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Photography + Blogging from Beatrice Clay’s BEAUTIFUL BEST

It makes no sense to reinvent the wheel here so I will just plop my two and half cents on the table and then share my BEAUTIFUL BEST in photography + blogging found on these here Internets.

I’ll start with a story, because I love stories.

My love for photography started with my grandmother, Beatrice Clay.  Every summer when my siblings and I visited her in South Carolina, she would be ready with her Polaroid Sun 600 and a couple of packs of film.  With the blinding, hot southern sun beating down on us, we gave grandma our biggest cheese smiles and like MAGIC…

**click, whirl, **

Out popped a picture.  I would come running toward my grandmother with outstretched arms and screaming “O, can I shake it, can I shaaaake it.”

The sound of Polaroid film being exposed makes me deliriously happy. I can’t think of any other inanimate object that makes me happier than Polaroids, not even cupcakes (and I really love cupcakes). The Polaroid of my grandmother’s day is since now extinct, gone forever.  That makes me sad.  The beautiful, absolutely inspiring folks of the Impossible Project have created a sweet follow-up to the original. Polaroid is NOT dead and gone! I (we) can still enjoy the ***click, whirl ** thank God!

Now, any photographer will tell you that analog beats digital any day. The quality of film photography is just stunning and can’t be replicated with a DSLR.

However, film photography is not feasible for most bloggers, mainly due to labor and cost. Each 35mm shot will cost you around .90cents (film + processing + scanning) and a Polaroid will cost you around $3 (film + scanning) and doing all of that takes time.  So yeah, I thank God for digital too.

In my camera bag, I have the following:

Vintage Sun 600 Polaroid (got 2) 

Vintage Spectra Polaroid

One Step Polaroid

Pentax K 1000 35mm

Pentax K 20d DSLR

iPhone4 ß see’s all the action. I use it every day.

COVETING – Vintage sx70 – (if you have an extra and it works and want to part with it, I have cash…spread the word…if I score one because of you, I will SING your praises on my pretty blog).

When on vacation, all of my babies get some play.  On an everyday basis and especially for blogging, I use my iPhone4 and DSLR primarily (I add words to some of my photos using Photoshop C3S ..more on PS and pimping your photos some other time).

Now, I am NOT telling you to run out and buy a Polaroid or a DSLR camera.  At the end of the day, you have to use and buy what is best for you, your blog and your budget.  Point and shoot cameras can render blog worthy images just as well as any DSLR and for sometimes half the price!  And, I like I said, I primairly use my iPhone4 for blog photos.

So before you upgrade from whatever you are using, talk to folks online and off.  Also read cameras reviews at Digital Photography Review or CNET. Finally, go test out cameras in the store so you can get a feel for what you like.

BC’s Parting Tips on Taking Great Blog Photos (and Photos in General):

  1. Use whatever camera you have.
  2. Practice, practice and practice some more (shot up high, down low and from all sorts of angles).
  3. If you do have a DSLR, shot on manual mode so you can learn your camera and learn how to use light.
  4. Speaking of light. Always, always use natural light. Flash is just plain ugly!
  5. Have FUN. Seriously, experiment and play with your camera.

My two and half cents are done!

Now, let’s hear from the experts; I’ve dubbed them MY BEAUTIFUL BEST*. I love these bloggers and photographers dearly.  They inspire me to blog more beautifully and take better photos. (*I have a way longer list, but here is where you can start; I may turn BEAUTIFUL BEST into little blog series. Whatcha think?)


#1 31 Days to a Better Photo + 31 Days of Photo Tips.  I just discovered this via Pinterest and I am making my way through the EXHAUSTIVE list of nitty-gritty photography tips and DSLR deets – iso, shutter speed, aperture, lighting, composition…you name it Darcy of My 3 Boybarians has it!

#2 A Beautiful Mess: Photography Tips – full of fun posts about photography, techy stuff and lifestyle stuff.

#3 Pioneer Woman Photography – This woman right here is like a superhero.  I mean she lives on a farm, home schools her children, writes books, has a show on TV Food Network and still manages to blog and share amazing photography tips! Major CRUSH! Ree’s Column “Then and Now” encourages me LOTS!  She lets you see where she started several years ago when she first picked up a camera and where she is now – PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER. She give me hope! She offers LOTS of photography tips and resources.

#4 Guide for Better Blogging Series via Creature Comfort Blog – I read Ez’s blog every day; it’s just so pretty and on top of being a great blogger she’s takes really sweet photos too!

#5 Last but certainly not least, if you love Polaroids like I do, head over to Susannah Conway’s blog.  Susannah tells amazingly beautiful stories via her photography.  When I got my DSLR several years ago, I had the privilege of taking Susannah’s Unravelling e-course and well I feel in love with photography all over again and telling stories.  Also, check out Susannah’s book on Polaroids called Instant Love – How to Make Magic and Memories with Polaroids (don’t you love that title, I DO!)

Still want more, well head over to my Good to Know Pinterest board. Sharing is Caring.


Other Resources:

Etsy Success: Product Photography for Beginners <–this is a good one!

How to Use Images in Your Blog Post via ProBlogger

Developing Great Blog Content That’s Read and Ranked + The Complete Guide to Using Images in Your Blog Posts via The Tent Blogger

Going the DSLR Route: Blogger’s Share Their Favorite Digital Cameras via IFB


Phew, that was a LOT! I hope you are inspired to go make MAGIC with camera.  If you have additional photography tips. tuts or resources please share in the comments below and leave links to your BEAUTIFUL BEST in photography and blogging.

for a beautiful life,

{images: 1 – my daughter took this photo of herself with my DSLR| 2 +3 Polaroids taken by me | 4 my most prized film shot – natural light is amazing.}


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  • Reply Krystal K. August 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Great post! I definitely pinned Darcy’s links!

  • Reply Ez August 9, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Gosh, what a wonderful post and what a lovely surprise to have been included on your Beautiful Best list too! I am absolutely thrilled and humbled. Thank you!! xo Ez

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  • Reply beatrice clay August 10, 2012 at 6:01 am

    @Krystal yeah Darcy is pretty awesome! I am still going through her archives. I love it when people share.

    @Ez are you kidding me, I LOVE YOUR BLOG. You really set the standard on pretty blogging! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 I feel honored!

  • Reply Tyesha August 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

    What a great post and very helpful tips and resources. I agree with you about the flash. I’m no fan of the flash either and it’s all about natural lighting. That’s why I’m not that big on taking pictures inside. But thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Daenel T @ Living Outside the Stacks August 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    One of the first things I learned when I purchased my DSLR was not to use the flash. That’s a hard one to master but I appreciate my pictures so much more.

    I’m getting better with using my Droid on a daily basis but sometimes I forget. I know, right? How is that even possible? I dunno.

    Anyway, these are all great tips. Have a great weekend.

  • Reply beatrice clay August 14, 2012 at 7:54 am

    @Tyesha thanks for stopping by. I’ll be working my way through DArcy’s stuff because I just found her really great blog!

    @Daenel LOL if you had an iPhone you would use it every day…come on over and join team iphone LOL.

    Ladies thanks for stopping by ***Hugs and hi5s***

  • Reply Ashley September 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Great post! I was just going to ask you this question in the BLM Group because your photos that I’ve seen via your blog & instagram are always so nice, but then I was like wait, let me check her blog first.

    • Reply Beatrice Clay September 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

      It’s not about the camera it’s all about the person behind it. You can get shots on your camera phone that rival shots from a top of the line DSLR. Just shot everyday and the shots will get better and better. Thanks for stopping by.

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