My Camera Kit What Olivia Did
(My OM10- which I vow to use more in 2015- there's something so rewarding and satisfying about developing film, so I definitely want to do that more)

If there's one question I'm asked more than anything- it's about what I use to take the photos on my blog. Now, there's no secrets- we're all friends here, right? Everyone has a different eye for things, so no two pictures will ever be quite the same- but seeing as y'all asked (and usually very nicely) I thought I'd share my weapons of choice, and why I love them!  I know that the camera isn't always the most important part of this blogging process (hence why I've never spoken about it before), and providing you know your equipment and the best way to edit what you shoot (something I'm still mastering), you can create beautiful images with a complete mix of kit, so never feel restricted to one camera or another- it's all pretty personal. Anyway- less of the chitter chatter, let's get snap happy!

My baby: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
My Camera Kit What Olivia Did
Until June I used the Canon 550d to shoot, and although that is a great camera (and certainly more affordable), I'd been saving up and looking to upgrade for a while. In June this year on my birthday I was presented with this bad boy (to which I nearly cried I thought it was a magical hallucination) care of Joe, and it pretty much hasn't left my side since. It's an amazing piece of equipment, which I still don't know the half of (this year I vow to learn how to utilise it to it's full potential), and has changed the way I snap (and film) for the better.

The lens: Canon 50mm 1.8
My Camera Kit What Olivia Did
No secret to any bloggers out there, this lens graces most cameras- and if you're after a budget lens that does a blooming great job then this is a great option. It's a prime lens, so it does mean you have to take a little trek back when you want to snap your dinner (as it's quite zoomed)- but offers pretty amazing bokeh and quality for such a reasonable price (it usually retails around £80) and is a fantastic all round starter lens for anyone wanting to step up their quality a little.

My iPhone
My Camera Kit What Olivia Did
Although I don't use this for blog images (although I'm sure it could be done in some capacity- especially if you have the 6), I use my phone for everything I upload to Instagram, and it does a bloody good job at it too. Although I wave a few magic filters (ahem, apps) over the pictures too (see: Afterlight and VSCO Cam)- getting the right light (natural, if possible) and tapping at the screen wildly until things are in focus are my two main tips- but I'm sure I could do another post in itself on composing a half decent phone snap...

Getting a sassy strap
My Camera Kit What Olivia Did
Not essential by any means, but after being introduced to Colibrí- it was hard to resist one of their beautiful straps to accessorise my camera with, as they are absolutely stunning (as well as being durable, thick and incredibly well made). The perfect Pinterest style addition to any photographers neck, and a pretty lovely gift for anyone with a camera as a BFFL.

The vlogging mini: Canon S120
My Camera Kit What Olivia Did
After being recommended this by the lovely Hannah (and knowing it's the secret weapon of many Youtubers), I decided to invest in this little Canon as a tiny accomplice for my vlogging attempts and something a little smaller to pop in my bag (anyone with a Mark III will know it's not an, ahem, light camera). Although it's not the most advance of cameras, it's the perfect little digital number- and films in good quality meaning I can film with both cameras and not see too much of a difference when viewed in HD. Plus, it's great if you're heading out for dinner and don't want to get any funny big-camera-snappy-looks (technical terms ladies and gents).

The photographer boyfriend (hohoho)
Joe! 2 Although John Lewis haven't quite cottoned on to stocking these yet, I think I'd honestly be pretty lost without Joe helping me out with my photos (although my pals do do a great job too). I know the whole 'photographer boyfriend' thing is a bit of a gross cliche, and he definitely does way more than just traipse around with me firing commands at him (hohoho again), but he's the most patient (and bloody talented) other half I could ask for- and I'm a lucky gal indeed to have him willing to watch me goof around in front of a camera and then document it on everything above.

P.S I'm also currently saving up for a new lens so any amazing suggestions would be much appreciated, especially lenses that are great to film with!


