What Cameras I Use for Blogging

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People think that what camera you use can really make or break your blogging photos. No, not really. It’s all about how you use them. I’ve taken some great photos with my iPhone.

Before I even get into telling you about the cameras I use to take my blog photos and to make videos – the most important piece of advice I can give is learn how to use it.

I bought my Nikon DSLR camera over 3 and a half years ago. I thought I’d instantly have those photos with that bloggy blur you see on fashion blogs. Wrong. Because I didn’t learn how to use my camera properly and I was relying on the auto modes.

It wasn’t until I started learning about aperture, shutter speed ,and ISO that I began to see a difference in my photos.

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Taken with the Olympus Pen

See that camera you just scroll past? That’s my Nikon D3100. It’s an entry level DSLR and it came with that lens it’s wearing.

The Nikon D3300 Digital SLR Camera is the latest version if this, if you’re interested in buying one for yourself.

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Taken with the Olympus Pen

Taken with Nikon 50mmThe lens it comes with works fine and it’s the lens I use the most. It’s good for flicking onto a manual mode when you’re out and about and don’t have time to mess with the settings, but you can also get some really good effects if you have a play and learn how to use it.

The following photo was taken with that lens:

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So you don’t always need to fork out on a camera and then buy an additional lens. Just learn how to get the type of photos you want.

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Taken with Nikon 18-55mm

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Taken with the Olympus Pen

I bought the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens after a few months of struggling to get the blurred look I wanted.

This lens is lovely for product photos, but not so much for outfit photos as it’s really zoomed in. I have gotten some bloggers to take some outfit photos, it’s hard to get the focus right.

I’ve since gone back to using my kit lens more often, just because I can use it better now and the pictures come out much sharper.

Here are some photos I’ve taken with it:

It’s difficult to focus and I always take about 10-20 photos of each product as some are sure to be out of focus, then pick the best. You have to focus is just right for it to be sharp.

I’ve found asking friends to take my outfit photos with it doesn’t work well unless they’re used to using a lens similar. It does take a bit of practice!

Moving on then.

Taken with Nikon 50mm

Ohhh, the Olympus PEN E-PL7. The bloggiest camera in the land.

In good lighting, this camera is brilliant. I mean, look at this photo:

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In the dark, it struggles. Or I struggle to get the settings right. IT’S HARD. I bought this camera to take to events so I didn’t have to take my big camera with me.

Almost every event I’ve been to, lighting has been pants and I’ve ended up taking blurry photos.

Although this camera does have some pretty neat functions.

One being that you can download the Olympus app and control the camera via your phone. These next two photos you’ll see are taken with the Olympus Pen on a tripod in front of me and me using the app as the view finder and then taking the photo with my phone:

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Taken with the Olympus Pen

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Taken with the Olympus Pen

There’s also the old flip out screen which you can use for both selfies and flat lays.

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I rarely use this camera for blog photos, although I often use it for food photos as it seems to bring out some really great colours. Not to mention that you can then connect to wifi, download the photo to your phone and put it on Instagram.

The flip down screen is also a life saver for vlogging as you can make sure you’re in focus and the lighting is working for you.

At first, I hated this camera because I struggle to use it at events, but since I’ve started vlogging again, I’ve fallen in love with it.

I wouldn’t recommend getting this camera to as a smaller one to take to events, though – there are much better, cheaper cameras you can use for that! You can see this post for more info on this:

But for vlogging, or even as a main camera if you have good lighting or box lighting – it’s brilliant and I have taken many great photos with it for the blog. I just stick to my Nikon in general because I’m more familiar with it.

So that’s it for the cameras I use for blogging and vlogging – what do you use?

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14 Comments

  1. September 2, 2016 / 10:58 am

    Most of the time I use my Canon 5D Mark II because it’s the one I use for my professional work plus I love it really, really much. I have many different lenses but for blogging purposes I’m loyal to a 50mm f/1.4 one. But lately I’ve decided to take a short break from it (summer and heavy DSLR aren’t a very good combination haha) so pretty much all the photos that have been showing up on the blog are taken with my iPhone 6S and the quality is just great for blogging. So yeah, you really don’t need a fancy camera to take awesome photos, it’s more important to know your camera by heart and think about light and composition before taking photo 🙂
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  2. September 2, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    I can’t wait until I can get a better camera. I feel my photos are really suffering, I actually think my phone takes better pictures than the camera I bought!

  3. September 2, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    I use the Sony A5000 which is good for how cheap it was but annoyingly doesn’t come with a manual focus lens so I always have to use automatic focus and for that reason I haven’t really bothered learning how to use it properly!
    Amy xx
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  4. September 2, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    I was curious about the Olympus Pen but I’ve heard mixed reviews. I always tell people the same thing. It doesn’t matter what camera you have if you don’t know how to use it. I have a Canon 7D but lately I’ve been using my iPhone more out of convenience.
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  5. September 2, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    I’ve read so many good reviews for the Olympus PEN. So far I’m managing with the phone and, of course, with the DSLR Canon that my husband has to set up. I wish I was more knowledgeable when it comes to cameras, but I’m not spending any time learning, so I’m not. :))
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  6. September 2, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    I love my iPhone for taking pics, a superb camera. For blogging about a year ago I bought a DSLR and haven’t looked back Lucy x
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  7. September 3, 2016 / 11:55 am

    I toyed with getting the PEN but chose the Samsung NX3000, I love it to pieces, does everything I need it to and you can change the lens. fab fab.

    HANNAH FROM NYLONTOAST

  8. September 3, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    I really need to buy a professional camera to take better photos for my blog! Currently I am using my phone! There are quite few cameras out there so it makes it difficult for me to decide which one would be more suitable for my needs. I will check out the ones that you’ve been using.
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  9. September 3, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    Love this post. I haven’t had any money to buy a camera and so just use my HTC phone camera for now, it’s not the best but I just about make do. I cannot wait to learn more about photography and get using a decent camera. Maybe I’ll get one at Christmas. Thanks for sharing your tips. I’ll be reverting back to this for future reference xx

  10. September 3, 2016 / 11:50 pm

    I have a DSLR but it’s a little bigger than I’d like for international travel. Would you recommend the PEN for travel photos?
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  11. September 12, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    I just use my trusty old iPhone 6 plus. I’m toying with getting the 7 plus for the extra camera features
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