I’m still a new blogger- and an even newer photographer. Less than one year ago I received my first paid campaign with Pura Vida Bracelets, and I will never forget trying to take the best possible photos for the campaign, and literally spending hours to get just a handful of useable shots. Taking photos of my kids, or snapshots with my cameras was one thing, but actually learning how to take product and food photography that would convince my readers to pin and share my content was a whole other ballgame. What I do know is that, in the image heavy world we are working in, photography skills can make or break a blogging business. I’ve learned a lot over the past nine months, and I want to share my best photography resources for beginning bloggers (affiliate).
Tip #1: Get the Right Equipment
The right equipment will depend on what type of photos you are shooting, and your budget.I often shoot inside my house or in a shady area. This meant that I wanted/needed a camera with an ISO that went up to 3200. So I found a used DSLR- it’s a Canon Rebel circa 2010, and am using it until it doesn’t work for me anymore. There is no reason to go out and purchase a brand new top of the line camera until you are sure about what you like and don’t. Some camera stores, such as Mike’s Camera here in Colorado, will even rent cameras for a reasonable price so you can try one out before you buy. Make sure to decide what you need and work within your budget- and then get familiar with your camera as soon as possible by playing with it a lot.
Tip #2 Find a Class
There are hands on photography classes everywhere, but I found it so helpful to take a class with a teacher who could give me instant feedback on the basics of photography. I looked on our local neighborhood apps until I found a photographer who does courses out of her house. (Note- if you live in Denver I HIGHLY recommend Kathy Daly!). The important thing is to find someone in your budget who makes you feel comfortable- often local camera shops will have courses as well.
Tip #3 Find Online Resources
It’s nice to have a resource that is affordable and available 27/7 for your questions related to photography. I have had incredible success with Creative Live– they have tons of photography courses, many of them free. Additionally, they have sales all the time. I just purchased a lighting course on sale for $29. The course includes 52 modules with videos, comments from users and chats with the instructor. I also have had a lot of fun playing with the relationship between aperture, ISO and shutter speed by using the Camera Sim app.
Tip #4 Network with Fellow Bloggers
One of the most helpful moments of my blogging career thus far was visiting my friend and fellow blogger Sara of Mom Endeavors. (She’s a killer photographer- have you SEEN her Instagram feed? ZOMG- follow her!) I flew to Phoenix for less than 48 hours and completed a paid campaign side by side with Sara. She gave me all kinds of tips and tricks we never could have explained over the phone-and we had a lot of fun in the process. It was well worth my time and money!
I am a big fan of the Ultimate Bundles. They are a curated package of tools and resources from the best bloggers and photographers in our field, and they often come with tons of amazing deals. I highly recommend the Ultimate Photography Bundle that is available for the next 48 hours (affiliate link). It’s an investment that I think is totally worth it (and I hardly buy anything, ever. No, really.) I’m most looking forward to the iPhone Photo Academy by Emil Pakarklis Featured eCourse, which I have been eying and alone costs $97. There are also TWO Lightroom editing courses that are worth over $500- all to say- this bundle is a great deal!!