If you're feeling spendy...




x
My Camera Kit What Olivia Did
(My OM10- which I vow to use more in 2015- there's something so rewarding and satisfying about developing film, so I definitely want to do that more)

If there's one question I'm asked more than anything- it's about what I use to take the photos on my blog. Now, there's no secrets- we're all friends here, right? Everyone has a different eye for things, so no two pictures will ever be quite the same- but seeing as y'all asked (and usually very nicely) I thought I'd share my weapons of choice, and why I love them!  I know that the camera isn't always the most important part of this blogging process (hence why I've never spoken about it before), and providing you know your equipment and the best way to edit what you shoot (something I'm still mastering), you can create beautiful images with a complete mix of kit, so never feel restricted to one camera or another- it's all pretty personal. Anyway- less of the chitter chatter, let's get snap happy!

My baby: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
My Camera Kit What Olivia Did
Until June I used the Canon 550d to shoot, and although that is a great camera (and certainly more affordable), I'd been saving up and looking to upgrade for a while. In June this year on my birthday I was presented with this bad boy (to which I nearly cried I thought it was a magical hallucination) care of Joe, and it pretty much hasn't left my side since. It's an amazing piece of equipment, which I still don't know the half of (this year I vow to learn how to utilise it to it's full potential), and has changed the way I snap (and film) for the better.

The lens: Canon 50mm 1.8
My Camera Kit What Olivia Did
No secret to any bloggers out there, this lens graces most cameras- and if you're after a budget lens that does a blooming great job then this is a great option. It's a prime lens, so it does mean you have to take a little trek back when you want to snap your dinner (as it's quite zoomed)- but offers pretty amazing bokeh and quality for such a reasonable price (it usually retails around £80) and is a fantastic all round starter lens for anyone wanting to step up their quality a little.

My iPhone
My Camera Kit What Olivia Did
Although I don't use this for blog images (although I'm sure it could be done in some capacity- especially if you have the 6), I use my phone for everything I upload to Instagram, and it does a bloody good job at it too. Although I wave a few magic filters (ahem, apps) over the pictures too (see: Afterlight and VSCO Cam)- getting the right light (natural, if possible) and tapping at the screen wildly until things are in focus are my two main tips- but I'm sure I could do another post in itself on composing a half decent phone snap...

Getting a sassy strap
My Camera Kit What Olivia Did
Not essential by any means, but after being introduced to Colibrí- it was hard to resist one of their beautiful straps to accessorise my camera with, as they are absolutely stunning (as well as being durable, thick and incredibly well made). The perfect Pinterest style addition to any photographers neck, and a pretty lovely gift for anyone with a camera as a BFFL.

The vlogging mini: Canon S120
My Camera Kit What Olivia Did
After being recommended this by the lovely Hannah (and knowing it's the secret weapon of many Youtubers), I decided to invest in this little Canon as a tiny accomplice for my vlogging attempts and something a little smaller to pop in my bag (anyone with a Mark III will know it's not an, ahem, light camera). Although it's not the most advance of cameras, it's the perfect little digital number- and films in good quality meaning I can film with both cameras and not see too much of a difference when viewed in HD. Plus, it's great if you're heading out for dinner and don't want to get any funny big-camera-snappy-looks (technical terms ladies and gents).

The photographer boyfriend (hohoho)
Joe! 2 Although John Lewis haven't quite cottoned on to stocking these yet, I think I'd honestly be pretty lost without Joe helping me out with my photos (although my pals do do a great job too). I know the whole 'photographer boyfriend' thing is a bit of a gross cliche, and he definitely does way more than just traipse around with me firing commands at him (hohoho again), but he's the most patient (and bloody talented) other half I could ask for- and I'm a lucky gal indeed to have him willing to watch me goof around in front of a camera and then document it on everything above.

P.S I'm also currently saving up for a new lens so any amazing suggestions would be much appreciated, especially lenses that are great to film with!


