Taking photos, for me, is one of the most important and satisfying parts of writing my blog. I believe that a picture can speak a thousand words. I find blogs without photos so sad to look at. I love everything visual and creative, and sometimes, it’s the photographs that really make a blog stand out to me. Sometimes photography doesn’t come so naturally to some people, and without knowing too much about what you’re doing or how to use a camera, it can all be a bit much to take in. I receive an awful lot of questions and requests based around blog photography. How do I edit? How do you manage to get good shots? I’m not saying i’m the master of photography (I wish I was though), everyone has their unique photography style, but I thought I would share a few pointers with you when it comes to snapping photos for your blog, and if it helps you in any way, then that’s just a huge bonus.

The Instrument 
(that’s camera to you and me)

It’s important to understand, first and foremost, that you don’t need a whopping great DSLR that costs you thousands of pounds in order to take a good photograph. When I first started blogging, I used a little digital camera that cost around £70. I then progressed onto a slightly more expensive digital camera (this one to be precise) and for my 21st Birthday I received a Canon EOS 600D (available to buy/snoop at here). I took photography as an A Level in Sixth Form, so I was pretty clued up on slightly more advanced photography and this also meant that even before I started writing a blog, i’d always wanted a DSLR camera. I didn’t JUST get it for blogging or filming videos, but because it was one of those things on my wish list for many, many years.

You do not need to feel as though in order to have great photos on your blog, you have to invest in an expensive camera, although it is just that for me, an investment. I would be lying if I said there was no difference between the quality of a standard digital camera and a DSLR, because there are obviously differences, which are reflected in the prices of both. If you were ever thinking of upgrading your digital camera, then I would definitely advise taking a look in your nearest camera/electrical shop and having a little play around with them. It’s a lot of money to spend so do your research. Having said that, if you are quite happy with the quality of your digital camera, and you aren’t a photography geek like me so getting something larger and more expensive isn’t something you’re really looking to do, you can still take some amazing photographs, if you do it properly and with a creative eye. If you are choosing to use your smart phone, make sure the quality is good enough so that when your photos are blown up slightly larger, they don’t look really pixelated. Nobody likes a pixelated, crappy photograph.

Stock Photos

I know that not everybody will agree with me, but I just find stock photos the lazy way out. I like to see half empty and loved products on blogs as well as excited snaps of new products. It’s nice to know that you are really using it, and loving it, and that you do actually own it . It’s all very easy to just write about a pretty lipstick, pop up a stock photo and to not even own the product (of course press releases on products not yet launched is a different matter).

These days, I look to blogs for honest reviews, and nothing speaks more honestly than seeing the product sat on someone’s dressing table, being used. I also think that stock photos can look a bit messy, as they are often very small files, only meant for small viewing on a website and not to be copied, pasted and enlarged. So when placed on your blog, they can look tiny and a bit lost, or fuzzy once resized. Although saying this I know that many people with great photoshopping skills can pop stock photos from websites into a pretty collage for wish lists etc! It’s quite a grey area, some people make it work, some don’t. Some have a good mixture, some use nothing but stock photos. Just something to bare in mind.


Once you’ve established that instead of being a lazy “so and so” you are going to photograph the product yourself, it’s important to make sure you have good enough lighting. Lighting is one of the most important factors when taking a photo. Natural light is an absolute god send. It makes a picture clearer, crisper, and reflects it’s true colours (especially important if you are showing swatches). All too often it’s inconvenient to photograph something in the natural light, maybe you got home from work late, it was  an exceptionally grey or gloomy day, or you think it’s easier to just whack the bedside lamp on or use the main light in your house to get a photograph. For times like this, you might want to think about buying a daylight bulb or studio lighting. I own studio lighting, but mainly for the purpose of filming videos. I wouldn’t have ever gone out and bought it JUST for blog photos as I think that could be deemed a little extravagant (unless of course you are a complete perfectionist when it comes to clear, bright photographs and you think it could be very useful to you). You can buy daylight bulbs from most places, and they are fairly cheap, just pop it in your lamp and you’re good to go. If you tend to take most of your blogging photos at night, you might want to consider this. If, however you LIKE the slightly more orange/yellow tone of a standard light bulb, then you can just carry on as you are. Just for reference, the lights I own are these ones!

