FAQ

I receive all sorts of questions on a regular basis through email, facebook or twitter. To be able to give you a quicker answer I have made a list of the most comment questions. If anything is missing let me know!

Do you write the blog alone or do you work with other people?

Up until the end of july 2014 I have been writing most of the content, with the exception of a few guestposts here and there. Since end of July Tom is writing articles on a regular basis. So we are doing it together. Most of the articles are still written by me though.

What equipment do you use for your foodphotography?

I am a Canon fan and I work mostly with a Canon EOS 5D mark III for the majority of my foodphotography. My most used lens is the 100mm 2.8 macro and the 24-70mm 2.8. Both are Canon lenses. Since a few months I also have a small Canon EOS 100D with the pancake lens 40mm 2.8. It’s perfect to take with me on the road and so a lot of the restaurant reviews and sometimes events are shot with this camera.

For a more extensive lis of the equipment I use and for what purpose you can have a look at the post where I decribe all my equipment for food photography.

 

Foto door Martine van der Moolen

Foto door Martine van der Moolen

Can you give me some advice on which is the best camera to buy when just starting out.

That is always a hard question to answer and it is mostly depending on your budget. How much money are you willing to spend or can you spend? What do you want to do with your camera besides food photography? Are you going to travel with it as well? What do you find more important; convenience or versatility? Do you want a camera where you can keep building upon by adding lenses or would you rather have one with just the one lens.

These are all questions you can ask yourself first. And even than… there are so many different camera’s and lenses out there, I seriously do not know all of them from the top of my head. I know Canon camera’s well since I use them. Nikon is also a good brand but I just know less about those camera’s so I will probably advice you to buy a Canon… 🙂

A restaurant would like me to do a shoot for them but I seriously have no idea what to do. Can you help me?

Uh… no sorry. No offense, but if you don’t know what to do during a shoot, than it might be a better idea to not accept a job like that. Or maybe follow one of our workshops. At least you than have a starting point.

I love your photography. Can you give me some tips?

I love giving photography tips and that is why I have a special section on the site with photography tips. It might be about light or it might be about equipment or anything else, so check out the food photography tips to find the lastest posts in that area.

What is the software you use for editing your photos?

I mostly use Adobe Lightroom. I take my photos in RAW and because Lightroom was once build as a raw converter I’ve used it almost from the very beginning and am a big fan of the program. It is user friendly and you can also use it if you only shoot in jpg.

How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging since 2007 and in the beginning I made many blog mistakes! Simone’s Kitchen is around since June of 2013. I decided to get rid of all the other blogs and concentrate on just one… Starting all over!

 

What template do you use for your blog?

I have a custom design made for me by  Lindsay of Purr Design. She has made blog designs for me in the past (de Glazen Vork and Junglefrog Cooking) and I love her style)

I would love to watch during a photoshoot. Is that possible?

Usually for commercial shoots it is not always possible to look over our shoulder. But we do sometimes have people help us during cookbook shoots (which are also the nicest ones to watch too!) If we need extra hands to help us I tend to post a quick message on twitter asking for assistance.. So it’s easiest to check that.