Wednesday, 1 August 2012

How To | Blog Photography


Taking photos, for me, is one of the most important and satisfying parts of writing my blog. I believe that a picture can speak a thousand words. I find blogs without photos so sad to look at. I love everything visual and creative, and sometimes, it's the photographs that really make a blog stand out to me. Sometimes photography doesn't come so naturally to some people, and without knowing too much about what you're doing or how to use a camera, it can all be a bit much to take in. I receive an awful lot of questions and requests based around blog photography. How do I edit? How do you manage to get good shots? I'm not saying i'm the master of photography (I wish I was though), everyone has their unique photography style, but I thought I would share a few pointers with you when it comes to snapping photos for your blog, and if it helps you in any way, then that's just a huge bonus.

The Instrument 
(that's camera to you and me)

It's important to understand, first and foremost, that you don't need a whopping great DSLR that costs you thousands of pounds in order to take a good photograph. When I first started blogging, I used a little digital camera that cost around £70. I then progressed onto a slightly more expensive digital camera (this one to be precise) and for my 21st Birthday I received a Canon EOS 600D (available to buy/snoop at here). I took photography as an A Level in Sixth Form, so I was pretty clued up on slightly more advanced photography and this also meant that even before I started writing a blog, i'd always wanted a DSLR camera. I didn't JUST get it for blogging or filming videos, but because it was one of those things on my wish list for many, many years.

You do not need to feel as though in order to have great photos on your blog, you have to invest in an expensive camera, although it is just that for me, an investment. I would be lying if I said there was no difference between the quality of a standard digital camera and a DSLR, because there are obviously differences, which are reflected in the prices of both. If you were ever thinking of upgrading your digital camera, then I would definitely advise taking a look in your nearest camera/electrical shop and having a little play around with them. It's a lot of money to spend so do your research. Having said that, if you are quite happy with the quality of your digital camera, and you aren't a photography geek like me so getting something larger and more expensive isn't something you're really looking to do, you can still take some amazing photographs, if you do it properly and with a creative eye. If you are choosing to use your smart phone, make sure the quality is good enough so that when your photos are blown up slightly larger, they don't look really pixelated. Nobody likes a pixelated, crappy photograph.


Stock Photos

I know that not everybody will agree with me, but I just find stock photos the lazy way out. I like to see half empty and loved products on blogs as well as excited snaps of new products. It's nice to know that you are really using it, and loving it, and that you do actually own it . It's all very easy to just write about a pretty lipstick, pop up a stock photo and to not even own the product (of course press releases on products not yet launched is a different matter).

These days, I look to blogs for honest reviews, and nothing speaks more honestly than seeing the product sat on someone's dressing table, being used. I also think that stock photos can look a bit messy, as they are often very small files, only meant for small viewing on a website and not to be copied, pasted and enlarged. So when placed on your blog, they can look tiny and a bit lost, or fuzzy once resized. Although saying this I know that many people with great photoshopping skills can pop stock photos from websites into a pretty collage for wish lists etc! It's quite a grey area, some people make it work, some don't. Some have a good mixture, some use nothing but stock photos. Just something to bare in mind.

 Lighting

Once you've established that instead of being a lazy "so and so" you are going to photograph the product yourself, it's important to make sure you have good enough lighting. Lighting is one of the most important factors when taking a photo. Natural light is an absolute god send. It makes a picture clearer, crisper, and reflects it's true colours (especially important if you are showing swatches). All too often it's inconvenient to photograph something in the natural light, maybe you got home from work late, it was  an exceptionally grey or gloomy day, or you think it's easier to just whack the bedside lamp on or use the main light in your house to get a photograph. For times like this, you might want to think about buying a daylight bulb or studio lighting. I own studio lighting, but mainly for the purpose of filming videos. I wouldn't have ever gone out and bought it JUST for blog photos as I think that could be deemed a little extravagant (unless of course you are a complete perfectionist when it comes to clear, bright photographs and you think it could be very useful to you). You can buy daylight bulbs from most places, and they are fairly cheap, just pop it in your lamp and you're good to go. If you tend to take most of your blogging photos at night, you might want to consider this. If, however you LIKE the slightly more orange/yellow tone of a standard light bulb, then you can just carry on as you are. Just for reference, the lights I own are these ones!

Sometimes, I don't like to use a bright white light, if you are opting for a slightly more ambient photograph (say if you were photographing your bedroom with candles or fairy lights etc), then they look much better without a bright light or flash. It sets the mood somewhat. You may also want to consider using a tripod if you are opting for low light shots, as the shutter stays open much longer, and could cause you to have a slight blurry photograph without it being held steady.

You might also want to avoid using your camera's built in flash, as more often than not, it just completely washes out any colour and reflects off the subject you are photographing. I feel as though the camera flash is a bit too harsh at times, so I tend to avoid using it. Instead I will use natural light or the studio lights.

Don't take a photograph INTO the light. This is one of the first things you learn when taking photos or studying photography. I'm sure it looks great if that is the sort of effect you are going for, but on a more everyday scale, it looks a bit pants (see below).