Sometimes, I don’t like to use a bright white light, if you are opting for a slightly more ambient photograph (say if you were photographing your bedroom with candles or fairy lights etc), then they look much better without a bright light or flash. It sets the mood somewhat. You may also want to consider using a tripod if you are opting for low light shots, as the shutter stays open much longer, and could cause you to have a slight blurry photograph without it being held steady.

You might also want to avoid using your camera’s built in flash, as more often than not, it just completely washes out any colour and reflects off the subject you are photographing. I feel as though the camera flash is a bit too harsh at times, so I tend to avoid using it. Instead I will use natural light or the studio lights.

Don’t take a photograph INTO the light. This is one of the first things you learn when taking photos or studying photography. I’m sure it looks great if that is the sort of effect you are going for, but on a more everyday scale, it looks a bit pants (see below).

It’s just about experimenting really, seeing which methods of light you prefer for different photo shots.

Taking The Photo

Some of you may find it difficult when it comes to actually taking the photo. This is where your creative side needs to step up slightly. Think about angles, composition and product position. Sometimes I like to take my photos on an angle, as I feel it makes the overall viewing experience slightly more interesting. You want to think about whether you want to photograph your product lying down, standing up, with the lid on, off, open or closed. Just experiment with different shots.

This is part of the joy of owning a digital camera, you can take hundreds of shots, and then simply delete the ones that you don’t like. Once you have the lighting right, all that’s left to do is make sure you like everything in the frame. Is the background simple? Does it distract from the product, or does it make your picture a little more interesting? Is the background colour a good contrast to your product colour, or are the two merging making it more difficult for you to see the product?

It’s also important to decide how much of the product you are going to have in the frame. You don’t want to take the photo from far away so that your readers see more of the background than the product you are trying to show them. This is where cropping can come in very useful, make sure you have a good balance between product and background. Make the product the focal point, not the rest of your bedroom. If you do very fashion-based blogs, or you want to photograph a picture of yourself without having to hold your camera at arms length, I would strongly urge you to get a tripod. You can buy them for SO cheap. This is the one I own and it only cost me around £10. I use it all the time, makes life much easier.

In Focus?

Are your photos in focus? This is one of the most important things when taking your photos. If you have your camera set on automatic mode (which i’m sure most of us would use), then it shouldn’t be too difficult, but I have seen many a blog photo out of focus. It’s like reading a blog with your drunk goggles on, and you almost end up thinking you need to book an appointment at your nearest optician. There is also the option of using “Macro”. Almost ALL cameras will have a macro option, giving you the choice to get clearer, very up-close photographs. If you are struggling to get a focused photograph of your product up close, try switching your camera to macro and it will make life a lot easier for you. 


This is the one thing I probably get asked about the most. Editing for some is the bit they like to skip. Who wants to tamper around with photos if that’s not something you’re really into? Because i’m a photo geek, editing is always my favourite part. I always get asked which program I use to edit. Now i’ll be honest with you, I use MANY, MANY programs. I’m always on the look out for new programs to download and play around with. My main editing software is Photoshop, which is quite an advanced program, of which I learnt to use during my A levels. I probably wouldn’t recommend downloading this unless you want to edit your photos to an extreme standard (which I very rarely do).

If you simply want to add a filter, crop your photo, lighten it or resize it, something as simple as “iPhoto” for a mac user will cover all this. (please note, I have a mac, so the programs I use may not be available for you if you own a windows computer/laptop). If you are also a Mac user, you can search and download amazing photography apps from the Appstore to your laptop, most of which are free or only very cheap. There are hundreds which offer different filter styles, different editing methods, collages and much more. If you aren’t a Mac user, fear not, there is still something for you! If you simply search “online photo editing” in Google, you will be met with a long list of FREE photo editing services online I have used pretty much the first 5 search results, for all my photo editing, and they all offer an easy to use service with everything you’ll ever need, just see which you prefer. 

