Samantha Seeley

Food Photographers Toolbox

The Food Photographers Toolbox is the ultimate list of tools and resources that I use every single time I take a photograph. This list an extensive list of cameras, lenses, accessories, lights, stands, storage, and software that I use and highly recommend.

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camera gear

Ah yes, the camera. You can't quite take a picture without it. The cameras listed below are DSLR and Mirrorless cameras that I recommend to get you started or to jump to the next level.

Lenses

The list of lenses below are all lenses that I currently own and use on a regular basis. It includes both prime lenses and zoom lenses.

Photography Accessories

This section is full of accessories to make your life as a food photographer much easier. There are things on this list that are a few dollars and there are things that are $300+. You don't need them to take a great photo if you have the eye for composition and can see light but they definitely make your life easier!

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Lighting Equipment

In this section, you'll find all the lighting equipment that I own and use in my work. Below are strobes, continuous lighting setups, light modifiers, and my favorite stands. 

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Software

This section is dedicated to the software that I use in my work. Mostly, it all falls within Adobe’s Creative Cloud! Please note that this page contains affiliate links. I will make a small commission if you make a purchase through one of these links, at no extra cost to you.

Productivity Tools

Below you'll find tools that I use every day to help run this website.

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prop sourcing

Below you will find my most recommended makers and online shops that will help you source props to use in your food photography. This list will help you build your own prop library.

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Backgrounds & Surfaces

I am pleased that this section has grown in the last few years. When I first started taking food photographs I was at a loss when searching for backgrounds and surfaces. My husband and I would drive around during garbage pick up and rip apart old wood pallets and put them back together again (to close the gaps). Most of these backgrounds and surfaces are very lightweight and I'm so glad they exist!

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Books & Education

My hope is that I never stop learning and growing. Here are some resources to help you nurture your mind!

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