It's just about experimenting really, seeing which methods of light you prefer for different photo shots.



Taking The Photo

Some of you may find it difficult when it comes to actually taking the photo. This is where your creative side needs to step up slightly. Think about angles, composition and product position. Sometimes I like to take my photos on an angle, as I feel it makes the overall viewing experience slightly more interesting. You want to think about whether you want to photograph your product lying down, standing up, with the lid on, off, open or closed. Just experiment with different shots.

This is part of the joy of owning a digital camera, you can take hundreds of shots, and then simply delete the ones that you don't like. Once you have the lighting right, all that's left to do is make sure you like everything in the frame. Is the background simple? Does it distract from the product, or does it make your picture a little more interesting? Is the background colour a good contrast to your product colour, or are the two merging making it more difficult for you to see the product?

It's also important to decide how much of the product you are going to have in the frame. You don't want to take the photo from far away so that your readers see more of the background than the product you are trying to show them. This is where cropping can come in very useful, make sure you have a good balance between product and background. Make the product the focal point, not the rest of your bedroom. If you do very fashion-based blogs, or you want to photograph a picture of yourself without having to hold your camera at arms length, I would strongly urge you to get a tripod. You can buy them for SO cheap. This is the one I own and it only cost me around £10. I use it all the time, makes life much easier.


In Focus?

Are your photos in focus? This is one of the most important things when taking your photos. If you have your camera set on automatic mode (which i'm sure most of us would use), then it shouldn't be too difficult, but I have seen many a blog photo out of focus. It's like reading a blog with your drunk goggles on, and you almost end up thinking you need to book an appointment at your nearest optician. There is also the option of using "Macro". Almost ALL cameras will have a macro option, giving you the choice to get clearer, very up-close photographs. If you are struggling to get a focused photograph of your product up close, try switching your camera to macro and it will make life a lot easier for you. 


Editing

This is the one thing I probably get asked about the most. Editing for some is the bit they like to skip. Who wants to tamper around with photos if that's not something you're really into? Because i'm a photo geek, editing is always my favourite part. I always get asked which program I use to edit. Now i'll be honest with you, I use MANY, MANY programs. I'm always on the look out for new programs to download and play around with. My main editing software is Photoshop, which is quite an advanced program, of which I learnt to use during my A levels. I probably wouldn't recommend downloading this unless you want to edit your photos to an extreme standard (which I very rarely do).

If you simply want to add a filter, crop your photo, lighten it or resize it, something as simple as "iPhoto" for a mac user will cover all this. (please note, I have a mac, so the programs I use may not be available for you if you own a windows computer/laptop). If you are also a Mac user, you can search and download amazing photography apps from the Appstore to your laptop, most of which are free or only very cheap. There are hundreds which offer different filter styles, different editing methods, collages and much more. If you aren't a Mac user, fear not, there is still something for you! If you simply search "online photo editing" in Google, you will be met with a long list of FREE photo editing services online I have used pretty much the first 5 search results, for all my photo editing, and they all offer an easy to use service with everything you'll ever need, just see which you prefer. 

Once you have found your perfect editing program, and you feel comfortable using it and have got to grips with how it works, it's time to decide how you want to edit your photos. I like to use a vintage/lomo filter, but only very lightly, as I don't ever want a filter to change the overall appearance of a product. I tend to enjoy using filters more for personal photos or landscapes, rather than a product shot. I also think it's important to try and avoid filters when it comes to swatches. You want people to see the true colour of the product you are swatching, otherwise there really is no point in photographing it. Filters are not for everybody, if you prefer your photo's to just be true to colour, then leave them at that. Editing is really just a personal preference, see what you like, see what style fits your blog or personality. Experiment and have fun!

I hope that some of you have found this somewhat helpful to read. I have enjoyed writing it, and I hope it inspires you to get your cameras out and start snapping away! Photography, for me, is fun. It's a way for me to channel my creativity. If you struggle with photography or lack inspiration, just play around a bit. Try out things you've never thought to do before and just go with it. Don't take yourself too seriously, or beat yourself up if something isn't going the way you wanted it to, or if you just can't get that perfect shot of a lipstick. Taking photos should be fun and once you've written out your blog post, and added in your photographs, there should be that sense of satisfaction when you hit the publish button. Your photographs DON'T need to look like everybody else's. Please don't think you HAVE to follow my tips or advice, i'm offering my personal opinion to those of you who asked for it. If you're happy with the photographs you take, then carry on doing what you are doing, because as long as you are happy and chuffed with the photographs you produce, that's really all that matters. :)

589 comments:

  1. Aw this is such a useful post Zoe :)
    Thanks so much, you really put lots of effort in! You have some really amazing tips and it's nice to see a fellow blogger helping out, usually you find bloggers aren't keen to help other bloggers and share tips but you're so kind!
    I love your blog so, so much! You're really an inspiration to me! You and Louise are the funniest people I have ever watched in my whole entire life!
    Even after all the years blogging you're still fab!
    Lots of Love,
    Sharna xo

    Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle and Thoughts Blog.♥

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  2. This is such an insightful post! I recently gotten into photography as well as blogging so this helped loads :) x

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  3. Thanks for this post Zoe! Your pictures always look amazing

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  4. This was really helpful Zoey, thank you! xo

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  5. I love this! Actually see the proper difference now especially with the camera and phone photos difference. Love it zoe!xx

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  6. This post was brilliant and extremely helpful! I definitely need to start putting more effort into my blog photos and you basically just rekindled my love for photography, thank you! :)

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  7. Thank you for this post! :) I am just starting out in the blogging world and still playing around what photography :)its a skill set I need to learn and keep learning in. Will be book marking this for reference.
    http://darbiesbeautyfinds.blogspot.com/

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  8. I found that really interesting Zoe. I have just bought a DSLR as my birthday gift with money I received and I am still playing around with it. While I don't blog, lots of those tips can be applied to the photos I do take - mainly people and landscapes.

    Thank you for being lovely :)

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  9. really love this post as i study photography at university :) xoxo useful and in good detail :)

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  10. Such a cute and helpful post! I can't stand it when people use photos that are out of focus, it complete defeats the object.


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  11. Really amazing post - so useful!!!

    Georgina
    www.makeup-pixi3.com

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  12. Great post! I also love looking at photos. I will definitely be taking your tips on board, thank you for sharing :)

    Carissa xx

    Vanilla Crush Blog

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  13. I really loved this post! I'm still trying to find the perfect background for my pictures. It's hard with nail polish because you don't want to take away from the polish or design you have on :(

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  14. Love it! It helped me a lot, thank you. :)

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  15. ahh I never knew you did photography a level?! I did, too! My blog is a beauty and fashion blog with a side helping of personal photography because I love the art so much. This was a fabulously well written post! xxx

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  16. This is a great post, really helpful. I think it's also really important to get to know your own camera and learn to work with it. I've wanted a DSLR for years and years, but it's simply not in my budget at the moment. I have a Lumix TZ9 (or 10, can't remember) and by experimenting and using the 'manual' setting I've figured out how to change the aperture and shutter speed settings so that I can get that 'blurry background' look DSLRs are so famous for. :)

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  17. What a great post!!! The big differences always come with the small details!
    Alice Barton ♥ TheMowWay

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  18. This was a really good post Zoe. I've sat and read it from top to bottom. I love taking photos, I'm not that good at it but I'm practicing more and more, especially since my boyfriend gave me his camera to use (I'm rather scared I will break it somehow, so at the moement I've stuck to just taking pictures in my garden) :)

    Lovely blog and post,

    Amy xx
    http://alittleboatsailing.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. great tips :) I always do the pictures without flash. It looks so much better, I think :)
    and I love your edited picture. really pretty!

    xoxo FlirtingwithFashion

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  20. I found this SO interesting and helpful! Fantastic post, Zoe! xx

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  21. Thanks for this post it was extremely helpful!

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  22. This is great! I have the Canon EOS 600D too after hearing you use it, and it's amazing!

    Thank you for a brilliant detailed post with loads of helpful photography tips- especially on lighting which always drives me crazy when snapping a shot! xx

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  23. This was so helpful Zoe, thank you! I'm new to blogging, and haven't posted any pictures, but this has inspired me to try it out and experiment. Your tips were very explanatory and helpful, thanks again!

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  24. Thank you so much for this! It's really, really helped!xo

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  25. I really helpful post! Thanks :)

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  26. This has helped me so much and hopefully I will be able to use them for my next blog post, thank you for putting this up as the tips were really well explained :') I missed you being ill but as long you're better!

    beautyfashionequestrian.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. I really love this post! ive bookmarked it! its a good inspiration for me as i am just starting a blog! Thank you zoella!:Dxx

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  28. This post is amazing, I think I'm going to invest in the tripod you mentioned & probably ask for a DSLR for my 21st too! I love the camera I have at the mo, but I do want something that can provide with me higher quality images than I already have atm! I really enjoyed reading this, thanks Zoe :)

    L x

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  29. Very useful Zoe! I'm getting a camera for my birthday in 3 weeks and this has made me think about which sort of one to go for :) As for editing, there are so many great free online sites! I use Pixlr and there are so many filters and textures I can use! Great post :)! xxx

    http://belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. Great advice, thanks! It's so much nicer to see the blogger's photo's rather than stock photos. Makes it looks like they've put so much more effort into their blog posts xxx

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  31. This was a very interesting post! I studied Graphic Design and Photography at uni, and it really helped me with blog photos. There's nothing I hate more with a well written blog is it being let down by photos - I don't care if the background is white/patterned/what have you, but small, pixellated, out of focus photos instantly make me think less of the blog! I don't mind a bit of editing in terms of colour, but I agree when you say that there's times when it is and isn't appropriate in blog photos. Thanks for the great read! x

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  32. Wow, thank you for this Zoe!! This has helped me so much as i am new to blogging. Deffinitly going to keep coming back to check up on these tips!! xx

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  33. was an interesting read, love to hear your views about photography as i'm off to study photography at uni in september!

