One of the most commonly asked questions I get asked when it comes to blogging is what camera and lens combination I use. When I first started a year ago, I thought my photography equipment would magically change the quality of images and elevate me to the same level as the OGs I absolutely adore. I’m looking at you, This Renegade Love, Randa Salloum, To Vogue or Bust and the August Diaries! But as I soon found out, the equipment doesn’t make the photographer. It certainly helps, but it doesn’t magically make you good. A lot of work goes into learning how to use your DSLR (I highly recommend Skillshare courses if you’re interested), the right setting, outfit, lighting, etc. and then of course learning how to post process in Lightroom and editing your pictures to fit your style. I’m still not there yet but I’m a heck of a lot farther than I was last October!
So without further ado, here’s what I use to take my blog pictures… and by default, my Instagram:
Canon Rebel T5i: This camera is an all-round tank and is an amazing option for anyone beginning or doesn’t have the $$ to upgrade to a full frame. Even though it’s not a full frame camera, it’s perfect to use for my fashion and lifestyle shots using the right combination of lens and distance (you literally have to take one extra step backwards to accommodate the cropped frame – that’s it!). It also films video in 1080p, which for someone like me who’s just beginning to dabble in vlogs, is all that I need. My only gripe is that it doesn’t have in camera Wi-Fi so I have to manually plug my camera into my laptop.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: This is my dream camera. It’s a massive investment but is a workhorse and powerhouse that any photographer or blogger would be blessed to have. It’s a full frame sensor, meaning it takes higher quality images, shoots landscape way better than a cropper frame and most importantly, it gives you, the photographer, so much more control over how you shoot and the settings you shoot in. One day, if I ever go pro or become more serious about this photography and blogging hobby, I may consider investing. Until then, I’ll focus on upgrading my lenses!
Canon 50mm F1.8: This was the first lens I purchased outside of the Canon Rebel kit lens and I bought it for its versatility. It takes solid fashion and portrait shots but where it excels, in my opinion, is with lifestyle flatlays and close-ups. The tiny details you’d never notice otherwise always pop out of the image and with its 1.8 aperture, works great in low light situations.
Sigma 35mm F1.4: This is my every day, take everywhere and anywhere lens. If I was stranded on a desert island, I’d take my (dream) Mark IV with this lens. That’s how much I love it. First off, I love the price. It’s the exact same lens as the Canon 35mm F1.4, but at half the price! It works in any situation — the 35mm is just enough distance to capture any stunning scenery in the background, while focusing in on a crisp foreground. It does a lot, and in return, in weighs a lot so if you’re looking for something small to fit into your handbag (à la 50mm), then this is not it. If size and weight is not an issue though then this should be your #1 investment!
iPhone 7 Plus: There are certain occasions that call for an iPhone pic and in those cases, my iPhone 7 Plus does great! The Portrait mode (meaning you can get a bokeh affect like a DSLR) is pretty cool but I tend to stick to the regular Picture settings. The images are crisp and true-to-colour, which is relieving seeing as your phone can’t shoot in RAW.
That’s it! What do you use to take your pictures?