5 Must-Have Pieces of Gear for Food and Product Photographers

Posted by: on Sep 05, 2018

5 Must-Have Pieces of Gear for Food and Product Photographers
Food and product photography are in high demand, and there may be no style of photography where shooting tethered is more important. One of the biggest challenges in this type of photography is getting all of the principals agreed with our direction. Many shoots will have the business owner, a food/product stylist, assistant, and photographer all interacting, making communication key throughout the day.

TetherPro USB Cable and TetherBlock

TetherPro USB cables are used by the best in the industry, and Tether Tools is committed to providing the fastest and most reliable transfers to keep your tethered workflow running at optimal speeds. With their high-visibility orange color you’ll ensure your cable is seen on set, and the cables are fully shielded and plated to protect against external signal interference. Food and product photographers are often moving around to get different angles, and a trip or tug can cause your tether cable to become dislodged or cause serious damage to your camera’s data ports. The TetherBlock is a must-have for photographers shooting tethered both handheld or using a tripod. The TetherBlock locks your tethered cable into place, keeping your cable or cord plugged in and your camera’s sensitive data port protected from damage. If you have a Arca-style ball head, we recommend the TetherBlock Arca.

Rock Solid 2-Head Cross Bar Side Arm

From cookbooks in bookstore windows to magazine covers you pass in the grocery store check outline, it is hard not to notice the overhead camera view’s popularity in photography. Overhead shots are also incredibly popular in creating stylish product shots or knolling photography for social media and the web. An overhead shot setup is a great tool to have in your arsenal. The one key to making this type of photography super easy is a tripod or stand with the Rock Solid Cross Bar Side Arm. The Cross Bar is 25″ (63.5cm) in length and allows photographers to extend the camera over the shot. It’s also absolutely necessary to shoot tethered once the camera is setup on the side arm. Leaning over your plate of food or product, struggling to take and check shots just won’t work. Once your camera is connected and tethered to a computer, you can trigger the camera, check focus, change settings, all from the comfort of your laptop or computer.

Case Air Wireless Tethering System and AeroTab Universal Tablet System

With the Case Air Wireless Tethering System everyone can monitor the entire shoot via a tablet, iPad, laptop or even smartphone. You’re able to solicit immediate feedback and make slight adjustments to your plate or sets. If you’re shooting tethered to a tablet or iPad we recommend securing your device with the AeroTab Universal Tablet System. Featuring all-metal construction and corner to corner braces, the AeroTab works with most tablets on the market today.

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