Blog photography is definitely not my strong point. Up until Christmas i had been using my Iphone 5s to do all of my blog photos! I have been blogging over a year now but as many of you know i am on long term sick so affording a camera hasn't been an option for me. This Christmas my boyfriend got me not only a camera but lots of other bits to help improve my photography. Since doing my What I Got For Christmas Beauty & Other Bits Post (missed it? click here to read) alot of you have asked me to do a post on all the photography bits he got me.
I was over the moon when he surprised me with my camera. I had no clue what he was getting me so it really meant alot. As im new to camera's and all that i didn't want an over the top camera as i want to learn about things first and go from there. He got me the Nikon Coolpix L840 which is an amazing camera. He got me it in red which i love, it really stands out. It can also come in black. The camera is perfect for blogging as it has a 38x optical zoom with Full HD, 16 megapixels, records videos in Full HD, 3 Inch Screen on the back which extends out, WIFI Connection and many different settings for photos. If you read my What I Got For Christmas post you will have seen my close up picture of my Michael Kors watch, it shows how well this camera is at close ups!
Secondly he got me a tripod as i want to get back into my YouTube Channel. I haven't posted in quite a few months due to my operation but i hope to get back into it soon. He got me the Velbon EF-41 Tripod which is perfect for us beginners. I love how it can be used at different heights, the max height is 1.46m which will make perfect for when i film. It is suitable for compact, compact system & DSLR cameras. Your camera twists on so it is secure and then you are good to go. You can tilt the camera so it points downwards, perfect for blog photography and you can change the angles and direction.
Lastly he got me a Light Box. I had been moaning about this for a while as we all know the natural lighting is useless in winter. I didn't think he would have listened to me or even knew what i was on about but he did. The Light Box Kit is perfect. Once opened it turns into this white box with a black background. In the set i got white,red and blue changeable backgrounds. You also get two lights and a small tripod stand. I use this box in two different ways. I keep it as the box shape but then i also take it down so only two sides are up and i can still use the natural lighting. It all depends what the natural light is like and what pictures i am taking. The extra backgrounds you get are wipe-able which is perfect incase i spill any makeup.
I have already had so much fun taking new pictures with all my new equipment. I really hope i can improve my photography this year. I will also be doing a post on how to do blog photography on your Iphone for those like me who couldn't afford a camera or don't want to pay alot when you are just starting out. The above photos of my camera were all taken with my iPhone. If you would be interested in me doing anymore posts in more detail on what i find useful for blog photos or how i do mine then let me know in the comments below.