We all have to start somewhere. You have already spent some money on a camera and lenses, perhaps you have bought some lights or other equipment, and you don’t have any ambition to spend another couple of hundreds on props to make your pictures look nice.
Here I am going to share with you the seven basic props that have generally helped me to have started without a broken pocket.
- Plates. A white plate is one of the most effective tools for a food photographer. I would suggest choosing a matte colour, as in this way you can avoid patches, and it will make your editing process smooth and easy.
- Cutlery, knives. Knives are great tools that symbolize the process of cooking, spoons and forks – the process of eating. Make sure you have some.
- Backdrops. When it comes to food photography, backdrops are one of the main instruments in creating the style, composition and light of the meal. You can choose them depending on the style you are planning to achieve. They shouldn’t be too small, 70 cm on 90 cm, or bigger. Choose backdrops matte neutral colour and with texture. There are plenty of stores where you can purchase them, their prices are between $50 – $250 for one double-sided, or you can make your own.
- White soup bowls and sauce bowls.
- Cutting board. Don’t be cheap on cutting boards. You will use them a lot, and good quality chopping boards are always good to have at home. Those I purchased at the beginning of my photography journey have the yellow tint, which is usually harder to work in the beginning, but it doesn’t mean you can’t use them. I leave it for your discretion.
- Glasses, jars. They are my favourite photography props, especially for beginners. You can find a cheap one in the dollar store, in the attics, and take so many great shots. Use them in your photos of drinks or cocktails, granola and layered desserts, microgreens and so on. The list of ideas is endless. Be creative.
- Linen. Start getting a collection of textiles with plain napkins of neutral colours or with an unobtrusive pattern. Some of the most universal colours are gray, beige, white, dark shades of blue, green, brown and black.Do you have any basics food props of your own to share?