Once you have found your perfect editing program, and you feel comfortable using it and have got to grips with how it works, it’s time to decide how you want to edit your photos. I like to use a vintage/lomo filter, but only very lightly, as I don’t ever want a filter to change the overall appearance of a product. I tend to enjoy using filters more for personal photos or landscapes, rather than a product shot. I also think it’s important to try and avoid filters when it comes to swatches. You want people to see the true colour of the product you are swatching, otherwise there really is no point in photographing it. Filters are not for everybody, if you prefer your photo’s to just be true to colour, then leave them at that. Editing is really just a personal preference, see what you like, see what style fits your blog or personality. Experiment and have fun!

I hope that some of you have found this somewhat helpful to read. I have enjoyed writing it, and I hope it inspires you to get your cameras out and start snapping away! Photography, for me, is fun. It’s a way for me to channel my creativity. If you struggle with photography or lack inspiration, just play around a bit. Try out things you’ve never thought to do before and just go with it. Don’t take yourself too seriously, or beat yourself up if something isn’t going the way you wanted it to, or if you just can’t get that perfect shot of a lipstick. Taking photos should be fun and once you’ve written out your blog post, and added in your photographs, there should be that sense of satisfaction when you hit the publish button. Your photographs DON’T need to look like everybody else’s. Please don’t think you HAVE to follow my tips or advice, i’m offering my personal opinion to those of you who asked for it. If you’re happy with the photographs you take, then carry on doing what you are doing, because as long as you are happy and chuffed with the photographs you produce, that’s really all that matters. :)

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  1. Aw this is such a useful post Zoe :)
    Thanks so much, you really put lots of effort in! You have some really amazing tips and it's nice to see a fellow blogger helping out, usually you find bloggers aren't keen to help other bloggers and share tips but you're so kind!
    I love your blog so, so much! You're really an inspiration to me! You and Louise are the funniest people I have ever watched in my whole entire life!
    Even after all the years blogging you're still fab!
    Lots of Love,
    Sharna xo

    Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle and Thoughts Blog.♥

  2. Lisa

    This is such an insightful post! I recently gotten into photography as well as blogging so this helped loads :) x

  3. Thanks for this post Zoe! Your pictures always look amazing

  4. Thanks for the tips !

  5. Ali

    This was really helpful Zoey, thank you! xo

  6. I love this! Actually see the proper difference now especially with the camera and phone photos difference. Love it zoe!xx

  7. Devyn

    This post was brilliant and extremely helpful! I definitely need to start putting more effort into my blog photos and you basically just rekindled my love for photography, thank you! :)

  8. Thank you for this post! :) I am just starting out in the blogging world and still playing around what photography :)its a skill set I need to learn and keep learning in. Will be book marking this for reference.

  9. I found that really interesting Zoe. I have just bought a DSLR as my birthday gift with money I received and I am still playing around with it. While I don't blog, lots of those tips can be applied to the photos I do take – mainly people and landscapes.

    Thank you for being lovely :)

  10. Abby K

    really love this post as i study photography at university :) xoxo useful and in good detail :)

  11. Great post! I also love looking at photos. I will definitely be taking your tips on board, thank you for sharing :)

    Carissa xx

    Vanilla Crush Blog

  12. I really loved this post! I'm still trying to find the perfect background for my pictures. It's hard with nail polish because you don't want to take away from the polish or design you have on :(

  13. Love it! It helped me a lot, thank you. :)

  14. Amy

    ahh I never knew you did photography a level?! I did, too! My blog is a beauty and fashion blog with a side helping of personal photography because I love the art so much. This was a fabulously well written post! xxx

  15. This is a great post, really helpful. I think it's also really important to get to know your own camera and learn to work with it. I've wanted a DSLR for years and years, but it's simply not in my budget at the moment. I have a Lumix TZ9 (or 10, can't remember) and by experimenting and using the 'manual' setting I've figured out how to change the aperture and shutter speed settings so that I can get that 'blurry background' look DSLRs are so famous for. :)

  16. Amy

    This was a really good post Zoe. I've sat and read it from top to bottom. I love taking photos, I'm not that good at it but I'm practicing more and more, especially since my boyfriend gave me his camera to use (I'm rather scared I will break it somehow, so at the moement I've stuck to just taking pictures in my garden) :)

    Lovely blog and post,

    Amy xx

  17. great tips :) I always do the pictures without flash. It looks so much better, I think :)
    and I love your edited picture. really pretty!

    xoxo FlirtingwithFashion

  18. Dannii

    I found this SO interesting and helpful! Fantastic post, Zoe! xx

  19. Farrah

    Thanks for this post it was extremely helpful!

