Photography Essentials And Tips

photography essentials

When I started out blogging, everyone had the same crap photos (no offence to anyone and I say crap in a fond sort of way). But we embraced it because blogging was about the honest writing and not the photography skills.
Fast forward a few years however and photography now plays a major part in the blogging world
Gone are the days of simple photography where you could just shoot, click and upload.
But blogging isn’t the only platform to of upgraded its photography wants though.

Take Instagram.

 Instagram is no longer just the place for random life snapshots but is now a place where hundreds of thousands of budding photographers share their talents.

It’s competitive. 
Or is it? 

To succeed you need to be the best.
Or do you?As technology upgrades and cameras become smarter, perhaps it’s just us putting pressure on ourselves to keep up. Just because you have a £400 camera, doesn’t mean that you suddenly need to be taking Rakin-esque type photos on it.
In a saturated market of Insta-famous people, I love to see a raw shot.
I want to see the unedited version of my favourite blogger’s life, the slightly out of focus snapshot of your Boots shopping trip.  That sense of realism that unfortunately you don’t really get anymore is something that I miss terribly.
Being a blogger nowadays does feel so much harder than it’s ever been.
But there is room for everyone, even for those of us who will never quite get that perfect shot.
So here’s a couple of tips and equipment recommendations for my fellow crap photographer, perhaps we could do a photography course together?

The Must Haves

1 – Reflector £10.99

This handy little thing reflects light (ten points for stating the obvious Kate) which means that you can manipulate shadows! It won’t completely rid them, but it definitely can help ‘reflect’ them away.
Also popping a golden reflector (its included in this set) underneath your chin/face gives a lovely golden glow to the skin.

2 – Small Studio £6.99

Great for if you like to take product shots. The studio is pretty much a box with a bright light in it, so you can be sure to get a bright clean shot, even if its one o’clock in the morning.

3 – Tripod £10.99

Suffers of blurry pictures, suffer no more! Cameras are so sensitive these days that even the tiniest shake can cause a bit of an out of focus blur. Popping your camera on a tripod will stop this from happening. You wouldn’t believe how much clearer your shots can get if you just have a tripod.
Also great for taking OOTDs.

4 – Apps

Recently I’ve heard that Instagram favours phone pictures to camera took ones. I’m assuming that they are assuming (and you know what they say about assuming) that camera (professional) taken photos are company’s advertising. Instagrams algorithm is basically there to entice you to pay to advertise, otherwise, it can be a bit hit and miss who will/will not see your photo.
So with that in mind, I think the above rumour could be true.
Definitely one to test out and see what the figures/likes tell you.
Tagging brands is also apparently being looked on by Instagram as advertising. So again, same as above. Is tagging brands worth it, if Instagram is penalising it?
Perhaps another one to test and see.
Side note; some of the big bloggers/YouTubers/Instagrammers have their own photographers/picture editors that they don’t always think to mention.
So the next time you see a perfect flat lay don’t beat yourself up about it.
Practice makes perfect, or win the lotto and hire someone.




  1. June 2, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    I've never heard about Instagram maybe favouring phone photos over ones taken with a camera, that's so interesting to know. I tend to post using both so I'm intrigued to see if I can notice a difference x


  2. June 2, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    Oooh I love a good conspiracy theory. Is the phone vs camera theory true? I can kinda see the advertising thing potentially being true.
    I love this post. I have a love-hate relationship with my tripod and self-timer as I mentioned in my latest blog post too but I also have a love-hate relationship with instagram itself. I love it but I also hate that it's such a troubling platform with the latest algorithm.

    Rachel |

  3. June 5, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    This indeed is a great post. Very valuable to a great number of 'crap' 😉 photographers out here. I've been postponing purchasing a tripod for the longest. Maybe it's really time to do so.

    Funmi x

  4. June 5, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    This is so true! Photography is a huge part of blogging and social media these days. Being a photo nerd myself I actually love that people now have an eye to things they didn't before! It's kinda nice 🙂

  5. June 5, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    I love taking pictures for my blog/instagram. I actually made my own reflector I don't use it too much but I should lol. Great post!!

    Sheer Beauty Blog

  6. June 6, 2017 / 7:27 am

    Practice does indeed make perfect!

    Thanks for providing insight into bettering photography.
    I've only just gotten into blog photography, so thanks for these!


  7. June 9, 2017 / 1:44 am

    This was some really great and helpful tips. I agree with you, some bloggers, YouTubers, and so on, have professional photographers, and people to edit their content. So it has become less real and honest. I love photography as a way to express yourself in a creative way as long as you don't go too far and it can look too perfect. I like seeing more real shots that have not as many filters. Because you get to see the real person and it feels more authentic. I loved this post, you are right you can use anything you own to take a great photo it isn't about fancy equipment 🙂

  8. June 9, 2017 / 3:08 am

    Haha my photos are absolutely awful when I first started! I do agree that I miss the 'raw' side of blogging though, I guess that's when Instagram stories are good. I need a reflector- such a good idea.

    Rachel xx

  9. June 9, 2017 / 11:22 am

    I didn't know instagram favoured pictures taken on a phone, 90% of my instagram pics are all taken on an iphone though, the others are usually pictures from my blog I'm sharing 🙂

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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