We all appreciate looking at the beautifully styled, bright photos, taken from the right angles, right?
To me it’s a kind of magic when I think about all the components coming together to create a stunning image. I know it more than anyone, as admiring good photography and understanding the process behind it, is one of those things I could do every minute of my life and would never get bored. Actually, it’s not that far from reality, considering I live in the blogging world filled with digital stories.
But being on the other side of the camera, trying to take a nice photo is not as easy as…having a good camera, as some mistakenly think (about half of my family!). A good result depends on many factors and the process of learning how they influence the final image can be very long, and frustrating, I get it! After years of practicing and experimenting, I’ve learned a little bit about what works and what doesn’t, so I hope sharing my experience will help you make the learning path a bit shorter.
Please note – I am by no means an expert, I’m still far from perfection, continuing to learn each day with a camera in my hands. However since I receive many messages from you, asking questions about my photography process, I decided to share all my knowledge and secrets and try to answer them. If I wanted to include it all in one post, you would probably be reading it for a week (or 2!), so I will split it into 4-6 articles – where I will tell you all about : my equipment, my styling rules, photoshooing and editing. I hope you will find it useful!
All right, let’s get to it!
First of all I would like to tell you about my equipment and all the essentials I use:
Nikon D3100 – it’s a good camera for the first years of your photography adventure, offering great quality and simple handling, it’s still my best friend.
–Nikor 50 mm f1.8 G – amazing bright lens for close ups, vignettes and details.
–Nikor 11-16mm f2.8 – for wide, interior shots, especially if you don’t want to take photos of your home, hanging outside your window (I’ve done that!)
I repeat tripod – you need one (I will explain why in the next post)
You might want to get a set, or single ones but it’s important to have them at home.
Make sure one is always empty.
You don’t want to be in the middle of the photo shoot, seeing your battery going down, so I recommend always having a replacement with you.
So this is how my set looks right now. I know there are many items to add to the list but I’ve been very satisfied with what I can achieve using my current equipment. I guess that’s it for now! I will be back in a few days with a second post – where I will tell you all about my styling process and visual story telling.
If you have any questions, or would like me to include specific information in the upcoming posts, please let me know in the comment section below.
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Yey! I have similar set, very excited to read the styling and editing tips! Can’t wait x
I’m working on the styling post, as we ‘speak’! 🙂 Monday, should be here! Have a great weekend Ida!
Aga, this is amazing! I’m really looking forward to the whole series, as I love your styling and photography!!!!
Hi Rocio! So happy to hear you like the idea! I’ve been wanting to do this series for a while but only recently found a bit of time to write the posts. If you have any specific questions, please let me know! xo
Thank you so much for the post/guide on photography. It’s something every creative should be familiar with (I think), even if accustomed to having a designated photographer on payroll. Stuff happens.
So true, I agree 🙂 It’s always good to know at least the basics 🙂
Your images are simply beautiful. I literally laughed out loud reading the comment about hanging out the window taking interior shots! So glad it wasn’t just me doing that! I’m still learning alot about my camera and photography in general. I plan on reading through the rest of your series soon. Super helpful. Thanks so very much for sharing.
Thank you Juanita! You made my day 🙂 I’m super happy you find it helpful, if you have any questions – I’m here 🙂 Happy Friday!