Cameras


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Apr 13

The Canon – The Blogger Camera

CanonThere was a time when all a blogger needed to get started was a laptop, a notepad and a small point and shoot camera. Well those days are long gone and any decent blogger now owns a smart SLR. The one camera that I keep seeing out and about is the Canon. I was at a launch for Bourjois last year and all the bloggers took out their Canons and started snapping away putting my Fuji to shame. Since then I see them everywhere – press days, product launches and blogger events – to the point where I now describe the Canon as the Blogger camera. So why are they so popular? I interviewed three bloggers to find out what exactly is it that makes the Canon so special.

Sascha from Beauty Geek UK has a Canon 400D

Why did you choose the Canon?
Mainly because I’ve always had Canon cameras (although they were all point and shoot) and being someone who doesn’t get on too well with technology, I thought I stood a better chance of being comfortable using a Canon DSLR. I also involved a few of my Facebook friends who know photography and they recommended them too.

What do you love most about the camera?
Oh I love all of it; it makes me really happy! Being a photography novice I think it’s brilliantly set-up so that you can take pretty decent images even if you don’t know what you’re doing, but there’s also plenty of scope to advance yourself technically when you’re ready.

Why do you think that camera is so popular amongst bloggers?
For the above reasons; it’s the sort of camera that will improve anyone’s photography and for me it made a phenomenal difference.

Would you recommend the Canon to other bloggers?
Most definitely yes! Up until recently I had two cameras – one for products and one for swatching – both of which were Canon. The only reason that doesn’t remain the case is because I’ve lost the point and shoot :)

Rebecca-Monique Canon 2

Rebecca-Monique (above) holding her beloved Canon 650D

Rebecca-Monique from Blaque Pearl and has a Canon 650D

Why did you choose the Canon?
I like to present my blog posts in a photo-led manner, so it’s paramount that I use very good quality images. I had toyed with the idea of buying a DSLR for a while, and as my interest in photography (as a hobby) began to grow rapidly, I decided that a simple ‘point-and-click’ camera just wouldn’t suffice. Fortunately for me, I have a few friends and colleagues who are professional photographers, so I was able to seek their advice as to which camera would be suitable, given my experience and intended use. Canon and Nikon were the two brands mentioned the most, but there seemed to be more of a sway towards Canon. After searching on the web and reading customer reviews and recommendations, as well as seeing some impressive sample images, I had my eyes firmly set on the 650D. It was pricy: a brand-new one would set me back at least £500, but I knew it would be a well-cherished investment.

What do you love most about the camera?
I love how user-friendly the camera is, and also like the fact that it isn’t as bulky as some of its predecessors, so I can pop it in my handbag and take snaps whenever I’m out and about. I had previously used Canons, though not owned one, so I was glad that the settings were familiar. The lenses are very quick and easy to change – personally, I interchange between two (depending on the type of shot I want to achieve): the 18-55mm zoom lens, and the 50mm 1.8. The 50mm lens is my favourite because it makes every photo look breathtaking. I like that you have the option of manually or auto-focusing your lens, so you’re completely in control of how you achieve your shot. If you’re fairly new to DSLRs, it’s good to experiment a little with manual settings and observe how they affect photo output, for example aperture and shutter speeds are useful features to get to grips with. If you don’t want to get too fiddly with the settings or aren’t that confident, you can opt for the ‘auto’ option, which does the trick.

Why do you think that camera is so popular amongst bloggers?
I think this camera is so popular amongst bloggers because firstly, it’s reliable. Given that you know how to operate its features, you won’t be disappointed with the output. It also doubles up quite well as a video camera, which is great if you’re a blogger who has ventured into the world of vlogging or YouTube.
The flip screen comes in handy when recording videos or taking images you need to be in because you don’t have to rely on others to capture seemingly awkward or tricky photos for you. The flip screen enables you to make sure you’re positioned correctly in the shot and view exactly what you’re capturing. Additional accessories, such as a remote control or tripod, prove to be very useful because they act as an extra pair of hands.

Would you recommend the Canon to other bloggers?
I would definitely recommend the Canon to other bloggers, but my honest advice to them would be to do their own research to find the camera (make and/or model) that is best suited to their needs and experience. Like I said previously, using a DSLR is not the same as using a point-and-click camera; you have to know what you’re doing. There’s such a wealth of information on the Internet, so much of what you need to know can be self-taught, plus the camera’s manual is pretty straightforward. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with photography jargon too. Personally, I think Canon is a top brand, and this camera is a great investment – definitely worth every penny. Once you’ve mastered how to use it, the next step is to brush up on your technique in order to capture more creative and captivating shots.

Laura

Laura Byrne posing with her treasured Canon 600D

Laura Byrne from Belles Boutique and has a Canon 600D.

Why did you choose the Canon?
I chose to get the 600d purely because of word of mouth recommendations. The 600d seems to be a bloggers favourite and I suppose I kind of just jumped on the bandwagon. I was always impressed with the quality of the photos that they produced and loved that it filmed with good spec, which is something my previous camera didn’t offer.

What do you love most about the camera?
I really love how easy it is to use and love that it has a flip screen, which is perfect for both filming and “selfies” for my blog. I often like to shoot in manual too, and not being an expert at photography, the Canon has made it so easy with the brief descriptions of each setting, for example ISO Speed (Set light sensitivity, ambient brightness), which I have found to be super helpful.

Why do you think that camera is so popular amongst bloggers?
I think the 600d is so popular because it offers such great quality pictures and movies at a reasonable price point to start. I think the flip screen function and use of a remote is a bonus too. I know the 650d has become really popular amongst bloggers too, because it offers auto-focus on filming, although again, I enjoy using manual.

