This page shares some of my favorite food blogging resources and tools that I use for this site as well as some of the items on my wishlist. I’ll do my best to keep this up to date for you as I make additions or changes to this site. Please note: Some of the links below may be affiliate links which means we would earn a commission from the seller if you were to make a purchase through the link. I will only share items that I personally use and would be comfortable recommending to my family and friends. Reach out if you have questions on my own experience with any of the items below
Food blogging Resources
Food Photography Book
This book is perfect for anyone just starting out in food photography looking for a handbook with step by step instruction. This covers it all: food styling, photo and lighting set up, photo editing and workflow, and much more. Best of all, it shows that you don't need to have the best equipment to have great results. Photo editing using iphoto and Photoshop is covered. It is written by Nagi Maehashi from Recipe Tin Eats and Food Bloggers Central. Nagi is a generous soul who shares her own experiences and tips on these sites as well as the Food Bloggers Central Facebook group. Click here to view more details.
Hosting - Siteground
When I was starting out I wasn't sure which web hosting company to choose as there are so many options. I ultimately selected SiteGround because of the many reviews speaking to the excellent support that SiteGround provides to its customers.
Social Warfare Plugin
Every blogger needs an easy, robust social sharing plugin. This paid-app from Social Warfare has so many options and features and is easy for even the non-technical folks (like me) to get up and running in just minutes. If you have changed your domain or your link structure this plugin helps you recover your social share counts. The annual cost of $29 for one website is well worth the price given the numerous futures. Plus, if you like the flat style icons that are popular currently then this plugin has you covered. *Updated, we've moved to Social Pug (Now called Grow) after a number of recent challenges with Social Warfare.
Tailwind Pinterest Scheduling
I love using Tailwind because it makes scheduling pins to Pinterest so easy. It takes a lot of the manual work out of managing your Pinterest strategy and account. Not only do they make scheduling content easy, but they also provide additional great features like Tailwind Tribes which make it simple and quick to find compelling content to share and to help increase your own shares.
WordPress Framework - Genesis
After a considerable amount of research into various WordPress frameworks and themes, I opted to use the Genesis Framework. This framework is used by many top bloggers and can support some of the themes that are most used by food bloggers including the FoodiePro theme by Shay Bocks. The Genesis Framework from StudioPress does come with a cost and you will also need to buy a child theme or have a custom child theme made for your blog.
Lowel EGO Indoor Lighting Unit
Almost every food blogger I know either uses the Lowel EGO or covets one or even two of these lights. When you can't shoot in daylight or for those times of the year where there aren't many daylight hours these can be an absolute lifesaver.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens - Fixed
This prime lens is what I'd refer to as a "value lens" and is great if you are starting out and/or have a tight budget. It provides a great result for the cost which is approximately $120 and is extremely light. For a higher build quality 50mm Fixed lens, you could pay $800+. A 50mm lens is a must-have tool for food photography and has been my absolute best buy.