MY BLOGGING KIT ESSENTIALS

Blogging from bed needs to be done sometimes…

Roughly two years ago I started blogging and so much has happened in that time. It’s been a real period of growth where I’ve faced (and blogged about) certain issues such as confidence. I’ve learned a ton of skills from writing, photography, editing and even how not to look miserable in front of the camera. All in all it’s been a coming of age. I have more confidence in myself and a better idea about who I am as a person. With all these personal changes the stuff I use to blog has stayed pretty much the same.

The security blanket ‘aka’ my iPhone.

A decent smart phone is all anyone really needs to start a blog. They have a camera and you could write and upload your posts to the internet if you had to. Sometimes I actually prefer images taken on my phone. There can be a certain quality to pictures taken on an iPhone. Take this food post for instance, the images wouldn’t look the same if I’d used my DSLR. I’ve posted travel diary’s using pictures taken on my iPhone, including these recent posts from London & Valencia. But the ride or die reason I use my phone for blogging has to be instagram. Despite it keeping me company of an evening, instagram is a massive part of my blog. I generate a lot of my blog’s traffic by promotin my posts on instagram. The ‘swipe up’ option in insta stories makes it super easy to share the latest posts.

Everything looks prettier with photoshop…

I have an online subscription for adobe photoshop, lightroom and bridge that I pay monthly. It’s better than buying the software upfront as they update everything so often. People tend to prefer photoshop or lightroom and I prefer photoshop. It’s great for adjusting the light, contrast etc but it can do so much more that will take your images to the next level. I try to watch tutorials on youtube and learn new things because there are endless options which can be confusing.

The photo editing app’s I love…

I recently brought a years subscription to VSCO and I have access to every single filter plus exclusives for subscribers. There are far too many options but I love it. You gotta have options, right? I don’t use face tune because I’d probably edit my face to the point where people wouldn’t recognise me in person. I like snapseed though because you can clean up iPhone shots nicely with this app. You can things like de-saturate a bright blue sky or add detail to a specific area.

A half decent camera changes everything….

I use the Canon 6D with a couple of different lenses. It’s a solid DSLR option but certainly not the most expensive out there. If takes high quality images including close up product shots, it also works well for street style outfit photography. Before this I used a cheaper DSLR also from Canon. They tend to be heavy which can be difficult on a long day of taking photos outdoors. I’m on the lookout for something lightweight that I can use for photography and vlogging. The Olympus pen is a good option but I’m looking for something better.

 

 

8 Comments

  1. October 28, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Lots of good info. Thanks for sharing.

  2. October 28, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Agree with you there. Funnily enough, I’ve been taking a lot of pictures on my phone in London because it regulated the light better!

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  3. November 5, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Great post. I personally prefer using my iPhone for photos and a lot of my blogging. It’s just so convenient, user friendly and always in my pocket.

    • November 6, 2017 / 10:18 am

      The iPhone is super handy. It doesn’t always work out in low lighting though. I heard canon is bringing out a small camera with different lens options that could be a good choice.

  4. November 6, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Good insight! I just started blogging seriously and am trying to figure out a way to take my own photos. I’ve noticed how most pictures look great if it’s a mostly white setting. My apartment is all brown and dark so I will have to get creative with scenery. Your site is beautiful!

    • November 6, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Thanks Jasmine. White is great for photos as it helps reflect the light. You might need to paint your apartment ; )

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