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I think this post will be great, if you were all to share your experience in the comment box as well, as I am sure I have a lot to learn, and any tips would be welcomed.
All geared up..
This is what is behind the scenes...
My Canon EOS 450D was a birthday present from Mr MiH when I decided to enter the digital era in earnest a few years a go. Since then I added bits and pieces to my kit.
|1. 70-300mm lens; 2. The camera with the typical 18-35mm lens; |
3. 50mm lens;4. mini-tripod; 5.Polarizer
Surprisingly this is not the camera I use the most for the blog as it is bulky, it takes time to set up - because if you are going to get it out you may as well make all the right adjustments to get a good picture. But I love the close-up pictures it tajes, so it is usually used for finished projects, unless Mr MiH takes the pictures..
Then it is the Olympus XZ-1 all the way. This is not actually mine, but my present to Mr MiH for his birthday a couple of years ago (we are very creative when it comes to buying birthday presents). Most of the pictures on this blog are taken with this little camera. And they are nearly all taken with one of the 'scene' settings, I don't even bother changing the aperture, shutter speed, white balance.. No I trust this little camera to take the best picture possible. And it does. It is light, small, and easy to use - you can take it anywhere. A brilliant investment, except for close ups - then it is not really as good as the Canon.
Finally the Iphone. You remember I made a case for an Iphone when I did not own one - that same weekend I got myself one and entered the world of Instagram. It is AMAZING! That editing software seems to be able to convert any ok pictures into amazing pictures - and the quality is so good I don't mind using them on the blog.
I try to make as many adjustments as I can during the photoshoots. It is not always easy because the light may not be good - especially with shorter days, or the colours did not come out like they should. Because more and more pictures will be taken in the evenings from now on, I bought an external Flash - the Canon Speedlight 430EXII flash. And it will be my life-saver, for real. I cannot actually believe the quality of the light in the pictures.
I also edit all my pictures, through PicMonkey. I add the name of the blog at a very minimum, and then tinker with the brightness, saturation and temperature settings usually.
The right angle
Taking the right picture is easy and hard. First of all it is very subjective, and I am never happy with the pictures I take in general - maybe one but not all of them. For a tutorial, it is easier because the aim is purely to show a technique. For a 'photoshoot', for a styling post for instance, we take many many many pictures and go through all of them to find the best ones - we take that many that we do get good ones eventually.
I also have a 'photography inspiration' Pinterest board to collect images I like because of the angle, the detail they focus on. I am yet to manage to recreate any of these pictures but at least I have some sort of inspiration to work with. Of course, reading magazines and other blogs is inspirational too.
|I love this selfie picture found on Pinterest|
So here we are nothing, fancy really. Yes I have the gear, but I don't use it that often - maybe now in the evening it will become necessary and this is what is going to make a real difference.
So how do you do it? Do you take pictures with your phone and blog on the go (maybe not that easy when you have a craft blog)? Which editing software do you use - or you don't use one? I would love to hear your experiences.