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!
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.
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).
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!
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!