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I can’t believe I’ve never done a post like this before,  It’s about time I rounded up the cameras that I use on this blog. It’s one of my most commonly asked questions so why I’ve never done a dedicated post I don’t know!

Canon 700d: Up until a few months ago I’ve ALWAYS used second hand SLR’s. I’ve had a Canon 1000d and a Canon 500d but never purchased one brand new from a store. I decided it was about time to upgrade my photography and get a new camera. I’m familiar with the Canon brand as it's what I've always used, I obviously had to go with them. It’s a nice bit of kit and takes wonderful images in low light. I love how many different settings that it has and how I can play with so many different settings with ease. It has silent auto focus therefore it’s also suitable to film on unlike the 600 series from Canon (a blogger favourite). I use a mixture of the kit lens (18-35mm) and a 40mm (mainly in beauty shots and out and about ones), But I think you can get away with just the kit lens if you're a beginner. Admittedly my friend Jon takes most of my outfit photos these days and he uses a Canon as far as I'm aware.

Sony NEX-5R: This is what I used to use to film all of my videos on my Youtube Channel. It’s a good little camera, yet I might sell it now I’ve got my 700d which films in absolutely beautiful crystal clear HD. I love the camera as it has a flippy screen so I can see what Im doing, although I do get a lot of comments saying I stare at myself all the time! Its just really hard as you want to be in focus all the time, and get the most flattering of angles! Duh. I do like filming on this but I feel it can often look a bit “soft”. By this I feel like my face is a bit too blurred out and not as sharp as I’d like. None the less I do film most of this one, but like I said a little bit softer than I'd like. In all I think it's a excellent SLR/compact hybrid camera which I’d really recommend as a good all rounder.

Canon S100: This is what I sometimes use when I do lifestyle type posts (although at the moment I've been using my SLR) as it’s such a small compact camera. It fits into my bag perfectly and is so durable! I think it takes amazing quality photos and has tons of different settings for all sorts of different environments. It also has one of the best range of manual settings I’ve seen on such a little digital camera. Also this is the camera I vlog (including this unexpected vlog), although sometimes I use the Sony one depending on how I feel!

I want to make it clear that I really don’t believe you need a SLR to take good blog photographs. You just need a mixture of good lighting a little bit of editing in post production. Often when my camera is out of battery, I use my Canon S1000 to take my beauty blog photos as they are just as good. Not the same but nothing a little post production couldn’t help with. I think far too many people think that Canon's are the only cameras you should use if you want to blog, but I really don't agree. I feel its such a waste of money. So many people buy SLR’s thinking they’ll automatically be the best blog ever but most little digital cameras have the same settings. Things have come a long way since the old days of crappy point and shoot cameras. I think of it like this, if you aren’t going to take the time to learn how to use the manual settings to get the most out of your camera there is really no point wasting hundreds of pounds on it. I see far too many people not getting the most out of SLR’s and just using the manual settings when just knowing what F-stop or a ISO is could help you get such a better shot. I know I did photography at college, but I think its worth learning a bit about both photography techniques and photo editing if you want to get better blog photos. There are countless books, online guides or even 1 day courses you could take to get some photographic skills which can help you out.

In conclusion I really do think the key to good blog photos is lighting and a bit of editing. Being savvy with composition, lighting and thinking about a few things also helps, but I’ll save that for another post. I hope you enjoyed this little non-usual LLYMLRS post, but I do hope it'll be helpful to those who want some frank advice about cameras and blogging. Let me know if you want to see any other posts like this and I'll see what I can whip up.

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52 comments

  1. Lovely post :) I often find altering the brightness or saturation in editing can enhance photos that have been washed out by artificial lighting, such as taking outfit photos inside can make an outfit look very different to what it looks like in natural lighting :) xx

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  2. Ahh this post was super helpful, I'm pretty clueless when it comes to cameras and your photographs are always impeccable! xx

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  3. THANK YOU.
    I've been on the look out for a new camera recently due to my DSLR being too big to carry around! I love your layout within your photography. xoxo

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  4. Great post, Ive been on the hunt for a new camera for awhile so this has really helped!

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    xx

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  5. I love your outfit Lily and it's really nice of you to do a post on what cameras you use. Very useful :)
    cococami.blogspot.co.uk I follow back similar blogs xo

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  6. I really need to improve my photographing skills.. mine always look so rubbish!

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  7. This post was so helpful Lily! I feel like good photos really help a blog look professional <3

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  8. I need to get that lens


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  9. good informative post I will look for these for future investment :) xx

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  10. Great post!
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  11. i love seeing the materials bloggers use! I currently use a canon t4i, but its not satisfying me! any recommendations?

    also, i have the canon s100, and its so handy! great for shots on the go.

    xx

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  12. Nice blog post !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  13. Great post, thanks for sharing this as I am currently looking for a new camera :)

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    xx

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  14. ooo love this post! the canon 700d sounds so good! :)
    xxx
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  15. Nice post! I can't wait for the sequel about composition and lightning etc. What books or online guides on editing do you recommend?

    love

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  16. I JUST bought the cannon 700D. Im still trying to figure it out, but I get great quality photos even though I'm an amateur. Cant wait to see you post more pictures using that camera!
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  17. I just started a personal fashion blog and I've been using my I phone to take my pictures.Ive been researching on what camera I should get so thankyou for this post!

