Hi everyone. I'm always asked about my photography set up so here are some answers to FAQ's.
Set up - I work from home and only shoot in natural diffused daylight (as per the picture above). I have a large window in my hallway so this is where I capture the best light, never direct sun always soft light. I don't use lighting equipment just a few white and black basic boards to either bounce light off the food or create dark, moody shadows.
Equipment- I recently upgraded to the Canon EOS 5D Mark 4 which is absolutely amazing and the camera I would recommend for food photography. I use the Canon L Series 50mm 1.2 lens which creates amazing bokeh (background blur) and performs wonderfully in lower light. Like I said I only recently upgraded because this equipment is pricey. When I first picked up the camera as a side hobby 18 months ago I was not ready to make that investment so if you're looking to get started you can still take great photos with a cheaper camera and lens. I started shooting with a 10 year old Canon 650D and 50mm f/1.8 lens which you can pick up for around $150. I could still create blur with this lens and get crisp shots in good light.
Remote- I usually shoot alone so when I want to capture hands I use a wireless remote control clicker that operates the camera shutter remotely. This allows me to drizzle with one hand and click with the other without having to stand next to the camera. The Canon remote retails for only $35. You can see the remote clicker on the board sitting next to the cookies in the picture above. The best $35 I've ever spent, I highly recommend buying one.
Props- I buy props from various places - vintage shops, online at etsy, hardware stores and timber yards. Well worn antique cutlery always photographs well as does anything with texture in a neutral tone.
Training- I'm a self taught photographer, ie. lots of You Tube tutorials when the kids were sleeping at night! The only formal training I completed was two 1 - 2 day courses where I picked up some tips and tricks. The best training is to pick up the camera and just start shooting. I hope this helps if you have any questions just post below. Happy clicking!!