So I take pictures, a lot.. Whether I’m traveling, eating out, or literally just sitting in the car, I’m probably taking a picture of something. And so for today’s post, I thought I would show you all of my tools, from cameras to editing techniques!
What I use to take photos…
My camera (well, technically my family’s camera) is a Canon PowerShot SX40 HS. I mainly use this for traveling and photography projects because it’s a little too bulky to carry around everywhere. I’m just starting to learn some interesting tools and settings through my photo class at school, but I’ve been using this camera forever since my family has taken it on every single trip! It’s very easy to use and I would definitely recommend this if you don’t want to splurge on a super advanced and high-tech camera.
Not all of the pictures on my blog are taken with my the camera, however. A lot of them are taken with my iPhone 7. Phone camera qualities have gotten pretty amazing, and sometimes I can’t even tell the difference between phone cameras and actual cameras! It’s a lot easier to quickly take photos of things since it’s always with me, and it makes it a lot easier for me to edit and post pictures straight through my phone. But, I obviously do prefer using a camera over my phone (and the quality is definitely better on the camera, even though it’s hard to tell sometimes)!
*If you’re wondering, my phone case is from Amazon/Tech 21!
For editing photos, I use VSCO, which is an app on your phone. It’s free, although you can purchase extra presets, and you can also post pictures on it and follow your friends! It’s not like Instagram where you can see the number of followers and likes each picture gets, though. It’s more focused on your photography and editing, which I love. I made a post last August about how I edit my photos, which you can find here, but my editing style has definitely changed a lot since then!
Currently, my most-used presets are M5 and G3. I usually use M5 because I’m obsessed with the super chill/ light pink filter it adds to photos. I lower the setting of the filter to around 7/8 (instead of 12), and play with the individual settings until I find what I like! Using the preset is a great head-start, and VSCO lets you copy and paste your edits to other photos, which saves a lot of time!
Lastly, I use Canva, which is an app and a website, for things like my blog banner and Instagram stories. It’s a simplified graphic design website – super helpful for people like me who aren’t pros at Adobe Illustrator.. yet! ; )
I created this featured image using the website, and they have an insane amount of templates you can use for practically any purpose. If you’re a blogger or have a business/website you want to promote, Canva is a great way to get started with social media designs, logos, and even business cards.
FYI, this post wasn’t sponsored by anyone. I just love all these products and websites and I want to help you all out!
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