The Best Photography Gadgets for Blogging

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THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY GADGETS FOR BLOGGERS

When I started my blog, one of my biggest challenges was deciding what photography tools to use for blogging. Perform a single Google search and you’d be swamped with a myriad of options. It was very overwhelming sifting through posts, reading reviews, and narrowing down my selection. If you are looking for the best photography gadgets for bloggers, particularly fashion bloggers, then you’ve come to the right place. These are exactly the products I use and love.
PHOTOGRAPHY TOOLS

1. Canon Rebel T5i $600

My first DSLR camera was a Canon T3. It was a gift from the boo that he got because it was the best rated camera on Amazon. I used it for a few years before upgrading to the Canon T5i which I ABSOLUTELY love. Learning how to use a DSLR camera can be daunting especially when you are making a move from a standard point and shoot camera. I played with the camera a lot and whenever I mess up, I simply reset it back to factory settings.

 

The layman’s manual, other blog posts, and YouTube videos helped me learn how to use it quickly. This camera is best for beginners and advanced DSLR enthusiasts. For starters, do a few test shots indoors and outdoors in automatic setting. Once you get comfortable with the layout of the camera, start playing with manual setting. Manual setting helps you get the best photographs. There are three things you need to understand when shooting in manual setting: ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed.
Canon Rebel T5i
ISO: Measures how sensitive your camera sensor is to light. Lower ISO number means your camera will be less sensitive to light and higher ISO numbers increases the sensitivity of your camera. In layman’s term:
Lower ISO (e.g 100) = less sensitive = darker images and less grain/noise (those white spots you see when you zoom in on some photos)
Higher ISO (e.g 12800) = more sensitive = brighter images and more grain/noise
On a bright, sunny day, you want to keep your ISO closer to 100-200, and closer to 1600-3200 for dark, indoor scenes.
ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture
APERTURE aka f-stop: This is the opening in your lens that regulates how much light enters through the lens and hits the camera sensor. It is measured on the f-stop scale (ex: f/1.8) and it is one of the most talked about photography topic. It’ll become important when we talk about lenses in a bit. The aperture is the feature that creates a blurry background/shallow depth of field (as seen in many fashion and food photography) and it also what puts everything in focus.
Higher f-stop/smaller aperture (e.g f/11) = Less blurry background (everything in focus)
Lower f-stop/larger aperture (e.g f/1.4) = Blurrier background (shallow depth of field with a focus on one area)
If you’re a fashion blogger, a lens with a low f-stop will allow you blur out that trash can in the background with the focus on you. Now, finding an affordable lens with a low enough f-stop could be a challenge.

SHUTTER SPEED aka exposure time
: This is basically how long the the shutter is open to exposure the camera sensor to light (level of exposure). So, the faster the shutter speed, the sharper the image. The lower the shutter speed, the more likely you are to create motion blur so a tripod may be necessary.
Fast shutter speed (e.g 1/500) = shorter exposure of sensor to light = darker image
Slower shutter speed (e.g 0”5) = longer exposure of sensor to light = brighter image

These are a few pointers for shooting in manual setting on the Canon T5i camera. Get my photography cheat sheet for shooting in manual setting on any DSLR camera below.

2. Wireless Remote Shutter $9

Now you may not think you need this but if you plan on being your own photographer or shooting at a slow shutter speed, a wireless remote shutter (and a tripod) are absolutely necessary. The wireless remote reduces camera shake and increases the stability of your camera so you don’t get out of focus images. I suggest getting a RC-6 remote for closer shots. It is very light, portable, and comes with a tiny CR2 battery that lasts forever!
RC-6 remote and Viltorx wireless shutter release
It can easily be concealed in your palm, behind your purse, or thrown to the ground within the two seconds before your shot is taken  This is totally what I do when I shoot my own photos. Alternatively, you can get a Viltorx wireless shutter ($21) for longer range photos. My Canon T5i seems more responsive to this remote than to the RC-6. The Viltorx is slightly bigger than the RC-6 and requires two AAA batteries that I replace monthly. Now you can do your photoshoot single-handedly (no need begging reluctant friends, haha).

3. Soft Box Light $80

If you are mostly going to be shooting outdoors, you may skip this tool. But if your goal is to take pictures (food, flat lays…) or record videos indoors, a soft box light will save you lighting headache. I live in Alaska where we get about fours hours of gloomy daylight in the winter and to make it worse, I lived in a basement. Suffice to say I pulled out my soft box light on many occasions.
Soft box light illuminates the subject perfectly which in my world makes it the next best thing to natural light. It also does not create that weird washed out color that regular fluorescent lights cause because the light spectrum is designed to be as close to natural light as possible.
Soft box artificial light

4. Canon 50mm f/1.8 Lens $125

This lens is the holy grail for best photography gadget for bloggers. The price and functionality (i.e. photo quality) is unrivaled by any other lens in the same category. If you are a newbie blogger or not, you need this lens in addition to the standard 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. If you want something more upscale, you could splurge on a pricier Canon 85mm f/1.8 ($370) or Canon 85mm f/1.2 ($1,900).
Believe me, this Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens gives you the best bang for your buck with the Canon T5i camera. For $125, you are going to get more use out of this lens than most other lenses. It gives you the lowest f-stop for a lens at this price point which makes blurring out your background a breeze 🙂
Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens


5. Ballhead Tripod $55

Oh tripod! An often overlooked gadget. For your photoshoot, you need a sturdy tripod that will hold its ground when a gust of wind comes your way. The free tripod that comes as a bundle deal when you buy your camera will not cut it. I tried it and almost lost my camera during a few shoots. A few months later, one of the legs came off! I knew it was a warming sign so I did some research  and settled on this Dolica Proline tripod.
I had no idea why it took me so long to buy this tripod because it makes my life so much easier. It can go as high as 62 inches which is more than enough for full body shots. This particular tripod is made of aluminum alloy and includes ballhead for 360º degree rotation. I used to get frustrated fiddling around with my old tripod trying to get it to turn vertically for full body shots. Now, those days are over!
Dolica Proline Amazon ballhead tripod

Set yourself up for success by getting the best photography gadgets for blogging. With this equipment be rest-assured that you’re off to a great start taking remarkable photographs for your blog.

