My Blogging Photography.

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:

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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:

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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:

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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,

Em x

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34 responses to “My Blogging Photography.”

  1. sohelena says:

    Really liked this post! I am still trying to get my head around the photography on my blog, especially creating good flat lays! Definitely going to get some fairy lights. Looking forward to the post about phone photography as I mostly use that when I’m out and about!

    http://www.sohelena.com

    xxx

  2. artsycrystal says:

    I am just starting to get more into photography. Loved this post.

  3. Serena Reidy says:

    Love your pics, especially the sunset! I also use my iPhone to take blog pics, especially for Instagram!

  4. Sophia Leigh says:

    This is great! I love how you are sharing your photography. I’m still learning & have a basic camera but it also does the job hehe love Leigh | http://Www.imsophialeigh.wordpress.com x

  5. I really like this post! Your pics are really nice. I am getting better at photography but I always have to wait for a good light outside… and I am still to master my camera though! xx Corinne from Corinne & Kirsty

  6. You have an amazing photography style and your pictures are always beautiful. Blog photography is something I think I neee to work on so I really enjoyed reading this post 💖

  7. Loved this post, your photography has always been so amazing. We’re still working on ours and still working out the settings on our own camera but like you I’m blessed to have a 7 and they take great pictures too when we can’t be bothered to bring the big camera!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  8. Kirsty M says:

    Love your blog pics! I currently take my photos on either my iphone or with my camera but I find taking pics with my iphone is easier.

    Also I have an Echeveria too but hasn’t featured on blog (yet!) lol x

    http://www.astoldbykirsty.blogspot.co.uk
    #TeacupClub

  9. Maya says:

    Yeah, photography is the bane of my blogging existence 😀 I’ve a lovely Nikon that I have to learn to use properly. And I need a plant like yours ☺ Using Photoshop Elements is something I do, but I stick to the quick or guided edits.

    Love your blog pics, they’re just so clear. I’ll be back to read more.

    Maya | londondamsel.co.uk

  10. This is a great post. My biggest concerns with photos is always the backgrounds and lighting. It boggles me how so many bloggers take photos that have no shadows. Even when I have all natural light, my subject still casts a big, unattractive shadow. I still have a lot to learn, I suppose. You photography is always so lovely, so way to go, you! xoxo

  11. Emily says:

    This was such a helpful post! I keep saying I need to get a real camera, but I think moving to an apartment with natural lighting would be more of a help, haha. I can’t believe that first shy is just on top of your dresser! Mine is all covered with stuff 😅.

    You take such beautiful photos!

    xoxo
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

  12. So helpful! I love these pictures and great post love❤️

  13. Bread says:

    The phone is handy cause it’s easier to carry but no substitute for an actual camera. I have a new Sony and I freaking love it.

  14. VSCO is my favorite ever! I’m still only using my phone camera at this point but this was such a nice post to read. (: Keep it up!

    Single Vegas Girl
    http://singlevegasgirl.blogspot.com

  15. Your blog photography is really amazing! Plants make a lovely addition to flatlays so I might practice with my little lucky bamboo ☺️ I love that your camera and plant have names as well hehe xxx

    • emibeccamarven says:

      Thank you so much! Aww that’s adorable, I love bamboo! Yeaaaah I’m that person! xxx

  16. Elisha says:

    Thanks for the tips Emily!

    I’ve just recently ordered my first ‘nice’ camera to start creating better quality images for my blog, and I can’t wait to get started experimenting! 🙂

  17. Amy says:

    Love this!!! Thanks for sharing. Makes me feel so much better about myself xxx

  18. Kayleigh Zara says:

    Really love your photography and it’s a great insight on the camera that you use. I’m the same in the sense that I don’t do that much editing to my photos either x

  19. Terri says:

    I’ve always loved your photography! Beautiful camera! I’ve just invested in a camera and it’s changed my blogging game tbh!

    Terri x
    http://www.territalks.co.uk

  20. Robyn says:

    Blogging photography is something I’ve always wanted to improve! This is such a great post and I’m always torn between using my camera and my phone!

    Robyn // http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk

  21. you definitely take amazing pictures! A post like this is so helpful to many bloggers. I have learnt a thing or two about taking photos myself

    http://www.hettyash.com

  22. I’m obsessed with your pictures!!! I really need to up my photo skills!!! Great post xox

  23. Ioanna says:

    I just started my blog and I love it but taking cute blog photos are so hard!! I have a nice camera (no fancy lenses or anything but it’s good) and I’m ok with it but my problem is lighting. How does everyone take such nice pictures during winter?!

    Perhaps I’ll try my luck with the editing apps you recommended…

    Ioanna | beautyloverstories.com

  24. Penny says:

    I’ve become a bit obsessed with how others take blog photos and edit them. Lovely pics.

  25. I found this very informative and helpful. Thank you so much. 🙂

  26. louisebodlex says:

    Blogging photography is definitely something I need to start working on. I hardly do any photography for my blog currently x

  27. Sophie says:

    Loved this post, and think I’m going to have to buy a fake plant now, they look so nice it photos xx

  28. Ela Kaimo says:

    I’m thinking of investing in a camera for my blog, but I’m not skilled enough in photography to justify such a purchase! Will probably stick with my iPhone 7 Plus for now.

    • emibeccamarven says:

      I get that feeling, it’s a huge investment but will I know how to use it? haha! Iphone 7+ have amazing cameras though! I have friends who have ditched their cameras for their Iphone 7+!

  29. I’m quite a novice when it comes to blogging photography in general, let alone props!
    Great to hear your tips and see some examples though. On my to-do list is practice editing, buy some props and experiment with lighting 😀

    The Frugal Teen | http://thefrugalteen.wixsite.com/thefrugalteen

    • emibeccamarven says:

      I’m still breaking myself into props, I want to get more but don’t know what I want in my photos it’s such a hard decision haha! Ahhh thank you I’m glad you liked it! Yesss, experimenting and figuring out what you like is the way to do it – it’s a process but so worth it! x

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