There’s always something new to learn with food blogging, especially when it comes to the blogging and the photography. We’ve learned so much along the way and had heaps of fun doing so. Needless to say though, some bits have been rather challenging. So, to make things easier for any of you wishing to start your very own food blog, here’s a collection of our steps and the products we use. Hence, we will be updating this resource on an ongoing basis as we come across anything worthwhile mentioning.
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HOW TO START YOUR OWN FOOD BLOG
In 3 Simple Steps:
- Blog and Domain Name – Start by brainstorming your blog niche and a name and domain for your blog.
- SiteGround (Web Hosting Company) – Check the availability of your domain with your web hosting company. A web hosting company provides you with the services and technology required to publish your website on the internet. As a beginner, we recommend signing up with SiteGround self-managed WordPress hosting as it allows plenty of flexibility to personalise your own blog yet sufficient inclusions and features to assist you. SiteGround also offers a very affordable Start Up plan.
- WordPress (Website Creation Software) – Just install WordPress and you can get down to the fun stuff. WordPress offers lots of free and premium themes to choose from, spend a little time picking one which represents you and your blog niche best. Install your theme and start designing your website.
Your very own website ready to go in just 15 minutes. How easy was that?
Software added to your website to enhance functionality and features. Here are a few The Vegetarian Lab uses and recommends:
- Limited Login Attempts Reloaded – Increases the security of your website by limiting the number of login attempts to protect your website.
- Akismet – Protects your website from spam, including blocking any spam comments from posting on your blog.
- UpdraftPlus – Remember not to get too caught up creating your blog before you backup your work. This is so important, you don’t want to lose everything.
- WP Ultimate Recipe – Every food blog requires a recipe maker. This makes your work easier from writing your recipes to formatting according to your style. Your visitors will love your easy to find, read, print and share recipes.
FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENTS
With so many great cameras out there, where should you start? There are lots of recommendations for both Canon and Nikon cameras. All we can say is if you like the photos you see on The Vegetarian Lab, our recommendation is the Nikon D7000. It is a high quality mid range semi-professional DSLR. The Nikon D7000 takes outstanding photos and has loads of features. It is also very versatile and has excellent video recording.
This is admittedly a more expensive lens however it is worth the investment. This lens is not only excellent for our food photography but for travelling, family photos and much more. It delivers fast focusing, enhanced low-light performance and superior resolution at any distance. Its quality design delivers images with impeccable colour, contrast and sharpness.
Be prepared to take heaps of photos for the beautiful dishes you will be cooking up hence you will need a fast memory card with plenty of space. You can’t get too much memory especially if you are shooting photos in RAW mode or video recording for your food blog.
Adobe Photoshop caters all levels of photo editing, enhancing, creating and sharing from beginners to professionals. I recommend using the Adobe Photoshop Elements which covers easy photo editing ideal for anyone plus you can get tonnes of tutorials to help improve your photography skills.