Monday, 18 May 2015

Blogging Equipment & Photography Tips and Tricks



I frequently get sent lots of emails, tweets and comments from you all telling me how much you like my style of photography, asking what camera I use and how I learnt to use it. Well, I have finally got round to writing this post especially for you guys! I don’t often dish out advice on the subject of blogging mainly because I don’t consider myself an all-knowing oracle on the subject. It’s a world that’s constantly changing, there’s no right or wrong way of doing things and I’m still learning something new everyday myself. But when it comes to photography, I like to think I know a thing or two.

In sixth form/college, I decided to take A-Level photography as one of my four subjects. I had always had an interest in photography, visiting art galleries as a kid and just taking random photos on disposable cameras. When I started my course, I didn't own a camera. I saw that as a bit of a drawback considering I needed good grades to get into university. So I saved up, and a few months into my course I almost had enough money to buy a DSLR. My mum kindly put the rest together for me as a christmas present and I went with her to pick out a camera! I chose the Nikon D3100 as until I had my own, I used to loan out the ones belonging to my college, and this (amongst a couple others) is one of the ones I liked to loan out. My 'photography' teachers were actually art teachers and one of them didn't even know how to open the cupboards to get the cameras out, so from the start I knew the course was going to be very self led. I followed tutorials online, looked through the Instagrams of photographers and just tried to replicate their styles. Over time, I developed my own 'style' and I loved the bold, crisp, colourful images that I try and incorporate into my blog posts. 

To start blogging, I’d say you need minimal equipment: a camera and an internet connection. You don’t need to splash out on fancy gadgets at all. Many of the well known bloggers started out with little point of shoot cameras. No matter what you have, whether it's your phone or a £7000 camera, as long as you know how to use it properly you are in business! My camera cost no more than £350 from Argos (I can't seem to find it to tell you the exact cost) and it is just as good as more expensive ones I have tried.

In April, I bought myself the little Sony A5000 for more on the go blogging and tutorial style posts where I need to see myself (it has a flip screen unlike my DSLR). I'm still playing around with it and getting to know how to use it properly, but I used it for the photo of my DSLR in this post and it seems to do a good enough job! It retails at £251, which is a lot cheaper than the DSLR and it does pretty much the same stuff for a fraction of the post. It is cheap because they have since brought out the A6000 (?) which is the newer model and therefore there will be less demand for it. So if you are in need of a new camera for blogging, why not check out something like this rather than a DSLR?

For lighting, I use natural lighting - which is starting to make more of appearance here in the UK! I have used artificial lighting whilst doing my photography course and I know how amazing it is, but you can achieve similar results when natural lighting is used. Especially considering how expensive lighting it! The best tip with lighting that I've ever received is to NEVER… I repeat NEVER… use your cameras built in flash! If your photos turn out a little darker than you want them, you can always retouch them. There are many free photo retouching websites and programs out there. You don't need Photoshop at all! I am fortunate enough to have it (by the way, as students you can get it for just over £100 rather than £800+) but before I bought it I managed just fine!

If you have any other questions that I haven't covered in my post, feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email (charlottesophiaroberts@gmail.com) and I will reply as soon as possible!

Thanks for reading!

Love Charlotte x
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19 comments

  1. This is incredibly helpful as I am still quite new to all of this photography stuff!

    -Charlotte xo (http://allthingsmakeupbeautyandlife.blogspot.co.uk/)

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  2. I totally agree on never using the flash! I hate it when people do that!

    Sarah xxx || www.whatsasssays.com

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    1. You can automatically tell and personally it makes me less likely to want to read the post! X

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  3. Whoooops! I always use the flash - I am no photography expert so as of now I will stop using my flash - thanks for the tip!!! x

    gillmclaughlin.com

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  4. I have the Sony A5000 and I love it, it takes really great photos and I don't even feel like I need a DSLR right now for my needs x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. I love it! So good for just throwing in your handbag! X

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  5. Not using flash is such an underrated tip! I wish someone had told me when I started out!

    http://spencrescurls.com

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    1. It is isn't it! I don't think I've seen it around anywhere on the internet! X

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  6. heeey! hope you have a great day! do you want to follow each other via bloglovin? if yes, just follow me there and i'll follow you back soon! http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/anna-alina-3947784

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  7. A lovely read, hun. I agree with you...you don't need a fancy camera to take great photos. :-)

    Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  8. I love these types of posts - your photographs are amazing!!!

    Jo x
    jaeydarobin.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Great tips Charlotte! Love the way you take your photos!
    http://dandylove1.blogspot.co.uk

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