Blogger Rant: What Camera & Editing Tools Do You Use?

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*These pictures are from my Summer holiday in August 2013 in Nice, France. I looked so tanned and worry-free! LOL. I need that sun back in my life. This UK negative temperatures ain’t doing my skin any justice at all. Plus my hair was till relaxed. Damn I was all about the creamy crack back then…Oh, well. I picked these pics because I was quite happy with the scenery we were able to capture here.

Today’s post isn’t really a rant (I haven’t thought of a better word, yet) more-so a post where other bloggers can share their photography and editing tips. 

I mean the first thing about blogging is the photography isn’t it? Whether you’re a food blogger, travel blogger or fashion blogger, if you take bad pictures, you will be doing yourself a disservice.

This saying may be a cliché but it is still 200% TRUE:

A picture is worth a thousand words.

I have been blogging (and partying) with my Canon EOS 500d for years now and I’m ready to move on. I am always amazed by the quality of pictures on other blogs and sites. I am not sure if it’s the camera, lens, editing or a combination of all of the above.

I try to polish my editing skills in my free time. I use Photoshop on Creative Suite when I have the time and Pixlr & PicMonkey when I am lazy. On Photoshop I can do basics (contrast, brightness, colour etc). Airbrushing is definitely not my strong point. I won’t even try it. The pictures just end up looking worse 🙁 But in terms of quality, stick to Photoshop. Worth the money. Or for those of us who didn’t buy it, worth the HTML coding 😉

In terms of cost, I have a bit of leeway as I will be selling my old camera to help get a new one. At first, I was going to hang on to my old Canon 500d because it thought me everything I know today about photography and it really has becomes my inanimate pet. Emotionally it makes sense, but financially that decision is unwise. I’m selling it. Bye Old Bud 🙁

I’m a bit partial to Canon though. I will test out other brands but I am 90% sure I will buy another Canon.

Whatever you’re using, can you share with us what are your favourite photography and editing blogging tools?

Cameras, lenses, photo editors, photography techniques…I want to hear the whole spiel!

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Speaking of bloggers who have excellent photographs, who are your faves? 

I love:

Mirror Me

Viva Luxury

Now U See Cheryl

Kayture

Southern Meets Chic

Mojintouch

Thanks for sharing your tips. Hopefully they are as useful to other bloggers in the same dilemma as myself.

xo

Lydie

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18 Comments
  • Mojisola Obazuaye
    March 25, 2015

    Hi Lydie,
    I am quiet flattered, thank you for choosing Mojintouch for good photos. Claire would be happy to hear that.
    She takes all the photos, well done to her.
    She uses Canon 5D for most of the shoots. She has too many I can’t even name them.

    I have to say though that Canon is the best. Happy hunting for new one.

    Cheers, Mojisola

    • Art Becomes You
      March 25, 2015

      you always look so flawless. You and your photog make such a great team. I couldn’t resist a shout out :)x

  • Cheryl
    March 25, 2015

    eyaaaaa I just saw myself aye!!!!! lol i’m jumping lol , Thanks Grand soeur. I wished I used a big time camera lol…I just use the Canon rebel t3i with my 50mm f1.8 len, i barely ever use the original camera lense . Through years of trying to figure out this blogging thing ,u I learned that you have to shoot your pictures in raw format , this format makes it easy to edit it in photoshop and my personal preference is Adobe lightroom (for exposure, clarity,shadows, temperature etc etc) just because it is easier.
    My Processes before uploading to the blog are a little longer. will have a blog post about it one day. I send my photos to my phone usign drop box then edit using apps like afterlight and vsco cam amongst others just for cool filters.
    Amongst the people you have mentioned , I am sure fisayo of mirrorme.me usually gets a professional photographer (she tags some on her pictures) . One of my favourites is http://itscamilleco.com/ .. She was so kind enough to tell me which camera she uses and when I checked,,,jizosssssssssss!! I almost fainted it was almost $3000, for someone looking for a new camera to purchase $3000 is too much for now. She uses the Canon 5D Mark III with the 50mm f/1.8 lens ,lenses play a great role too.
    Hope this helps, I feel your frustration and everyday I am trying to learn new ways to make my photos better without killing the bank (which is empty sef lol)

    http://www.nowuseecheryl.com/

    • Art Becomes You
      March 26, 2015

      hahahahaha! i cried laughing! $3000 for a camera. choi. u invest in that when your blog becomes YOUR BUSINESS! coz that is one investment. thanks Cher for the tips.

