Not too long ago, taking good food photos cost a bloody fortune. There was no way you could have done it yourself. A perspective correcting lens, large format camera system was more than a down payment on a luxury house. You need a dark room, enlarger, chemicals -------.
Today, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t have good food photos. Or try to take good photos. With software like Photoshop, you still have several chances to end up with good photos even if you didn’t get a nice shot in the beginning. Of course printing out your own portfolio is totally affordable with your inexpensive printer.
There are two things to consider for good food photos, they are not related skills .i.e. good camera skills and good plating skills.
Good camera skills cost you very little, good plating skills cost nothing.
The following pictures were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 8200. No fake food were used.