A Kinda Christmas Fashion Tale

Blogging Tips 6: Photography



What blogging tips do you have for taking photos?  Camera and lens recommendations?  Do you use any products to edit photos or create product collages?  Any sites you could recommend for photography or Photoshop help?


I love photography, always have.  But the problem is, is that I also love videography, painting, blogging, drinking wine, reading books and playing cards, sometimes.  So when it comes to photography as a hobby, I struggle to find time to do everything, because I always want to do everything.

Currently, I have the Canon EOS 70D which serves my photography and videography needs.  The only complaint I would have about it is that I find my videos to be shaky.  Really, I should just bring the tripod out more but that requires work.  Apart from that, I am extremely happy with this camera, especially with the size of the display screen and the wifi connection (I can set it up and then take pictures from my iPhone).   Photography is one thing that I love learning and have taken classes through the university for both photography and editing with Photoshop.  My summer goal is to learn Lightroom as I have recently subscribed to the Creative Cloud and now have access to all of Adobe's tools. And yay for teacher discounts.

My favourite ressource, by far for price point, and the huge amount of potential for learning is by far, SkillShare.  3 lucky people today can get Premium access for .99$ using this code.  And really for 96$ a year, I can learn so many different things in such a variety of topics that it would never make sense to sign up for a blogger's course, which usually run around 300$...why, when I can learn all the things for way cheaper on SkillShare.  Look at all the courses they offer just on posting on Instagram.  I also love that I can set a goal of 5 minutes of learning a day and they push me an email so I can check it out during my day.  I get super excited just looking at the classes that I am lining up to follow this summer!

On the daily I use a variety of tools for my photos.  Sometimes it is Photoshop (when I have the time or am designing something from scratch) but the majority of my time is spent on either PicMonkey (for making collages or doing a quick graphic) or Canva (pinterestable images, blog headers)

Here are a few examples of ways I've used each platform on my blog:

PHOTOSHOP :  3 years ago my sister and I orchestrated a series called 30 somethings.  We wanted to show the beauty that each of these women possessed by taking a portrait of them and then they wrote about what the 30 somethings meant to them.  One of my favourites is Jordan's post or Sara's- mostly because of the message, but because I'm talking photoshop right now- I love how different the photos are and I had fun playing with the blending and the lighting in both.

PICMONKEY: All the graphics I make for our series or style challenges are with PicMonkey.  So why not a little throwback to our very first style challenge, when there was only a few of us.  Graphic at the bottom was made with PicMonkey.

CANVA: What I love about Canva is the variety of sizes of prints you can make but mostly all the templates that are free and very reasonably priced if I wanted to buy.  Lucia's upcoming birthday party invitation was made with Canva and one of my favourite blog posts on defining your personal style was made with Canva.



Well that's it for this awesome series, thanks to Lisa for putting it together.  Hop on over to Jill's blog to see what she has to say on all things photography!

Comments

  1. I use PicMonkey for collages and I just started using Canva for my Pinterest images. Skillshare sounds like a great resource that I need to check out! Thanks for sharing these great tips!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  2. Nicole Miller30 May, 2016 23:27

    I've never heard of PicMonkey or Canva - i'll check them out. I live in lightroom and photoshop and illustrator most of the time. if you ever have photoshop questions, let me know:)What lenses do you use on your 70D?

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  3. So many helpful resources I need to checkout, never heard of Skillshare before! Thanks for sharing all of these.
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  4. This is like another language to me..... You have always been the group photographer!

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  5. Living on Cloud Nine31 May, 2016 01:31

    Love these tips and resources. This is an area I love but definitely need some help with. LOVE Lucia's invite!

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  6. I need serious help in the photography area. I use picmonkey, but need to work on the rest.

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  7. Deena - thank you so much for joining this series with me - I have enjoyed learning from you! I am with you on interests in everything - that pretty much sums me up - and my husband would agree. Happy 6th B-Day to Lucia!

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  8. I really need to learn Photoshop, and spend more time editing my pictures. Loved this series from you ladies, and am sad that it's over!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  9. OH and what a sweet birthday invite! We are having Baby Fox's half birthday the weekend after :)

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  10. I love this last topic you guys chose. I didn't realize you made all those graphics in picMonkey. My go tos are picmonkey and photoshop elements...I find the elements super easy to navigate and use.

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  11. I am always curious to hear what other blogger do photography wise and if they have a PicMonkey/ Canva preference. This series has been awesome!

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  12. Oh I hadn't heard of skill share before, thanks for sharing it! :) I really should learn to edit my photos - I did a photoshop course a few years ago, I no longer have photoshop now, and all I do is crop my photos. It would be nice to be able to correct the colours when I didn't set up the camera correctly, haha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  13. I love PicMonkey and Canva but am clueless when it comes to editing a picture for sharpness, contrast, etc. Never heard of Skill Share!
    ~Sheila
    Making the Most of Every Day

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  14. Omgosh! I've never heard of skillshare but I need it in my life! Since getting photoshop, I've realized that I have really no clue what I'm doing. Oy! I am going to sign up tonight!!

    Xox Dana Ivy // www.iadorewhatilove.com

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  15. Thanks for all the tips! I need to check out Canva and Skilshare. I love picmonkey, but haven't heard of those 2 sites!

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  16. Skillshare is definitely worth it for the price point!

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  17. bahahah. You are going to be so annoyed with me this weekend.

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  18. I have a feeling you'll like it.

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  19. I have loved reading your tips too

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  20. I can't wait to learn more about Lightroom. I have 90mm and a bigass wide angle one.

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  21. Didn't you take notes when Sarah gave her impromptu course in the Bellagio???!!!

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  22. It can be quite overwhelming, so start with one goal and go from there

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  23. bahahah, says the queen of the gif, who makes me laugh ALL THE TIME

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  24. Thanks for thinking of me, it was very fun and quite useful too- I learned a lot!

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  25. I have really enjoyed it too!

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  26. I started with elements and have graduated to the big one. I liked elements too!

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  27. I would start with Photoshop Elements then, it's less intimidating than the big one.

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  28. Never hurts to just play around and try out the editing portion!

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  29. Skillshare is by far my favourite because of the crazy variety of topics!

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  30. You'll love Canva for blogging!

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