About seven months ago, I sweet-talked my husband into letting me invest in a “real camera”. Because you know in the south, we sweet-talk our husbands. 😉 I wanted the kind of camera that would produce a nice professional looking photo with a blurred background. I didn’t know how to achieve that but I had a vision of what it would look like. I wanted to be able to capture great photos of my babies and take great photos for my blog (my other baby). So I researched, read reviews, and asked photographer friends to determine exactly what I needed because I certainly didn’t know a lot about photography gear for bloggers.
When I went to pick up my camera, I peaked through the lens and released the shutter button, and I literally gasped when I saw the screen. I could not believe that I had just taken the photo flashing across the screen, and from that moment, looking through that lens for the first time, I was hooked. I have fallen in love with photography and it has taken my blog to new heights. Since then I’ve gotten some gifts and I’ve invested in additional equipment that is really making a difference in the content I am able to create, so I’m so excited to share my photography gear for bloggers.
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Here’s a list of all my gear, and I’m including the software I use to edit on my PC and on my iPhone. When taking a semi-professional photo, you want to ensure you have proper lighting, set up the appropriate gear, style a photo, capture all your shots, and then the editing process is the final piece to producing beautiful content. Now let’s get to my photography gear for bloggers list!
Canon 7D Mark ii While there are much newer versions of the Canon, I have been so pleased with my mark ii. If you are wanting a quality camera but lower price, the Canon Rebel is a terrific option and you can upgrade your lens. You can also often find used or quality refurbished cameras on Photography facebook groups, your local camera store, or B&H Camera and Video.
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens This is the kit lens but I do like how this lens can achieve a slight bokeh (blurred) effect and a crisp photo with a wider angle and ability to zoom.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM (known as the Nifty 50) This lens is such a beautiful lens. It’s nicknamed the Nifty 50 because it’s a very cost-effective lens. It is a fixed lens meaning you have to move with your feet to zoom, but it does produce a beautiful bokeh effect and bright photos.
Canon WiFi Adapter Card Most cameras today will have built-in WiFi but my camera needs this adapter card.
Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG My mom gave me this backpack for Christmas and I LOVE it. It super padded, there’s room for all of my small equipment and multiple lens, and it’s great for on the go.
HDE ® Wireless Shutter Release Remote for Canon EOS This remote is great to have to use when styling still shots, taking fashion photos of yourself, selfies or videos.
Wireless Remote for iPhones Before I got my camera, I loved having this remote for my iPhone to take photos from afar remotely.
Promaster XC522 Tripod with Ball Head I just upgraded to this tripod and the Manfrotto Arm (listed below) which allows me to take overhead shots and produce an overhead video (for when making hands-only recipe videos etc). I am so pleased with this tripod because it’s flexible, sturdy, and has a wide range of heights. This was quite the investment, but necessary for the kind of content I want to create and it has already paid for itself.
Manfrotto 131D Lateral Side Arm This is the attachment for my tripod to allow me to do overhead photography and videography. Again, this was an expensive purchase but I can further diversify my content creation services with having this in my toolkit.
ESDDI 20″X28″ Soft Box Photography Lighting Kit This lighting kit is a must, in my opinion. You could get away with taking great iPhone photos (on an iPhone 7 or 8) if you had a lighting kit and reflector (see below).
LimoStudio 32″ 5-in-1 Photography Collapsible Light Disc Reflector, 5 Colors I chose this set of reflectors because there are five color options, and they are a really great size.
WD 2TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive My current laptop doesn’t have a lot of space on it for the size of photos that my Canon takes in RAW. I utilize this hard drive to transfer my photos directly from the camera so I can edit without taking up space on my hard drive.
BACKDROPS: These are the fun backdrops I’ve acquired over time that bring texture and personality to my photos.
Foam Poster Board A foam poster board can be purchased at your local craft store, or you can order here off Amazon. It’s a must for styling photos, backgrounds, and using a reflective light source as well.
Faux Fur Rug I’ve used my rug for so many things to add some texture to my styled photos.
Marble Contact Paper in Matte This paper simply attaches to a foam board and I use it as a background for a lot of my recipes and styled photos.
White Wood Contact Paper This is another great background to have on hand to change things up a bit, and it offers a more casual look.
Silk Pink Peony Flowers I love adding a pop of color to a bright white photo, I have several silk flowers on hand.
I have a box of random props that I use for styling, bright colored notepads and books, gold office accessories, etc.)
Here are the things I’m looking at for the future. I will upgrade my camera at some point so I can enhance my video capabilities.
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4.0L IS USM Standard Zoom Lens This is the next lens I’m looking at (ahem, hint hint). I would love to have an option to zoom but still have a lower aperture.
Dimmable Ring Light This ring light is great for brightening your face when in front of the camera and is likely my next purchase.
Before we get into editing software, I wanted to show you a few examples of the potential when using the above gear. The first photo below is taken with my iPhone 7+. The photo is taken in iPhone portrait mode in front of a window at 2:00 pm, with one softbox. The below photo is unedited and you can see that it is really an ok photo to have been taken with an iPhone. Now compare it to the next! I’ve edited the iPhone photo in LightRoom and I love the results. This shows you that you can capture a beautiful photo with the right lighting tools with just an iPhone, and then use software to edit. So, if you don’t have the budget to invest in a camera right now, I would advise you to invest in a lighting system and editing software similar to what I’ve linked above.
I purchased a license for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for $99 for the year and it’s been the best investment (and I’m not being paid in any way to say that)! I’ve watched a lot of training and tutorials to learn how to edit and now I find both Photoshop and Lightroom to be very easy to maneuver. I use Photoshop if I need to edit the background or do a head swap, but most of the time I just use Lightroom to edit the exposure, sharpness, clarity, vibrancy, etc. Once you are able, I think this is a must-have tool for those wanting to be successful in blogging.
IPHONE EDITING APPS
Here is a list of the apps I use on my iPhone to edit photos quickly. Most are free or are very cheap but all are very useful for different things.
Splice (for videos)
I hope you found this a useful starting place is learning about the photography gear for bloggers, and especially what is needed to produce crisp, bright, quality photos for your blog. As always, I’d love to hear if you have a favorite piece of gear you think I need, or any other photography tips for a new blogger! I hope you’ll pin this so new bloggers can get access to this list!