Equipment for better phone food photography

Equipment for better phone food photography

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While I use my [affiliate link] Canon 1300D for professional photography and images destined for the blog, having a decent-quality camera always available in my back pocket is, undeniably, hugely helpful when I’m out and about.

There’s no need to faff about getting a big DSLR out at every meal – I generally use my phone camera to snap food for Insta, right before I eat it.

I keep these three little pieces of equipment in my car though and, with my phone camera, they let me set up a kind of ‘mini photography studio’ on the go.


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3 pieces of kit that’ll help you take better food photos on your phone

1. Flexible mini tripod

A tripod is a great way to make the most of the natural light.

A [affiliate link] flexible mini tripod like this is perfect for on-the-go. It comes with a smartphone attachment, the flexible legs let you attach your smartphone to pretty much anything, and the stand-ball head makes it even easier to capture photos from almost any angle.

Find the perfect angle for your food and keep your phone absolutely still, so its easier to focus and get the perfect snap in low light. Using a holder like this also means that you can easily take photos that include your hands in the shot.

Buy [affiliate link] this flexible mini tripod to keep your phone steady while you take food photos.

2. Mini ring light

This [affiliate link] little ring light clips onto the front or back of pretty much any phone, allowing you to easily and discreetly fill any photo with a pleasant light. Natural light is best for food photography, but that’s not always possible, so using a ring light like this, on its lowest setting, allows you to take food photos on your phone after dark.

Buy [affiliate link] this mini clip-on ring light in the Fig & Fennel shop, to improve your phone food photography

3. 5-in-1 diffuser/reflector

The wrong light source can ruin a good photo. Carrying [affiliate link] a small 5-in-1 diffuser/reflector with you lets you manipulate the light (by diffusing bright, glaring sunlight or reflecting a single-source light to fill dark shadows).

Buy [affiliate link] this mini 5-in-1 reflector/diffuser for better food photography on the go.


Taking food photos using an iPhone or another smartphone can be an easy and cheap way to get great food photos when you’re out and about.

Improve your phone food photography by keeping a tripod, ring light and mini diffuser/reflector on-hand, so you can easily take the best food photos on your phone.

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Equipment for better phone food photography