Saturday, January 30, 2016

Behind the Blog: The Camera

The camera is a super important aspect of blogging. You know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. But how can we ensure that the pictures we post on our blog are worth a thousand high quality words? I talk about my camera knowledge and tips for various types of cameras and lenses aimed towards helping you with blog photography.

I'm just going to start off by saying that I don't have much camera knowledge. I don't understand shutter speeds and ISO sensitivity, but I manage to get by. Yes, I probably should start learning my photography skills except I just haven't had time to get around to it. Nevertheless, this post is about picking a cameras and lenses for blogging and my personal tips based on the knowledge that I have around blog photography. Obviously, everyone has different opinions and these are just mine.

The Camera 

Olmypus OM-D M-10

For almost all of my blog pictures, I use the Olympus OM-D M-10 camera. This is a mirrorless camera instead of a DSLR, which I love because it allows for me to use liveview mode instead of constantly looking through the viewfinder. In addition, it tends to saturate photos, which is great for photo quality. Like a DSLR, it has the option to change lenses, but it is a lot more compact, which is especially great for on-the-go blogging.

Nikon D3300

DSLRs are super popular among photographers and bloggers. I had the Nikon D3300 for a short period of time, except I then decided that I just didn't like using a DSLR. Yes, I know that the best photographers use DSLRs, except it was such an inconvenience to me to sacrifice liveview mode. When I used liveview mode with a DSLR, it was super slow. I'm all about taking pictures in the spur of a moment. Sometimes something looks perfect just for a second and by the time I get my camera up, it's gone. With liveview, I can just snap a picture in seconds. 

Another option of course is a simple digital camera. I pretty much never use this camera if I'm completely honest, since I favor my other camera because it has more capabilities and higher resolution pictures. However, if you're not willing to spend much, you can still get away with not having an expensive camera. Yes, you can have a thousand dollar camera and take horrible pictures.

Along with the digital camera is the one that you can always count on, the phone camera. I almost never use phone pictures on the blog, since I'm very selective about high quality and high resolution photos, but I know that a ton of bloggers use their phone cameras and I honestly cannot tell the difference. 

The Lenses

 Often overshadowed by the camera, the lens you use can have a huge impact on the photo that you take. While it may sometimes seem as though the investment is in the camera, making an investment on high quality lenses is equally important.

wide angle camera lens

The wide angle lens

While I wouldn't consider this lens an essential to have, it's a really nice lens to have just in case you ever need it. The wide angle lens can be attached to a simple zoom lens so that you can fit more into a picture. This is especially helpful while traveling and trying to capture a city in all of its glory or if you're simply tall and you don't want to have to run across the room to get a good picture of yourself.

Fixed Camera Lens

The fixed lens

This is my all time favorite lens. Fixed lenses are the absolute best because they blur out the backgrounds of pictures. I love the look of photos when they focus on just one object and kit lenses just don't do that. A fixed lens, generally 50mm for most DSLRs, is a blogger essential. It makes your photos look so much more professional. The price of 50mm lenses can range from about $100-$300+, but it's 100% worth it.

The zoom lens

When I say zoom lens, this is me being super general. There are so many zoom lenses out there, but I don't have enough experience with all of them to recommend any specific one, however, I do advise you to steer away from the kit lens. Yes, it's nice to have a lens that comes with the camera and is simple, but it's not doing much to enhance your image. The lens that I use is the tiniest zoom lens that I have ever seen (mostly because I don't use a DSLR), it's the silver lens in the picture above

I also obviously have other camera lenses, but these are just some of the ones that I use the most. Honestly, I could probably get by happily with just my fixed lens. My camera essential would definitely have to be the fixed lens, it makes my pictures look beautiful and put together and I love the way that it looks on blogs. In addition, I think that the camera doesn't matter a ton. The thing that the camera does is provide the quality. The best combination is not just an expensive camera and a cheap lens, but a combination between a good camera and a good lens. Picking a camera for you isn't always easy with all those choices out there, it's a matter of personal preference and what you value most in a camera. 

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