ShotofGod wrote in post #18253989
Hello everyone, I need some advice for my girlfriend who deals with food photography.
Currently she is shooting with a samsung s7 edge...
Yes, a camera with explicit exposure controls, a good sync speed, and a flash hotshoe are probably better for this. A smaller-sensored bridge camera might be one way to start, since no specialized macro lens would be needed for close-ups.
But there is one other piece of gear right now that might be worth looking into, depending on how reluctant she is to give up using the phone and learning to use a camera. Godox has just introduced the A1, which is a blue-tooth device that lets a smart phone control off-camera lighting. Right now, the app is iOS only, but they say an Android version is coming soon (their press releases said September, but I haven't seen it pop up on the Google Play store, yet). The biggest stumbling block to this for most general off-camera flash users is that phone cameras tend to have electronic shutters, so the sync speed is abysmally slow (you're not going to use this for fill-flash outside). Match this with a fixed (wide) aperture and there's only a narrow window of settings where flash will work.
But for food photography, you usually don't need a lot of power, and you don't need a lot of shutter speed. While using the small on-board flash and LED is problematic in terms of light quality (although I've been able to amp up some small shots with bounce into the ceiling), the A1 also effectively works as a transmitter to Godox's other full-size lights, which range from speedlights (TT600, TT685, V850II, V860II) and barebulb flahses (AD200, AD360II) all the way up to studio strobes (AD600, QTII, QSII, DPII, and SKII series strobes). All of which have radio receivers built-in, and can be power-controlled from the phone app.
Just a thought until you can get her to use a real camera.