01 May 2020

Weekend Cooking and Food Photography

In-Studio Braai Weekend Cooking - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers Food Photography
In-studio braai almost ready : Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Weekend Cooking is a Vernon Chalmers Photography website and food photography project with the future objective of assisting new Canon photographers with an introduction to cost effective food photography and lighting options.

Photographic approach
I use various Canon EOS cameras, a variety of EF lenses (between 16-100mm focal length) and Canon Speedlite flashes to experiment / capture the preparation and presentation of a variety of self-prepared dishes in my training studio apartment in Milnerton, Cape Town.

With my food photography I follow the same fundamental approach as the rest of my photography - as authentic and natural as what I see in front of me. One of my personal objectives with my food photography is to be as authentic as possible with every dish prepared, cooked and photographed with no artificial food enhancement and / or colouring.

Canon equipment used so far for food photography:

Canon EOS bodies for Food Photography
  • Canon EOS 6D (Full-Frame)
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 70D (APS-C)

Canon EF lenses for Food Photography

  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Canon Speedlite flash for Food Photography

  • Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II
  • Canon 430EX III-RT Speedlite
  • Canon 430EX II Speedlite

Hoya 67mm PRO1 DMC Polarizing Filter
  • For Canon 100mm Macro lens / Ring Lite MR-14EX II flash

Manfrotto Tripods / Monopod for Food Photography
  • Manfrotto Tripod 190X MK190X3-3W
  • Manfrotto Tripod Compact MKC3-H01
  • Manfrotto Monopod MMC3-01

Post-Processing for Food Photography
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Ver 8.2

Braai image: Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L USM Lens / Canon 430EX III-RT Speedlite flash.

Food Photography Learning Resources: Cooking and Photography Resources

Weekend Cooking More Information: Weekend Cooking Food Photography

Weekend Cooking: Facebook Page