I cannot believe that I have been blogging for about 6 years! It is truly mind-blowing to me that I have taken one of my passions (creating something and sharing it) and turned it into a business for myself. Today, I will share some of my most important blogging tools. Whether you’ve always wanted to start a blog or you’re trying to take your current blog to the next level, keep reading for my top five tools for bloggers.
While blogging is a multi-tasking endeavor that requires writing, photographing, editing, promoting and so much more, this post will focus on the photography component of a blogger’s life. I would say that at least half of the work that goes into a post is related to photography. So today’s post will focus on the top three essentials for getting great blog photos.
Essential Tools for Bloggers
1. Professional Lighting: The truth is that nothing beats natural light. However, let’s be honest- it’s not often that the sun is shining at just the right intensity at just the right angle. Plus, as a blogger, you will often find yourself doing projects (and needing to take pictures) in the evening. Dark pictures are a big no-no, so you will need to invest in some great lighting options. This set here is a great beginner option for most bloggers.
2. Photo Props: When taking a photo for a blog post, it’s important to set the stage. It really helps to bring the picture to life and give the picture more authenticity. Photographing a delicious meal? Add gorgeous kitchen towels and some sleek cutlery. Photographing a DIY quilt on your sofa? Make the scene look extra inviting with some cute throw pillows. Including props into your photos will make a big difference in the overall effect of your pictures.
3. Camera: Being able to take high-quality pictures and videos is crucial for a successful blogger. I recently discovered the HAMSWAN Action Camera and I’m so impressed by how it packs a wide variety of useful features into a compact size. Featuring an ultra wide-angle lens (170 degrees), this camera is perfect for both scenery shots and close-range shots. It includes an impressive waterproof housing that is safe for depths up to 98 feet- this is perfect for underwater sports. Take this camera with you to capture life as it happens. Just look at the tiny size of this camera!
Want to capture the kids playing at the park? No problem! Want to capture the amazing flight of dozens of birds in the sky? No problem! Want to capture the great fun & adventure of snorkeling? No problem! The impressive 2 inch HD display is bright and clear. I love that it’s such a small, feature-packed camera that I can take with me everywhere. Check out how bright the screen is!
I love that this camera is equipped with a WiFi module, letting me connect to the HAMSWAN App (FinalCam on Android & Apple devices). This allows me to fully control all functions of the camera and play back photos/videos from my smartphone! Check out how I connected the camera to my phone here and I can see the video recording directly on my phone!
This multi-purpose camera can even be used as a drive recorder, thanks to it’s anti-shake & motion detection (G sensor) technologies. You can record in up to 1080p and take photos at resolutions of up to 12MP. You can even attach the back housing to be able to connect the camera to a standard tripod or to attach the camera to the car’s dashboard.
Perhaps one of the most impressive parts of this camera is just how many accessories it comes with. This camera comes with a waterproof case, fixed base, protective door, fixed base, straps, back clamp, adhesive mounts, adhesive tapes, bicycle stand, base, adapter, cords, USB cable, wire rope, switch supports and cleaning cloth. It even comes with a spare 1050mAh high capacity battery, so you will never be left without power to record! All you need is an external micro SD card (up to 32GB).
Below is a picture taken with this camera. Pretty impressive for an affordable camera that’s super tiny, right?
Now, I’d love to hear from you. What are your must-have tools for great blog photos? Would you like to start a blog?
Thank you to HAMSWAN for partnering with me on this post. All opinions expressed in this post are mine alone.