As Thanksgiving approaches, we’re all pulling out our cookbooks and getting ready to make a feast. We’re also getting ready to make eye-catching images of that food! Food photography is a fun genre, and one that is surprisingly tricky. From lighting to composition to gear choice, there’s a lot more that goes into it than first meets the eye. Check out these fantastic food photographers on YouTube to learn more, and don’t forget to subscribe to the Sony Alpha Universe Channel for more content from your favorite Sony shooters.
Feast your eyes and get ready to up your Instagram game with an assist from these food photographers who are sharing the fine points of their craft on YouTube.
Lauren Caris Short
Lauren Caris Short is a professional food photographer and educator. On her YouTube Channel she explains how to shoot, compose, and edit food photography like a pro. Her tips will guide you to create compelling food photography that she says will help you attract the right clients and start making a living from your passion. She also covers the technical side of things to give you more creative freedom when photographing food. She uses the Sony Alpha 7R III for her food photography and the Sony Alpha 7 III for her YouTube videos. Her main lenses for her work include the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master, Sony 55mm f/1.8 and of course the Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G for those close-ups of the delicious details. Learn even more about how to show off your holiday spread in her 7 Steps To Awesome Food Photos.
Chef-turned filmmaker Kristin Atwood is the founder of Chef Studio, an independent production company that specializes in creating food and cooking content for digital platforms. Their work encourages creativity and kindness, with magical food videos that show cooking can be an everyday activity for mindfulness and more. Atwood is also a previous winner of an Alpha Female+ grant to create Flight Of The Bumblebee, a five-part video cooking series inspired by bumblebees in spring and summer. Check out this beautiful video and learn how to make marshmallows along the way. Learn even more from Atwood in her Top 5 Tips For Food Video Creation.
Philip Lemoine is a photographer and filmmaker living in Hawaii. With his roots in wedding videography, he is now well-known as a food photographer, filmmaker and influencer. Lemoine breaks down how to make mouth-watering food imagery. The video below is all about gear. Using his Sony Alpha 7R IV, Lemoine shares the best lenses for all-around food photography. The list includes the Sony 50mm f/1.8, Sony 24mm f/1.4 G Master, Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G, Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master, and the Sony 24-105mm f/4 G. Want to learn more about creating food videos? He shares his secret recipe for success in his 5 Tips For Eye-Catching Cooking Videos.
Takumi Shyegun is a freelance photographer based in Tokyo. He’s typically a commercial photographer but he recently booked his first paid food photography gig. In this video, he breaks down everything from negotiating with the client to the gear and post processing. To prepare for the shoot, he pulled inspiration images from Pinterest and packed a versatile kit: his Sony Alpha 7 IV and Sony 55mm f/1.8, Sony 85mm f/1.8, and Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.
Nicolas Doretti is a photographer and videographer whose true love is the creative process. He loves sharing creative ideas and behind the scenes vlogs on his Youtube channel. As a photographer, he’s a bit of a generalist photographing portraits, commercial work, landscapes, and much more. This allows him to share a wide variety of topics on YouTube. In the video below, he gives tips on making outstanding food images using his Sony Alpha 7 III.