Sunday, 10 May 2015

My Blogging Equipment

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I've been feeling un-inspired and haven't really known what to post on this blog. But I have reached 100 BlogLovin' followers which I'm so happy about! It doesn't sound like a crazy amount of people but it still baffles me that 100 people want to read what I write on this blog. So thank you! 

I often get the odd question saying "How do you take your pictures?" or "What camera do you use?". So I thought it might come in handy to some of you, maybe who are just starting out blogging and want to know what equipment to use.

 When I first started blogging, I use to get really down about how my blog pictures looked (sad I know) and always wanted an expensive DSLR camera, like the Cannon 600D camera. But I soon realised that you don't need the biggest and most expensive camera to take good quality blog pictures.

I use to take my blog pictures on my iPhone 4S for about 4 months, until I got the Nikon Coolpix L830 for Christmas last year. My friend had this camera and I knew it was a goof quality camera that wasn't too expensive. It's currently £123.19 on Amazon which I think is such a good price for the quality of the pictures it takes. It lets you take pictures in Macro/Close Up mode, so you can get that really clear and bright picture, which is great for taking pictures of makeup. 

I like that the screen can tilt, so you can take a picture from up high and still be able to see what your doing, although it doesn't flip to the front so probably not the best camera for filming videos. You can find it HERE.

Technically, I can't count this as equipment as I don't use any studio lighting, I use natural lighting. Natural lighting is my equipment? Is that a thing? 

I don't feel the need to use studio lighting for my pictures, as I'm quite happy with how they look with natural lighting, and like the effect of taking my blog pictures by my window. The trick is to take a picture away from the light, so the light is shining onto the product instead of behind it. I think this makes the product look my clearer and you're able to see it better.

I think a tripod makes such a difference to blog pictures, especially certain ones like outfit pictures of pictures from above. Most of my pictures are taken from above as you get to see the full product, and you don't get any shadows or unnecessary mess in the background of pictures. The tripod I have is one only suitable for my camera. It collapses completely so doesn't mean you have to leave it out all the time, and you can adjust the height so over the top pictures are easy! You can find it HERE.

I've actually done a blog post on my blog photography backgrounds which you can check out by clicking HERE, but there are a part of my blog equipment and I love how it's so easy to change up the background of your blog pictures without having to re-decorate your room. Magazine pages also look great used as backgrounds, especially when the colour on the page match the product or the theme of the picture!

What do you use to take your blog pictures?

Hope you're well! 



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