As a new blogger, one of the biggest favors you can do yourself is to invest in a good camera and lens, a tripod and educating yourself on how to take photos in manual mode and in turn how to correctly edit your photos. By learning these few things, you’ll quickly be able to produce beautiful photos for your blog and in turn, look professional. When you look professional it’s easy for others to take you seriously!
This before and after shows how far my photography has come since purchasing my new camera and lens and educating myself. Quite the difference, right?
Camera – Nikon D3200
50mm lens (my favorite lens. Great for close up shots and getting that blurry background that we all love)
10 – 20mm lens (perfect for full room shots)
Tripod – having a good quality tripod is essential to getting crisp, bright photos.
Lighting Kit – perfect for days when it’s not bright! Or, for when you need to take photos at night!
External Flash – a great complement to a lighting kit.
PicMonkey – I still like to use PicMonkey to create my Pinterest graphics and collages.
Adobe Lightroom – I do all my photo editing in Lightroom and it has taken my photography to the next level.
These courses have pretty much taught me everything I know about blogging and how to make an income as well as photography. I stand behind them 100% because I know you’ll love them, too!
|Building a Blog Framework – if you’re new to blogging in particular, this framework will get you on the path to success! The course is a comprehensive guide for bloggers and soon-to-be bloggers, covering everything from how to pick a blog name to how to gain followers. Abby also provides fabulous tips for how to work with brands. This was one of the very first ebooks I purchased and it’s still one of the best!|
Shoot Fly Shoot – the best online classes to learn how to use your DSLR camera in manual.
The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Lightroom – this course single handedly transformed my photos!
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers – learn how to earn money through your blog. This is the best (and most affordable) affiliate marketing course you’ll ever take! After taking this course my income went from approximately $20 a month to $1000 a month…instantly! And it continues to increase as my blog grows bigger!
What the Tech – does all the technology behind your blog confuse you? It doesn’t have to! Lesley shares exactly what you need to know to feel comfortable with the technical side of blogging.
Bluehost– Bluehost is a great host to start with. I used Bluehost for the first 2 years of blogging. Their customer service was very responsive and site speed is good as long as your traffic remains less than 50,000 or so a month. For a newbie blogger, they are inexpensive which is always a good thing when you’re starting out. Once my traffic started to increase, I had to switch to a faster hosting service but that meant a lot more money every month ($50 in fact!).
My current host is Orange Geek and I couldn’t be happier. When it comes to hosting, Orange Geek is the best. It offers fast speeds, fabulous service and support and fantastic security.
Social Media Schedulers:
Tailwind: I use Tailwind for both Pinterest and Instagram scheduling and love it.
Boardbooster: I also use BB for Pinterest scheduling to group boards and it has made my life so much easier!