Today I am going to share with my best tips and tricks for taking better blog photographs. Photography is consistently the number one thing I am asked about so I decided to share with you what I have learned. Today we are going to be covering the basics, aperture, ISO, composition and what format to shoot in.
Before we begin, just know that this is what works for ME. I was a photo student when I first started college and learned the basics. Blog photography is very different than portrait or other photography.
What do I use?
I use a Nikon D300s, which I ordered from Amazon and have had for three years. It’s a workhorse and a great value for those who know their way around a DSLR.
I often change lenses because I like to mix up how my images look. This year though I have used almost exclusively the Nikon 50 mm 1.8 . It’s also known as the nifty-fifty lens and I highly recommend it for portraits.
I also use the Nikon 35 mm 1.8 which gives me more of a wide angle perspective. This lens is great for cropped sensor cameras, such as mine, because it gives the feel of a traditional 50 mm lens that uncropped cameras have.
Both lenses are extremely affordable and I recommend trying them out. I am a firm believer that it’s not so much about the equipment you, but rather about how you use the equipment. My biggest investment was my camera body because I knew that would give me the highest quality images and work with some lower-priced lenses. I didn’t fully understand how great my camera was until I started playing around and that’s how I got to where I am today.
Format- Always, if it is an option, shoot in RAW. Why? Your camera, when shooting in JPG mode compresses and guesses at a lot of things. Ever taken a photo that seems completely blue? That is the white balance being guessed by the JPG in the camera. Raw takes up to 3 times the space that JPG’s do, this allows you to have so much more control over the editing of the image. I can fix the color balance, increase or decrease the exposure, increase contrast in a non-destructive way and so much more.
I cannot tell you how vital it is that I shoot in RAW. The control and sharpness alone are worth taking an hour and learning about this format. I shot 100% RAW format in all of my photos.
Importing from Camera to Laptop
If you are wondering how I import these large files, I use this tool that transfers massive amounts of photos onto my laptop. It is a lifesaver. (Kingston also has this model that is less expensive.)
Aperture- You can go as low as f 1.8 if you have a high quality lens and has high as f22 and up. The lower the number, the more light that is allowed in. The lower the number the more bokeh, blur, you will get. The amount of “blur” that you have in a photo is set by the aperture you have on your lens. Certain things like leaves and other natural elements can enhance this “blur” effect but it is always set by your aperture.