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  18. There is literally no difference between using a second hand SLR and a brand new SLR. Good photo quality depends on the lens you are using, not the camera body. As long as you do your research and make sure the camera lens was treated right, there is no real reason why you should pay usually more than double the price.

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    1. that wasnt really the point i was making, I just meant there is nothing wrong with buying second hand if you wanted to, i only bought from a store because I was impatient!

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  19. Extremely helpful post!x

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  20. I am planning to upgrade my 400D to the 600D next month. Would you recommend the 700D instead? I'm not the most tech savvy and want to start filming more! Thanks :)

    Sarah
    www.daisychainsanddreamers.wordpress.com

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  21. Great reviews I've been looking for a new camera, my Canon is getting old.

    ANIKA MILLER // FASHION, BEAUTY AND LIFESTYLE BLOG

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  22. I really want the Canon 700d !

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  23. PRIMARNI NAILS <3

    super helpful, thanks girl

    Georgina at itotallypaused.com

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  24. I think coming from a film and photography background has saved me having to deal with the steep learning curve of learning how to take photos and edit them (although some of my early pictures on my blog may dispute this) and I don't think I appreciate often enough knowing how to set your white balance or multiple exposure points because it can make such a difference.

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  25. Great post! I totally agree with it. The key is some editing and the lighting of course. I always use natural light and appears to work wonderfully :-)



    Krystal | www.moorekrystal.wordpress.com

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  26. love!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  27. I love photos of women with cameras, especially pointed at me! Most of what you wrote is over my head - I don't even know what SLR stands for. I use a point and shoot camera for my blog at http://www.full-brief-panties.blogspot.com/ and for my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/misterpantybuns Unfortunately my lack of photography knowledge and skill shows. I can't seem to master even point and shoot. I'm very impressed by your photography and the quality of your videos. Additionally you're beautiful. If I took the time to study and learn some of what you wrote about I know it would improve the quality of my photos and videos immensely. Unfortunately it wouldn't make me beautiful, so I have to rely on content in my fashion blogging and lingerie review videos.
    I love your nail art! How do you get it so perfect? I also loved your March Everyday Get Ready With Me- Lily Melrose video! Your winged eyeliner is fabulous.

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  28. I have a Canon Rebel T3 and I love it!
    Go team Canon!
    Have an amazing day :)
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  29. Hullo,
    I run a little photography blog, and I have to say I agree with you. I don't think an SLR camera is necessary unless you are seriously interested in photography as a hobby or career. It's pretty straightforward to get excellent quality photos out of point-and-shoots...or even your camera phone. And it's definitely a waste of money/effort to invest in an SLR if you don't know (and aren't interested in learning) at least some basics of photography.
    Nice post,
    RH
    http://twofeetphoto.blogspot.com/

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  30. This was soo helpful I could just hug you for posting this! :)

    xo
    Maggie A
    LOVEMAVIN/YOUTUBE || LOVEMAVIN/BLOG

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  31. I think when you first get into blogging, everyone automatically assumes that you need 1) a DSLR 2) A Macbook 3) loads of money to buy all the newest make-up. They are just unnecessary purchases so I'm glad you feel the same way as me! :)
    Bea x

    Bea's Beauty Blog

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  32. such a nice blog!

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  33. when i upgrade form my 500d i'm going for the 700d, and that lens looks amazing, i have a 50mm but that looks so good for outfit shots
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk
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  34. Great post and love the camera I have the same one ;) I need to get a 40mm lens as I have the 50mm but never noticed you could go down to a smaller one! I always find DSLRs great to use and fairly easy! Either for blogging or general photography xx

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  35. Very interesting post
    xoxo
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  36. This post was very helpful, thank you! I'm in need of a new blogging camera and these all look fab! Thanks for sharing :) x

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  37. I bought the Canon 700D in February for my 21st and it's beautiful. x

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  38. I believe the same, people who think photography is wht makes the blog its the content quality and being able to take the right shots. And I've been using a 450D for such a long time, I'm at the point where I need an upgrade to a DSLR with a video function....
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  39. Great post! I've been debating buying the 700d and now it's definitely on my list!

    allamericanbeth

    xo

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  40. Nice post, I agree with the point of having a good camera doesn't automatically make you take amazing photos. Something I doubt I'll ever invest in because it'd be a mahooosive waste of money when I've already got a "cheap" (still over 40 quid!) normal digital camera. What I should really be doing is focusing on lighting/editing to make pictures better!

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  41. I decided it was about time to upgrade my photography and get a new camera. I'm familiar with the Canon brand as it's what I've always used, ... ccanoncameras.blogspot.com

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