Blogging is at its heart a writer’s endeavor, but there is so much more to it than that. There comes a time in every blogger’s life when they realize they need to up their photography game. From DIY to recipes to fashion bloggers and everything in between, the photographs you use on your blog matter. If you want to take your blog to the next level you will undoubtedly ask yourself and your blogging friends what camera you need. After all, fancy cameras mean awesome photos right?
Have you ever seen this? All of this amazing photography was shot with an iPhone.
Most of the advice I see bloggers get when they ask what camera they should get is the same: the people tell them to get whatever brand they prefer. That camera bundle will probably cost them several hundred dollars, but that money could be better spent on a photography class.
No camera will turn your photographs into something amazing unless you first master the basics.
This includes everything from learning what exactly a f-stop is, to the rule of thirds and perspective. Learning the basics of what makes a good photo and how to take one will help your photography more than a fancy camera ever will. Before you rush out and get a new camera, invest in a photography class, or a book and then try it out with the gear you have – even if that’s only a cell phone. Time spent learning the basics and developing your eye will help your photography far more than the fanciest camera you can afford. Fancy tools won’t improve your skill.
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Megapixels Don’t Matter
…unless you are making large physical prints. For the web a dpi of 72 is fine, for high-resolution or retina screens you only need 300 dpi in your images. This means that having a 24 megapixel sensor won’t make any noticeable difference in your photos are only going to be posted on your blog. Unless you will be making poster size or larger prints your cell phone camera will take high enough quality images for your needs.
Camera’s aren’t forever. Lenses are.
If you are serious about photography, you will not be hanging on to your digital cameras forever. You will replace them. What you won’t replace is your lenses. Lenses can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands. Lenses also are not necessarily interchangeable. Not all lenses work with all cameras. You want to be sure, you not only like the camera you have chosen and it works for your needs, but you like the lenses that work with that camera as well.
Before you buy that new camera check out these photography resources and camera reviews.
Sharpen your skills and improve your techniques then check out reviews from real photographers of all levels and see how your dream cameras stack up.
What do I use?
I’m a Olympus girl. If I could use my dad’s old Olympus film camera from the 70’s I would (besides developing film is fun!). I have a micro-fourthirds or mirrorless camera. It’s a used Olympus PEN EPL1. My lens is a M. Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6. It’s small enough to fit in my purse (especially if you have a pancake lens – which I unfortunately don’t) and takes awesome pics. It’s not fancy, its not new, and it cost less than it’s lens.