The One Tip That Will Improve Your Blog Photography

One of the main reasons I decided to start a blog is because I love photography.

I love how much pictures can set the tone of a website. If you have a black-and-white feed, you come off as artistic. Super colorful and saturated photos mirror excitement and energy. Pictures with patricular patterns bring out particular emotions. Pictures really do speak a thousand words.  

But when I started blogging, my pictures didn’t end up looking as great as I had imagined. Even though I have a mid-to-high-range camera (the Canon 550D, or Rebel T2i) my photo quality was crappier than the pictures my brother took with his iPhone X. I tried editing them, taking pictures in natural light, using fancy props…but nothing seemed to give me the desired effect I was looking for.

That’s when I discovered the secret:

it’s all in the lens.

I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this, but they should. Understanding what the right lens was for me, made my photography look like I had taken it from a digital camera produced in 2008 to, well, exactly what I wanted it to look like. The example below are completely unedited, taken 30 seconds apart at the same distance.

The lens that you decide to go for depends on what you primarily take pictures of. Now don’t get me wrong; if you decide to buy a DSLR and just use the kit lens, you’ll be fine. It does a standard job of taking photographs of pretty much everything. But if you’re like me and your main subjects of photography are portraits and architecture, the 50mm lens is the way forward.

Companies like Nikon, Sigma, and many others all offer their own versions of the classic 50 mm lens but the one that I went for was the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, otherwise known as the Nifty Fifty. Notorious for its affordable price ($125 in a world where a good set of lens usually cost $500 and upwards), this baby does everything your kit lens does, but better. It’s a total bargain, and after just a couple hours of Googling, I was sold.

If you know about the exposure triangle, it’ll make sense to you when I say that it allows your aperture to go as low as f1.8, which is great news when it comes to blog photography. For the laymen, aperture is just a fancy way of explaining how open or closed the iris of your lens is. So the lower the f-number, the wider the aperture, meaning a more open iris and thus lighter pictures. This is exactly what we’re looking for when trying to take the ideal blog photograph.

My only criticism and something I think you should be aware of is that there is no ability to zoom using the lens. This doesn’t necessarily deem as an issue, however in certain situations it can get a bit annoying. A good example is when I went out for dinner with my mom last night and tried to take a photo of the food in front of me. The lens was a bit too zoomed in, and even after I stood up to take the picture, the framing was slightly off. The picture also came out quite grainy, but I think that’s due to the lighting.

What do you use to take your pictures?

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22 thoughts on “The One Tip That Will Improve Your Blog Photography

  1. Lovely post! I’ve been looking for a new camera to use, and you’ve given such great tips! Love your photography skills. Thank you so much for sharing! (:

  2. A deceNt lens really does make a big difference. I Tend to use my iphone for photos because its quick and convenient, but i keep thinking i should get my dslr out!

    1. Definitely too! It can be tedious but when you get in the habit of using it you’ll be surprised how much your photography quality improves! Thanks for reading ☺️

  3. This post has pretty much sold me on investing in a proper camera. photography is definitely my weak spot, and i’ve been relying on my iphone and some hefty editing, but the difference in those pictures just by changing the lens are insane!

    cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    1. I’m so glad you found it helpful! I really do recommend you research and learn a bit more. Cameras come in so many shapes and sizes nowadays and if you’re tight on your budget, you can totally opt for something cheaper that can give you pictures MILES better than any phone. Good luck and thank you for reading! x

    1. I’m glad you think so! I know it can be pretty tedious but at the end of the day the quality of the content on your blog increases and that’s all we ultimately want! Good luck and thanks for reading. 🙂 xx

    1. Thank you so much Fiona! I’m so flattered that you think my pictures look professional – I think they’re subpar at best but your comment just made me really happy! Thank you. x

  4. I can’t believe the difference, a lens can make. I have a camera but I’m not an expert, so I haven’t tried anything fancy! At the moment I use my PHONE. I’m definitely going to see if I can get some youtube knowledge, so I can utilise my camera features for great shots.

    1. I was like you for YEARS! I only got into properly using my camera recently when I started blogging. I’ll have lots of photography-related posts up on my blog soon so I hope they will prove to be helpful to you! Thank you for reading. 🙂 x

  5. Very good post and I enjoyed it. I used to have the same problems too till I dumped the kit lens and bought a 50mm Nikon lens and a 55-200mm lens. I also use my iPhone 6s too and the pictures are good. I use it especially where I don’t feel it’s safe and when I need to shoot fast so that I won’t miss say a candid shot . Great as the iPhone is, I know a DSLR still beats it

    1. Yes I agree with you! I have an iPhone 6 and it’s really slow and basically broken so I tend not to use it too much, but the convenience factor beats DSLRs any day. Thank you for reading!

  6. Made a huge difference in the feel of the photos. I never thought about lenses because I use my phone and tablet to take my pics. 😂 I’m on a budget and have to improvised but I do have some lenses I can attach to my phone and after reading your post, I’m going to explore that again 🤗

    Natonya | http://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

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