Would you recommend the Cannon to other bloggers?
Absolutely, I’m so pleased with my Canon 600d and am continuously recommending it to others. It’s a great SLR especially if you’re new to photography because as you continue to experiment, there are so many interchangeable lenses available. I’m looking into getting a new Canon compact too now, which I’ve heard are great for vlogging.

So if you are a blogger and in the market for a new camera, well you might want to consider a Canon.


13
Apr 13

The Lomography Camera

Lomography Diana FYou would have to be under a rock not to realise that we live in a digital community. We do everything online; pay bills, watch TV, communicate with others, share content, shop and sell. So it’s only natural that digital cameras have taken more of centre point in our lives. Whether it is a camera that is part of your phone or full blown SLR we always need one to capture pivotal moments of our lives. However as popular as digital cameras are there is a massive community who still use analogue cameras. Take Lomography for a start – the brand is a magazine, shop, and a community dedicated to analogue photography. Lomography was founded in the 80s by Igor Petrowitsch Kornitzky, and Michail Panfilowitsch Panfiloff in a bid to create a better version of the Cosina CX-1, which was the premier analogue camera of that time. Boy did they succeed; the cameras are very bold, eye catching and very quirky. They look very good very good on the eye too and are often featured in magazine shoots or in the hands of celebrities. TV presenter, Alexa Chung has been spotted with a camera at a fashion show.

The cameras range from £25 to over £300 which makes it accessible to more or less everyone. They all have a retro look that is rather kitch and are such fun to play with. Their bestselling models are the Diana Mini and Flash, Lomo Lubitel 165, Diana F+ and Fisheye No2. I got to play with the Diana F+ Gold Edition for a few weeks. It was a bit of a challenge getting my head round using a camera that was not digital but once I had it was pretty smooth sailing. The model was created in 2007 as a tribute to the original Diana camera which was an analogue icon of the 1960s. It has original features of the late Diana camera; the lightweight plastic body, the simple shutter, the color-dripping lens and soft-focused surprises. But it also has brand new features like Pinhole and Endless Panorama options. It is a really cool camera to play with and would make a lovely present for someone if you want to give them something cool and original.

To find out more about Lomography cameras just go to their website.


21
Feb 13

Celebrities and their Cameras

Alexa rocking a vintage camera.

Alexa rocking a vintage camera.

It all started with Koo Stark, remember her? The sultry brunette who dated Prince Andrew back in the 80s. In order to deal with the paparazzi frenzy she decided to arm herself with a camera and start snapping them while they descended upon her. That is back in the day when cameras were produced on film and not every Tom, Dick and Harry had one. Well now since the digital takeover SLRs and shoot and point models are now seen in the hands of practically everyone. Now you can’t move without seeing celebrities with cameras. Cheryl Cole was a vision in pink Chanel on the cover of last December’s UK Glamour but it was her her cute gold camera that stood out to me. The camera that she was holding was the Lomography Fisheye No. 2 Gold Edition. Then there was fashionista darling and socialite, Olivia Palermo who appeared on the cover of Spanish Marie Claire last April. It was a retro glamour shoot by Sergi Pons and styled by Florence Reveilaud. She was wearing pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton and Valentino and holding an old vintage camera. It’s not just in magazines that celebs have been seen with cameras, they have been sighted on the town with their little beauties. Alexa Chung has been spied front row of the Chanel fashion show sporting a Diana F+! Lomo camera and One Direction’s, Harry Styles was also spotted with a Fuji Instax camera. Lomography often known as Lomo are a brand who produce a wide range of retro cameras in great colours that look really great in the flesh as well as on screen. Look out for a review on the brand shortly.

Pic taken from Flickr thanks to Biscuit99


13
Feb 13

Topshop Goes Gaga with Google

Cara Delevingne poses for Topshop and Google's collaboration

I bet you thought you had seen it all when Burberry along with other designers started transmitting their latest collections by a live feed. Well think again because Topshop have knocked the ball right out of the park when it comes to fashion and technology. Their show on Sunday 17th February has been Dubbed “The Future of the Fashion Show,” and no surprise considering what they have in store. The iconic high street store have employed wearable, high-definition micro-cameras that will be shown on a selection of Google platforms, from YouTube to Google+ Hangouts. There will also be real-time model cams that sets out to capture exactly what it is like to strut down the catwalk, as well as a Be the Buyer app that will let you create, remix and share mood boards featuring your favourite pieces. Pinterest eat your heart out. A Google+ Hangout will be up and running to give fashion addicts a chance to view and interact with the Topshop design team as they put the finishing touches on the collection.

However before all the fun starts there will be a pre-game show in the form of a red carpet hangout, featuring celebrity arrivals at the Tate Modern venue which of course will be broadcasted on Google+ and YouTube, not to mention the digital window displays of the flagship store on Oxford Street. Beyond cool. Mementos from the show such as make-up and music tracks used on the catwalk will also be available for immediate purchase. All I can say is wow! Go Topshop and go Google. This is amazing on so many levels. Everyone knows how exciting a fashion show is but you don’t really get to see the other sides and all the effort that goes into it from various parties. Not only will Topshop be showcasing their new pieces to a global audience in a way that engages and inspires people but at the same time they will be benefiting from all the content that is created whether it is tweets, likes and valuable feedback. It’s a total win win situation.

You can catch the Unique show by Topshop on Sunday 17th February at 3.00pm.

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