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My Updated Blogging Equipment + Blogging Process

Over a year ago I created a post on the equipment I used for blogging and a lot of people seemed to like it and found it helpful. I realized that what I use for blogging and my blogging process has changed since then, so I thought I would do an updated post on it! Everything I use is perfect if you’re blogging on a budget, or new to blogging.

So here is a look at the camera, lens, tripod, and more of what I use, as well as how I create my posts from start to finish!

Camera + Lens

The camera I use for all of my blog photos and most of my Instagram photos is the Canon T5i. The Ti cameras from Canon are their least expensive DSLR cameras and they work amazingly! I use to use the T3i until I upgraded to the T5i about a year ago.

When it comes to cameras you don’t need to spend a lot of money on the body, because the lens really make all the difference! Lens can be expensive, but the two I use are absolutely amazing and affordable. For all of my outfit photos I use the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. This gives a nice blurred background and is great for portrait photos. For all of my other photos, such as scenery, home decor, and the ones taken for this post, I use the Canon 24mm f/2.8  lens. This is a great overall lens for any kind of photo. I sometimes use it for outfit photos too, but I usually prefer to have more of a blurred background.

Taken with the Canon 50mm lens.

Taken with the Canon 24mm lens.

How I Take My Own Photos

Except for my outfit photos, all of my photos are taken by myself! The tripod I use is this 72 inch one. It’s definitely not the most amazing tripod, but it’s pretty good and the reason I bought it is because it’s taller than most tripods. This allows me to take shots from farther away and from up above.

The best thing you can invest in as a blogger is a remote control for your camera. The one I use is from Amazon and it was under $10! This allows me to take the photos myself and all I have to do is hide it in each shot (which is easier said than done).

My Blogging Process From Start To Finish

Blog post ideas often come to me at any time of the day, so I keep a list of ideas either in the notes on my phone or in my planner. Then at the start of each month I look at the list of ideas and plan out what posts I want to create that month. I use the calendar on my Macbook to plan out which posts will go up on which day, which often ends up being moved around a lot. I personally like to have a mix of different types of posts each month.

For each post I usually start with the photos. I like to get ahead with taking outfit photos, so I usually take them 1 to 2 weeks in advance. For lifestyle photos I take them a few days before the post. Then once I have the photos, I’ll sort thorough them and edit the ones I like. Next I’ll start writing the post in WordPress. For some posts I’ll have an outline in my notes already, but for other’s I’ll simple get in a writing mood and write the whole post then.

And lastly I’ll narrow down the photos I want, edit them, put them where I think they should go in the post, and do a lot of proof reading. I read each post anywhere from 3 to 10+ times. And then it’s time to hit the publish button!

And that is the blogging equipment I use and my process! I hope this was interesting and helpful, and if you’re a blogger I’d love to know what your blogging process looks like!

Also if you’d be interested in knowing how I edit my photos, let me know and I’ll do a post on that too!

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58 responses to “My Updated Blogging Equipment + Blogging Process”

  1. Wow thanks for sharing! I always love how other bloggers come up with their posts. Is the canon you have heavy at all? I have a Sony A5000 and it’s really lightweight and portable. Been thinking about getting a Canon 😉 Does the job fine though 🙂 You’re so amazing shooting photos by yourself! Keep on rockin’ girl!

    Carina
    https://theagelessmillennial.com/

    • Kara Callahan says:

      The Canon I have isn’t the lightest of cameras but for a DSLR it’s not heavy, especially with the lens I use! I’ve carried it with me on days out and sometimes I forget it’s even in my bag. And thank you so much! x

  2. Uzo O says:

    I have been thinking of getting a tripod for my camera ,I use a Nikon camera which I will be changing soon to a canon , thanks for sharing the difference in the lenses you used in the pictures . You have a great blog.

    http://www.stylenbeautylounge.uk

  3. Hannah says:

    I’ve been thinking about getting a camera for a while, and your photos always look so beautiful! May have to look into that one xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  4. Sophie says:

    It’s so interesting to find out about other peoples processes! You’re so organised I literally just do whatever feels right and it changes between posts!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • Kara Callahan says:

      It’s one of my favorite things to learn about other bloggers and online creatives! I love that you just go with the flow and do what feels right!