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  34. This has inspired me to take a trip out into town tomorrow, and take some nice shots with my new canon I got at christmas, I am still unsure how to use it haha! Practice makes perfect :)

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  35. I was actually thinking about this the other day so this post has come at the perfect time! Thanks for the tips, I look forward to putting these to good use in my next post :)

    Katie x

    http://itstimetobefearless.blogspot.co.uk/

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  36. I really enjoed reading this! I didn't actually realise what macro was before this, even thought I have a Canon 550D! Definitely going to have a go at trying it out, because I always get really annoyed when I can't get a ncie close up shot of something :)
    Lovely post as per usual <3
    xoxo

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  37. This post literally couldn't have come at a better time for me, as I received my Canon 600d yesterday! It's like you read my mind, haha! ;) This is so useful and well written, I'm going to bookmark it right now! Thank you, clever lady!

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  38. Fantastic post, I love taking pictures too, I think its my favorite bit about blogging and I can never write a post unless I have the pictures first. That's like mission impossible haha. You've given some great tips. Love this post! xxx

    www.misssunshinesparkle.blogspot.com

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  39. This is such a well-written and informative post! I've always wanted a DSLR... I'll probably wait for the next sale though ;)
    x

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  40. This was super useful! Thanks for taking the time to write it all out!

    xo, alison*elle

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  41. it really helped. this post is amazing. done with so much love. xoxo Vanessa

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  42. i can tell you spent a lot of time on this post. there is so much great information in there that i found to be really helpful.
    xx

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  43. this was an amazingly helpful post :D xo

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  44. Thank you so much for sharing this information with us. I have a DSLR that I am trying to learn how to use properly and I would love to learn how to edit my photos.

    Laura
    www.whitewintersblog.com

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  45. great post, your blog always looks amazing x

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  46. I can't tell you how fantastic this post was! I'm usually pretty overwhelmed when I comes to the photography aspect and just kind of hope for the best, but now I feel like I can be a more confident and take some great photos! Love this!

    xoxo

    www.thestyleduckling.blogspot.com

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  47. Absolutely loved this blog post, Zoe. I'm a big photography geek and have so much fun photographing for my blog and just in general! I started off with the same camera as you and now I also have the 600D, which completely changed my photography experience. I've not taken any photography lessons, but I do my best to read as many blogs and websites about photography to continue learning.

    You've certainly provided lots of great tips and I'm sure I'll be trying most of them out :)

    I was thinking about writing a blog post about Photography for Bloggers as I get asked a lot of questions about my blog photos, but I think you pretty much covered everything. If anyone asks me about how I get such good photos for my blog, I'll just send them the link to your post!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this detailed and very informative blog post!

    Ysis xx
    lebeautygirl.com

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  48. Oh Zoe! You make me so so happy!
    I am a newbie to your little fanbase but this is my loveletter to you!
    Firstly I found this post particulary my cup of tea. I have had a love for quite some time, sometimes more sometimes less. I completely adore my Minolta film camera but have always rebelled against editing and photoshopping, oh my laziness and stuborness. Recently I have neglected my camera and haven't done almost ANY pictures, which makes me sad but I promise to be better after this post.
    Secondly, I am no beauty blogger of any sort but never say never-I am 20 but only now am I discovering the world of make-up. An again, this post gave me ideas, inspiration and hope that maybe, maybe.
    Thirdly, I so sincerely find you to be my cup of tea(not trying to sound creepy, it comes naturally). I honestly want to be your friend, and again, not in a creepy way. Especially after hearing you were in HP-oh my, dream come so true! I think I would fit in so nicely with you and Louise, so much even that I told my boyfriend about you's two and now he calles me a sprinklerino.

    I am finishing my little cuteness, I apologise for my little fuck-ups language wise(I am only a little foreigner living in Englad), and hope to actually read this(not that I've got much to say). You make me happy!

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  49. Your post is really interesting Zoe! Thanks for all your tips, I also hate stock photos or when people post without including pictures.

    HippieChicPao

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  50. such a great post full of amazing advice! love how you even made the effort to take pictures to help what you're describing, makes it alot easier to understand! x

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  51. As always a fabulous post. Great tips there. Thankyou for the information. Love, Pins. X
    Pinsprettythings.blogspot.co.uk

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  52. This is super duper helpful! Thanks for taking your time to post this. I have been so wanting the camera you have and this post has given me the push to actually start saving up for it :) x

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  53. Literally such a perfect informative post Zoe !
    Thank you <3

    http://iamncxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  54. This is an awesome awesome post! Thank you for having this on your blog! :)

    xo,
    janmloves.blogspot.com

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  55. Yay thank you for the tips and tricks!

