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Feb. 21.

Blogging Equipment: Camera

equipment-thOne thing I really love about blogging is taking pictures of all the wonderful loveliness that is put in front of me. I’m quite sure that we’re all like that really, and what helps to get great photos to share is having the right equipment. That’s why I’m going to share what I have with you.

The DSLR: Canon EOS 350D:

equipment

Heading up my camera bag is my trusty, yet old (I bought it second hand in 2008) EOS 350D. It may be ageing, but it always serves me well, even if I’ve been a bit harsh on it at times. I once tripped over a paving slab with it hung in front of me. Both of us hit the ground, yet I was more scratched than it was. Most of the time it is paired with its standard 18-55 mm lens.

Note: I’m not saying you must have a big camera to take decent photos. I’ve photos n my wall that I took with a small point & shoot camera and a bit of luck)

Lenses: Canon 18-55 mm & Tamron 10-300 mm telephoto:

telephoto

The telephoto is not really for beauty blogging, but as one of my other passions is aircraft, it has been known to be very useful for photographs at airshows, or at sports events, and has been nicknamed my “stalker lens”. I’ll leave you to figure out why 😉

The main lens I use is the 18-55 mm Canon lens, as supplied with the camera. It is great for general purpose work and covers most tasks perfectly. When I need a little extra from it though, I can add some of the following to it.

Lens attachments: Close Up:

close up

These screw on to the front of the lens, and allow you to get really close to what you’re shooting without losing focus – great for product shots and swatches. As an example, the following was taken without a close up lens, and with a 2x, 4x, and 10x. The difference in how close you can focus to is amazing.

close-ups

Lens filters: UV, Polarising, Neutral Density & Fluorescent:

filters

My lens always has a UV filter on it. It protects the surface of the lens (cheaper to replace the filter than the lens) and helps to reduce glare from sunlight. The others are more specialised, and I actually haven’t had a chance to play with them yet, having only received them during the week, but I should have fun with them.

Accessories: Spare batteries and battery charger:

batteries

Very important! Running out of batteries at the wrong moment is a curse. I always have a couple of spares in the bag, and a fast charger is a help. This one also has plug attachments for different countries – one less adapter needed!

Accessories: Remote shutter release and timer:

timer

For when touching the camera when shooting is a no-no. This one can be programmed to take shots at specific intervals, for a specific length of time, or can be used as a simple remote button. Set it up with your camera on a tripod.

Small Camera: Fuji Finepix A400:

fuji

Great for when you don’t need/want the big camera with you, yet still want some kind of camera. Throw it in your handbag, and it’s always there when needed. I also love that I can transfer the card from this to my tablet to look at and tweet images from there.

Also available to me are a tripod, another EOS 300D (my dad’s, which I part own), a Sigma 70-300 mm telephoto lens with macro (close up shots without being close up) and a Canon Speedlite flash (a-ah! Saviour of the universe – bonus points for reference)

Now, what do you use for your photos? Do you really need a big camera? Let me know below!

Robyn

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