Your turn! What are your go-to photography gadgets for blogging?

 


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  • Brittany
    August 22, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I just bought my first DSLR so I will be coming back to reference this page for sure!

    • Louisa
      August 23, 2016 at 8:01 am

      Sure thing! I’m sure you’d like it.

  • BB Free
    August 12, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Just got a new camera and I’m terrified to move the setting from auto.

    • Louisa
      August 12, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      I know that feeling! Just do it and play with it. You can always move it back to auto. You can also find helpful tips in your manual.

  • Blossom
    July 13, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I was wondering how people hide those remotes!

    • Louisa
      July 14, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Hahaha know you know the secret 😉 Sometimes, I even hide it behind my purse or quickly tuck it into my back pocket.

  • Jennifer Kanu
    July 13, 2016 at 4:35 am

    Great Post thanks for always sharing.
    xoxo Jenny
    http://www.jennifashtips.blogspot.com

    • Louisa
      July 13, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Thanks Jenni 🙂

  • Wilbs
    July 10, 2016 at 2:13 am

    I love this post! So helpfull, thank you!

    • Louisa
      July 10, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      My pleasure girl 🙂

  • Home-to-the-world
    July 10, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Excellent post. Helps us a lot. Thank you.

    • Louisa
      July 10, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you. I’m happy it helps out.

  • Roxy
    July 8, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Great list. I will be sharing it with my newbie photographer boyfriend ASAP! I really want him to get that lens!

    • Louisa
      July 8, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Ah totally! It’s a great lens.

  • Emma
    July 7, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    It’s like you read my mind! I’ve been longing to find a great roundup of must have photo equipment and this was perfect! Pinning for later!

    • Louisa
      July 7, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks wonderful Emma! I’m glad you found it helpful and thanks for pinning 🙂

  • Yulissa
    July 7, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    After getting a DSLR camera for blogging my next important thing was to get a new lens. I don’t regret it. It makes pictures look better.

    • Louisa
      July 7, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      Agreed 🙂

  • Carmen Baguio
    July 7, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Love my Cannon Rebel! I also use my telephoto lens quite a bit. I have a remote, but haven’t tried it out yet.

    • Louisa
      July 7, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Canon is awesome! Once you get a hang of using a remote, you would love it.

  • Nelle Weaver~Farmgirl Paleo
    July 7, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Great information! I have just begun to look for the best lighting for food photography. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

    • Louisa
      July 7, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      You are welcome Nelle 🙂

  • Agath
    July 7, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for the tips!!

    • Louisa
      July 7, 2016 at 11:57 am

      My pleasure, girl!

  • Sami
    July 7, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I normally use my iphone for photos (I know, I’m the worst!) but when I can I use my Nikon! I’ve wanted to invest in a soft box light or even just some big light reflectors, but I just don’t have anywhere to keep them!

    xo
    Sami
    http://www.theclassicbrunette.com

    • Louisa
      July 7, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Haha Sami you’re not alone. I use my iPhone for many of my Instagram photos too. Finding a place to store my reflector kept me from getting it at first. But once I got it, I easily found two places to stow it away.

  • Rachel
    July 7, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Great roundup! I’m still getting used to my DSLR – so much to learn!

    • Louisa
      July 7, 2016 at 11:58 am

      There is definitely a lot to learn with DSLR cameras and it’ll pay off. Thanks for stopping by Rachel.

  • TiffanyArlene
    July 7, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Great gadgets and tips. I would also include a ring light. Ever since I purchased one, my blogging life has changed forever!

    • Louisa
      July 7, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Yes Tiffany. I actually have a ring light but I only use it when I make videos and I haven’t made a video in over a year. It’s definitely a must-have for YouTubers.

  • Jessica
    July 7, 2016 at 3:36 am

    Love Canon! These are great tips and gadgets too!

    • Louisa
      July 7, 2016 at 8:15 am

      Me too Jessica 🙂 Canon is a great brand.

  • Nika
    July 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Cannon is the best for me !

    https://strong-power.blogspot.com/2016/07/badz-cichym-bohaterem_4.html

    • Louisa
      July 7, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Me too! 😀

  • Natalie Da Silva
    July 4, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Sooo glad to have read this post!! I'm always trying to find ways to improve my photos and video quality so thank you so much for sharing this! xx

    http://lifeofacameo.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Louisa
      July 7, 2016 at 8:16 am

      I’m glad you found this post helpful Natalie 🙂

  • Amy's Fashion Blog
    July 4, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I'm a sony kind of girl but thanks for sharing these.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home/

    • Louisa
      July 7, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Thanks for stopping by Amy. I’ve heard many good things about Sony too.

  • Roberta
    July 4, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    I have a Canon T3i and it was my first DSLR. I once bough a cheap tripod that could get as high as 62" and it once fell with my camera on it, the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens has been damaged ever since… Not a nice story. And I have never owned soft box lights, I instead cover a regular lamp with white paper and it creates the same effect.

    • Louisa
      July 7, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Oh man, that’s not a happy ending for your lens 🙁 That’s a cool diy option for a soft box lens.

  • Jessica
    July 4, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Great post! I just recently got that Canon lens and I LOVE it!
    – Jessica
    Miss Moore Style

    • Louisa
      July 7, 2016 at 8:21 am

      That’s awesome. Enjoy it!