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  56. Zoe, this is an amazing post! It's really helpful :)xx Hopefully I'll be able to take better pictures now ♥

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  57. Thank you so much!! This is so detailed and helpful your pictures are always so clear and gorgeous!!!<3

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  58. Can't believe it's been a whole year since i found Zoella!
    I read & re-read all of your posts & found everyone of them to be inspiring & i just love this blog post as i love to take good photographs with my Sony DSC-H50 camera, can't part with it!

    Thank you for making me inspired Zoe! :D keep the blogs coming :D <3
    xxx

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  59. This post is perfect! I think blog photos are so important, I could never read a blog without photos!
    I love your photography btw, you always take amazing photos and I love your style & editing :)

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  60. Brilliant post, it's helped me a lot-thank you!x

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  61. thank you so much for sharing your tips, i have never really seen any how to: blogging tips sort of posts before, and well i wish i did because i have really enjoyed this post, please do more xx

    http://ravingbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  62. That is very helpful! I've been eyeing up that camera for a while now. :) Thank you, :)

    http://itskerrysbeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  63. A really helpful and thoughtful post, it's obvious you put a lot of time and effort into writing this and it's do kind of you to help out be bloggers
    Thanks for sharing

    Rachael x

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  64. I do A-level photography, well I just completed the As level, so I am improving my skills. Like you, I am doing the course not using an SLR camera but an SLR camera is something I've wanted to own since before blogging. I own a tripod which I've never considered using for fashion shots before but I think i'll give it a try :) I'd love to own studio lights although I don't think I'll spend £120 on my first set.

    Thank-you for making this post, it was really informative and a lovely read. I am newish to Blogging so I am adjusting to taking blog pictures, this post will help me :) xx

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  65. Such a great post, thanks for putting it together for us novice bloggers xx

    Thanks! love from the US :)

    -Linds

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  66. have really enjoyed reading this post as a new blog, its been helpful as I've only just started to get into the different skills for photography; and i agree editing the pictures is my favourite part too :) xx

    armariodedanielle.blogspot.co.uk

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  67. I read it all from top to bottom and have to say extremely informative and very useful. Thanks for sharing!

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  68. great post Zoe! Thanks for the tips!

    http://theparisianpout.blogspot.com/

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  69. This was really informative Zoe, thank you so much :)

    http://confessionsofasecretshopper.blogspot.com

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  70. Thanks ! I love this :)

    ~Leila

    www.abuilool.blogspot.com

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  71. so helpful! i always steal my sister's DSLR camera for my blog post photos, hee hee ;)

    -brit
    http://britmira.blogspot.ca/

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  72. Thank you for this Zoe! Was SO helpful :) xo

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  73. This was such a good post. I didn't really need help with photography but I found it really interesting anyway and I'm sure lots of people will find it very helpful :) xox

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  74. The Canon 600d is my dream camera. For now I just take crappy pictures with a 85 pounds camera. But I'm hoping for Canon 600d by the end of the year, or the next one. :d

    on imeowlife.blogspot.ro I take them with a different sony camera, that should be about 100 pounds, really not sure.

    but on my so-called beauty blog I take them with sony dsc w35.

    I always like to play with effects, I quite forgot how to use photoshop, but I'm the right road now. When I was like 13, I used to stay hours to edit just a few pictures, I liked to just play with them and see what happens..

    long comment, gonna go now. you're wonderful, Zoe!

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  75. great tips! i use mainly picasa 3 and windows live photo editor for my photos :)
    http://cloudsandcuticleoil.blogspot.co.uk/
    xx

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  76. Great advice!! EXTREMELY helpful! Thanks love!
    Im a new follower and love the blog!


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  77. thank you for sharing. This post really help me improve my photograph skill especially take product photo. So many mistake that I have done. This information is really helpful for me.
    3lin

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  78. Here's a big thank you from a new blogger and a pathetic photographer! :) This was so fun to read- thank you for taking the time to write it all out, it was really inspiring to read and very helpful. I adore your blog and hope you're doing well <3

    xoxo,
    Heather Lauren

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  79. So informative and helpful, and love all your pictures throughout, let's face it pictures are more interesting than a pile of text! xx

    http://laurenjadem.blogspot.co.uk

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  80. Amazing post! I rarely read posts that are long but I read all of this. I have a mac and didn't know you could buy photo editors in the app store. Thank you for the information.

    octoberchic.com

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  81. thanks zoe this has been so helpful! especially as i was thinking about taking photography for a level :) xx

    www.chloe-clobo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  82. This is exactly what I needed - thank you so much for this excellent post! All I have is my little phone camera right now, but I may be able to borrow a DLSR that isn't being used quite soon...

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  83. Your post is so thorough and informational!
    Thank you for taking the time to do this!

    xo Amy

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  84. This is so helpful! thank you zoeeeee :D

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  85. Great post Zoe! Such great detail! Thanks so much! :) xx

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  86. awesome awesome post! I also received a dslr for my 21st (team nikon though haha) so it just inspired me to start my blog! The gorrilapods (google it) are also amazing if you do lots of photography on holidays etc as its just so tiny and portable. Xx

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  87. this was very helpful (: thank you (:

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  88. Yes! I love all of your blogging photos! They are so pretty and nice to see! My favorite editing software wou
    D be photoscape (for antique filters) and photoshop ( for advnce editing) . Check out my blog tell me what do you think of , my pictures!

