Beauty Bloggers Photography Kit: Nikon D5100 & Lenses

Welcome to a peek into what I use for blogging photography.

One of the most asked questions is, ‘what is the best camera for blogging?’. ‘What do all the pro bloggers use?’. The honest answer: the choice is yours. I know, helpful right? (not really, Kaye). So let me explain…

The best beginner advice I ever received from a professional photographer was this: the lenses are what is important. They will give you the exact look you are after in a DSLR. The debate on what camera and lenses are best is endless, so this is a good starting point.

At the time I didn’t fully understand what this meant. All my experience was with a point-and-shoot and I was looking to get something a little more professional. I stressed over what brand to buy. I thought, ‘who cares about lenses when I don’t even know what brand is best?’. Now I get it. The camera captures your image. But the lens will give you exactly the look you are after (or not). Close up? Portrait? Landscape? Wide angle? There’s a perfect lens for every type of photography and the sky is the limit.

 

Beauty Bloggers Photography Kit: Nikon D5100

I use a Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera for both blogging and personal photography.

This being my first DSLR, it has served me well the last few years as an entry level camera, and has kept up with my growing experience. I haven’t outgrown it…. yet. The rotatable LCD screen has been a useful feature for product photography, especially for swatching and unusual angles. 

The only downfall with the D5100 is the cameras lack of automatic focus when recording video. If I were to film a lot with this camera, this would be a deal breaker for me. The blog photography style is nothing complicated – natural light, no flash, simple product photography – so this camera more than does the job. 

 

Beauty Bloggers Photography Kit: 35mm lens

This Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX  lens is my baby.

My absolute favourite and most loved lens. It gives amazing depth of field, which is the beautiful blurred backgrounds and bokeh effects you see in photographs. DSLR lenses give a soft background effect generally, but this 35mm pushes this to its perfection.

It is versatile enough for crisp portraits, as well as blogging photography.There is no zoom available in this lens (which is typical of this type), but it more than delivers in professional looking photographs. Almost all of my blog photography is done using this lens. And it is compact enough to make my DSLR handbag friendly.

You may have read that the 50mm is the holy grail of portrait photography in full frame sensor DSLR’s (those are the more expensive, professional camera body). The 35mm is the equivalent for cropped sensors like my D5100. Same dreamy effect.

 

Beauty Bloggers Photography Kit: 18-55mm lensThis is what you call a ‘kit lens’. Or the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR.

It is the lens most likely to come free with your DSLR body when you purchased it. It is a humble all-rounder that is a good introduction into the world of DSLR’s. I developed a love/hate relationship with this lens. I outgrew it very quickly, as most do, and moved onto my 35mm which gave me the perfect depth of field (blur) I wanted. I occasionally turn back to it when I need a lens with zoom (which the 35mm doesn’t offer), but this is rare.

 

Beauty Bloggers Photography Kit: 55-300mm lensPerfect for extra long zoom, the Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX.

This is what I call my ‘pervert’ lens. The zoom is so impressive I can take photos of beauty products – on my neighbours coffee table, in their house, two blocks away, from my bedroom window (I think you get the idea). Better known as a telephoto lens.

Truth be told I rarely use this for blogging photography, but I have used it as a backup blog lens. It’s invaluable for my personal photography. It allows me to stand at the back of any crowd and still capture images like I’m in the front row. With the right distance between you, and your subject, it’s also produced some beautiful portraits for me as well.

If you were looking to expand your lens collection, I might not recommend one of this range to begin with, but it is a good option to have in any kit. I’ve lent it out a few times to friends – its pretty popular.

 

20 Comments on WHATS IN MY BEAUTY BLOGGERS PHOTOGRAPHY KIT

  1. Janice Tan Li Min
    July 29, 2015 at 4:52 am (2 years ago)

    Photography!!! I love to take pictures very much 🙂 The lens looks good! Plan to buy one soon 🙂

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      July 29, 2015 at 3:43 pm (2 years ago)

      You and I are creative sisters at heart then! I love it too 🙂

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    • Beautiful Kayekie
      July 29, 2015 at 3:43 pm (2 years ago)

      So glad you enjoyed the read! I’m still learning myself and love to take a peek into what others are using 🙂

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  2. Popiah C
    July 30, 2015 at 7:55 am (2 years ago)

    love the introduction! I personally use a m43 for photography because DSLRs are too heavy >.<

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  3. Heena Shah-Dhedhi
    July 30, 2015 at 8:00 am (2 years ago)

    Wow, that is so much information clubbed into one post, this is heading straight for my bookmarked pages folder. Thanks for sharing.
    – Heena, http://www.icynosure.in

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  4. Gilliannong.com
    July 30, 2015 at 2:37 pm (2 years ago)

    informative post ! I used to have a DSLR , but it was a little too heavy to be carried around for events..

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  5. Zubaida
    August 2, 2015 at 9:12 am (2 years ago)

    Great that you use Nikon DSLR for your blogging, i still have to learn how to use the basic cameras.

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  6. cindy tong
    August 2, 2015 at 12:19 pm (2 years ago)

    woo i use the almost same gear like u but mine is canon brand!hehe

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  7. Sarah
    August 2, 2015 at 4:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I never own a DSLR before, my camera is only the semi DSLR, or the one they called the mirrorless camera. A very informative post! =)

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  8. Khushboo
    August 3, 2015 at 7:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Those are some truly essential items! I am trying to invest in a DSLR too but right now use a regular camera.

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  9. nicol
    August 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm (2 years ago)

    i think those are the three lenses every kit needs!

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  10. Tamanna I.
    August 4, 2015 at 3:38 am (2 years ago)

    This was really a helpful post. After all these years of blogging, I still don’t know much about photography. I use a mirrorless sony DSLR, it’s quite handy because it’s small. But I think I really need to upgrade!

    do drop by… GreenStory

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  11. Fatemah Sajwani
    August 4, 2015 at 4:07 am (2 years ago)

    You have such a great photography kit dear! I wish I had this camera too.

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  12. misskundwe
    August 4, 2015 at 5:58 am (2 years ago)

    That’s a great looking kit 🙂

    I plan on getting another camera soon.. Photography is therapy sometimes 🙂

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  13. chaicyy
    August 4, 2015 at 11:52 am (2 years ago)

    I do use Nikon Camera with the 18′ – 55′ mm lens for all my beauty shoots too. Still learning the tricks of the trade though

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  14. maria clara novita
    August 4, 2015 at 12:45 pm (2 years ago)

    you have those expensive camera and things.
    you are so lucky! this so great. 😀

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  15. Chrisya Sabaru
    August 7, 2015 at 3:24 am (2 years ago)

    I agree with what you wrote.. about the lens being a very important thing in producing great photos. I started with kit camera (with 18-55 lens) and then I bought a 50mm lens and I realize the great differences I have in my photos.

    But I rarely use my DSLR nowadays though… I travel a lot and DSLR camera is way too big and heavy for me to carry. So I’ve change and rely on my compact camera and my phone now.

    35 mm lens is THE best investment really. it’s really great for potraits and also detail shots. and the bokeh it gives makes photos much better! Great kit you have~

    xo, Sarah Chrisya

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  16. Ciara
    August 12, 2015 at 10:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Love your blog! Just subscribed 🙂 great content as well as a beautiful design. Your photography and graphic design is on point. Jealous!

    Reply

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