  20. Susmi

    This is great! I have the Canon EOS 600D too after hearing you use it, and it's amazing!

    Thank you for a brilliant detailed post with loads of helpful photography tips- especially on lighting which always drives me crazy when snapping a shot! xx

  21. This was so helpful Zoe, thank you! I'm new to blogging, and haven't posted any pictures, but this has inspired me to try it out and experiment. Your tips were very explanatory and helpful, thanks again!

  22. Abbi

    Thank you so much for this! It's really, really helped!xo

  23. Rayyan

    I really helpful post! Thanks :)

  24. This has helped me so much and hopefully I will be able to use them for my next blog post, thank you for putting this up as the tips were really well explained :') I missed you being ill but as long you're better!


  25. I really love this post! ive bookmarked it! its a good inspiration for me as i am just starting a blog! Thank you zoella!:Dxx

  26. This post is amazing, I think I'm going to invest in the tripod you mentioned & probably ask for a DSLR for my 21st too! I love the camera I have at the mo, but I do want something that can provide with me higher quality images than I already have atm! I really enjoyed reading this, thanks Zoe :)

    L x

  27. Very useful Zoe! I'm getting a camera for my birthday in 3 weeks and this has made me think about which sort of one to go for :) As for editing, there are so many great free online sites! I use Pixlr and there are so many filters and textures I can use! Great post :)! xxx


  28. Laura

    Great advice, thanks! It's so much nicer to see the blogger's photo's rather than stock photos. Makes it looks like they've put so much more effort into their blog posts xxx

  29. Ellie

    This was a very interesting post! I studied Graphic Design and Photography at uni, and it really helped me with blog photos. There's nothing I hate more with a well written blog is it being let down by photos – I don't care if the background is white/patterned/what have you, but small, pixellated, out of focus photos instantly make me think less of the blog! I don't mind a bit of editing in terms of colour, but I agree when you say that there's times when it is and isn't appropriate in blog photos. Thanks for the great read! x

  30. Wow, thank you for this Zoe!! This has helped me so much as i am new to blogging. Deffinitly going to keep coming back to check up on these tips!! xx

  31. This has inspired me to take a trip out into town tomorrow, and take some nice shots with my new canon I got at christmas, I am still unsure how to use it haha! Practice makes perfect :)

  32. Katie

    I was actually thinking about this the other day so this post has come at the perfect time! Thanks for the tips, I look forward to putting these to good use in my next post :)

    Katie x


  33. Zoe

    I really enjoed reading this! I didn't actually realise what macro was before this, even thought I have a Canon 550D! Definitely going to have a go at trying it out, because I always get really annoyed when I can't get a ncie close up shot of something :)
    Lovely post as per usual <3

  34. RosieB

    This post literally couldn't have come at a better time for me, as I received my Canon 600d yesterday! It's like you read my mind, haha! ;) This is so useful and well written, I'm going to bookmark it right now! Thank you, clever lady!


  35. Fantastic post, I love taking pictures too, I think its my favorite bit about blogging and I can never write a post unless I have the pictures first. That's like mission impossible haha. You've given some great tips. Love this post! xxx


  36. This is such a well-written and informative post! I've always wanted a DSLR… I'll probably wait for the next sale though ;)

  37. This was super useful! Thanks for taking the time to write it all out!

    xo, alison*elle

  38. it really helped. this post is amazing. done with so much love. xoxo Vanessa

  39. i can tell you spent a lot of time on this post. there is so much great information in there that i found to be really helpful.

  40. Lydia

    this was an amazingly helpful post :D xo

  41. great post, your blog always looks amazing x

  42. I can't tell you how fantastic this post was! I'm usually pretty overwhelmed when I comes to the photography aspect and just kind of hope for the best, but now I feel like I can be a more confident and take some great photos! Love this!



