a few of softwares from the Adobe suite, like Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Lightroom. Adobe Lightroom is what I mainly use for food photography. I use it to edit the colors and lighting in my food pictures. They offer a free trial, as well as a month to month subscription which is great for trying out the software, before making a full purchase.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB – You can never have to many SD memory cards. When you are in the middle of a food photography shoot, the last thing you want is to run out of space. I own a few of these SanDisk SD Cards and they are fantastic.
Get Your Own Blog Started
BlueHost – We used BlueHost for our blog web hosting for the first 2 1/2 years of our food blogging journey. I love BlueHost because it has very affordable rates and even includes a free domain name registration. With many other web hosting companies you need to register your domain separately. For help with getting your blog started, check out our step by step guide on How To Start Your Own Food Blog.
SiteGround – SiteGround is the current web hosting company that we use for Veggie Rose. We recently switch to Siteground because our daily pageviews increased. SiteGround is a great web host for more established blogs. As SiteGround does not offer free domain name registration, like BlueHost does.
Pixwell Modern Magazine Theme – This is the current theme that is used on the Veggie Rose blog. I adore this theme and how the package includes, 13 different theme styles/concepts for $33. Which is one of the most affordable, professional, and fast themes I have come across yet!
Free WordPress Themes – WordPress has thousands of free themes that you can get started with on your new blog. You don’t have to buy a premium theme right out of the gate. You can start simple and work your way up. Years ago when I started the Veggie Rose food blog. I started with a free theme and bought a premium one a few months later.
Canva Graphic Design Platform – I have been the Canva platform for about 4 years now. I use the Pro plan which is $12.95 a month , but they also have a free plan. Although the Pro plan is what you really want in order to get everything you want done. I could not recommend it more! I make Pinterest pins, social media graphics, business cards, ebooks, animations for videos, green screen overlays and so much more! Even my middle schooler uses it for fun and for school projects.
Flodesk – I originally was using Mailchimp but they charge based off your number of mailing list subscribers. Flodesk is unlimited for one base price. Having a mailing list is such an important part of having a blog. You can stay in contact with your readers and keep them updated and in the loop of any new news.