Over the past few weeks I’ve taken the time to look at my workspaces, both my craft room and my desk so continuing in that line a bit, I thought today I’d show you my equipment – my cameras basically, and also, give you an insight into the various backdrops you see in my blog photos.
So, I’ll start with my camera. My main camera of use is my Sony bridge camera that I got for Christmas two years back. It’s a fantastic little camera and I don’t know what I’d do without it! Most of the time I am lazy and because I’m taking really quick shots of things, I keep it on auto mode which is pretty good. Rarely for my blog photos would I need to mess with the settings myself. I also like that it can also record video which has started to come in handy more and more.
I have another camera too, a far older Olympus E-600 camera that I’ve had for around 7 years now. It doesn’t get nearly as much use now since I got the Sony but I still love my Olympus because while it may not be able to record video, there’s things it can do that the Sony can’t. If I want to shoot in RAW for extra editing power, I use my Olympus or if I want to take macro shots of flowers – the Olympus camera with my favourite macro lens does the perfect job and if I’m going somewhere with the specific purpose of taking nice photos, I’ll take the Olympus with a selection of different lenses. In essence, it’s my art camera while the Sony is my life camera.
I know a lot of people use phone cameras that take fantastic quality photos these days, but I’ve never been into that. Ignoring the fact that I have an old phone with an awful camera, I just like holding the bulkier bridge camera in my hand, even if a phone camera might do the same job.
Well, I guess with the cameras out of the way, it’s time to move onto the locations.
For a while, I had a specific light box that I used for small items. By light box, I mean cardboard box painted white. It actually worked pretty well! Until I put it up on top of my shelf and it became home to random items.
I didn’t have any place to easily store it where it didn’t seem to gather piles of stuff so it fell out of use.
Following the light box, I moved back to just taking photos on my desk. Eventually though, I got around to clearing the top of my chest of drawers from junk so that I could have a clear space for photos. I’ve got a roughly south-facing window in my bedroom so the light is good, although I have to get the timing of photos right so the shadows aren’t crazy. The best result for photos aren’t actually really sunny, clear sky days but bright, cloudy days. That might not sound right to some people, bright cloud days, but trust me, they’re a thing! Another common surface where you’ll see me taking quick shots, usually of my mail, is just the table in my sitting room. Or sometimes the floor – wooden floors make perfectly good backgrounds!
When I was taking photos for Etsy products, I needed to have a good, clean back drop for my photos so in this case, I had to set something back up again. I decided to go for something really high-tech – some large sheets of white paper held onto a folded up clothes horse with some pegs. Yup, high-tech! It worked though. Positioned in a spot that was bright but didn’t get crazy shadows, I’d be able to get some good shots. A cheap but effective solution!
Floors and paper are great, but sometimes you just want a really nice back drop to make your crafts look nicer. I was inspired to set up a nice photo spot for my crafts by this lovely wine box that my twin got from her place of work. I do love it. Dressing it up was really simple. I got several sheets of simple but nice paper from my stock pile to cover the top of a chest of drawers, bought some cheap fake flowers, rested a few around the place and put the rest in a glass that a drink had come in. Just to hide the bottom of the stems, put some small pebbles into it. A few journal cards on the inside that you can’t really see but just help to add a little something to the view, and two die cut images that matched the colour scheme and I was done! It’s nice to look at in its own right and also a good backdrop for photos – a win-win!
And to prove that you can get a nice set up anywhere, here’s the zoomed out photo so you can see that there’s just junk piled to one side of the photo. All you need is a small flat area to make pretty, not an entire room! (because trust me, the room this set up is in isn’t pretty – it’s full of bikes, exercise machines, a computer and miles of wires…the junk room basically!
So there you have it, my cameras and locations!
What kind of camera do you use? Got any good tips and tricks for better blog photos?