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  89. I loved this post!! You explained the basics without being confusing! :) Thanks for all the tips and I love your blog and videos! <3 They're really inspirational :)

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  90. Fantastic post, really well explained! I just bought the 600D and love it! xx

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  91. Great tips! This helps so much since I use a cheaper camera! Thanks!!

    check out my blog? :)

    http://thelooneybuttdiaries.blogspot.com/

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  92. So incredibly helpful! Thanks for taking the time to put together such a detailed post. I've been thinking of asking for a new camera for Christmas this year (if I can wait!), as it could really improve the quality of my blog pics. You've given me a lot to think about here :)

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  93. Thank you, Zoe! I learned so much from this! Never knew there was this much to picture taking. :D

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  94. This post really reminded me of one of my own (http://abundanceoferica.blogspot.ca/2012/07/most-worn-tag-summer-2012.html) because I had a lot of fun getting creative with these! I'm obsessed with the macro setting on my camera and have recently discovered the beauty of natural lighting. I'm not that big into photography but I can see myself enjoying it in the future :)

    Great post!

    abundanceoferica.blogspot.ca

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  95. This blogpost is amazing, very informative and helpful. I recently started my blog and had some trouble trying to determine photos and quality so this has definitely helped me out! thanks again.

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  96. Ahh this is a great post, i love taking photos, need to take the time to nerd out over editing software xx

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  97. lovely post thanks for sharing

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  98. This is such a great post, you've put so much effort in that I can tell you actually care.
    Thanks Zoe!
    x

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  99. This was really great! As a lover of photography it was helpful and everything rang so true. Love this. Love your blog. You've always got the prettiest pictures.

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  100. This was beautiful and useful post. Just like you I simply adore to take pictures from different, it just gives some dynamic and different view...:) Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us Zoe!:)
    xoxo
    Jelena

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  101. Wonderfully put together! I don't even have a blog, nor do I consider myself a camera enthusiast, and I found this post interesting and informative. Well done! :D

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  102. Wonderfully written! I don't even have a blog, nor do I consider myself a camera enthusiast, and I found this post interesting and informative. Well done! :D

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  103. This was extremely helpful since I'm new to blogging! Thank you so much love (:
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  104. This is great post and you have inspired me to get snapping! I was feeling downhearted about my own blog photography as I didn't have a DSLR and I love that you've pointed out they aren't necessary. I think I need to invest in a tripod as my pics can be a bit wobbly and play around with editing much more. Thanks for re inspiring me!

    Jenni x

    Bowsbanglesandbakes.blogspot.com

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  105. loved this! <3 this was such a great timing because I just created a blog yesterday and now I feel all prepared. :D
    THANKS ZOE.

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  106. I love photography and I knew these things already, but I have to say that this post is excellent for someone, who wants to know how to take pictures. Also, I have the same camera. It's really good and I couldn't be more pleased with the results.

    - http://despite-the-style.blogspot.com/

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  107. Such a great post!
    Unfortunately my sixth form doesn't do photography, otherwise I definitely would be doing it for my A Levels!!

    Aimée
    xx

    http://petticoatsandpansies.blogspot.co.uk/

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  108. Love how informative this post is Zoe! It is so helpful especially as I am getting a Canon EOS 650D in a few weeks! Your photography is always amazing and I definitely agree, it is one of my favourite parts of blogging too! Thanks for such a helpful post.

    Kayleigh
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  109. Great tips! I think practice is the key for good blog photos - I cringe when I look back at my earlier posts as I had no idea how to property photograph products. Your photography is always amazing. x

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  110. Very useful, thank you very much! Greetings from Germany :)

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  111. Thanks so much for writing this - I am a camera-phobe and am more likely to be found stealing stock pics or using my (shock horror) phone to take photos when I need them! You have given me the inspiration to start taking more pics and to get creative with it! Thanks :) I promise never to use google images again!!! Xxx

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  112. thank you sooo much for the tips! you are great <3
    Xx

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  113. Thank you so much! This has been so much help and I'm getting a camera for my birthday so it is definitely amongst my faves!<3

    http://lulu-scrumptious.blogspot.co.uk

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  114. Love this post! Thanks for the tips :) x

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  115. thank you this has really helped! :D x

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  116. I loved this photo, so useful and interesting! I have started my blog (and so blog photography) just a few months ago and the more I keep blogging the more I am interested in photography! :) x

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  117. Such a great post Zoe! Thanks for putting in the time and effort. Your writing is so articulate and the use of examples is fantastic.
    A+
    :)

    www.tarynk.com

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  118. Such a great post Zoe, you have so much detail and tips in here, thank you its very helpful :-)

