I read this post recently on IFB that made me want to take a break from my regular style/fashion related posts. So for anyone that was hoping to be greeted with such, I’ll be returning to that topic next week. There was was a point in the post that mentioned a DSLR would be a great investment for blogging. Now it wasn’t this particular point that bugged me, it’s certainly a very valid point. But there seems to be a theme emerging on IFB that you need a DSLR to blog.
Every ‘blogging tips’ post that’s published seems to have the words DSLR cited in them somewhere. ‘Camera tips‘ posts are also geared towards those with high end cameras. This theme is pushed so hard that I recently considered investing in a high end camera myself.
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So, what’s my beef?
I understand that great photos really bring a blog to life and are synonymous with great blogs. DSLRs generally provide crisp, vivid photos so one would assume that a DSLR would be a blogger’s weapon of choice. But the thing I’ve always loved about blogging was the idea that anyone can do it, from anywhere and with limited equipment. All you need is an internet connection and a computer and you’re away. This theme of needing to throw money at the situation tarnishes, what you may argue is, my romanticised view of the blogosphere.
But this leads me to another point, a great camera doesn’t guarantee great photos if you’re a poor photographer. Most people leave everything on auto settings anyway and don’t tend to get the best out of the camera they own, whatever camera that might be.
I decided not to end up getting a DSLR for a couple of reasons:
1. I didn’t really have the money to spend on something I felt I didn’t really need.
2. I realised I had a pretty powerful imaging device, that I already own, sat right in my pocket; my phone.
Camera phones have come a long way since they were first introduced. No longer are they responsible for the tiny, grainy images that were once their trademark. The current crop of smartphones are more than capable of taking some fantastic images and I realised this when I started following Problogger’s Darren Rowse on Instagram. He’s posted some awesome looking photos on his feed using his iPhone 4S.
This made me ask myself the question
‘Am I really pushing the technology that I already have to get the most out of it?‘
In short the answer is ‘no’.
Like many, I’m one of those that tends to just let the camera do the work and leave everything on ‘auto settings’. But after a little research, also on Darren Rowse’s blog; Digital Photography School, I realised that I was really missing out on the joy of tinkering, that could potentially transform my photos.
So I’m going to set myself a challenge; that the photos on the blog, going forward, are going to be 100% taken by my phone. The phone in question; the HTC One X. As much of the editing is also going to be done by any apps that I can find on the the Google Play store. I want to try and do it all on the ‘mini computer‘ because that’s really what I feel phones have become.
I want to show that you can get great photos, that are suitable for a blog, from a device that most people own. Hopefully that will make more bloggers really reconsider whether spending the money on a DSLR is necessary or at least a necessity when they are starting out/on the come up.
I know if your blog is your business then eventually you’ll earn the money back and it’s possibly more of a necessity in that case. But for others I really want them to spend some time at least trying out what their phone is capable of before they consider splashing out.
Here’s a fun little game to play to see just how good it can get; spot the smartphone photo.
If you’re a blogger that uses a DSLR or especially your phone I’d love to hear your thoughts.
What camera do you use for blogging?
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