Nowadays there are tons of cameras that can be categorized as “blogging cameras” on the market.
In 2017, it's mandatory for fashion bloggers to be capturing their own content with their cameras (as opposed to reposting image content by other fashion bloggers or media outlets.) Julia Dinardo has previously discussed on the blog why it's important to take your own photos for a fashion blogger. In addition to your writing, photos help develop a blog's voice. They also allow your blog to stand out from every other blog out there. And with so many fantastic blogging cameras options, there's no reason not to dive in.
When I started blogging in 2007, it was the norm to use your digital camera or your webcam to take photos.The blogging world has evolved (I mean, they didn't even have cameras with flip screens back then…) Taking good photos is important and the first thing you'll need is a decent camera.
Air Jordans won't make you into a great basketball player; and a good camera isn't going to make you a great photographer.
My photographer friends can take beautiful photos with cheap disposable cameras, and even with the crappiest flip phone camera phone you can find. However, they also put in the time to learn the craft of photography. They understand composition, light, and how to use a camera (but that's whole other post.) My quick tip, however, is to just start snapping. Try all the settings on your camera, watch a few YouTube videos and experiment. Fear and over-thinking are the biggest enemies, when it comes to learning how to take great pictures.
When choosing to invest in a camera, you don't have to get the top of the line. If you're planning on taking your photos seriously, invest in a SLR or DSLR camera (my first SLR made it's money back several times over). You can find great deals for used cameras on sites like B&H, or refurbished on Amazon. You can even take a chance with Craigslist. SLRs and DSLRs will help you understand how to use light and how photography works. For that reason, most photography classes will require you to get an SLR or DSLR camera.
If you are looking invest in a new blogging camera (or blogging cameras – we won't judge), there a plenty to chose from! I tried to keep cost in mind because it's a big investment, but the following camers have all the exciting features you'll need for your blog.
Blogging Cameras for Fashion Bloggers
When you go the SLR or DSLR route, most photographers will tell you to pick up a Nikon or a Canon. They're both great quality, but they each have their own lens system. This means you will have to chose between the two brands, before you start getting into lenses. When I first started, I just had the lens that came with the camera. Now I have three and I'm thinking about purchasing a fourth. The Nikon D7500 has excellent reviews.
According to Digital Photographer Reviews, “The Nikon D7500 is a midrange APS-C DSLR that both sits below and borrows a lot from Nikon's APS-C flagship D500 including its 20.9MP sensor, high-res metering sensor (used for subject recognition) and very probably its image processor. In a lot of ways it's like a mini D500, which in and of itself is like a mini D5. All three are built for speed.”
This camera will set you back around $1250 (if that's too pricey for you, you can find a cheaper Nikon model for under $500.) But keep in mind it can take photos in low light. It's also great for capturing action shots (i.e. candid walk shots in your latest OOTD) and has great filming capability. Knowing that even professional videographers are using DSLR's, it would also be a great entry into video as well as photography.
You can't talk about SLRs without bringing Canon into the mix. When I said everyone usually chooses a path between Nikon and Canon, I chose Canon.
According to Tech Radar, the Cannon EOS 7D Mark II is one of the best priced cameras for amateurs (i.e if you're new to fashion blogging and photography, this one might be your best bet.) “The EOS 7D Mark II borrows much from its big brother, the EOS-1D X . . . bringing 10fps shooting and a professional autofocus system to the amateur market. You can shoot action and sports like the pros, but at a price within the reach of enthusiasts.” The camera's alloy body is durable and its controls are weather-sealed. It also has an excellent, power sensor. It will set you back around the $1200 mark if you're planning to buy the lens separately.
If you're into stylish looking cameras that pack a lot of punch. This Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a lot to offer. Aside from the vintage look to the camera, it's nice that they've included a view finder in this model. This camera comes in at 16 megapixels as compared with the 12 MP of the Canon. It also has interchangeable lenses, and plenty of add-ons. It also can take photos at 10 frames per second and has superb image stabilization (for those with less than steady hands). It's built to be sturdy camera. Fantastic if you're traveling a lot. The one thing reviewers revealed was that it doesn't do well with moving objects. If you're planning on going to fashion week, it might be good to save this camera for presentations and backstage.
If you would like more automatic features, this Olympus E-PL7 just might be the one for you. It reigns in at $745, so the price-wise it's very affordable, but it's compact as mirrorless SLRs tend to be. It has fully automatic settings and image stabilization in the lens it comes with.
Another mirrorless SLR, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 is also a compact camera like the Canon above. This model has 16MP, takes 5 frames per second. It costs about $799, but with rebate you can sometimes get a deal.
Note: Panasonic has replaced the DMC-G5 with the DMC-G7 and we now recommend it for the same price. You can get it at Amazon here.
Have a favorite camera? Let us know in the comments below what kind of camera you use to capture content for your blog!
Want to up your photography game? We've listed the “Top Ten Photography Mistakes You Should Avoid” on the blog, and how you can easily prevent them.
Looking for tips for shooting in low light photography? Check out IFB's post “6 Tips for Shooting in Low Light Photography.”
*Editor's Note: This post was originally published in on March 26th, 2013 by Alison Lumbatis. It was updated on September 11th, 2017.