    Sarah
    http://sarahjanesobsessions.blogspot.co.uk

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  119. fabulous post zoe this has been so helpful. I agree photos completely make a blog so spending that little extra time is so worth it xx

    http://eatplayshoplove.blogspot.co.uk/

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  120. Thank you so much for this post! Came at exactly the right time since I can only store ten pictures on my phone (don't know why) and 3 on my camera (the memory card broke!) so I desperately need to upgrade otherwise I won't get very far! Thanks again - very informative and useful :)

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  121. Thankyou so much for sharing, it was really helpful and interesting! I love taking pictures but I was never too sure about how to upload pics on my blog because it seems to decrease the quality of them... I have a dslr and sometimes my pictures look funky on my blog... have you ever had this problem? did you find a way to fix it??

    xx

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  122. Thank you so much for this post! Came at exactly the right time since I can only store ten pictures on my phone (don't know why) and 3 on my camera (the memory card broke!) so I desperately need to upgrade otherwise I won't get very far! Thanks again - very informative and useful :)

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  123. OMG amazing post! THANK you so much Zoe! You are truly the best blogger! ;]

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  124. Thanks for this post it's really interesting !!!!!!
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  125. This blog post is fantastic! You sound so knowledgeable - I wish that I had a little bit of photography savvy. Your post has inspired perhaps to step up from the generic digital camera and get something a bit more advanced. I have just started a new blog so any posts like this are absolutely great for giving me a bit of a better idea on what to do, so thank you!

    http://lolaandbehold.blogspot.com/

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  126. Very helpful, thanks Zoe :) Using the photos to demonstrate your points made that super clear and easy to understand. I'm off to get snapping! Cx

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  127. Amazing post! Really helped :)

    Lischen
    xxx

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  128. thanks for those tips, they are very helpful :)
    xxx

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  129. Great post, it's really nice when people share tips like this.. I definitely agree about stock photos for make up, though I do use lifestyle photos off weheartit on my blog at times because some of them are just too cute to pass up x

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  130. Wow such a great and informative post Zoe! It's come at the perfect time for me as I have really started getting into the photography side of blogging a lot more recently and I'm saving for a new camera. So thanks for this post, I found it very helpful :) xx

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  131. Thank you so much for this, it was super helpful and informative! Hopefully my photos will turn out better on my blog now :) x

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  132. Definitely very helful. Thanks a lot! :D :D

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  133. Love this post very helpful! Your photos are always really good!
    xx

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  134. This is sooo helpful Zoe! I will deffo be doing my own pics on our blog from now on!xxx

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  135. such a fantastic post it was so helpful! thankyou zoe your amazing!! x
    http://ellie-rosee.blogspot.co.uk/

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  136. I love how you used photos to demonstrate! Thank you so much Zoe! :D x

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  137. Awesome blog post Zoe and very well written...I understood all of it! :o)
    I'll definitely be trying out your tips!

    K x

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  138. This is soooooo useful! I love how you used photos to compare the different lighting or filters ect, as normally I wouldn't believe what I'm reading! Thanks, Hannah xoxox

    elleesthannah.blogspot.com

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  139. Hey Zoe!
    Congrats on this post, i studied photography and this is really a great short guide tho the basics and feels so nice to have people in the world that are creative and that wants to share it with everyone.
    Thank you

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  140. Such a good post! I loved reading this, very helpful and informative :)
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk/

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  141. What a helpful and interesting post! Can hopefully start to improve the quality of my pictures!

    www.littlekjf.blogspot.com

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  142. This blog post was so helpful! Thank you :) I love macro - I was so excited when I discovered it on my camera because all my photos are so much clearer with it :D

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  143. such aw wonderful and insightful posts! thank you zoe!xxx

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  144. Got the same Camera for my 15th Birthday last year, and It really is a high quality DSLR for less.
    Your Tips are so true! and helpful for the once who don't know how to handle with taking photos and editing them.
    Photoshop might be really expensive for your followers, but to check put how it works, they can use GIMP 2,6 , wich is mainly the same, but for free and with an easier design.
    There you don't have to learn the handling with the programm first.

    Would be really happy If you check out my blog, wich mainly handle with photographie and It would also be nice If you leave a comment in wich you could tell me If you like them.

    xx

    www.flowertopf.blogspot.com

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  145. this was SO helpful. I'm bookmarking it. thanks so much Zoe xxx

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  146. Thank you for posting this, i've started a new blog and needed some help picture wise ;) <3 eloise.devote.se

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  147. wow! this was an amazing post! thank you for sharing your wisdom on blogging!! :)

    whatalicedidtoday.blogspot.com

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  148. What a useful post, thanks for sharing :)

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  149. Thank you so much, this has really helped me!

