Blogology-101: Favorite Photo Equipment
What is up Friday?!
Are you equally obsessed with the new blog facelift?
I can’t stop staring! I am so happy with the outcome and I hope you love it too.
I know it’s been a minute but in honor of the recent blog changes I thought I would switch it up a bit from all the beauty posts lately and chat about what goes on behind the blog. What photo equipment I use, some tips may help you and your business, etc. So are you down? I hope so! Oh also, I have an exciting announcement at the end of this post so let’s dive in!
Before you go,
comment below with any questions you have on photography or the equipment. If there is a post you want to see if if you want to learn more about how I run the blog just comment below and let me know!
Favorite Photo Equipment:
DSLR Camera: First, you do not need a fancy/expensive camera. Second, since Christmas is coming, feel free to ask for the fancy/expensive camera. JK jk but seriously you technically don’t need one. I personally feel like my blog exploded when I started taking better pictures and that was thanks to my DSLR. About two years ago when I got my DSLR camera [for Christmas] and I instantly went to Pinterest to learn the best tips on how to take beautiful photos. It really paid off and I never had to take any photo classes [the internet is a wonderful thing] but if you can’t afford a DSLR camera that is totally fine. You would be surprised how many photos I take with my iPhone camera. I don’t always have my DSLR with me and sometimes you just need to take a shot so the iPhone camera works well too. However, I do edit those photos in a few different apps to make them look really nice [hmm maybe I should do a blog post on that? Tell me below!]. If the iPhone doesn’t work for you, then a digital camera works great too. Point is, you need a decent camera or you need to at least learn how to take great photos with what you got. It’s all about the lighting and angle!
A Tripod or a stand: You really just need something to hold the camera or iphone. They have a ton on Amazon [see announcement below for recommendations]. Tripods are pretty cheap and if you plan on taking your own fashion photos or if you want to film tripods are easy to use. I also like smaller, bendable tripods for cool shots. They can wrap around poles or branches and aren’t as obvious when you are casually trying to take some photos at your local Instagram worthy spot.
Lighting: I’m pretty sure we talked about lighting before but if I didn’t, having a lighting kit is really, really helpful and pretty essential. If you are someone who works 9 to 5 and blogs on the side it can be really hard to get those incredible natural light photos. Also I am someone who generally prefers to work at night, so for me having a lighting kit makes filming a lot easier. If you are someone who can get a lot of natural light shots, then you may not need a lighting kit but I would recommend to everyone [and their mother] to get a ring light. I use it every single day to apply my makeup and if you are a beauty blogger or someone who wants to take nice selfies, the ring light is your key to gorgeous, well lit photos. Warning: these are a bit pricey but I truly believe they are worth the money. I have used mine every single day, multiple times a day, since I got mine a year and a half ago.
Props + Backgrounds: One of the best things I ever bought was a $15 faux white fur rug from Marshalls. You’ll see it featured in almost all of my photos because it gives a luxe vibe and it makes my photos look extra bright and beautiful. I have a few other ‘backgrounds’ that I use. Some are as simple as white boards from the dollar store covered in wrapping paper and some are a little more advanced like tablecloths, fabrics, or individual tiles. I also have a lot of candles, fake plants, and other goods that will help make a photo come to life and POP! [Maybe another post? Slay the flatlay? Idk what do you think?] Anyways, another thing I recently purchase was a backdrop support system. It is freakin’ HUGE. Literally takes up my entire bedroom and I have a decent size room! I really didn’t need it to be that big but for $34 bucks I just removed the two middle pieces and tried to downsize it but the point of the holder is it holds up your backdrop. So if you are someone who likes to film videos for your business or blog, or if you want to take photos with a background, a holder will make life so much easier. For backdrops, I personally shop at Joann’s Fabrics but I would look at your local fabric store for inexpensive backdrops for videos or even as photo backgrounds.
Different Lenses: If you do end up purchasing a DSLR camera, one of my absolute favorite pieces of photo equipment is my 50MM lens. Now, I’m aware the lens and DSLR cameras are expensive however, I look at them as an investment. Yes, I solely use them for blogging but I also take photos at family events and holidays. I’m sure when I have kids I will be really glad I had a nice camera that I knew how to use to take pictures for all the memories. So, while they are pricey, I look at them as an investment. Just to show the difference, here is a photo and here is a photo with my 50MM lens vs a picture with my regular DSLR lens. The 50MM allows me to get really, really close detailed shots. You can also use them for non-close up shots but I prefer to use them to get really great detailed shots [more recent photos with the 50MM: shot 1 and shot 2]. The Jord watch photos were actually the first ones I ever took with the 50MM so hopefully I have gotten better but the point is I take a lot of product shots so whether you are a beauty blogger or a bakery or jeweler or someone that maybe wants detailed photos, the 50MM may be for you. If you are looking to take other types of photos I would look into different lenses that will suite what you are looking to capture.
Find a Photographer Friend: This one isn’t essential but if you are a fashion blogger or someone who needs full body photos, it is a heck of a lot easier to hire a local professional or ask a friend. I know a lot of you have heard about Instagram Husbands joke and it’s true if you can get your hubby to take your photos that is even better. My brother happens to be into photography so when I need some shots, I just drag him out to help but if you don’t have someone, team up with a local photographer. I know it can be expensive so see if you can work out an exchange that will benefit both parties instead of something monetary. If they still want to charge make sure to take multiple shots [or outfits] in that day.
Find Inspo: Don’t be afraid to stalk Instagram or Pinterest for some inspo. It can be really tough to always come up with cool concepts or ideas for photos, so yes, sometimes go a look on the internet for some Inspo. One thing I do when I am in a rut is look up certain hashtags then I find 4 or 5 pictures I love for inspo and I try to put my own spin on them. It helps me and if that fails I just look for new objects in my house or I take a drive to find a new photo location.
Microphones: I know this isn’t technically photo but as I started writing this post it became more photo and video so here we are. When recording a video whether it is a beauty tutorial or a business video, having a microphone makes the quality of the sound and your video appear so much more professional. If you are someone who likes to do podcasts or webinars, having a microphone is essential. I personally prefer the Yeti microphones but they also have other inexpensive microphones that work really well too.
Bonus tip: Don’t be afraid to switch it up! For the longest time I put off making videos because I was too scared of what others would think or how stupid I would look. Videos are now one of my favorite things to make. If you follow me on Instagram, you will notice I started adding a few videos into the mix and I
think hope you guys love them as much as I do!
[ EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT ]
We are so excited and proud to announce that we are officially an Amazon Influencer! What does that mean? Well basically I can create a list of all my Amazon favorites and share them with you. If you ever want to see what products I use or love, just pop on over to the list because I will be updating often. You can see all my favorite products that I use from today’s post and more! Also, like any affiliate program, if you choose to purchase through one of my affiliate links, the blog will earn a small commission. Not all links are affiliate links but I want to make sure you guys know that if you happen to click on one and purchase through it that it will only help support the blog.
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