FOOD + DRINK FOOD presentation

My New Camera: a Nikon D5000

nikon d5000

nikon d5000

We finally did it! I was long due for a new camera. I dreamt of a flash since my house does not receive a lot of natural light. Plus, I often take food pictures when I am cooking dinner. I never developed the reflex to make actual shooting session, probably because I did not have the proper equipment. I do not aim to become a professional photographer. I simply want to create pictures that look great for my blog.

With the trip to Japan, it seems like the right time to upgrade. My husband got his new lenses and I got my flash. I want something that is fairly easy to use and not too heavy. This is why we opt for the Nikon D5000 with a SB-600 flash. When we got home, we found out that the camera has a Food scene setting.

First step

I took this picture to test the food setting while I cooked dinner last night. I am glad that I see a definitive improvement. The colors are more vivid that what I used to get with my old camera.

tropical fennel salad

But there is a lot more that I need to learn to produce stunning food pictures.

Next step

Styling and photography is the ultimate frontier. I know that I am not alone who would like to improve their skills. To get you started, explore the tips and techniques provided on

For one thing, I will see how I can set up a small photo studio in my home. And do not forget, practice makes better.

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  • Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz
    March 28, 2010 at 22:17

    You are the 2nd one to mention this particular model today, how funny. Glad you are enjoying it so far and thanks for the links.

    If my trip plan s fall through for this summer maybe I’ll get the camera then.

  • Harry
    March 28, 2010 at 23:02

    Good choice! I’ve been eyeing the D5000 for a while now. Still happy with the Canon G9, but it’s hard to get great results without more glass. Looking forward to all the pics from your next trip. 😉

  • Adriana Garcia
    March 29, 2010 at 10:30

    This is a great camera! I do not own one yet (I’m working on it), but I’ve had the pleasure of using this specific model before and it takes amazing pictures. Enjoy!

  • Lex
    March 29, 2010 at 12:01

    That looks great! Looks like the colours in the mango and cucumber true-to-life too (always a challenge when photographing food).

    It’s nice that you added the note about “not too heavy”. I find many SLRs to be too big for my hand and/or heavy to hold for a long time. While I don’t think of myself as girlie and I certainly don’t need a pink camera, some designing for smaller hands would be useful.

    Looking forward to seeing the great shots you’ll be sharing now.

  • gina - banafrit
    March 29, 2010 at 22:53

    I have the same camera and flash, and…I love it! I’m still trying to learn all of the features, so thanks for passing on the links. It is definitely a great starter digital-slr camera for those needing to take professional quality pics!

    Off to practice!

  • Amelie Cousineau
    March 30, 2010 at 15:09

    C’est un très bon choix de caméra Kim. Je suis certaine que tu vas faire des chefs-d’oeuvre avec ton nouvel équipement. 🙂
    Bonne continuité!