So you may have seen my first Blog Photography instalment when I was guest posting over on Thumbelina Lillie's blog, you can read that HERE. In the post I covered the basics on what I believe it takes to create a good photo, including tips on getting to know your camera, lighting and editing. As promised I said I would do a more in depth post on my blog photography in particular what I use to achieve my photos; the 'tools of the trade' so to speak and although I'm definitely no expert I thought this post might be useful as I'm often asked how I take my photos or what I use to take them so here goes!
The Camera - So I would say the best investment I have made by far is my camera, as I mentioned in the previous post I have been through SO many cameras and this is THE ONE; it's the Canon 600D. I also have 3 different lenses for it (but that's a whole other post I'm going to delve into next time, can you tell I enjoy these kinda posts?!) I use my camera pretty much constantly for my blog and YouTube. It offers amazing quality and the flip out screen makes portrait photography and video recording a piece of cake.
Memory Card - I take ALLATA photos and videos so for me it's key that I have a quality memory card. I use the Sandisk 32GB Extreme Memory Card. I find that 32GB is enough for everything I need. I actually have 5-6 of the same one, purposely in case I lose one of them. Something that is also really important to note too is if you take videos with a HD camera you'll need to make sure your memory cards are 'Class 10' or above, this means that they will be able to process higher resolution videos, smaller memory cards do not have the capacity to do this.
Camera Remote - This little gem is great, especially for blog and YouTube things; it allows you to snap photos of yourself or something that's at a difficult angle (without the awkward arm shot in your selfie) and also means you get really still and steady photography as there is no shake from pressing the button. They're also crazy cheap on eBay too, I use mine almost everyday.
Tripod - This is another one much like the camera remote, it makes life wayyyyy easier and gives photos and videos that professional feel. With a good sturdy tripod there is no shake allowing you to capture really crisp photography. I use my tripod every time I film a YouTube video and also for when I take bird's eye view photos for my blog. I purchased mine from eBay. I've gone through quite a few tripods and I really do believe you get what you pay for, I've made the mistake of getting a really cheap one to start off thinking there was going to be no difference with the more expensive ones; there 100% was. The cheap alternative was bought through eBay and came from China, it broke within a month and nearly toppled over every time I tried to use it, not only was this obviously not functional but it was almost damaging my camera every time I attempted to use it, ANYWAY, I bit the bullet and went for this one. It's still not majorly expensive and I'm sure you can get wayyyy swankier ones but it's so sturdy and heavy so stays put for all of my needs.
MacBook Pro/Editing Software - Obviously any laptop that you can get an SD card into will do; I personally just choose a MacBook Pro but anything to get your pictures online will do the trick. On my laptop is the software I use to edit my photography/videos. For editing my blog photography I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. As I've perviously mentioned there are a whole load of editing programmes available but I personally love Lightroom as it's really easy to use and offers a lot of variety. I don't like to 'edit' my photos loads, the only thing I really do is edit the curves, lightening, brightness and contrast. I find this process gives a photo a nice clean professional look; there's nothing worse than an over edited photo.
So that's it folks! Those are the main tools I use to create my blog photography! I hope you found this helpful in some way. I would love to know any suggestions in the comments!
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