Photography is fast becoming my biggest passion. I love capturing family memories, making beautiful flat lays and experimenting with different styles of photography.
I have been asked a lot this year about what camera equipment I use to take photos and what camera I’ve been using for vlogging.
Although you don’t need to run out and buy everything on this list right away, these are all great products to think about investing in, if you’re serious about photography for your blog.
Never underestimate how amazing the iPhone camera and other smartphone cameras are. Although I never use my iPhone to take photos for brands, I often use it to fill my instagram feed with beautiful pictures. The odd one or two, even end up on my blog occasionally. All you have to be wary of is photos becoming pixelated when blown up. If you can’t afford a professional camera at the moment, then a phone camera will do just fine.
Canon 1200D –
If you are new to photography but want a really great camera that takes professional high quality pictures, then the Canon 1200D is a great starting point.
The Canon 1200D is easy to use and is a really good value camera. The pre-sets are perfect for newbies and the manual mode gives you the option to practise changing the settings around, so that you can learn how to use DSLR’s at your own pace.
You can buy this camera here: Canon EOS 1200D
Canon G7X Mark 2 –
I bought the G7X Mark 2 a few months ago and although I was scared about investing that much money in a camera, it has been more than worth it. This camera has become my new best friend.
It is so perfect for vlogging as it picks up natural light and has such a great autofocus, plus it’s the perfect handbag sized camera for taking out and about, to capture those everyday moments.
When I told people that I didn’t take my DSLR on our month holiday but this instead, people thought I was a bit crazy. But, it picks up so much detail I’m so glad I did. Just look at the water in the image above. That was taken on AUTO setting! The only time I wouldn’t use this for outdoor photography is on moodier days. The camera strives to pull in natural light so doesn’t capture gloomy outdoor days well.
You can buy this camera here: Canon Powershot G7X MARK II
Velbon EX-640 –
I finally got a ‘proper’ tripod for Christmas. Before, I found myself propping up my camera on books or tables (as you can tell by my ‘3 Breakfast Smoothies‘ vlog, I really needed one). I am so in love with my new tripod. If you want to take flat lay photos or do tutorials where both your hands are in the camera, then I cannot recommend a 3 way head tripod enough. It’s also great for getting photos of yourself alone or with friends and family.
You can buy this tripod here: Velbon VEX640
Joby Gorilla Pod –
My favourite tripod for taking out and about is the Joby Gorilla Pod. If you are never in your photos it’s a great way to make sure you are, as you can ‘wrap’ this tripod around anything from tree branches to benches, to posts, to chairs. Plus it’s small enough to fit in your handbag so you don’t need to cart big equipment around.
You can buy this tripod here: Joby GorillaPod Tripod
Selfie Stick –
Do you want to vlog on the go? Or maybe you want to capture pictures of yourself. I love that this selfie stick isn’t just for phones but for cameras too! It can hold a DSLR as well as a GoPro or a compact camera. I love it for taking pictures of my daughter and I together when we’re out, without relying on strangers.
You can buy this selfie stick here: Arespark Professional
I’ve only just started experimenting with lenses and I’ve been really enjoying the results. If you are new to photography, you don’t need to worry too much about investing in lenses, but if you want to experiment with blurred backgrounds or take longer shots, then a variety of lenses is the way to go.
Here I focus on Canon lenses because that’s the camera I have, but every DSLR has their own range.
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Zoom Lens usually comes as standard with the Canon 1200D. It’s the perfect everyday lens and captures beautiful photos. The zoom quality is good, although I’d recommend getting closer to your subject than using the zoom as it can end up being grainy.
The Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens is the perfect lens for ‘close ups’. This lens is very popular with professional bloggers and vloggers. It’s great for creating a blurry background in photos or videos and for taking shots of products or portraits.
You can buy this lens here:Canon EF 50 mm 1.8 STM Lens
All those perfect Instagram photos and blog photos you see, give off the impression that the photographer lives in a gorgeous home. Usually those photos are actually taken on pre-made backdrops that can be pulled out to use for the purpose of photos.
You can create your own backdrops for really cheap (I’m making a tutorial video to show you this week) with some wooden planks or some sticky back plastic. Or, alternatively you can buy some pre-made backdrops from Amazon for a reasonable price.
You can buy pre-made backdrops here: Photography Background
My favourite backdrops are the ones above. They were created by a photography blogger ‘Capture By Lucy‘. She has her own shop thats dedicated to the most beautiful photography backdrops. These are on the top of my ‘to buy’ list for this year.
So far I have done well without soft boxes. These were something I was bit unsure about whether to invest in, as my vlogging camera picks up natural light even in the darkest of rooms. But, with the colder gloomier days, natural daylight isn’t always on your side and I find that these soft boxes are great for both product photography and vlogging.
I now have two of these ‘Softbox Studio’ lights. They create so much light and at under £50 for two, are really worth it.
You can buy soft boxes here: Continuous Lighting Kit
I live in a beautiful seaside county and love to travel. Capturing outdoor scenes is one of my favourite things to do. This year though, I really want to capture more action shots for videos. I would love more shots from above and also really want to be able to take my camera in the sea and swimming pools.
Therefore both a GoPro and a Drone are at the top of my ‘to get’ list.
GoPros are great because they are so compact, are durable, can be worn on your body, can be attached to a selfie stick and can even get wet.
You can buy a GoPro here: GoPro Hero4
Drones are amazing because they can capture landscapes and scenery from above. I think it’ll be a new toy that will get a lot of playtime from me. If you are serious about travel photography and vlogging then these two are really great investments.
You can buy a drone here: DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone
Extra Handy Accessories
Other handy accessories you can get include microphones and remote controls.
You can get little microphones for your iPhone, your DSLR and your standard camera. They are great for getting better quality sound in your vlogs or Facebook lives.
I also love to use a remote control when I’m using my tripod. Sometimes it’s a lot easier than using the camera timer, especially if you need to capture multiple photos. Plus they’re so cheap and are well worth the investment.
You can buy a remote control here:Canon Remote Control
Lastly, there is the editing software.
Lightroom and Photoshop –
I have a macbook and although I love the general editing software that comes as standard on a mac, my ultimate favourite software is Lightroom. It’s £8.50 a month to use Lightroom and although its an investment, it makes editing photos so much easier and quicker.
You can create your own presets so that you can add your own style to each of your photos quickly. Also, you can edit similar photos in bulk which saves a lot of time.
Photoshop is another great investment, especially if you want to edit out blemishes, add graphics to photos and make them look super professional.
iMovie and Windows Movie Maker –
Macbooks often come with iMovies as standard and Windows laptops or desktops are compatible with Windows Movie Marker. These are both great programs for editing videos and making them look professional.
There are lots of other video editing software suites that you can buy, but I much prefer these free versions as they do offer everything you need when starting out.
I hope this helped you decide on what photography equipment you can use for your blogs and vlogs. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me below.
If you would love to use stock photos, do check out my post ‘Free Beautiful Photos For Your Blog‘.
What photography equipment do you use? Have you got your eye on anything above? Let me know in the comments below.
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