food photography lighting set up

I shoot with a Nikon D700 Nikon D800  Lately I have been shooting primarily with my 24-70 2.8, but also use a 50mm 1.4 and a 105mm 2.8 macro.  I am fickle, what can I say?

I use 99.9% available light.  The occasional reflector and some Photoshop and Lightroom if needed.

Have any photography questions?  I would love to try and answer them.

Want to see more of my photography?

57 Responses to Photography

  1. megan says:

    I love seeing how others set up their pictures! You have a great window there to use! Beautiful pictures!

  2. That cup is exquisite! Looking forward to seeing more from you :)

  3. Drew says:

    Hello! I love your food! It looks Yummy!

  4. Leah says:

    Nice photos. Was is that white board you placed the food on?

  5. Cristina says:

    I love your photos, they’re very poetic. Love the blog too :)

  6. Vanessa says:

    I love your photos. They are calming and serene. Your photos make me feel like I am creating a meal instead of just cooking the required dinner. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  7. what fabulous photography! i wish mine could be that great… when i’m in the dorm, the odds of getting a good picture are nill. but at home, i have better odds. :)

  8. Nisma says:

    Hi Bree,
    I became addictive to your blog from the first moment my eyes laid on it.. your pictures are so refreshing and inviting, love to see the ingredients pictures, please keep those recipes coming as we’re for sure will keep watching!

  9. Tara says:

    I get almost giddy when I see you’ve posted because I cannot wait to see your pictures! You are an amazing photographer! (and I wish I had big windows like that in my kitchen!)

  10. Denise says:

    Hi Bree….I am a huge fan of your blog! I love the photography advise, I am just learning photography and PSE, but I also love your food! Your Taco Salad is my favorite salad now, we have it at least once a week. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Michelle says:

    Beautiful! Where oh Where did you find that tea cup?!?!

  12. Absolutely stunning photography.
    p.s. I also love your pumpkin recipes!!

  13. Caroline says:

    Hey Bree! I love your photography. It really inspires me to get out there and shoot! I also wanted to let you know that the links to Bree Hester Photography gave me a 500 Internal Server Error. I did find, though. Amazing photos.

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you Caroline and thank you for reminding me to fix those links. I pulled my professional site and forgot to change it.

  14. Hi Bree,

    I love to take pictures and have a great camera. I’ve yet to take a class to use it in manual and usually take auto pics. I’ve had some great success, but want to expand my techniques. Is there anything you can recommend? Books, classes? Which way do I go. I love your pictures!!

    I love your blog too – just recommended it to about 35 of my FB friends! :-)

  15. jenn says:

    Hi Bree, I stumbled upon your blog. I love it. Your photos are amazing. I’m still learning. Thank you for sharing how you take pictures and the types of light you use.

  16. LaToya S. says:

    Oh my goodness, I’m so glad I found your blog! I was on youtube trying to figure out how to Photoshop pictures of food in Lightroom, and your video was the first to show. It was very helpful, thank you very much for giving such great advice to new food bloggers and aspiring food photographers, such as myself.

    Right now I am shooting my pictures with a regular old normal camera, so for my last few blog entries I’ve been learning how to use Lightroom to make them a little better. I’m still learning about which props to use, where the best light is in my house, and all that good stuff. Hopefully in January I will be getting a new camera, either a Nikon like you, or a Canon Rebel.

    Anyways, thanks for the help!! Love your blog :)

  17. Justin says:

    Here is a question.. Portability and set up of your light boards. If you work as a cook and are In a time constraint and not totally in control of the sunlight. What methods of a quick setup and best shots would you recommend to master first. What colors are better than others, and what is your favorite method of lugging around your camera gear?

    Thanks a great pictures by the way

    • bakedbree says:

      Find a really good spot in your house that has even and consistent light. Pay attention to the time of day that gets the best light. My kitchen has perfect light from about 11 to 3. I tend to cook and shoot the most then. Colors… trial and error, but I really like shooting with white. Keep your set ups simple and let the food be the focus. I do not use a lot of gear, so I don’t have a lot to lug. If you have any specific questions, please send me an email. bree at baked bree dot com

  18. madhu says:

    What a treat to have bumped into you!!!! A lovely, lovely person…..I just can tell 😉 😉

  19. Beth says:

    Love your site!!! I am getting into Photography more and more. I have a Nikon D7000…and have been using the 50 mm 1.4 lens…do you have any good tips for using it? My focus has been a little off with taking pics of my 17 month old….also wondered if you could recommend any good sites for some Lightroom PResets??

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you Beth! I love that lens. Do you toggle your focal points? That really helps and practice. I do not use a lot of presets in LR, but I like the ones from Totally Rad Actions.

  20. MsNJohnson says:

    Hi Bree, Is there a good SLR camera (reasonably priced) that you could recommend for someone just starting off? I am interested in purchasing one but with there being so many options I don’t know where to start. Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

    • bakedbree says:

      I think that you need go to camera store and try out a bunch and see what you like and how it feels in your hands. I will say that I am partial to Nikons. :)

  21. Meg says:

    your pictures are beautiful!!!

  22. Fabulous photos! I love seeing how other people set up their food photography, especially since I’m still learning. I’ve been meaning to buy a foam light bounce board for a while now and you might have just pushed me to get it FINALLY this weekend :) Love the site!

  23. Jenn says:

    Bree, where do you get that white board that you use for the base (from the photo on this page). The board with the ridges?

    • bakedbree says:

      It is wainscotting leftover from my daughter’s bedroom. You can get it in pack from Home Depot kind of places.

      • bakedbree says:

        I also paint it every now and again, I just use white spray paint. They piece together and can get banged up, I would glue a few pieces together.

  24. Bree, Wow. I want to be you when I grow up. Really, your photos are beautiful and make the food seem almost to jump off my screen. I can almost smell them. Thank you for sharing your tips. I am just starting to understand the D80 my husband bought years ago. I have never really switched it off auto. I’m ready to take the plunge and I’m going to get the book you recommended to the other reader. I also wondered if you have a recommendation for an easy way to learn photoshop? I have stumbled around with the program (and I’m pretty sure I would be considered a moderate techie) but I can’t seem to grasp the setup to move forward. Any website, book or magazine suggestions would be great.

    I’m off to pin some more of your recipes I’d like to make!!

  25. Jessica says:

    Hi Bree, love your site! I was wondering where you find your backgrounds, and also your gorgeous dishes? Do you have a favorite cookbook or a few? I would love to know where you find recipes besides online! Also, someday you should post some blogging tips. How do you always have recipes to post? Last thing, who designed your blog and who did you have host it when you were first beginning? Thanks for answering!

    • bakedbree says:

      All over the place. I find things everywhere. I find recipes all over, magazines, cookbooks, cooking shows. I designed my blog and godaddy hosted me when I first started. I am about to move to Synthesis.

  26. Kelly says:

    I <3 food

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