I get asked this question all the time. I’m always getting emails about blogging and what I do and how I do it and the most frequently asked question is always how do I take my blog photos?
I think that photos on a blog are really important – I try to make my blog as visual as possible – I think it makes the content more engaging and I love being able to demonstrate exactly what I’m talking about otherwise I would just talk in drivel for paragraphs trying to describe it! (I’m very good at drivel-talking!)
Honestly, I don’t know much AT ALL about photography. As in, at all. It is something that is on my list of things I want to work on and improve for my blog. Along with finding a logo designer I love who can make my front page look awesome (any ideas of who to go to, please please comment!) and many other things that I want to build on as my blog grows and rapidly becomes a bigger part of my life.
For my 21st birthday I asked for an SLR digital camera – I’d done my research and asked around and knew the kind of thing I wanted – but when it actually came down to it, I didn’t really know what I was looking for.
Despite my apparent naivety about photography, I chose a pretty good one – The Nikon D3100 – and it has served me REALLY well since. Since I started blogging it has been pretty much everywhere with me in my bag or over my shoulder and it is still in remarkably good shape. (It’s had it’s fair share of bumps and bruises and has spent time in my handbag that wouldn’t be survivable by any living thing!)
What I like about this camera is that it is very very easy to use. You can put it on an automatic flash setting, on a “flash-off” setting or you can get very detailed with changing of shutter speeds/sport mode/night mode etc if you have a bit more time to work out what you are doing. I tend to use a mixture of all of the settings, but for most of my blog photos, particularly products, I just turn off the flash, find some decent natural light and click.
Editing-wise I don’t edit my photos much – I upload them in to iPhoto and alter the brightness and saturation a bit, but honestly apart from that, I don’t really have a clue how to do much more to them, and I don’t really think a huge amount is needed.
So, in answer to the several people who have asked – I use a Nikon D3100 with no snazzy settings in good natural light and I don’t really edit much at all.
Hope that helps!
Ironically, the first two photos in this post were taken on my iPhone…..Unfortunately, A Girl On A Journey doesn’t quite have the budget to have a camera to take photos of her camera just yet! 🙂