  • Naeun
    March 25, 2015

    I’ve also got to say Canon is the best! I’m not a photography expert but that’s what the word is on the street haha we use a Canon EOS 650D but I do think the lens matters more than the camera. I also use photoshop to edit but I know nothing more than the basics too haha great post! I always enjoy your blogging-related posts 🙂 xx

    http://www.tongue-in-chic.com

  • Pru Yeo
    March 26, 2015

    The photos for my blog are taken with a Samsung camera and I use photoshop for the basics as well. Personally, I love the well-taken photos of Viva Luxury and Kayture too!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  • insoliloquy
    March 26, 2015

    What a great conversation topic! Not many bloggers take the time to explain what goes on behind the scenes. My boyfriend shoots the photos on my blog and he uses a Sony A7 with some really old Nikon lens (sorry not much help lol). I do all of the editing in Lightroom, I’ve made a couple of custom filters for myself that I generally use for each set of photos. Hope this helps!

    — Michelle | MXP STYLE

  • brightonhill2000
    March 26, 2015

    This is such a great post!!! Your photo of Nice is so perfect! I found the camera/editing talk interesting. One of my photographer friends recommended Cannon EOS some years back, so that is what I use. I don’t edit my photos unless I’m trying to make a book cover or to create a totally different background like I did for my Magic Slippers post where I tried to make it look like I was flying over the ocean (I know, you thought that was real HAHA 🙂 ; all that comes from just playing around and experimentation.
    xo Bry
    MyLittleSecrets.Naughty&Nice

  • Culture With Coco
    March 26, 2015

    Ooh, I’m going back in 2 weeks and can’t wait, the sun better shine!

    To the photography, there should always that certain aesthetic when it comes to bloggers and their photos. I am a Nikon. I’ve got 2 models, the d90 and the d3100 which I am using at the moment. I remember buying the d90 years ago when I read that Chiara Ferragni used that model so I thought why not. I barely use it now due to it’s super heavy to carry around. I then got a d3100 for Christmas from my bf which is much lighter. The lens is a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II ca. $500 I still find it insane how much you can pay for a lens. For editing I only use Gimp, it’s free and i’m guessing has a lot of Photoshop features.

    http://www.culturewithcoco.com

  • onachicdiet
    March 26, 2015

    i use a canon 600d with the kit lenses, its my first camera and i only got it for blogging lol but i’ve heard the 50mm 1.4 or 1.8 or the 85mm lenses are really good

  • candidlycreole
    March 26, 2015

    I use a Nikon D3200 and I like it! I got a deal for it last year at Best Buy and got 2 lenses, a camera bag, and lens hood for about $550. I’ve also used a Canon before (don’t remember the model) and it also took some really great pictures as well. As for editing, I originally stuck to Photoshop but now I’m beginning to experiment with Lightroom because I feel like you can have a more control on different channels than you would in Photoshop.

  • infashionitrust
    March 26, 2015

    hey girlie! so i use a canon t3i with a fixed 50 mm lens. According to the guy that sold it to me at the store, that type of lens:
    1) brings out the light
    2) keeps the subject in super focus basically all the time
    the lens itself was an additional 150 or 200 i believe when i bought the camera but I figured if i’m spending this much money now, i might as well just go out with a bang! lol
    but seriously that lens does a great job and i usually give a quick tutorial to whoever is taking my pics that day (or I just set everything up for them to avoid any issues). I do want another lens though..i think the lens makes all the difference. which is why they are so damn pricey! lawd! lol

  • Scott Mitchell
    April 1, 2015

    Your photos are always great so you’re doing it right!
    I love using Photoshop Lightroom with RAW files. There just seems to be so much adjusting you can do with it. For my camera, I had to be different from the others and went with Sony. If I go with something new I’d consider whatever is deemed best on the market at the time. The brands and models seem to have ups and downs. I love low light photography so I’d consider a Nikon if I bought a new camera today (based on some professional reviews.)

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