  43. Absolutely loved this blog post, Zoe. I'm a big photography geek and have so much fun photographing for my blog and just in general! I started off with the same camera as you and now I also have the 600D, which completely changed my photography experience. I've not taken any photography lessons, but I do my best to read as many blogs and websites about photography to continue learning.

    You've certainly provided lots of great tips and I'm sure I'll be trying most of them out :)

    I was thinking about writing a blog post about Photography for Bloggers as I get asked a lot of questions about my blog photos, but I think you pretty much covered everything. If anyone asks me about how I get such good photos for my blog, I'll just send them the link to your post!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this detailed and very informative blog post!

    Ysis xx

  44. Oh Zoe! You make me so so happy!
    I am a newbie to your little fanbase but this is my loveletter to you!
    Firstly I found this post particulary my cup of tea. I have had a love for quite some time, sometimes more sometimes less. I completely adore my Minolta film camera but have always rebelled against editing and photoshopping, oh my laziness and stuborness. Recently I have neglected my camera and haven't done almost ANY pictures, which makes me sad but I promise to be better after this post.
    Secondly, I am no beauty blogger of any sort but never say never-I am 20 but only now am I discovering the world of make-up. An again, this post gave me ideas, inspiration and hope that maybe, maybe.
    Thirdly, I so sincerely find you to be my cup of tea(not trying to sound creepy, it comes naturally). I honestly want to be your friend, and again, not in a creepy way. Especially after hearing you were in HP-oh my, dream come so true! I think I would fit in so nicely with you and Louise, so much even that I told my boyfriend about you's two and now he calles me a sprinklerino.

    I am finishing my little cuteness, I apologise for my little fuck-ups language wise(I am only a little foreigner living in Englad), and hope to actually read this(not that I've got much to say). You make me happy!

  45. Pao

    Your post is really interesting Zoe! Thanks for all your tips, I also hate stock photos or when people post without including pictures.


  46. Sindy

    such a great post full of amazing advice! love how you even made the effort to take pictures to help what you're describing, makes it alot easier to understand! x

  47. Pins

    As always a fabulous post. Great tips there. Thankyou for the information. Love, Pins. X

  48. This is super duper helpful! Thanks for taking your time to post this. I have been so wanting the camera you have and this post has given me the push to actually start saving up for it :) x

  49. Love it, Zoe!

  50. Yay thank you for the tips and tricks!

  51. Zoe, this is an amazing post! It's really helpful :)xx Hopefully I'll be able to take better pictures now ♥

  52. Thank you so much!! This is so detailed and helpful your pictures are always so clear and gorgeous!!!<3

  53. Chloe

    Can't believe it's been a whole year since i found Zoella!
    I read & re-read all of your posts & found everyone of them to be inspiring & i just love this blog post as i love to take good photographs with my Sony DSC-H50 camera, can't part with it!

    Thank you for making me inspired Zoe! :D keep the blogs coming :D <3

  54. Julie

    This post is perfect! I think blog photos are so important, I could never read a blog without photos!
    I love your photography btw, you always take amazing photos and I love your style & editing :)

  55. Brilliant post, it's helped me a lot-thank you!x

  56. Lauren

    thank you so much for sharing your tips, i have never really seen any how to: blogging tips sort of posts before, and well i wish i did because i have really enjoyed this post, please do more xx


  57. A really helpful and thoughtful post, it's obvious you put a lot of time and effort into writing this and it's do kind of you to help out be bloggers
    Thanks for sharing

    Rachael x

  58. I do A-level photography, well I just completed the As level, so I am improving my skills. Like you, I am doing the course not using an SLR camera but an SLR camera is something I've wanted to own since before blogging. I own a tripod which I've never considered using for fashion shots before but I think i'll give it a try :) I'd love to own studio lights although I don't think I'll spend £120 on my first set.

