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