If you're feeling spendy...




x

56 comments:

  1. It's so nice that you are using film.
    I have the 50mm lens and I really love it :)

    Beauty Inside Art

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  2. A little bit jealous of your kit! I got the EOS M last year, and have absolutely no regrets at all. It's light, easy to hold and great photos, though I really need to use it to its full potential. I use the kit lens, and I bought an adapter so I can use the 50mm lens too. I also have a 22mm pancake lens on the way! I really wish my phone took decent pictures for Instagram, but its so appalling I have to upload from my camera...x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A UK Lifestyle Blog

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  3. hahahaha the photographer boyfriend... where can I get one of those?
    Thanks for the post, I always love to know which equipment other bloggers use ♡

    Rosa
    www.rosemarynotes.com

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  4. What amazing cameras you have! I just received my Canon S110, not quite the S120 but it shall do., excited for your vlogs :)

    www.recalcitrantgirl.com

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  5. I want the olympus.. it looks like a good quality camera!

    http://simpleplaintruth.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Photographer boyfriends are a life saver, I know I am very thankful for mine I would be lost without him taking my outfit photos! Such a helpful guide as always :) I really love the look of that Olympus camera, it has such a retro/vintage vibe about it!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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  7. that camera strap is a dream! so perfect/dainty, definitely need to pick one up! xx

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  8. I love reading about camera equipments! As crazy as that sounds, I just have a really bad obsession with photography and cameras. Thanks for sharing! It's great to see a peek of the 'behind the scenes/blog'.

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  9. I need to get my own photographing minion! Haha jkjk, I love taking pictures myself :) Well actually, it's a lot more fun taking pictures with friends :3 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  10. aah i loved reading this post, i'd definitely be lost without the photographer boyfriend and friends!

    Rachel // Style Soup

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  11. My new years resolution was to use my film camera! x

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  12. awesome post Liv, love hearing the kit people use and their advice and opinions :) x

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  13. Great post! I am extremely jealous that you have the 5d!! I think I would have burst into tears if I got that as a present, too! I bet you produce some fab videos with it!
    Sam xx
    knockoutcouture.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. I think I really need to get me a photographer boyfriend or at least a friend who knows how to use a DSLR as all of my friends have no clue.

    fashionablyunknown.com

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  15. I have an OM10 too (actually 2 but that's another story) and growing up my dad always used this camera as the family camera and I may or may not have stolen a few of his lenses (oops!). I love the strap too - the canon one is too generic!

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  16. love this post Olivia...haha I love your comment about the 50mm lens, it's totally true :D

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  17. Great post! That camera strap is so cute. As far as lens suggestions I use my 35mm 1.8 for everything on my blog and I love it! It's quite affordable too (as far as lenses go, anyway).

    lauren / lipstick & lacquer

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  18. I am going to have to look into one of those camera straps...so cute!

    www.freedupgirl.com

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  19. Lovely post! The camera strap is so gorgeous! x

    Blog Marjorie

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  20. You are so lucky to have all those cameras! I would be soo happy with only one of those

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  21. Excellent post, it's really interesting to see what your equipment is! I've been thinking of upgrading my DSLR for a while now, so this has provided a nice bit of inspiration :)

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  22. Great post ! would like to try the Olympus !

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  23. This is such a fab post. Your photos are always beautiful! Would you consider writing a post on editing tips too? It's something I'd love to learn more about! :) x

    www.aprettypostit.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. very useful post :)

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  25. I have the Canon 5D Mk III as well and am using the 50mm 1:1.4 lens for it - it's great! I'm currently looking at purchasing the 35mm 1:2 lens as it's a bit more wide-angled and is great for interior shots and landscapes.
    When it comes to film photography, I use my grandfather's Nikon F and the Canon 3, which is great because I can use my Canon lenses :)

    Hi from Berlin, Lilly x

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  26. LOVE the camera straps so pretty!!

    meimei xx
    www.meimeisays.co.uk

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  27. I've been using the 500D for nearly 5 years and my ultimate upgrade would be the 5D Mark III - such a beautiful piece of equipment!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. i've wanted the OM10 for a while, it takes some fab photos! have you seen rhiannes blog? she uses the OM10 for some and it (she) takes some spectacular photos! http://fortheeasilydistracted.com/olympus-om-10/

    (ps. the canon 50mm lens is a prime lens, not a zoom lens :) it's more 'zoomed in' on crop sensor cameras though)

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    1. Ah I haven't! It's so gorgeous though- thank you for introducing it to me!

