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Photography for Your Web Site or Blog

September 20, 2011

Do you use photography on your blog? Probably yes. Maybe you use stock photographs from an online provider. But possibly you have an online business which requires you to take your own photographs, such as a physical goods business (maybe selling on eBay) or a travel-related blog on which you discuss places you’ve visited yourself. My own example of the latter is Around-England and I’ve been working to upgrade my photography skills as I build the site.

For some purposes quick shots on a mobile phone might suffice, but to be more professional about it you’ll soon want to upgrade to something better.

Here is my combination

[easyazon-image-link asin=”B004A1TYAM” alt=”HTC Desire A9191EUK HD A9191 Unlocked GSM Android Smartphone with 8 MP Camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Touchscreen – Unlocked Phone – No Warranty – Black” src=”” align=”left” width=”160″ height=”107″] When I have nothing else with me I use my HTC Android mobile phone (yes, I at last dumped my old Palm Treo). The HTC Desire A9191 (click on the image for details) is great, having an 8MP camera. Especially since adding Camera 360, an app downloaded from Google’s Android Market for a very few dollars, I’ve been quite amazed at its capabilities. As an example, see this fuchsia photo.

Having said that, I try always to carry a pocket camera so as to be ready for those unexpected opportunities. Having several sites which call for both town and country landscape photographs I need something with a good range of focal length, including a telephoto capability. Yet it must be small and light enough to sit almost unnoticed in a jacket pocket. My choice was the Fuji Finepix F72 EXR. This doesn’t seem to be readily available any more, but here is the very similar F70. With 10MP resolution and 10x optical zoom it has served me well over the past year.

Finally, however, there are the days when I go out specifically to take photographs. In a wet climate it is not always possible to get sunshine and blue skies, and the challenges of landscape photography are not inconsiderable. However, it can be done, as many much better photographers than myself have proved over and again. For these expeditions I chose to go for a Nikon D3000. Although my budget was tight at the time, and I really did need to keep within it, I now regret not scratching around for just a little more money and getting the Nikon D3100. Both, however, are excellent DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras for the amateur. Maybe one day I’ll upgrade to the more sophisticated 300, but for now I’m content to work at improving my skills with what I have.

The wide-angle zoom lens that comes with these cameras is excellent, but I also needed a long lens and chose to go with a Tamron 70-300mm I’ve enjoyed my first few months of working with it.

I’m not suggesting that to start a blog with photographs one has to spend a serious fortune. It is possible to go over the top and start pretending to be a professional photographer, which I most certainly am not. In arriving at these choices I tried to strike a balance. These are what I’m now using, and hope readers will find this helpful.

Happy shooting,

– David Murray –

By the way, the graphics and links above were inserted using the Easy Azon plugin. For each one I positioned the cursor where I wanted the item to appear, scrolled to a search form on the WordPress entry screen, entered a search term, then with two clicks it was there. I recommend it.

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