I’ve been getting quite a bit of questions lately about my blog and how I earn income from it. On this page, I’ll tell you every product that I use and where to find it!
Nikon D7000 – My main camera that I use is a Nikon D7000. I’ve actually got 2 of them and use them both. One is for video. When you first get a DSLR camera it is important to read your manual if you want to learn your camera or find some classes in your local area that you can go to, to learn photography or look stuff up online. Youtube is fantastic for that also. It’s basically a how to search engine.
Nikon 40 MM Micro Lens – This is my main camera lens that I use for food blogging and I love it. With a 200 mm macro lens you have to stand quite far away in order to take a close up shot, but with this lens you can get up and close to the food itself. The pictures are clear and crisp.
Nikon 28 MM wide angle lens – I use this lens mostly for overhead video shots.
Vanguard Tripod – When starting out with Tasty style food videos this is a great tripod to use because it has the overhead arm extension on it so you can get those overhead shots. Just set it on a table and away you go. I’ll throw in a pic of my setup that I use for shooting videos. This was a major upgrade to my Amazon Basics Tripod that I used forever!
Fovitech Studio Pro – When the weather is dark and dreary outside these studio lights come in handy for setting up your own day light studio inside your home.
Tasty Food Photography – I can not recommend this book enough! It’s how I learned to take better pictures of food!
Food Photography Setup
This is my current food photography setup and I love it! The table I just got from Amazon and it was only about $50.00. Find a good place in your house that lets in a lot of light to take pictures by. Those windows are awesome and let in so much light. When I shoot my videos, I’ll set up my overhead tripod on my table and just start recording. It’s right next to my kitchen so I can easily run and grab something if I need it.
Food Photography Props
Food photography shopping for props is so much fun! You can go to places like Pier 1, Home Goods, and Target to find really good prices on plates and napkins. Look in their clearance racks. When I’m visiting my brother in Minneapolis we’ll go to places like Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, and Anthropology to name a few! Look for plates that have different patterns and textures. You’ll get weird looks buying them but just explain to them that you’re a food photographer or just beginning. They’ll understand!
WordPress – My main blogging template that I use on this site. There are also literally thousands of wordpress themes that are free you can chose from if just started off with your blog. Great for people who don’t want to shell out the money for a total website re-design or a wordpress theme that costs money.
Genesis Theme – The main wordpress theme currently running on this site. I’m also using the Divine Theme which is a child wordpress theme for the Genesis Framework.
WP Tasty – This is the recipe plug in I use!
Nutrifox – a recipe plug-in that generates nutrition labels for your recipes.
WPOPT – This is where my site is currently hosted at and they are great! I used to be with myhosting.com and I wouldn’t recommend them at all. Their help center is basically an oversees help center and they don’t help you with anything. When I was getting my domain transferred from myhosting.com to wpopt my site went down and they were awful on their end of the part for the transferring it over. They needed to release it and they didn’t!
My main source of income comes through AdThrive. You need a minimum of 100,000 page views a month in order to sign up with them and I just love them. They email you whenever they have ideas on how to earn even more income through my ads and videos as well!
Google Adsense – This was my first ad company that I was with.
Sovrn – When I learned that you could have more than one ad company on your page this is who I also went with and Gourmet Ads below.
Gourmet Ads Another good ad option for food bloggers trying to earn income.
Other Blogging Tips for Getting Started
When people start off their blog I recommend they go to Pinch of Yum and read their Income Reports and listen to the Food Blogger Pro’s Pod Cast. It is useful for any food blogger or any other type of blogger just starting out!