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Since I moved from my blog iPhone pictures from previous years (Frankly, no kidding – until maybe 2013 I used my iPhone camera for all of my blurry, poorly lit blog snapshots!)I used an Olympus PEN camera. Admittedly, I jumped on the * Blogger platoon * around 2015 because everyone who was someone has this fascinating white Olympus PEN EPL-7. If you didn’t have it, were you a blogger too ?!
I remember the first time I took a picture with it and even only with it the kit lens (the lens it comes with when you buy it)I was totally overwhelmed. The quality was so much better and for one Camera-and-tech phobe like me the most important thing….It’s damn easy to use!
I currently have the newer one Olympus PEN EPL-9 This is a bit fancier in functions (Although I know it’s terrible, I rarely take it off automatically. I’m sorry) and I think if you look at my blog photos from the past 3 or 4 years my pictures have improved so much. I now also have a few additional Len’s: the kit lens that comes with it is a 14-42 mm , the incredible 45mm and then more recently the 30mm.
If you want to improve your blog game or just want a camera that is a little bit better than your camera phone, then be sure to check it out Olympus website for the offers. There are definitely a lot nicer cameras out there than the humble EPLs, but they’re the perfect camera for blogger newbies, blogger oldies who want to keep things like me and everyone else in between simple.
I know some people who literally spend thousands and thousands on their cameras, but I just don’t do enough on my blog to justify such a camera. The PENs have always been in the region of £ 300- £ 500 and that is much more reasonable for me.
I use my EPL-9 for all my blog photos, my You Tube and many of my IGTVs. It has built-in wifi so you can directly access your phone for editing and uploading it anywhere. For filming, it has a handy folding screen where you can see yourself and how terrible you look. It is also easy and easy to log into your handbag.
My basic tips for blog photography (without becoming technical because I am not!)
Disclaimer: I am far from being a professional photographer. I do not know anything. However, I’m just a normal girl who got a camera and taught me a few things and tricks along the way with some nice blog photos.
- lighting – I think natural light is best and you don’t have to edit or fumble around too much in Photoshop to make your pictures look better. I also love taking pictures at sunrise / sunset and playing with objects to cast shadows over your pictures. I have a ring light and a studio light, but I will very rarely use it for blog pictures.
- Manual is best...But I always stuck to the car to shoot! If you have a few hours, there are SO many tutorials to help you get the most out of your camera. If you’re CBA like me, your pictures will still hit Auto OK.
- Some days are just not shooting days. I sometimes plan a big day taking pictures and have all these ideas, but I’m not in the right mood and nothing seems to work. On other days everything just works and fits together and it only takes a few minutes to shoot!
- Pinterest is great for Inspo! Make sure you’re copying others’ work, but the internet is a great place to get inspiration and ideas if you feel a little lost in how you photograph some products.
- Invest in some props. I have a small box under my desk dedicated to blog props that contains material, ribbons, fairy lights, balls, sequins, ring lights, studio lights, artificial flowers, pretty magazines and all other things.
- Try to confuse how you shoot to keep your pictures interesting for the reader. Sometimes I still love a flatlay and it works so well with a product, sometimes it requires a blurry background shot of the beauty room. Sometimes you need to pull out some props, reflectors, and jazzy things to make your picture look really incredible.
- It’s a great learning curve and just enjoy it and find your own unique style. I am still very simple in the way I take pictures, because I stay with the car, I don’t * do * anything funny, but I don’t pretend to be a professional photographer, I’m only here for fun and to run a blog and it’s something I have to incorporate into that.
- Invest in the 45mm lens. I don’t know what magic is in this thing, but it’s an absolute game changer when it comes to blog photos and product shots. It has a nice soft blur and captures products very well and crisp. 80% of my pictures are now used the 45mm lens.
The last thing I will say is that the customer service that I have had from Olympus has honestly been incredible over the years. I had to make a few changes and repairs and it’s always super easy and quick to ship. I never had to pay anything because of the guarantee.
If you want to see the Olympus camera sale, then Click RIGHT here and browse. Have fun shopping and bargain hunting! Let me know if you have any questions about the PEN cameras and I will try to help you.
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