How I improved my blog photography

I have been blogging for almost a year and a half now, when I started my blog I had a vision of how I wanted my blog and pictures to look .
Now I feel like I am at a place where my pictures have improved alot from what they used to be.  Even though I still have a few area to improve I would like to share with you a few things I have learned along the way.

Even though I would recommend investing in a good camera I still believe the best camera is the one you have with you.
When I first started the blog I used to use my old Samsung to take pictures and you know something , they weren't that bad.
We are in a generation where most phones have pretty good cameras so you shouldn't beat myself up if you don't have the latest camera out there.
Together with the phone I would also use a nikon coolpix s3300 which takes pretty good pictures.
I later got enough money to invest in a canon 600d,  which I now use for all my pictures. It's a really good camera and it's good for people that are just starting out.

If you have made the decision to purchase a dslr . The one lens I would recommend is the Canon EF 50mm f1.8 ll Lens. It's small which makes it easy to carry and is also very affordable.  It's great for the blurry background pictures that most bloggers love.

White background
You can use any background you see fit but personally I prefer a white background.  It creates that clean look and feel which I think is needed when taking pictures of beauty products.
I use the same white board/chart for all my pictures .it's a thick long paper board that I purchased at CNA for R30.
You can also use white sheets or a throw which are things that most of us already have.

One thing that goes hand in hand with blog pictures especially flat lays is props.
They can make or break a picture but when used right,  they can drastically improve a plain/boring picture into something that catches the eyes of your readers. I usually just use one or two props at most to avoid over crowding my pictures and the products I want to display.

Light light light
Light is very important when taking pictures. You need your products to clear and vibrant  which is why I take most of my pictures near an open window. 


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