Since I've had quite a few compliments on my food photography, I thought I'd write a little post on what my studio setup looks like.
Firstly, I have to credit strobist.com for their instructions on how to set up a $10 macro photo studio
Here is a photo of a Parisian apple tart that I made (from Dorie Greenspan's book, which you own and use, right?):
And here's the studio set up for that photo:
As you can see, this is not an expensive setup. I cut the sides and top out of the cardboard box and lined it with white tissue paper. That works as sort of a light diffuser. Then I used a piece of bristol board to make the seamless background. I have a white one I use sometimes, too.
The lights are these little cheap things from Ikea. I've since switched to using some uber powerful halogen work lights from Home Depot. They're $14 each. And as you can see, I'm using a run of the mill point and shoot camera with an inexpensive tripod.
Full instructions on the Strobist website linked above.
Sometimes I don't even bother with the light box. I just use one halogen light on one side (or sunlight, if it's a nice day), and hold a sheet of paper on the other side of the plate as a reflector. That works nicely too.
I hope this convinces you that you don't need to spend all kinds of money on expensive gear to take food photos, and of course I hope it inspires you to post more pictures of your food!
Edited by isomer, 13 March 2009 - 02:35 PM.