    Lauren,
    Fashionswirls.blogspot.com

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  150. This is really helpful :-) If I get the grades, I should be doing a-level photography in September, eeek x

    http://vividiorquue.blogspot.com

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  151. Such a great, helpful post! I'm just starting out and using a digital camera and do find it hard taking good photo's sometimes! Thanks for all the advice, you've obviously put alot of work into this :)

    indiansummeronline.blogspot.co.uk X

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  152. Really enjoyed this post thank you:)

    thebeautymist.blogspot.com

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  153. I found that really helpful x Thank you and take care xx

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  154. Hi Zoe!

    Such a helpful post! I love the way your photos look, and this post let me have a little 'behind the scenes' peek at how they turn out so lovely. :)

    Love Joyce

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  155. I love the post some really great tips and your photos always look amazing :)

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  156. Excellent blog post! I have a mac and I didn't know that you could edit photos on iPhoto! I've always used Picasa.
    Love your blog and youtube!
    holly-boots.blogspot.com

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  157. u have obviously put alot of effort and thought into this post so thank u some very useful tips!

    Shana x

    xbeautybeatsx.blogspot.com

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  158. Such a useful post! Thank you :) xx

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  159. zoe this is amazing, thank you! i sooo want your camera, and you look so beautiful in the last photo! x

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  160. This was really helpful! What do you think of reflectors instead of studio lights? (as in, using a daylight bulb and a reflector) I can't afford studio lights tbh, and thought this might be a possible alternative until I've saved up my pennies!
    www.bexberry.com

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  161. I've only just started blogging and this post has been really helpful! Thank you :) xo

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  162. Such an amazing post! :)

    brighton-girl.blogspot.co.uk

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  163. Thank you for posting this..it is so helpful! I'm considering doing photography as part of my a-levels, would you recommend it? xxx
    http://xstylishbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  164. This was such a detailed and helpful post, thank you! <3

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  165. Such a helpful post, thank you for sharing it with us :) x

    bluebutterfly80.blogspot.co.uk

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  166. wow! Thanks so much for your advice and passing on the blog photos wisdom. I started my blog a few months ago and love taking photos but am still using my phone at the minute as I am saving to buy a DSLR so this post will stand me in such good stead! Thanks so much for sharing - favourited!
    Lianne x

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  167. PLEASE PLEASE DO A MAKEUP COLLECTION/VANITY STORAGE VIDEO! Thanks

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  168. That was just exceptionally helpful, especially I just started my blog!!

    http://catsandclothing.blogspot.com

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  169. Good tips that you have come out with i own a SLR camera and a tripod i never use it as i find it is too much hassle i just stick to my usual digital camera :) x

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  170. Ahhhh this is amazing! I love how you've actually taken the time to write clear, succinct tips AND shown them in practise. I'm thinking about investing in something better than my digital camera. First purchase when the student loan comes in I think ;)

    hahah xx

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  171. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this post. This is really helpful & I will be using some of your tips! xx

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  172. this is an awesome post, and i have to say i agree with everything you've said. i'm sure there is gonna be more improved blogs out there now :)

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  173. Thanks for posting this i really want to start getting into photography

    www.starryeyed-1.blogspot.co.uk

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  174. This post was so thoughtful, it really helps!! I love all the photos on your blog!!

    http://passionformakeup11.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  175. This was such an amazing post to read, it's not very often that I read every single word in a long blog post. But this has been really helpful and I will be taking a few tips from this! Thank you ever so much :)

    Can I just ask, I noticed on a few of your recent blog posts that you've got a scalloped edge effect on your photo's, do you use Photoshop for this? I have CS5 Photoshop and I can't seem to work out how to do this, if you have, or know of a good tutorial could you let me know? Sorry to be cheeky haha.

    Laura xx
    http://laurasallmadeupbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  176. Thanks so much for posting this, it was SO helpful, my photographs should now look interesting and should look good-kinda!
    I actually REALLY enjoyed reading this post.
    Thanks ever so much! :) xxx

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  177. Zoe!! You only have 1 more blogpost until your 300th blogpost!!!! xxx

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  178. Awww, just bought me the same camera about 2 weeks ago and i love the picture quality that i get from it! I am thus rather obsesive when it comes to taking pictures* But most of all i love the end results i get. Great Tips* Thanks for the post...

    Chantalblows.blogspot.com

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  179. A great post! I have the same camera but still learning.

    kisses

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  180. This is such a helpful post! Thank you so much Zoe :D xxx

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  181. This is such a helpful post! I really enjoy taking the photos for my blog too it's what makes it look interesting!

    Great post!
    Georgia x
    http://georgiabeee.blogspot.co.uk

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  182. A really interesting post.Perfect to start getting into photography.

    http://www.nevereverglam.com

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  183. ah this was really helpful! I personally really love the way you edit your photos, so I'm so glad you posted and shared it with us!
    xx

    http://bravebrunette.blogspot.com

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  184. great post!!!

    http://ferneva.blogspot.com

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  185. Brilliant post Zoe! I've just recently started a blog so I'm grateful for any tips and advice brilliant bloggers like yourself can give! :) I'm also relieved to know that I don't need to fork out for photoshop when my trial ends hehe! ;)

    Thanks again :) xx

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