    Thank-you for making this post, it was really informative and a lovely read. I am newish to Blogging so I am adjusting to taking blog pictures, this post will help me :) xx

  59. Linds

    Such a great post, thanks for putting it together for us novice bloggers xx

    Thanks! love from the US :)


  60. have really enjoyed reading this post as a new blog, its been helpful as I've only just started to get into the different skills for photography; and i agree editing the pictures is my favourite part too :) xx


  61. I read it all from top to bottom and have to say extremely informative and very useful. Thanks for sharing!

  62. Thank you for this Zoe! Was SO helpful :) xo

  63. This was such a good post. I didn't really need help with photography but I found it really interesting anyway and I'm sure lots of people will find it very helpful :) xox

  64. G

    The Canon 600d is my dream camera. For now I just take crappy pictures with a 85 pounds camera. But I'm hoping for Canon 600d by the end of the year, or the next one. :d

    on imeowlife.blogspot.ro I take them with a different sony camera, that should be about 100 pounds, really not sure.

    but on my so-called beauty blog I take them with sony dsc w35.

    I always like to play with effects, I quite forgot how to use photoshop, but I'm the right road now. When I was like 13, I used to stay hours to edit just a few pictures, I liked to just play with them and see what happens..

    long comment, gonna go now. you're wonderful, Zoe!

  65. 010

    thank you for sharing. This post really help me improve my photograph skill especially take product photo. So many mistake that I have done. This information is really helpful for me.

  66. Here's a big thank you from a new blogger and a pathetic photographer! :) This was so fun to read- thank you for taking the time to write it all out, it was really inspiring to read and very helpful. I adore your blog and hope you're doing well <3

    Heather Lauren

  67. ...

    so useful Zoe

  68. Amazing post! I rarely read posts that are long but I read all of this. I have a mac and didn't know you could buy photo editors in the app store. Thank you for the information.


  69. This is exactly what I needed – thank you so much for this excellent post! All I have is my little phone camera right now, but I may be able to borrow a DLSR that isn't being used quite soon…

  70. Your post is so thorough and informational!
    Thank you for taking the time to do this!

    xo Amy

  71. This is so helpful! thank you zoeeeee :D

  72. Great post Zoe! Such great detail! Thanks so much! :) xx

  73. Maz

    awesome awesome post! I also received a dslr for my 21st (team nikon though haha) so it just inspired me to start my blog! The gorrilapods (google it) are also amazing if you do lots of photography on holidays etc as its just so tiny and portable. Xx

  74. myriam

    this was very helpful (: thank you (:

  75. Great tips! Thanks Zoe! :)

  76. Yes! I love all of your blogging photos! They are so pretty and nice to see! My favorite editing software wou
    D be photoscape (for antique filters) and photoshop ( for advnce editing) . Check out my blog tell me what do you think of , my pictures!

  77. I loved this post!! You explained the basics without being confusing! :) Thanks for all the tips and I love your blog and videos! <3 They're really inspirational :)

  78. Fantastic post, really well explained! I just bought the 600D and love it! xx

  79. Jen27

    So incredibly helpful! Thanks for taking the time to put together such a detailed post. I've been thinking of asking for a new camera for Christmas this year (if I can wait!), as it could really improve the quality of my blog pics. You've given me a lot to think about here :)


  80. Deep

    Thank you, Zoe! I learned so much from this! Never knew there was this much to picture taking. :D

  81. Erica

    This post really reminded me of one of my own (http://abundanceoferica.blogspot.ca/2012/07/most-worn-tag-summer-2012.html) because I had a lot of fun getting creative with these! I'm obsessed with the macro setting on my camera and have recently discovered the beauty of natural lighting. I'm not that big into photography but I can see myself enjoying it in the future :)

    Great post!


  82. Ahh this is a great post, i love taking photos, need to take the time to nerd out over editing software xx

  83. yvo

    lovely post thanks for sharing

  84. This is such a great post, you've put so much effort in that I can tell you actually care.
    Thanks Zoe!

  85. This was really great! As a lover of photography it was helpful and everything rang so true. Love this. Love your blog. You've always got the prettiest pictures.

  86. This was beautiful and useful post. Just like you I simply adore to take pictures from different, it just gives some dynamic and different view…:) Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us Zoe!:)

  87. Wonderfully put together! I don't even have a blog, nor do I consider myself a camera enthusiast, and I found this post interesting and informative. Well done! :D

  88. Wonderfully written! I don't even have a blog, nor do I consider myself a camera enthusiast, and I found this post interesting and informative. Well done! :D

  89. This is great post and you have inspired me to get snapping! I was feeling downhearted about my own blog photography as I didn't have a DSLR and I love that you've pointed out they aren't necessary. I think I need to invest in a tripod as my pics can be a bit wobbly and play around with editing much more. Thanks for re inspiring me!

