The Gear We Use For Recipe Videos


by Bjork on Aug 07, 2017 in Social Media

Note: The Pinch of Yum video gear is also covered in our Food Video Course. To view the course, you can sign up for Food Blogger Pro here.

Lindsay and I have started to shoot videos for Pinch of Yum's YouTube channel. It has been a fun challenge for us. We love the fact that we're starting from scratch and building the channel from the ground up. You know that point in growing your blog when you do a little dance every time you get a new subscriber? We're at that point with our YouTube channel.

The Gear We Use For Recipe Videos |

We've had a handful of people email (and post to the FBP forum) asking us what equipment we're using to shoot these videos. Here's the list of what we're using and some basic examples of how we use it.

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DSLR Video

1. Canon 7D

Canon 7d

We use a Canon 7D to shoot almost all of the video you see on Pinch of Yum's Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channel. We occasionally will use an iPhone when we don't have the 7D readily available (more on that in a bit). We shoot our videos at 24fps. This gives the video more of a cinematic or "Hollywood-like" feel to it. 30fps or 60fps would feel a bit more digital. 60fps is reserved for capturing really fast motion, or to create a really dramatic look that might feel out of place for a typical recipe video.

2. Canon EF 28mm f/1.8

Canon EF 28mm f/1.8

This is the lens we use for the wide, overhead shots, but it's not great for detail shots. The shorter the lens, the more area you can cover on your overhead shots without needing the camera to be very high off the surface. This is the lens that we use when Lindsay and I talk into the camera in this video. It's also the lens that we use for the overhead "Tasty-style" shots in our recipe videos.

3. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8

This is a spendy lens and shouldn't be at the top of your "to buy" list. That being said, it's an awesome lens if you can justify the expense. The 70-200 is great for detail shots and creating awesome depth of field, so it requires that you have some distance between you and the subject in order to focus. It's great for detail shots if you want to feature the texture of a recipe - check out the 52 second mark on [this recipe video]( for an example of the 70-200 in action.

4. SanDisk Extreme Pro or Lexar Professional Memory Cards

SanDisk Extreme Pro

You’re going to want a card that can handle the speed and size of your footage if you’re shooting on a DSLR. In terms of space, what we would recommend is something above 64 GB (we use a 128 GB card). Probably you could get away with 32 GB depending on how long the videos are that you are creating. Look for U3 Class 10 cards from professional brands like SanDisk or Lexar.

5. Promaster Tripod with a Manfrotto 131D Lateral Arm

Promaster Tripod

If you want to shoot "Tasty-style" top-down videos with a DSLR, you'll need a good tripod with an arm. Because a tripod won't shoot completely vertically on its own, we use the Promaster Tripod with the Manfrotto 131D Lateral Arm so that we can get that perfect top-down shot.

6. SmallHD 701 Lite

ProAm USA Iris Pro HD 7

Top-down videos are great, but it's sometimes difficult to make sure your food is centered in the frame, in focus, or overexposed because of the angle your camera is at. That's where a monitor comes in. We attach the ProAm monitor to our DSLR so that we can see what's being captured in the shot. Some other options are the Lilliput Hd70hp 7", the ProAm USA Iris Pro HD 7" Monitor, and the IMORDEN 7".

7. Lowel EGO Digital Imaging or Amazon Basics Portable Photo Studio

Lowel EGO

We use natural light whenever we can, but the weather just doesn't cooperate sometimes. Lindsay has used the Lowel EGO lights for artificially lit photography, and they work great for video too. We have a whole course about artificial lighting on Food Blogger Pro where Lindsay walks you through how to use an artificial lighting setup. Artificial light will give you the freedom to shoot video whenever and wherever you need to.

Phone Video

1. iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 7 Plus

Would you believe that Lindsay shot one of Pinch of Yum's most popular recipe videos by herself using her iPhone? It's true - check it out here. Smartphones can be a great way to start shooting recipe videos if you're not quite ready to jump into DSLR videos. Plus, shooting a smartphone recipe video is as simple as hitting record on your camera app!

You can also use an iPhone to capture audio, as the audio recording capabilities of DSLR cameras is really bad. We've only been using the iPhone lately because I borrowed out the audio record that I usually use (see below).

2. Overhead Pro Tripod

Overhead Pro

We really like using the Overhead Pro Tripod for iPhone video. The nice thing about this tripod is that it has an arm, so that the camera is far away from the legs of the tripod; you’re not getting those in your shot. Smart phones are light enough that this very small tripod can support it, so it's a great economical option.

3. Reflector 2

Reflector Logo

Just like the monitor for DSLR videos, we use Reflector 2 so that we can see what the phone is recording without having to look at the phone screen itself. It hooks up wirelessly and broadcasts your phone video onto your tablet or computer.

4. Zoom H4N Digital Recorder

Zoom H4N Digital Recorder

We used the Zoom H4N audio recorded for the Food Photography Lighting and Putting it All Together courses that Lindsay did on Food Blogger Pro along with a clip-on mic. It's a great mic for picking up the audio in a room, but it’s not quite as good as using a clip-on microphone like the one below.

5. Sennheiser EW 100 ENG G3


We ordered two of these mics. I've used this mic when I worked for a non-profit. It was the mic that was recommended to me by a video production company as the best of the "prosumer" level mic. In other words, it's the best mic you can get without having to spend a crazy amount of money for a professional mic.

That being said, it's still a really expensive mic. I'd advise you to only purchase this if you’re really going to dive into the video stuff. The Zoom H4N is a much more affordable option is you’re just getting started.

Video Software

1. Final Cut Pro X

When FCPX first came out there was a lot of push back from the video editing community because the software looked and acted a lot like iMovie, which was great for beginners but frustrating for pro level editors. Apple has significantly improved the software since then and it's now an awesome prosumer level software. It's not quite 100% pro, yet it's not quite 100% consumer.

How do I feel about it? I love it. It's easy to use and I can get the results I want.

One of my favorite features is Synchronize Clips. I use this feature to quickly and easily synch up the audio and video clips for the shoot.

2. Adobe Premiere Pro

If you're already using Adobe Lightroom and/or Adobe Photoshop for your food photography, you might want to add another Adobe product to your workflow. Premiere Pro gives you a lot of control in terms of the final video, and you can export your video as a square for social media directly from this app. It's also great for those who are working on Windows computers - Final Cut Pro X and iMovie (below) are both only for Macs.

3. iMovie

You can use iMovie on a desktop or on an iPhone, so it's a great solution for those who want to try their hand at phone videography. It has a few more limitations than Final Cut Pro X or Premiere Pro, but it's a good solution for just starting out with video editing.

What about you?

Have you ever recorded videos for your website? What equipment did you use? Software? What did you learn in the process?

I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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