Getting into any genre of photography can be both daunting and expensive. Knowing what to buy, how to prioritize your spending, and in which order to procure the new camera kit can be very time-consuming. Hopefully, this will help.
Most food photographers start out working with local restaurants; we then tend to move to small chains, small brands, big chains, and finally, big household brands. At the start, our skill set is lower, as is our bank balance and understanding of the importance of certain aspects of camera equipment.
Although this video is looking specifically at restaurant photography, the mentality and a lot of the gear could be used for many other genres too. I think it probably most closely relates to portraiture and headshots.
In this video, I go over what I think the most important items of equipment are for budding food photographers. I then go on to talk about how I would allocate the money, where I would spend, and where I would save, as well as the order in which I would purchase the items in order to both create quality images and to make sure that the business runs well without any major hiccups.
What is your current camera setup?