A review of The Foodie Bag from the Paper Bag Company… Full of essential Instagram kit for people who love to photograph food. #TheFoodieBag #AD #review #PRSample #gifted
Disclaimer : I was sent The Foodie Bag to review. However, I received no other payment towards publication. All content and views expressed are entirely my own. (AD)
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What is The Foodie Bag?
I’ve been sent The Foodie Bag to review. The what? You ask. Well… Quite simply, if you love photographing food, then this one’s for you. And although food photography isn’t something everyone does, there are an increasing number of people out there who like to snap their bakes, cakes and dinners before they scoff them… And then they share all the yumminess with the world via social media. Sound familiar?
Sometimes though, the photos we take can be disappointing. Trust me… I usually take dozens to get the few that end up on the blog. And even then, they can be frankly rubbish.
But most often it comes down to light, background and surroundings to make the difference between a good photo and one that’s instantly deleted. A problem that can be tricky to solve without a few tricks of the trade.
And this is where The Foodie Bag can help… An Instagram Bag of goodies that are easy to carry and ready to help take your food photographs to the next level… It’s got all you need as a starter kit for food photography and for taking great photos when out and about.
What’s in The Instagram Bag for Foodies?
- A lovely limited edition, double-sided black canvas bag (size: 19 x 16 x 4 inches). It’s large enough to hold all your essential kit and comes complete with an internal pocket, mesh divider and a secure zip closure.
- Four Photographic Backdrops – A2 size (16.5 x 23.4 inches / 420 x 594 mm) by Black Velvet Styling.
- A 5 in 1 pop up reflector which folds down into a neat storage pouch.
- A set of eight beautiful postcards with food photography tips from phone photographer Matt Inwood.
What I love (and don’t love) about The Foodie Bag
I was sent The Foodie Bag to review… But I genuinely love it. What it contains is really really useful.
The bag itself is large… Certainly big enough to carry not just the stuff that came with it, but my camera (in its padded case), a mini portable tripod, a couple of extra small props and even a plate of two. Perfect! Living by the sea, sometimes the light and context is best outside… This Foodie Bag means I can grab what I need and head down to the beach for more fun and better photos.
The photographic backdrops are super-useful too. I’ll be honest… I only recently ventured into the world of backdrops a few months ago, but they’ve made a huge difference to the images I take. The backdrops in the bag are varied in colour and beautifully textured and give a great selection that should fit most plates of food.
The backdrops are supplied by Black Velvet Styling, which is the company I use for my usual kit. And although made of paper, it is strong enough to be robust and can be wiped clean after use.
The down side is that because they are rolled for storage into a heavy-duty cardboard tube, they need to be flattened or held down at the corners before using. At A2, they are also half the size of my usual backdrops. Although this means that I can’t use them quite as flexibly, they are still large enough to fit a dinner plate or two and to cover a good enough background area for less fussy shots (which is my style anyway).
Since I usually use a tatty piece of card which is silver on one side and white on the other, the gift of a set of pop-up reflectors is a serious step up! And although the set that comes with the Instagram Bag is quite small in dimension, it’s all that’s needed to brighten, enhance and reflect the light back to the plate.
And even better… They twist and fold down quickly and easily into a diddy pouch, so they’re easy to carry with you outside of The Foodie Bag too… Think restaurant photos where you want a little more brightness, but with discretion over your activities.
Photo Cards with Tips…
The photo cards that come with the bag are beautiful to look at images which in themselves are inspiring. They aren’t fussy photos with endless fluff and props surrounding the plates of food, and show just what can be done with basic space.
As someone who has always photographed by instinct (I’ve never had any training), they are also interesting and helpful in offering some great tips and advice on how to get the best from the frame.
Who is #TheFoodieBag for?
So, who should own a #TheFoodieBag? The hint may be in the hashtag! Calling all Foodies… The Instagram Bag is perfect for…
- Bloggers – particularly those starting out and those who want some ready kit without having to invest too much cash. It’s all the stuff you need to take starter food photography up a level…
- People who like to photograph their food for Instagram and other Social Media… Anywhere!
- Bloggers who like to go beyond the kitchen to photograph food… Whether in the garden, a little further afield or when eating out.
- Makes a perfect gift for photo-food lovers… and definitely more exciting than (another) bottle of perfume or gin!
How much does it cost?
The Foodie Bag costs £39-95 all in. Which is really good value. You’d be pushing it to buy the 4 backdrops and reflectors for less… so, it’s more than worth the money. And it’s really useful too… Getting one is a bit of a no-brainer if you want the key kit to take better food photos.
Where can I buy The Foodie Bag?
So now you have the low-down… Where do you get hold of The Foodie Bag?
Simply head over to The Paper Bag Company… You’ll find all the details there and can buy direct on-line.
And if you haven’t seen it yet, I’d love you to check out my Gluten Free Alchemist Instagram Profile. As social media goes, IG is a favourite of mine… It’s instant food porn on tap… (but only if the photos make me drool…) 😘
Looking for more food to drool over? Check out our Gluten Free ‘Recipe Book’ Index…