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Food photography gift guide

Food photography:
Guide to Buying the
Best Products

Food photography enthusiasts are always on the lookout for more flexibility and versatility. In addition to food photography in fully equipped studios, an increasingly dynamic style of food photography is practiced at home, in restaurants, by producers or during picnics in the park. This second approach has created demand for equipment that is versatile, easy to transport and compatible with iphoneography, and which meets the needs of anyone who prefers to use a mirrorless camera and those who want everything they need to frame, record, illuminate and capture a dish, not just using their taste buds but through a professional photograph. The equipment listed below is what we always carry around and helps us in our daily quest for the most authentic and mouthwatering food photography. Thanks to Bluetooth technology, the LUMIMUSE LED 8 can be remotely controlled using your iOS device: the app features include flash, timer and photo and video mode. The 4-step dimmer allows the light intensity to be adjusted. The hot-shoe mount and thread connection allow for easy use with different accessories. For those who enjoy experimenting, the LUMIMUSE LED 8 comes with a set of accessory filters to modify the chromatic temperature of photos and LED light diffusion.

A PIXI always in your pocket

If you normally use a compact camera, your mobile phone or a mirrorless, the PIXI tabletop tripod is for you. Thanks to its compact size, you can take it with you wherever you go, in a fully equipped professional backpack or in a normal bag. PIXI is the ideal tripod for when you leave your studio, or home, and find yourself in situations that require practical and versatile solutions to excel as a food photographer. You can use it in a restaurant to take the perfect picture of a dish, even if there is not much light. You will also manage to do it discreetly, without attracting attention or disturbing anyone's dinner. PIXI is essential for setting up your camera or smartphone for long exposures of particularly captivating scenes. But PIXI's versatility doesn't end here: when you close its three legs, it becomes a hand support for more stable videos: for example, in a restaurant kitchen or to give a panoramic view of a table setting. In the eternal battle between light and darkness, the PIXI mini tripod is perfect for using a LUMIMUSE light that can brighten the dark corners of a dish or enhance the texture of food with side lighting. And if PIXI seems small for the kind of shots you have in mind, take a look at our tripod buying guide.

LUMIMUSE LED 8: good light!

Small and easy to carry – you can put in a bag when you go to a restaurant – but powerful, the LUMIMUSE LED 8 is perfect for providing the right amount of light in most situations and making your dishes look even more delicious: every food stylist knows how important lighting is when it comes to food photography. From creating a glazing light to enhance the texture of food, to brightening your breakfast on a dark winter morning, the LUMIMUSE LED 8 is the most versatile light for those who like to take photos of food in all situations. Thanks to Bluetooth technology, the LUMIMUSE LED 8 can be remotely controlled using your iOS device: the app features include flash, timer and photo and video mode. The 4-step dimmer allows the light intensity to be adjusted. The hot-shoe mount and thread connection allow for easy use with different accessories. For those who enjoy experimenting, the LUMIMUSE LED 8 comes with a set of accessory filters to modify the chromatic temperature of photos and LED light diffusion.

TwistGrip SYSTEM: the complete system

Thanks to its three compact, lightweight and easy-to-transport elements, the TwistGrip system is the versatile and practical solution to help you capture the multisensory and multidimensional characteristics of food. The TwistGrip system is perfect for capturing different situations on video: vegetable picking, food preparation, cheese making or simply a chef's final presentation touches. Thanks to the thread connection and hot-shoe mount, it can support the LUMIMUSE LED light to brighten dark environments while you are making a video or taking a photo. And don't forget sounds! The TwistGrip system can support a directional microphone to capture the sounds of the kitchen, an interview with a chef or the irresistible crack of a crème brûlée top broken with a spoon.

THE 190 SERIES: a tripod to tame them all

Lightweight, compact and made of carbon fibre, the 4-section 190 Go! photo tripod boasts portability and versatility and is the perfect support for anyone who wants to photograph food in a studio, at home or outdoors. The M-lock mechanism allows you to change perspective in a matter of seconds, switching from a front view of a juicy burger to a three-quarter length photo focusing on the crunchy crust of the bun. The 90°-twist centre column is indispensable for taking photos from above: not just dishes that are perfectly in focus so that every single ingredient is enhanced, but also more complex subjects, such as set tables with glasses, plates and serving hands that bring movement into the frame as only a food photographer knows how. The 190 Go! tripod goes perfectly with the XPRO Ball Head, with its quick release mechanism for rapid movements and micrometric control for more precise adjustments: you can be sure to achieve the perfect framing, with plates and cutlery nicely aligned, in just a few actions. Perfect for photographing dishes and becoming a master of food photography!

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