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I’m often asked about starting a successful blog. I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page showing you all the tools I use everyday. I’ll add to it as I learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future I will reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!
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How to Get Started with Your Own Food Blog
HostingBluehost is simple to use and easy setup hosting and domain solution for WordPress blogs. Bluehost offers free domain registration that's affordable.
WordPressThis is the best blogging platform out there and it is totally free! BlueHost has a one-click install that makes it easy to set up. This is what makes blogging possible.
Premium ThemesThemeForest has the most extensive network of themes that will surely provide you with every single detail you should need.
Site BackupVaultPress is a cost effective solution to backup your WordPress site. When you start getting a lot pages and posts that took you weeks, months, and eventually years of love to write, the last thing you want is to loose all of it.
Email MarketingMailchimp is the email marketing software we use to manage contacts, send emails, and track results. As a blogger it's important to connect with your readers through all different avenues, including email.
Free Photo EditorPicMonkey is very simple to use and it's free. They have great fonts, shapes, icons, and other creative tools to make you photo POP!. They do have a paid subscription for more features and tools but it is my top choice for starter bloggers.
Pro Photo EditorIf you have money and time to learn a pro photo editor I would recommend Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. My husband has these programs because he does a lot of professional graphic art and they are very powerful.
Food Photography Tools
Ok, before I get started, I have to say I prefer buying my gear from B&H Photo versus Amazon. Amazon is great and I would appreciate the Amazon affiliate commission, but B&H Photo is in the business for pro photography, video and audio gear. I trust them and love their great customer service. So the links below are mostly going to B&H Photo and not Amazon.
Canon 6D CameraThis is where your photos can look amazing. I recently upgraded to the Canon 6D from using the Canon 60D, it has a full frame sensor, shoots higher quality photos and shoots better HD video in low light.
Canon 50mm f1.4Don't buy a kit lens! You want to buy the body separate and hand pick a lens like this one. This lens doesn't zoom in or out and works perfectly for still images like food. The Canon 50mm f/1.8 is another great deal to check out.
Canon 100mm f/2.8L MacroThis is a great addition to my lens options. The macro feature allows me to get really close to food for a super tight shot that's not possible with the 50mm.
Eye-Fi SD CardUnlike standard memory cards this Eye-Fi card transfers the photos to my iMac as soon they are taken via wifi. Cool, right! No more taking the card in and out of the camera and computer. Instant gratification!
Oben TripodWhen Dustin is at work I need a tripod to help me with staged shots. I bought this during a sale for nearly half off and so far been very happy with it. My only critique with this tripod is that the camera plate is not a quick release and needs a hex screw.
Wireless RemoteThe Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote is a simple, compact, infrared remote control that makes it possible to fire a camera wirelessly from across the room. It's perfect for shooting action shots using a tripod.
C Stand Grip SupportLike my other support gear this stand is absolutely rock solid and is incredibly versatile. It holds my bounce cards, backgrounds and even lights at virtually any angle and hight I need.
Pro Photography BoardErickson Woodworks is my favorite source for the best custom real wood boards. Each board is double-sided, so essentially you get a two for one deal with each board.
DIY Photography BoardDustin and I have been experimenting with making photography boards. I love each board we've created as each one offers a unique homemade backdrop.
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #LIVESIMPLYBLOG. I'd love to see what you make!
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