  5. This is amazing post! I really like read how bloggers work and how their process of making posts is look like. You do amazing job! I can’t wait for next post.
    Have a beautiful week!

    http://www.exclusivebeautydiary.com

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you so much! I love reading that about bloggers too, it’s just always so interesting. I hope you have a beautiful week too! x

  6. I only have a laptop, a tablet, and a phone. Most pictures of my blog come from the last two devices. But it is definitely a goal of mine to buy a DSRL and improve the quality of my pictures. I love this post because it’s inspiring and I learned a lot!

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m so glad you found the post inspiring! That’s great that you want to improve the quality of your photos, but you definitely don’t need a DSLR camera to taking good photos. I’ve seen so many amazing bloggers use their phones for their blog photos x

  7. Janet says:

    Great post Kara! I love to read about other bloggers processes and I would definitely like a photo edit post, I am just bumbling my way through that!
    Have a fabulous week beautiful.

    Janet xx
    http://www.rediscoveringmystyle.com

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you so much Janet! I should have the photo editing post up in a few weeks, but your photos already look great! I hope you have an amazing week too x

  8. Babita says:

    Great post dear! it sounds interesting to check what other bloggers are upto and going with! Canon is definitely one of the best camera for shoot! I loved the set you shot for this post!

    Xoxo Babita
    http://travelhues.com/

  9. Lisa Autumn says:

    Girl this was so interesting! Thanks for sharing!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  10. Jessica says:

    These are really helpful tips dear! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. Really learned a lot today!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  11. I was never able to take my pictures with a tripod… Felt it was so complicated and I never got a decent shot

  12. Thanks for sharing your process! Love your camera.

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  13. i always use my 50mm lens and love the way the photos turn out. its a beautiful lens.
    ❤︎

    http://www.elenaisabelle.com

  14. Samantha says:

    Great post! I use the same camera.
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  15. Biana says:

    Thanks for sharing all your tips and tricks girl! Love informative posts like this!

  16. Nina says:

    This kind of posts are always interesting to read. I agree with you, the lenses can make a big difference.

    Nina’s Style Blog

  17. Francesca says:

    This post was so well put together and very thought out. I love when it shows that a blogger takes time to put together their posts. Keep it up!

    xxF

    Frank Vinyl : A California Fashion Blog

  18. I love the 50mm lens, I use the same one
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  19. Quinn says:

    I always love to see other bloggers’ processes! The t5i is so easy to use and works so well. Love your photos, babe!

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

  20. Simone says:

    Your article was so interesting to read. Actually I should invest into a better camera as yours, I love the possibility of the blurred background. Your pictures look amazing!

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you so much Simone! The blurred background is such a great effect for outfit photos x

  21. Gabrielle says:

    I’m also a fan of the Canon 50mm lens with f.1.8 lens, such a dream for shooting outfit photos with, right?! I’m always super curious and interested in what others use to produce their imagery 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Kara Callahan says:

      It’s an absolute dream for outfit photos! The blurred background makes the outfit stand out more and gives such a lovely effect x

  22. Amy Arnold says:

    So fun to hear about your process. I try to plan in advance too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  23. Dominique says:

    Thank you for sharing hun, it’s always interesting to hear how other people blog and take photos xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

  24. I love to hear about people’s creative processes! I think it’s interesting how you edit your photos, write your post, then narrow down your photos. I also start with editing my photos, but then I narrow them down, arrange them in order, and then write my post! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • Kara Callahan says:

      That’s so interesting to know! I might have to try out that order for my next post! x

  25. Kathrin says:

    Thanks for sharing these. I’ve been thinking that my camera needs an upgrade and have started looking into it, but there’s a lot of information to sort through. Your tips were very useful.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  26. Thanks for sharing darling, its always nice to see the process of other bloggers.

    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

  27. Miss Nev says:

    Thank you so much sharing, love reading on peoples creative process! x

    Adventures in May | Miss Nev

  28. Heather says:

    This is su h an interesting little “behind the scenes” post – I have some of the same camera lenses as you and they’re brilliant! Beautiful photos as always!

    Heather xoxo
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

  29. This helps so much! I need to get a tripod!! xoxo Shannon

    http://www.ThatsSoShannon.com

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