Like it or loathe it, photography has become a big part of blogging. The majority of the blogs I follow have beautiful, high quality photographs which often border on editorial level. I'm nowhere near that point, but I do feel like I've upped by game recently in the photography stakes, and seeing the way other blogs set up photos has pushed me to strive to improve.
So let's start with the basics. The camera I use is the Nikon D3100. I chose this camera a couple of years ago because Essie used it, and it does everything I need it to do for the time being. It came with a standard 18-55mm lens which I use most of the time, and I've also got the 50mm lens which I use on occasion. The only thing stopping me from using it more is the fact that it doesn't auto focus so it can be frustrating to take a batch of photos only to discover when they're enlarged on the computer that they weren't in focus. For the occasional candid lifestyle post I'll use my Fujifilm Finepix JZ camera - it does the job but the photos aren't great.
The set up of photos is something I'm constantly working on. I have a softbox on hand for when the light isn't so great and I keep the rule of thirds in mind when taking photos. I prefer a crisp white background at the moment, so a couple of bathroom tiles have come in handy, but in the past I've used wrapping paper or a painted crate to add to create an interesting backdrop. And props! Never underestimate the pleasing aesthetic effect a 'casually' opened magazine can have.
And now on to editing. I'll keep this brief because I'm pretty much clueless! I favour picasa for easy editing and resizing, and occasionally use picmonkey when I'm feeling fancy and want to mess around with the curves. And no, I have no idea what that actually means...
For social media photos, such as instagram or twitter, it's 97% certain I'll have used my iPhone 5. It takes decent enough photos, but I love using different apps to improve the quality further. Instagram is a given, but I use a couple of other apps pre-instagram to up my photo game. Photoshop Express is great for straightening things up, removing noise and adding filters but my absolute favourite for the moment is Landcam. SquareSize is another good one for adjusting photos so that they fit into instagram's standard square, while Diptic lets you create collages with multiple images and Picfx is great for adding in bokeh effects. I promise I'm not sponsored by any of these apps....but use a combination of them and you'll get some fantastic quality images!
And that's my tuppence-worth! Hopefully I've shared some useful tips with you....if you have any suggestions for me, please do leave them down below!