      Doh! I meant to put fixed zoom, but tired Liv can't write/correctly name things. Whoops- thanks for letting me know : )

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  29. I still use the 550d and love it. I hope this year I can buy a film camera too, because as a 90s kid, I'd love to own one again :)
    - Jem
    Jem's Blog

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  30. Thank you so much for this post Liv! It's been so helpful and insightful - especially to a newbie blogger like myself! Definitely need to get my hands on a pretty strap and that 50mm lens ...

    Beth xo.

    www.bethnorton.co.uk

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  31. I'd love to upgrade to the 5D Mark III... Right now I have the 1000D so it's the lowest of the low when it comes to Canon DSLRs. I might snazz it up with one of those camera straps though!

    Claire // Technicolour Dreamer // Bloglovin'

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  32. I love film cameras. I just feel like I'm wasting the shots haha!
    http://charlottesophiaroberts.blogspot.co.uk

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  33. Really nice equipment and cute boyfriend :)

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  34. such a great post. thank you for this post! :)
    R.Y.W.
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  35. I use my iPhone 6 for blog photos it does work well specially with a a filter and brightening it up

    http://rebekahmaryx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  36. Photographer boyfriends are great! It's like having your own personal paparazzi but you can delete the horrible ones.

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  37. Amazing tips! I really need a good camera, an iPhone and also a photographer! =)

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    Jessica

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  38. Love your blog design, and these photos are fab too!

    Harry styles inspired outfit post is up on my blog, if anyone is interested!
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  39. Oh man wish my bf was a photographer lol.
    I just got a new camera still using my phone though I didn't think it would be that difficult to take a photo lol. xox

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  40. That camera strap is gorgeous - need!!

    Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

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  41. Love how everything is photographed, you are so lucky for having your boyfriend as your photographer! I just got a film camera last month and I finished 2 rolls of film already, I can't wait to develop them and she how they turn out!

    Sophia || sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

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  42. I'm getting the 50mm in the next few weeks. I can't believe I didn't get it before! I'm really getting into photography now and love learning about different lenses etc. This post was great! I really recommend reading mypaleskin.blogspot.co.uk as she's currently posting a series about lenses for all budgets and comparing them in all aspects!
    Autumn Leaves - Blogging Tips & Beauty Blog

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  43. Thank you for the recommendations, one day I hope I can save up for a camera as amazing as that one! Now I just need to find a photographer boyfriend... :') Also, that strap is actually gorgeous, I want a camera just so I can buy it!
    Becki | beautyandthebrunette.co.uk
    xxx

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  44. Really interesting! I adore my canon 600D, but love the idea of the canon S120 for days when you can't carry something so heavy. Also that strap is totally going on my birthday list!

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  45. This is lovely, I've always always wanted a 5d mark II, we used them when I was at uni and oh my days! If you're looking for a new lens and use the 50mm a lot, why not upgrade that to a better quality one (unless you bought a great one originally of course!) whilst the 80 pound one is great with the entry level DSLR's it's game just isn't as strong as the lenses made for the pro cameras... if that makes sense :) Also the better ones usually have a lower f stop which is awesome. I personally love shooting with 16mm, I know canon do a 16-35 which should be pretty nifty for blogging..maybe play with some of your boyfriend's lenses and see what you get on with best? So jealous of that part, my other half despite years of encouragement cannot take a photo to save his life!

    hannah bee | travel and lifestyle blog

    xo

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  46. I had no clue you even HAD a YouTube channel!
    Whaaaaat?!? Where have I been?
    Must hunt down links tomorrow lol

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  47. great post!
    I want to learn more about great lens and stuffs for vlogging too :)


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  48. I just bought a sassy strap which I love! Great post Olivia!
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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  49. Not only have I enjoyed your blogpost Liv, I really enjoyed reading all the comments too! My favourite lense is 35mm 1.4 its really lovely for filming and blogposts

    beautyclassyfied.co.uk

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  50. Thanks for sharing your camera kit. That is really a dream to me. I just wonder if I should buy the mirrorless camera, because I don't want to carry heavy DSLR cameras.

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