In the first steps phase of blogging, a common conundrum people face is photography. It’s just this empty abyss, and there’s this wash of uncertainty. And with so many cameras and opinions over the internet how do you even know where to start? So I thought I’d give my insight on the beginnings of blogging photography.
I will admit, I’ve had it off relatively lucky. When I started my little blog I already had a camera, nothing special but a camera. And that’s the camera I have to this day, this little camera has seen me through a lot and I have also been asked many times about my photography for my blog so I feel it necessary to show her in all her glory.
This is Camilla. Camilla is a Nikon Coolpix L830, she was a 17th birthday present so I’m not sure on the definite price, but it would only be around £150-£200, so the perfect begginers camera and a great all rounder – whether it be taking flat lays, product photos, travel photos or shots of people. I can’t rave about her enough. Okay she’s not got anything special, no fancy features, and I am not skilled with a camera at all but it’s so easy to get a requisite quality and sleek snaps. To give you some ideas of what she can do, first is a basic blog photo I took on the top of my wooden drawers:
It brings out all the beautiful details of the bralette and jumper and gives it a nice bright feel. This was just shot in natural daylight – no fancy lighting included.
Next, an outdoors and headshot picture:
It’s been slightly edited, but only the filter to give it a faded, autmny tone. But again it captures the details so well, and caught something very candid really well.
Finally, something that I have thanked this camera so much for, is capturing this beautiful sunrise in Japan:
I set Camilla to a sunset setting, and because of the time of day I had it places on a wall (yup, no tripod needed) so it caught a really sharp and clean picture of something so alluring.
As for photography props, I’m still such a novice. How people get those beautiful flat-lays and elegant depth is beyond me. But I do have some props which add a little something to my pictures. Firstly, Edwardo my Echeveria, who I actually bought because I wanted a plant but has become quite a regular in my photos. Plans just add this homely feel and make everything seem a bit brighter. I’d highly recommend getting a plant, fake or real, for your photos and just simply for your room! I also purchased some fairy lights from Amazon, which are embedded in a silver wire making them easy to position how you’d like and are really subtly, but give a nice light. I also occasionally use my brothers Mac Book, simply because it looks sleeker and better than my bulky red Toshiba. Just for reference, here are some pictures I’ve used including some of these props:
Now onto the editing part, I honestly don’t do much apart from crop it, maybe play around with the temperature and saturation to get the vibrancy I desire. And for that I’ll either use PicMonkey or Pixlr. Those were the two programs I used to make the headers with until quite recently, now I use Canva which provides many free and beautiful fonts and layouts to make your pictures look that bit more professional. I’d highly recommend playing around with all three of these because they’re so simple, free and amazing.
I do also use my phone, which is totally acceptable too, and you can still get really good pictures just with your phone. It may just take a little more effort and time. Again, I’m lucky and have an Iphone 7 – which has an amazing camera anyway, but it was not always the case, I had a pretty aged Samsung until November and the photos weren’t always great, but I made do. I wasn’t confident enough to ever take my camera out for blog photos so I’d use my phone, and the things I’d advice you concentrate on are: lighting, angles, colour and details – it’ll just extenuate the photo no matter the quality. For phone editing apps, I have experimented with many over the years and I’ve now got my favourites: VSCO Cam, Snapseed, Pixlr, Lightroom and Afterlight all I use for different things. But I won’t say too much more as I want to do another post on specifically on phone photography and go into what detail I can, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Until next time,