Resources

If you love to cook and are interested in photography, you might have tought of starting your own food blog.

I’m  sharing with you some of the resources I have on starting a food blog today!

Before I proceed, I wanted to let you know that some of the links below are affiliate links, I only recommend resources and products I have experience with and I’ve tried myself.

1. Web hosting and domain name:

Domain:

Before you start you need to choose your domain name. I think it should describe your niche best, be easy to remember and not too long.

Web hosting:

I decided to try Inmotion Hosting as my first web host, on recommendation from Olena from iFoodReal, she has a great food blogger resources page, you should check out. Their customer service is excellent. They offer affordable hosting plans, $6.99 per month for 12 months and $5.99 per month for 24 months. You also get one free domain name, free data back up and 24 hour customer support. I’ll be switching to another web host, once CookingLSL reaches more than 5k page views per day.

Business Class Hosting – Starting at Just $5.99 – InMotion Hosting

2. WordPress Installation:

Once you’ve set up your hosting plan, you can instal WordPress. Go to InmotionHosting.com and login to your Account Management Panel Amp Login. After you log in, to to cPanel (Control Panel),  scroll down to Software/Services and click on Softaculous. Here you can watch a tutorial on how to instal WordPress: How to Instal WordPress With Softaculous. Then go to WordPress and install.  Once installation is complete, make sure you make a note of your login id and password  ad also login url. To login to your WordPress Dashboard you have to add /wp-admin after your domain name. For example for Cooking LSL it is: www.cookinglsl.com/wp-admin .

Let me know if you have any questions on the installation.

3. Making your site look pretty:

Once you’ve installed WordPress, there is one more thing you need to do to make your food blog look beautiful. WordPress offers a lot of free themes here, or you can purchase a premium theme, which might be a better option.

Here are some premium themes I’ve researched so far and which grabbed my attention:

  1. The Genesis Framework – this is the framework cookinglsl.com runs on. Foodie Theme,which runs on the Genesis Framework – that’s what I decided to use on this blog and I love the design and look of it! I got it from StudioPress.com, on recommendation from John from MinimalistBaker. (Check out their resources page here).
  2. You can also check Elegant Themes, they offer great looking and affordable options.
  3. ThemeForest is a reseller of WordPress themes and they have a huge selection of options. You just have to have in mind how exactly you want your blog to look and search for suitable theme.
  4. If you’d like to spend some extra money on your web design, this is totally fine! You can hire a designer to customize your theme for as little as $300.

4. Useful Food Blogging Resources:

 5. Food Photography:

Taking well composed and lit food pictures is essential in growing and popularizing your food blog.

Here are some of the things I use:

 

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Camera:  I started with Nikon D90 12.3MP DX Digital SLR Camera with 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX . This is my 5 year old camera, that we got with 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED Nikkor Lens. It works pretty good for my photography needs. I also have their AF-S Nikkor 35 mm 1:1.8G lens.

As of April 2015, I upgraded to Canon 7D Mark II full body DSLR. I use the following lenses with it:

Canon EF 100mm f2.8/L IS USM Macro Lens. This is a great lens for showing details and textures, over head shots and works well in low lighting conditions.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard and Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras. This is my most often used lens for food photography.

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5 – 5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens – good quality general purpose lens.

 

2.
I definitely recommend, that you get a tripod, when taking food picture and shooting on manual. The one I use is: Dolica Proline ZX Series 60-Inch Carbon Fiber Tripod , which is pretty stable and lets me take good and focused pictures.

 

3.
Memory Card – get a fast one with a lot of space. I use Transcend 32 GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card .

 

4.
Photography reflectors, you can find 5 in 1 reflectors online for under $20. I use this ones:LimoStudio 43″ Photography Lighting Disc Reflector 5 in 1. I mostly use it to diffuse natural light when taking pictures.

 

5.
Photo editing software: I recommend Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, relatively easy to learn and there are a lot of tutorials available online. I also use Photoshop and PicMonkey (free) to edit my photos.

Books I recommend:

Tasty Food Photography eBook
Click here to visit Pinch of Yum.

Food Styling For Photographers by Linda Bellingham

Will Write For Food by Dianne Jacob