It’s no secret that I self-shoot the majority of my content. I get a lot of questions about what I think is the best camera for blogging. I’ve shared via comments or DM but I wanted to put all of the answers in one place. Naturally, I cannot speak to every camera on the market, so my recommendation for the best blogging camera is my personal preference. Whether you’re new to the blogger/creator space or a vet looking to upgrade; here is a full list of the photography tools I use:
Your Phone. The best camera for blogging is the one that you have on you at the time. Most of the time that’s my phone because it’s the one camera that I don’t forget to charge. Additionally, I never have to wonder if I forgot to empty the memory card before shooting. I have an iPhoneX and while I’ve been contemplating an upgrade, I’m still very happy with the photo quality.
Unless you’re a professional photographer, I doubt that you can look at my IG feed and spot the iPhone pix. Whether you’re team Apple or Droid, phone cameras have come a long way; so if that’s all you can afford start there.
Sony a6000 + Sony Prime 50mm Lens. The a6000 was my starter camera and to keep it real, I had it for about a year and a half before I ever started using it. I procrastinated A LOT leading up to really taking myself seriously as a creator.
As a beginner, It was the best choice for my budget and I recommend it as a starter camera. The a6000 is mirrorless, which means that it won’t function without a proper lens. It does come with a 16-50mm lens but the Sony 50mm prime lens was a better fit for what I needed. This is where I mention that once you chose a camera family (brand), you typically stick with it. I chose Sony because my photographer friends had amazing things to say about them. In addition to reading reviews don’t be afraid to ask around.
A prime lens means that it has a fixed focal length aka it doesn’t zoom. If you want to get closer or further from the subject, then you have to move. Prime lenses are typically less expensive than than zoom lenses. They also force you to practice photo composition and getting creative about different angles. I purchased my 50mm shortly after buying the a6000 and together they made my rookie year as a creator a success. The best part is together they are less than $1000, even cheaper if you purchase them used.
Sony a7iii + Sony FE 85mm f1.4 Lens. These are definitely an investment but hands down the best blogging camera and lens on the market. I was making consistent money for over a year before we invested because this duo packs a hefty price tag. It’s also mirrorless so it’s lighter than the average DSLR. Shoots amazing in low light situations and the auto focus/shutter makes shooting with my kids a breeze. My personal experience is that they paid for themselves within the first two months of having them. So for me it was totally worth it.
I’ll give honorable mention to the Sony FE 24-70mm f2.8 zoom lens because it’s next on my wish list.
Lighting Equipment: Whether you’re using a phone or camera, the key to any good photo is lighting. I like to think of the sun being Gods ring light, so I prefer natural light over everything. However, here you can find a few of the lighting alternatives I use to support indoor or evening shooting.
Photos Editing: I edit all of my photos in Adobe Lightroom. I will admit that I tried all the apps in the beginning. From Snapseed to VSCO to dang near everything in the app store but Lightroom is what worked best for me. The presets that I will be releasing will be made for use in Lightroom as well.
Other Tools: Self shooting is a different beast. Whether you’re using your phone or a camera, things like a tripod or camera remote will make a huge difference. Cameras and phones do have timers but sometimes the focus when using times can be off. Using a remote helps ensure a sharp photo every time.
Best Vlogging Camera: For my vlogs I use the Canon G7X and edit in iMovie. Yes, I know what I said about camera families but this one doesn’t have a detachable lens. When I was interested in pursuing YouTube all the veterans raved about this one as a great starter camera. I plan on getting more serious about YouTube over the next few months, so when I try one of the Sonys, I’ll be back with an update.
There you have it, that’s everything we use to create content for my blog and Instagram. This should help you feel better about not having a top tier camera in the beginning or point you in the right direction if you’re ready to invest in a camera. If you are a mommy blogger, make sure you check out my post on how I get my kids to cooperate.
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