BUILDING A BLOG PHOTOGRAPHY KIT
When it comes to blogging, I think photography is just as important as the content. I remember when I started blogging last year, I was clueless about what was required for taking good photos. Over time, I read many photography blogs, researched on equipment and finally put together what I call as the blog photography kit. And if you are looking to put together your own, here are some things that you might find useful.
•Note• This list is elaborate, and you certainly do not need all these equipment. A simple camera and good lighting should be good to get you started. However eventually, if you happen to delve deep into the world of photography, you may want to expand your kit.
Camera: As cliched as it sounds, it is true - A good camera doesn't make a good photo, a good photographer does. So, any camera from a high end DSLR to the one on your phone can work for you if you invest time in learning to utilize it to its full potential. I think its best to work with whatever camera you have for a while before you figure out what more you want. If you are on the lookout for a good camera to invest in, here is a list of the best options to choose from.
Lens: The default lens on any camera works just fine, but depending on your purpose and the kind of photos you want - i.e higher sharpness, depth of field, angle width etc. - you may want to look into some lenses that do the job for you. Here is a great article to help you with lenses for your DSLR and here is another article to help you find the right lenses for your phone. Yes, there are lenses for your iPhone too!
Lighting: Natural light is your best friend and you should jump at every opportunity to shoot in the sunshine. True. However, if you live in a place where it gets dark by 4pm or there aren't huge windows, it can practically become impossible to get well-lit photos. If you are on a budget, here is a lovely DIY photography lighting kit which can help you get super bright photos on dark gloomy days. Alternatively, you may want to invest in this affordable lighting kit from amazon.
Remote: If you require to take selfies for your blog, then getting a remote is a great idea. Camera remotes are very affordable and trust me, they make the job so much more easier. Amazon basics remote, Canon RC-6 and iPhone Remote are some options to look into.
Tripod: If the camera gets a bit shaky and you need better focus to avoid blurry photos, you can get a tripod to help keep your camera stable. This amazon best seller is a great tripod to start with.
Diffuser & Reflector: To diffuse harsh sunlight, you can use a white translucent bed sheet as a diffuser to soften the light and eliminate dark shadows and highlights. To reflect the light on to your subject for more brightness, a white foam or card board can work wonders as a reflector.
Photo editing tools: Choose a couple of photo editors which you are comfortable working with to spruce up your photos and add that extra oomph. Here is my list of 13 best photo editors to choose from.
My Photography Kit essentials
Canon 600D DSLR / Canon f1.8 - 50mm lens / Amazon basics remote / Uncle's old Tripod ;) / 16 GB SanDisk card / Diffuser & reflector kit / Photoshop / Picmonkey
Due to my obsessive browsing of the Sephora website [sale], beauty posts have taken a backseat on my blog during the last week, but things will spring back to normal and we will be talking lipsticks and eyeliners very soon! Have a happy Sunday, my folks! ;)
What are your photography essentials?