Hello human beings and welcome back to Blogging 101. If you aren’t aware, Blogging 101 is a weekly segment I do on Wednesdays (sporadically) wherein I share all my blogging tips, tricks and ritual animal sacrifice step-by-steps.
You now feel uncomfortable because I didn’t immediately say I was joking with the last one, right?
Well, if you’re new round these parts, here’s what you’ve got to catch up on:
- The Complete Affiliate Marketing Guide
- How To Improve Old Posts To Significantly Increase Traffic
- 20 Interesting Ways For Bloggers To Collaborate
- Step By Step: How To Convert Your Hosted Blog To Self-Hosted (WordPress.Com to WordPress.Org)
- Why Your Blog Needs Google Search Console + 10 Great Ways To Use It
- Starting From The Bottom – 10 First Steps For Beginner Bloggers
- 19 Great Web-Page Design Inspirations From Emails
- 8 Things I Learnt Converting From WordPress.com To WordPress.org
- How To Create FREE Blog Infographics
- Why You Need A Blogging / Editorial Calendar + FREE CALENDAR
- How To Gain Genuine Page & Site Views // Blogging 101
- How To Slay Your Blog Design and Branding
- 15 Easy Things You Can Do To Improve and Perfect Your Blog
- Blogging Networks for Brand Collaboration and Sponsorship Opportunities
- How To Earn Money Through Blogging For Big, Small and New Blogs
- Blogging Habits For Better Blog Growth
- How I Used Amazon To Earn My First Cheque
Today’s topic? Photography.
You all know what I mean.
You know what I’m talking about.
I don’t even need to say anything and we already have this lil connection going on, right? You know what I’m thinking; I know what you’re thinking. It’s good, it’s gravy – I got your back, Jack, and this post is gonna get you going places.
To be blunt . . . it’s a bitch. If you’re a blogger or trying to make it as one, then you know how essential photography is. It’s not something you can afford to slack on – almost every blogger could freelance as a photographer (or strategically married artistic partners. I see what you did there.). There’s simply no room for grainy, iPhone 4 quality photos because . . . well, because even start-up bloggers on their first posts have better pictures than that.
Trust me, I know. It’s so annoying that I’ve been blogging for so long, yet somehow seem to have missed all the memos when it comes to photography.
But – but.
I figured out the key.
I found the fountain of youth.
I discovered the bible of blogging photography.
Okay, what actually happened was I got sent something free to try in the mail that worked probably a 1000 times better than I thought it would and instead of just writing your typical review I wanted to praise it as it deserves and gift it a spot on my essentials.
Anyways, let’s keep this somewhat sensical. What do we want?
Clear, high quality photos.
Did we get them?
Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Personally, I was unbelievably pleased with how these turned out. They could be shop photography – and they’d be so easy to edit! I mean, look at how clean that white background is.
In particular, I was really pleased by how the photos managed to capture all the detail in the crystals. (If you’ve ever had and tried to photograph crystals – especially with my pretty shit phone camera – then you know the struggle to capture even part of their beauty. They usually come off as dull and lifeless.)
Look at the colours!
At this point, it’s really more a case of wanting to show off how pretty these pictures are than anything else. You guys have seen how hit and miss my usual photography is – don’t judge me.
So now that we’ve seen the results . . . let’s see the £6 (yes, I said £6) contraption that produced them!
Disclaimer – I was sent this for free, courtesy of ToSave.com in exchange for an honest review. To be honest, I didn’t expect much from it – but it produces really lovely quality photographs!
(If you want one for yourself, you can pick it up here for $9.67)
I think it’s very worthwhile looking at the picture quality around the lightbox too, just to really get a feel of what my phone camera is generally like. It’s a very stark difference.
(Those two crystals were also sent to me by ToSave and are $4 for the set here, but I’ve bought a whole bunch of crystals – some of which haven’t even arrived yet! – for myself, so I’m going to lump them in with my crystal collection post.)
If you are a blogger – especially one who writes reviews – then this could be a great little hack for you. And, guys . . . just think of the flatlays! For people like me, who never get to take advantage of natural lighting because they’re at work during the day (or school) then this cheap little thing is a total little life saver! Let me know what you think down below – would you use it?
All the love,