Hi there,

Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year! I am still on my holidays at home in Russia. Enjoying my time here and trying to plan a few new things for my photography and blog in 2017.

Since I am getting a lot of questions regarding photography I decided to add a new category to my blog "Ask the Photographer". These blog posts will be very useful for amateur photographers and especially bloggers who want to improve their photography skills, stand out in the blogging-world and grab the audience's attention.

As you might already know article and posts with images get up to 94% more views than those without. But that's not all, if you would like to convert these "views" into your loyal followers, your photographs must be eye-catching.

So where to start? What camera to choose?

"I'm really interested in photography but haven't got myself a camera yet so just use my iPhone. I'm looking at getting a camera in the new year but can't afford anything too expensive, do you have any recommendations? Thanks" Jean G.

If you feel that you have outgrown your smartphone or point-and-shoot camera and you're ready to take your photography (and your blog) to the next step, then an entry-level DSLR* is you natural choice. *DSLR - a digital single-lens reflex camera.

Since I am a Nikon girl let me introduce you to Nikon D3300. This baby is super light and compact, perfect to carry around in your purse. Stunning vivid colours, easy to use and .... most bloggers wanted feature...Nikon's optional Wireless Mobile Adapter. With this you can share your photographs instantly with your smartphone or tablet! On top of that, it has Full HD 1080p video with full-time autofocus, manual exposure control and stereo sound. If you don't have a Youtube channel yet it's your time to shine!

Just imagine, you are on your dream vacation! You are enjoying the beach and beautiful sunshine, snapping a few photographs for your blog. With a click of the button the photos will be transferred straight on your mobile and boom you have a blog post with high quality images! A computer is no longer required to continue posting and engaging with your followers. How cool is that? Perfect for travel, lifestyle and fashion bloggers on the go!

Knowing your camera and settings would be a huge advantage. But for people new to digital DSLR cameras, the Nikon D3200 offers 8 automatic settings from night photography to "Sport" mode capturing fast moving objects without blur. It also has a built in "Guide" mode that walks you through the process of shooting different types of subjects.

Nikon D7100 is another great camera with full Nikon power plus a very useful add-on: environmental sealing meaning that you can shoot with this camera at tough conditions. D7100 could be a great addition to travel and lifestyle photography.

For Canon lovers I would recommend Canon 600D also known as EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5. It has easy to navigate design, selfie friendly LCD screen and carries a very affordable price tag. This model supports Full-HD video with manual control, exposure and sound. Video Snapshot technology allows short clips of 2, 4 or 8 sec to be merged into a single movie file, for footage that looks like it was edited professionally.

Canon D750 is another great camera that provides simple operation to those who don't want to get into the manual side of photography. D750 has several very handy modes: Scene Intelligent Auto (Stills and Movie), No Flash, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, SCN(Kids, Food, Candlelight, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control). D750 has built in wi-fi that enables you to connect via a wireless network to various devices, including smartphones and tablets. Another fantastic camera for blogging on the go!

Usually entry-level DSLR comes as a kit with 18-55 lens. It is a great starter lens but it won't take you far but it is good value when purchased in a kit. I recommend keeping this lens for wide-angle photos, for example, landscape or interior design photography.

But your real best friend is going to be 50mm f1.4 or cheaper version f1.8. I get a lot of questions about what lens to buy next after the basic kit lens. I would definitely recommend 50 mm to every new DSLR user.

The 50 mm lens has a wider aperture that will help to create that perfect blurred background we all love. Aperture refers to the opening of a lens's diaphragm through which light passes. It is generally written as numbers such as 1.4, 2, 2.8, etc. The lower f-number, the more blurred background you will get.

Quick guide to blurry background. Set your camera in Aperture Priority mode (AV on Canon, A in Nikon), set a large aperture, which is a low f-number, around f/1.8 or f/2 on your 50 mm lens. Put your subject as far as it possible from background. Focus on the eyes of your model. Shoot!

The 50mm is among Nikon's sharpest lenses ever. I personally love my 50 mm and I use it all the time for portraits and product photography.

Are there any photography related questions you would like to ask? Let me know in the comments. I hope you will find this post helpful and soon your blog will be full with beautiful pictures.

Happy snapping!

Irina x

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