Photography & Backdrop Storage Links
This is the best thing we have found so far and it works great for both sizes of our surfaces. Just remember to store the backdrops with the design on the OUTSIDE, and be careful not to crimp the edges on the wires when sliding the backdrop into it's slot.
The vast majority of students who show up to our in-person workshops quickly find out that their tripod will not work for shots that shoot directly overhead. For that, you need a tripod that has a extendable horizontal arm that allows your camera lens to be parallel to the floor.
This tripod works great and is also super portable, which is awesome for location shoots. Just remember that if you are using a heavy camera and/or lens, you will need to weigh down the base with a sandbag so that your camera doesn't topple over. Also, you will need a separate ball head for this model, which is linked below.
3. Ball head for the above tripod
4. Stand for hanging backdrop vertically
If you want to use our surfaces vertically (as a faux wall) you will need to either use rolls of strong tape on the back side and hang on the wall, (which is what Clare does most of the time-- here is that tape) OR you will need to use clamps and a stand like this one.
Honestly, you can never have enough C-stands in your studio. They are great for holding lights, reflectors, diffusors, black cards....you name it.
6. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L Lens
This is Clare's workhorse lens and it's amazing for food photography, portraits, events, landscapes and more. It's a big investment, though, so if you're just starting out with photography you'll most likely want something much more cost effective.
Here is the Nikon version for DSLR cameras
This is a GLORIOUS lens for food photography, especially if you are really wanting that lovely bokeh effect. Like the lens above, this one is an investment so, for newbies, you'll want to check out the next one on the list.
This little lightweight "nifty 50" lens is a great multi-purpose lens, especially if you want something that will open up to a wide aperture (hello, beautiful bokeh) and not break the bank.