Starting a food blog may seem like a daunting task but it is truly a lot of fun. This is why I created a resources page to help inspiring food bloggers. Below are products and services that I use for chefsavvy.com on a daily basis.
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Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera I recently upgraded my Nikon D3200 SLR to the Cannon EOS 6D. Investing in an SLR camera is beneficial for food photography. It can take your photos from armature to professional with the right equipment. This camera provides crisp, high quality images and is wonderful for food photography.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 Lens I use this lens for most of my photography. It produces super crisp images and is a prime lens so it does not zoom in and out. It is great for overhead shot. It is tough to get this lens to focus when you are doing close up shots. For close up shots I use the Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8 lens.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Lens This macro lens is perfect for close up shots of food. It’s got a super fast auto focus and produces crisp, clear photos. Great lens to pick up detail and texture in a dish you are photographing.
Promaster VL380 LED 2 Light Studio Kit It is tough to shoot food photography in the winter months and this studio kit has been a lifesaver to me. I use it on overcast, rainy and cloudy days for an extra boost of light. It works great as a backup when your lighting situation is less than perfect. They are definitely worth the investment.
Tasty Food Photography E-Book Before reading this e-book from pinchofyum.com I never new what raw photos were or how to create a depth of field. This book gives you the run down on everything you need to know about food photography.
Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling Of all the photography books I’ve read this book is hands down my favorite. It covers all of the topics of food photography from styling to editing. I still use it to this day as a resource.
MONETIZING YOUR BLOG
How to monetize your blog This e-book gives you the run down on monetizing your food blog. It covers which ad networks to use, how to set up a waterfall for ads, and how to make sure your are getting the most money you can from your ads. This is very useful if you are interested in monetizing your blog. It also comes with a spreadsheet to track your income and expenses.
This is an awesome e-Book loaded with helpful information on how to make an income from blogging. Chelsea made 40,000 from her blog in the first year! Great informational read all food bloggers should try!
HOSTING AND DESIGN
GoDaddy.com Go daddy has been a great resource for me. They offer 24 hour customer service, and if you don’t have time to wait on the phone simply leave a message and they will return you call. For me it typically took about 10-15 minutes for a call back. They helped me with downloading wordpress and accessing my email. With a hosting subscription you receive free domain name.
Food Blogging For Dummies I read this book when I first started my food blog and it was extremely helpful. Kelly walks you through deciding on a blog name, choosing a host, food photography, and much more. It is a soup to nuts guide to food blogging. This book helped me make the decision to use wordpress.org vs. wordpress.com as my blogging platform.
Adobe Creative Cloud is a package offered by Adobe at a monthly rate that includes Photoshop, In Design, Illustrator, Premier Pro and much more. Everything is cloud based and can be used on up to two computers. This package allows me to edit photos, create info graphics, as well as edit videos. It is a low cost alternative to buying each piece of software outright. Student and teachers receive a discount. They also offer the creative cloud with no commitment for 30 days.
Genesis Framework Chef Savvy is currently run on the Studio Press Genesis Theme. This theme has alot of different child themes to choose from to make your site totally customizable. There are also plenty of genesis plugins to choose from to add additional functunality to your site. I use genesis e-news extended for my newsletter bar at the top of my website. I also use Genesis featured post plugin for my homepage, and recipe index.
Foodie Theme The child theme I use is Foodie Theme. It is a very simple and clean design, made with food bloggers in mind. I made the changes to my theme myself however you can hire the themes designer to do simple updates and changes.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the products described above. Thanks and happy blogging!