Quite often I get asked about what equipment I use for my blog. Mainly what camera and editing software I use but I thought I’d pop it all in a blog post for you! I feel like I’m at a midway point with my blogging equipment. It’s a little bit more than just a starter blogging kit but it isn’t anything fancy. And the majority is pretty inexpensive. So it’ll be perfect for if you’re looking to expand your blogging equipment a bit more! Lets dig in.
For ages I used my old Little Nikon. However, I fell out love with little old Camilla as she didn’t have any exciting settings. So whilst I save for a new camera I’m using my brother’s camera (thanks Ollie). This is a Canon 1300D and it’s nothing particularly high tech, but it gets the job done. And I’ve found it the perfect camera for if you’re trying to learn your ways around the manual settings of a camera. I’m pretty sure it’s priced around the £300 mark. So if you’re looking to invest in a camera but don’t want to fork out an arm and a leg, this is for you. It comes with a kit lens, which is all I use really. However I do own a big zoom lens which I take travel shots with mostly! I’d definitely recommend investing in lenses though. I’d suggest getting a 50mm, especially if you shoot fashion shots!
I also use my Iphone 7 for a lot of my photography. Its great for getting quick, quality snaps for Instagram or my blog. So never doubt the power of the phone camera! I also edit a lot of my photos on my phone, mainly for convenience. I wrote a post about apps I like to use here if you want to give it a read. But in a nutshell I mainly use lightroom which is a free app and VSCO cam for my photos. And Unfold for my stories.
PHOTOGRAPHY BITS N’ BOBS
SD Cards –
I swear my bedroom has SD cards hidden in ever corner! I loose one, buy another and then find the lost one. So I have quite a few. But that’s not the end of the world. SD cards are crucial to storing all your photos. I find it’s always good to have one big one and a few smaller ones, just in case!
Ahhh, a lifesaver of mine. I’m honestly not sure what I’d do without this little guy sometimes. For any flatlay queen or self shooter, you need this in your life. I got mine for about £14 off Amazon so it’s such a cheap investment. And the product quality is great too! I use it especially for self shooting. If you have a canon you can download the canon app which lets you control the camera from your phone. So no setting a timer and diving into shot! Just set yourself where you need to be and click.
I might do a post dedicated to blog props later on. But I keep some go-to blog props at hand for that last minute flatlay. This includes some fake plants or flowers, jewellery and an aesthetic notebook. You can get all of these super cheap from somewhere like homesense or Amazon and they’re really good to just keep around!
So if I have more time I will edit on my laptop. And I edit my photos using Adobe Lightroom, which is a little pricey but 100% worth it. And if you’re a student, then it’s only £10 a month! So 200% worth it then. I’ll so another post on how I edit another time so I can go into detail, but Lightroom really changed the game for me. It’s just that little bit more professional.To edit my graphics and all my blogging resources such as my logo, media kit etc. I use Photoshop or Illustrator which are tricky to work your way around but once you’ve got to grips it’s so great! If you’re not wanting to splash the cash, I get that. But still want to make your own designs I highly recommend Canva. It’s free and it’s great to make so many things from logos to Pinterest graphics!
*at this point I’d like to cheekily say I’m opening a shop page on my blog in the next month where you will be able to buy affordable logos and other resources. And maybe even some lightroom presets which you’ll be able to use on the free app! stay tuned.
Annnnnd that’s about it! A little short n’ sweet but I’m always so nosey about what people use. So if you’re like me hopefully you find this helpful! And I’d love to know what you use if you’re a blogger or wanting to start a blog.