One of the most commonly asked questions in the world of blogging is: ‘Do I need an expensive DSLR camera for my blog? Is it really essential?’. Quite simply, the answer is no. But can it help at all? Yes, in more ways than one.
Photography is a big part of blogging nowadays, and if you were to think of your favourite blogs right now, they most probably all have one thing in common; amazing photos.
I set up this blog in June 2013, however it wasn’t until December 2015 that I actually got my hands on a Canon 700D with a Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens. Up until then, I used my trusty iPhone 5 to take all my blog photos. Taking a look back at my blog posts from 2013, my photos weren’t great (see here and here). However, as more time passed my photography slowly started to improve (see here and here) until I was finally ready for the next step; to invest in a decent camera and really work on further improving my photography.
At this stage, it’s important to note that it is still possible to take great blog photos using your phone camera, especially when using plenty of natural daylight and avoiding flash. Even with my iPhone 5, I was pretty pleased with the way my photos turned out.
However, I feel that getting my hands on a DSLR camera has helped me improve my blog in more ways than one.
Getting a DSLR camera really inspired me work on my photography skills, improve my flat lays, and try out new ways of taking product photos. Apart from this, my DSLR inspired me to create better content for my blog and work towards making it the best blog it can possibly be. I’ve still got a long way to go, but I feel that I’ve made some big improvements over the past year.
Getting a DSLR camera isn’t going to magically improve your blog photos. You must be willing to practice and work on constantly improving your skills. I had been interested in photography from a young age, and I knew that I would one day love to own a DSLR camera. Blogging gave me a reason to go for it and work on something that I love. You must also take into consideration your blog’s niche – whether that’s beauty, fashion, lifestyle, or travel – and what type of camera would best suit your needs. As my blog primarily focuses on beauty, I wanted something that could really show off makeup looks and products in their best light, and wasn’t too bothered about it being too bulky as I don’t normally need to carry my camera out and about.
You definitely don’t need to invest in a DSLR as soon as you start blogging – it is more of a process to build up to. Even when you do feel ready to step things up, there are plenty of decent, more affordable cameras such as Compact System Cameras or even Bridge Cameras if you’re after something that’s in between a Compact System Camera and a DSLR.