Equipment

Camera

Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens

I am still shooting on my beginner camera that my mom bought for me Christmas 2015, but honestly LOVE it. It is such an easy camera to learn to shoot manually and is very lightweight. If you are just starting to take up photography (or just don’t want to pay over $500 on a camera just yet) then this is a great place to start! I eventually want to upgrade, but am saving up since any advanced camera costs $2,000+. I am eventually wanting to upgrade to:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame


Lens

Sigma 35mm F1.4 ART DG HSM Lens for Canon

I LOVE my Sigma 35mm lens. It’s my favorite to use for food photography because a 50mm seems to close. It has a really low aperture at 1.4 which makes the details of the food really stand out. It’s a bit expensive, but for me is worth every penny because I use it every day. I would definitely recommend saving up for this lens, you won’t regret it! If you are interested in a 50mm lens, my recommendation is:

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens


WiFi Memory Card

Eyefi Mobi ProZ-32 Mobi Pro 32GB WiFi SDHC CARD

If your camera doesn’t have WiFi capability, you know how annoying it is to plug your camera into your computer every time to get your photos. By using a wifi card, you can transfer all the photos to your phone to edit and post immediately! It’s a total game changer.

Eyefi has just recently gone out of business (as far as I understand) so all of their products online are really expensive. Here are some alternative products that work great when your camera does not have wifi capabilities:

– Toshiba Flash Air III Wireless SD Memory Card 16GB

– Toshiba 32GB FlashAir III Wireless SD Memory Card, White

– EZ Share Wifi Sd Memory Card 8GB


Tripod

Manfrotto 3-Section Tripod with Horizontal Column

Not just your basic tripod! Also has 90º capability to get an aerial view.  Really helpful for tutorials or keeping the shot still in poor lighting.