Thursday, 14 August 2014

I dream of photos...

Warning: This post is extremely photo heavy!!!

So this is a bit of random post today! As some of you may already know from my wafflings on Twitter, one of my favourite things about other people's blogs are their photos.  There is an argument that suggests that photography can make or break a blog; if it's poor quality people lose interest and if it's amazing it keeps people wanting more.  In some ways I tend to disagree.  After all, I've read posts which have amazing photography but no real content to back it up.  But on the other side, some of my favourite blogs have such beautiful photography, that I only wish mine could look even half as good!  So anyway, as I want to improve my blog, and for the most part I only really use my Iphone to photograph for it, I decided that now would be a good time to invest in a new camera, particularly as I go to Paris really soon and want to get some amazing pics!  The problem was...which camera...?

I know a lot of bloggers have their amazing DSLR cameras, but to be honest even though I did a lot of research into them I was put off by a couple of things.  First of all it was the hefty price-tag, I wish I could justify the money for an amazing camera, but even the refurbished ones by the time you factor in lenses etc were so far over my budget! Secondly, I read that even if you have the best camera in the world, if you don't use it properly your photos could still be poor and out of focus.  I am an amateur photographer really and the best photos I've ever taken have been at gigs (I've been to hundreds!) so I was a bit worried that buying a DSLR might result in me having  an expensive piece of kit with no idea how to use it!!

I already have a little point and shoot digital camera that my Mister bought me a couple of Christmas's ago.  It's HD and is 14 megapixels with a good little 7x Optical Zoom (just for all you tech heads!) so in an attempt to save pennies, on a recent trip to Richmond with my VBF, I decided to take some shots just to put it through its paces (there are also some shots of my garden too!).

I was really impressed with the quality my little camera brought to the table.  The flowers were taken on specific setting, but to be honest most of the others were just taken on automatic mode!!  So outdoors it really cuts the mustard, but I've always felt with this one that indoors I could never get the lighting right.  And I also wanted a mega zoom!!

In the end I bought myself a Bridge Camera, the Fujifilm S6800, as it was on special at Currys for £99.99 (here)!  Bridge camera's are dubbed as a bit of a step up from a standard point and shoot camera, but not quite as technical as the DSLR (sorry if this bit is a bit boring ha!).  As it was on special and it was slightly better spec than the one I had, I pushed the boat out and snapped it up!  So ever since then I've been experimenting with photography everywhere to see what it's like.  Here's what I've got so far:

Little Jay dog stealing the limelight!
 A dog walk to Seaham...
 Newcastle and the Great British Cupcakery...
So again most of these were taken on Automatic mode so admittedly some of the lighting isn't the best...but I'm still learning! I played around with the scene modes yesterday and had some beautiful little results, so hopefully I'll have it all nailed for Paris next Wednesday, but on the whole I'm pretty impressed with my new toy so far.  Plus it's been nice to find an excuse to photograph EVERYTHING!!! Here are my little snaps taken on the flower setting (love my flower photos!):

So what do you think? How important is photography to you when blogging or viewing other people's blogs? Do you like photo heavy posts, or is content just as important? I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below!

Happy snapping!

xxx

17 comments:

  1. You can really see the difference in quality with your new camera. I agree - good photography is a must in blogging - it doesn't have to be perfect or amazing (and can even be taken with a phone) but there is nothing worse than reading a blog with really poor photographs. I used my phone for all of my photographs until June this year and then upgraded to a DSLR (Nikon D3200). OMG I have not looked back! The difference in quality is unreal! The only thing I don't like is it's quite big and bulky to carry around - not ideal when I'm also running around after 3 kids! Great post :-)

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you can spot the quality in the newer photos...makes the purchase so much more worthwhile!! Yeah mine is a bit bulky too, but I guess it's the price we have to pay! Glad you're enjoying your new camera too!! Xx

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  2. You can totally seethe difference! I bought a refurbished DSLR camera a couple of months ago and I love it! Still getting to grips with all the techy stuff, but Oscar's a whizz with it, so he's teaching me! Have fun with it!! :)

    Lou ~ whiskyandpancakes.co.uk

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    1. I'm so glad you can see the difference ha! Have fun with yours lovely :) xxx

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  3. It looks fantastic! I'm impressed! Great timing with your Paris trip, you'll get to have a little play. I REALLY need to sort my camera out, my previous Panasonic Lumix was great but for some reason when I upgraded last year this new one is just awful, it takes the worst photos indoors and because I take a lot of my photos in restaurants I get so frustrated that they come out so badly! :(

    x

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    1. Aww thanks! I always think your foodie photos look good though so I wouldn't worry but if you're really thinking about upgrading, lots of places have some really good offers on at the moment xx

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  4. I can really see a difference in quality! You have taken some lovely pictures, I really liked the beach ones! will be fab for pariieeee :) xxx

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    1. Aww thanks Emma :) my favourite is the one of the dog looking out onto the beach because he looks like he's in his own little world!! Hope so haha :) xxx

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  5. I love the beach and flower photos.

    By the way, I came across your blog and was wondering if you would like to follow each other?
    kisses,
    http://www.keepitstylishandsexy.com/

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    1. Thank! Yes of course, why not! :)

      Will follow you now!

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  6. he photos look fab! You can tell the difference. Lighting is slways my problem too, if it's a sunny day I feel like I have to run out & take photos of things. Although I'm tempted by a better camera I don't think I'll get one anythime soon. Although I might change ny mind when I see yours !! :-P xx

    (Comment from Lisa S at isitjustmeme.co.uk which I accidentally deleted!!)

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  7. I love these photos! Such great talent

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  8. Wow! amazing photography! Those beach shots are incredible :D
    I also like the look of the food too, it's making me very hungry haha!
    In answer to your question, I think it depends. I'm more visual so I do prefer seeing pictures with maybe a paragraph or two but I also think it depends on what your content is, if its holiday pictures then I'd show more photos than text but if it was a product review I'd have more writing with a few pictures, so I think it varies on person to person, just choose whatever you feel comfortable with :D your blog is awesome either way! :D

    www.violetdaffodils.com
    xx

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    1. Awww thanks so much for your lovely comment that's so kind of you! :) I love your blog too! Xx

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  9. I agree with you! In my opinion, I prefer it in a balance way. Proper amount of photos and content. Sometimes, I am a bit bored looking at only photos without anything to read. I love your opinion about this, as well as the photos, especially that dog! xx

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    1. I totally agree balance is key! Thanks! That's my lovely little Jay-Jay :) haha xxx

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