What is the best camera for video and pictures?
I cannot recommend more the camera that I’m currently using both for photo and video content. It’s Sony Alpha a5100 — not the most affordable camera, but one of the best in its category. It’s super easy to use, it’s compatible with so many lens brands that are less expensive than Sony.
If you buy it in a kit with a 50mm lens, you are all set for both YouTube tutorials, beauty and outfit photos for your blog. You could also use the same lens for taking flatlay photos, but you’ll need to stand on a chair while doing so as the lens is fixed (i.e. there is no zoom in/out option).
Keep in mind that if you are planning on vlogging, you’ll need another lens. Mine is Sony 16-50 mm Power Zoom Lens and it’s more expensive than Sony 50mm lens. The good thing about this lens is that it’s light and it doesn’t distort your face while you are shooting vlogs. By the way, this model of the Sony camera comes with a flip screen which makes the vlogging process so much easier.
Best 1st camera for a blogger that can get that blurry background look?
The camera could be any DSLR, but the blurry effect could be achieved with the right lens. Regardless which camera you are using, aim for the 50mm lens with f1.8.
My first camera was SONY a6000 and I used an affordable lens, but the blurry effect you could achieve with such kit is truly impressive.
Do you ever too picture with your iPhone and video as well?
I take 95% of my photos and videos with my camera. The only exception is flatlays — sometimes these look better when I’m shooting with iPhone! For instance, this shot that I recently took in London.
What kind of lighting do you typically use? Natural or ring?
Both! Especially for videos. The best quality is when it’s sunny outside and you use a ring light to brighten up the face. Same for photos!
I shoot in our living room as we have windows both on the walls and on the ceiling. That way, I have a soft natural light that I combine with fluorescent lighting that comes from a ring light.