Photography and Blogging (Vol. 1): My Photography Equipment

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I think I've come a long way since my very first OOTD post. When I first started this blog, I used a point-and-shoot camera on a tripod with a timer. Nowadays, my blogging photography equipment has gotten quite the upgrades and I've learned so much about photography along the way. I wanted to share some of the things I learned with you guys so I decided to start a mini series on blogging photography. Today's post will be all about the equipment I use and some of the things I recommend. 

The Camera and Lenses: 

Currently, I use a Canon EOS Rebel T5. There are pros and cons when it comes to using a camera that isn't full frame (I'll discuss full frame APS sensors vs. cropped frame APS-C sensors in another post) but for a hobby personal style blog this works perfectly for my needs. 
While I love how my photos have been turning out since I got this camera, It's only in the last year I started using a DSLR for my blog. Before I got my DSLR I used my Samsung NX1100 camera and still have it for video-recording purposes (my Youtube channel will be coming soon). If a DSLR isn't in your budget right now, that's totally ok! I still maintain that a DSLR isn't necessary for a successful blog - a good example of this is one of my favorite bloggers, Sophia Rosemary Barresse. If you can find a camera (either mirrorless or DSLR) that gives you the ability to control things like aperture or shutter speed that's in your budget, I would get that. Also notable that the new iPhones have a feature that gives you that "blurred background" look (it's called "bokeh" and I will be going over that too). If a new camera doesn't make sense for you right now, there's no shame in using your phone. 
As for lenses, I use Canon's "nifty-fifty" lens for a majority of my outfit photos. While I love this lens for it's great features, because it fits on a cropped sensor camera I have to have my photographer move very far back to get a full body photo because it looks super zoomed in. We recently added a Yongnuo 35mm f2 lens to our arsenal and the photos have been great and it doesn't feel as restricting when shooting in a crowded space. While not as sharp as my Canon lens, it's been pretty good so far. 
Finally, for flatlays, I use the kit lens my camera came with. The 18-55mm lens is just fine for when I just need to take a few closeups of products. It's also a great introductory lens for those starting out shooting with a DSLR.

Camera Accessories: 

I use two tripods. First is a small gorilla pod that used to be perfect for my Samsung camera. It hasn't been that great for my DSLR but when I start vlogging, I'll be using it again. 
The other tripod I use is just a basic one from Amazon. Unfortunately my camera can't be hooked up to a wireless remote (something to note if that's important to you) So I used to use a self-timer. 
I also recently ordered a UV filter so that we can start shooting in extremely sunny conditions (it was a problem this summer). 

Editing: 

I currently use Adobe Lightroom for editing. I've never been a Photoshop person, (though I completely understand why people use it). I download a few overlays (or filters, if you will) for Lightroom for editing purposes. You can get really great and inexpensive ones from Etsy but if you look around the internet you can find great ones for free as well. 
I also use PicMonkey for creating collages and Canva for creating Pinterest-worthy designs. 

Are you a blogger? Tell me about your equipment and recommendations!

10 comments

  1. I use my 50mm lens for everything including flat lays! It does get annoying having to stand so faraway for OOTD shots, but I love the look of the blurry background!

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  2. Such a helpful post :)
    Thank you for sharing!
    xx Katha
    showthestyle.blogspot.com

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  3. Thanks for sharing! =)
    -mainou
    http://www.looksbymc.com

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  4. I think each blogger develops also in the context of the pictures and the equipment! It was very interesting to see your very first OOTD and you look beautiful on this post! Thanks a lot for sharing your equipment - I see you are a pro.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  5. The Canon you're using is just perfect for a blog, it's not as expensive as the other cameras and give amazing photos! :) I'll have to get the gorilla tripod one day!

    http://ariadibari.com

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  6. It's always so interesting to look back at old photos and see how far our photography has come! Your photos are always great so thanks for sharing what you use! We use a Sony A6000!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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