I know that many bloggers already have cameras, some even use them religiously and upload a million pictures to their blogs each week (a minor exaggeration, maybe). However, there are still many who only use their phones. (Myself included until most recently.) For the past two years, I was a heavy phone blogger, and uploaded pictures to my blogs through either Instagram, or my phone directly. However, when I finally started getting serious about this whole blogging thing, I suddenly became unsatisfied with my cell phone’s photo quality. (And I have a Note II, not some clunky antiquity.) Of course, I’m not saying you guys aren’t serious about blogging, I’m just saying that I wasn’t very serious at the beginning.
I hated the graininess in pictures not taken in direct sunlight, and the darkness in those taken indoors. So, I decided to get an actual camera to solve this issue. But, that wasn’t at all easy at first, and here is why: my sister and I decided to get a DSLR together, and share it. Yes, we had joint custody, and, as such agreements like to go, it went south. My sister, being a Graphic Design Major, used it more than I did. Whenever I needed it, she would have it and would leave it it to me whenever I didn’t need it. She didn’t do this on purpose of course, but it’s safe to say that things were not working out.
So I hit the web again, and started looking for my own camera, one I didn’t need to share and could actually carry around wherever I went. One thing I do is travel light, so another DSLR wasn’t an option. (One, I barely know how to use them. And two, they are super bulky.) After searching for some time, I finally found the perfect, fun, portable camera: the Canon Powershot N. I uploaded a post about this camera a while back, and so, to keep things short, I can only say that it is a fun camera indeed. It’s very small, takes great pictures, has HD video recording (for whenever I ever decided to make a video) and has a wonderful gimmick: creative capture. This feature allows the camera to take six photos in quick succession and enhances (or ruins, depending on the shots) each one with special effects. (Effects very similar to those found on Instagram.) Thus, it was perfect for a non-hardcore photographer like myself.
I also understand that such a camera has it’s limitations as well, one of which is the inability to shoot in RAW. For those hardcore photographers, this is a must as RAW shots capture much more detail than the other more common formats, making manipulations and enhancements much more easier. Luckily, I have no use for RAW, and, if I ever do, I’ll make sure to borrow the old child from my sister without her permission, just because. (For those of you thinking I was completely ignorant in photography, you now know that I am at least a little savvy.)
And so, I encourage those who only use their phones for blogging to actually get a camera. I’m not saying it’s a must, but, let’s face it, camera shots are a lot nicer. And sure, there are many new phones out there with amazing photo capabilities, but these are few and often much more expensive than getting a camera. (There are, in fact, even lenses sold to enhance a camera phone, and are also an option.)
I hope you find this useful, and look forward to your feedback and suggestions. Tell me, for example, what tools do you use in your blogs?
The old child:
The new child: