This is a place where I’m collecting anything I learn about food blogging on my journey – to help you avoid mistakes and help you find important things quicker and easier! I’m also listing my most valuable resources and will update the list accordingly from time to time.
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Siteground Hosting – I have to be honest, I didn’t use Siteground with Savoury Nothings when I started out. I used Bluehost – but friends don’t let their friends use Bluehost. I’m on a more exp pensive hosting plan now, but if I had to pick an entry-level hosting plan all over again, I’d go with SiteGround. I have read dozens and dozens of hosting comparisons, reviews and tests online to figure out which one to recommend to you instead of BH – and SiteGround seems to be the most universally accepted company. Even WordPress themselves recommend it as a great WordPress host!
Genesis Framework by Studiopress – OK, funny story about this one: Branimir had done some research on themes for food blogs before we started off with Savory Nothings and he was convinced Genesis was the way to go. What he hadn’t figured out was that Genesis is merely a framework and doesn’t make your blog look like anything without a child theme. It took me quite a while to figure out why my blog wasn’t all pretty when I installed Genesis and I almost had a nervous breakdown when I realized I’d have to spend even more money on a decent child theme. But in the end it was all worth it! The most important thing for me with Genesis is that most web designers work with Genesis which makes the eventual transition to a custom design much easier.
Foodie Pro – The child theme I used in the beginning was Foodie Pro by Shay Bocks. I went with a different (also paid) theme before I purchased foodie and I was absolutely not happy with it. I really have to say that Shay did an amazing job coding this theme and the customization available with Foodie Pro is really great. She also has wonderful support on her page and easy-to-follow tutorials on how to set up your blog. What I like most about this theme is the widgetized home page. With Foodie Pro you can pick different styles of displaying featured posts which makes it really easy to set up a beautiful page without spending too much time on it. It was also just updated in March 2017, so now you’ll get the amazing Foodie Pro 3.0 with lots of improved features!
Food Submission Sites – I regularly submit my recipes to various sites to drive traffic to Savory Nothings and to get more exposure. Here are some sites I’m currently using:
Canon EOS 70D – Before starting with blogging Branimir and me bought ourselves this camera as a wedding present. I really like the Canon 70D as it is not too hard to handle and produces quality images for web photography. While it’s not the cheapest thing you’ll ever treat yourself to it’s also a reasonably priced choice for a DSLR camera and it absolutely delivers as an entry-level tool. I AM saving up for a more expensive camera, but the 70D is a great choice for beginners without a huge budget. What I like most about it is the fold-out touch screen display, which is GREAT for video!
Canon 50mm 1.4 – I took almost all of my pictures with this lens during the first year of blogging and I’m still in love with it. I was a bit confused at first because this is a prime lens which means it won’t zoom in or out but it really doesn’t take long to get used to that! It’s a little more expensive but it produces really nice images. If you only buy the camera body (so not the kits they offer with body AND lens) and instead invest in this one – you’ll be far happier!
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 – This is a great inexpensive macro lens IF you have a crop frame camera. I know, crop frame what? Crop frame cameras are a little cheaper than full-frame, which is probably all you need to know right now. If you’re not sure what kind of camera you have, just google “is [your camera] crop frame”
and you should find something. The 70D is a crop camera, which is why I’m currently using this lens. With the crop sensor, it almost acts like a 100mm macro, but it’s much cheaper. Downside: If you upgrade to a full-frame, you won’t be able to use this lens any longer.
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens – This lens is a BEAST. It’s large, it’s heavy, it costs twice as much as my camera body – and it is amazing! I take 99% of my photos with it and I just CANNOT wait to see what it’s capable of on a full frame camera! Worth every single cent!
Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod Legs – I started shooting with a tripod after about 2.5 months of blogging and it has shown me great improvement in my image quality! I tend to have to shoot in rather low lightning conditions which makes me use a slow shutter speed – and that’s where a tripod is absolutely needed to avoid any blur from hand movements!
Manfrotto 468MGRC4 Hydrostatic Ball Head – Not much to say about this. Well, it’s expensive for being so small and I have no experience with any other tripod heads. But I have only had good photography experiences with this one – it’s extremely stable and flexible which makes working with the tripod much easier. I have to say one thing about this though – the camera is clicked on to this so tightly that I have to ask Branimir to put it on/remove it every time I want to change from handheld to tripod. But at least I never have to worry about my camera falling down!
Photoshop and Lightroom – This is what I use for all my photo editing. It takes some time getting used to but I absolutely recommend both programs if you want to get the best out of your pictures! I really recommend watching lots of tutorials on YouTube (there are also awesome written tutorials!) until you find a picture style you like and are comfortable with the editing process.
Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven – I have been cooking with Le Creuset for about 3 years now and I’m absolutely hooked and can’t imagine life without it anymore! Not only do their products look extremely pretty, they also do an amazing job in the kitchen. Bonus: It can go into the oven with the lid on – just watch the temps or buy a different knob! I also have an oval Dutch oven from Le Creuset which I use for cooking large batches of soup or stew, and which photographs beautifully, too.