    Jenni x


  90. loved this! <3 this was such a great timing because I just created a blog yesterday and now I feel all prepared. :D

  91. I love photography and I knew these things already, but I have to say that this post is excellent for someone, who wants to know how to take pictures. Also, I have the same camera. It's really good and I couldn't be more pleased with the results.


  92. Love how informative this post is Zoe! It is so helpful especially as I am getting a Canon EOS 650D in a few weeks! Your photography is always amazing and I definitely agree, it is one of my favourite parts of blogging too! Thanks for such a helpful post.

    x x x.

  93. Great tips! I think practice is the key for good blog photos – I cringe when I look back at my earlier posts as I had no idea how to property photograph products. Your photography is always amazing. x

  94. Very useful, thank you very much! Greetings from Germany :)

  95. Tali

    Thanks so much for writing this – I am a camera-phobe and am more likely to be found stealing stock pics or using my (shock horror) phone to take photos when I need them! You have given me the inspiration to start taking more pics and to get creative with it! Thanks :) I promise never to use google images again!!! Xxx

  96. very interesting post!

  97. maxime

    thank you sooo much for the tips! you are great <3

  98. Laura

    Love this post! Thanks for the tips :) x

  99. iixie

    thank you this has really helped! :D x

  100. Julie

    very useful :)

  101. Daria

    I loved this photo, so useful and interesting! I have started my blog (and so blog photography) just a few months ago and the more I keep blogging the more I am interested in photography! :) x

  102. Great post, really helpful tips!

  103. Such a great post Zoe! Thanks for putting in the time and effort. Your writing is so articulate and the use of examples is fantastic.


  104. Jane

    such a great post zoe! xx

  105. Thank you so much for this post! Came at exactly the right time since I can only store ten pictures on my phone (don't know why) and 3 on my camera (the memory card broke!) so I desperately need to upgrade otherwise I won't get very far! Thanks again – very informative and useful :)

  106. Anna

    Thankyou so much for sharing, it was really helpful and interesting! I love taking pictures but I was never too sure about how to upload pics on my blog because it seems to decrease the quality of them… I have a dslr and sometimes my pictures look funky on my blog… have you ever had this problem? did you find a way to fix it??


  107. Thank you so much for this post! Came at exactly the right time since I can only store ten pictures on my phone (don't know why) and 3 on my camera (the memory card broke!) so I desperately need to upgrade otherwise I won't get very far! Thanks again – very informative and useful :)

  108. dissie

    OMG amazing post! THANK you so much Zoe! You are truly the best blogger! ;]

  109. This blog post is fantastic! You sound so knowledgeable – I wish that I had a little bit of photography savvy. Your post has inspired perhaps to step up from the generic digital camera and get something a bit more advanced. I have just started a new blog so any posts like this are absolutely great for giving me a bit of a better idea on what to do, so thank you!


  110. Very helpful, thanks Zoe :) Using the photos to demonstrate your points made that super clear and easy to understand. I'm off to get snapping! Cx

  111. Amazing post! Really helped :)


  112. Elise

    thanks for those tips, they are very helpful :)

  113. Great post, it's really nice when people share tips like this.. I definitely agree about stock photos for make up, though I do use lifestyle photos off weheartit on my blog at times because some of them are just too cute to pass up x

  114. Sadie

    Wow such a great and informative post Zoe! It's come at the perfect time for me as I have really started getting into the photography side of blogging a lot more recently and I'm saving for a new camera. So thanks for this post, I found it very helpful :) xx

  115. Folio

    Thank you so much for this, it was super helpful and informative! Hopefully my photos will turn out better on my blog now :) x

  116. Definitely very helful. Thanks a lot! :D :D

  117. Love this post very helpful! Your photos are always really good!

  118. This is sooo helpful Zoe! I will deffo be doing my own pics on our blog from now on!xxx

  119. I love how you used photos to demonstrate! Thank you so much Zoe! :D x

  120. Kerri

    Awesome blog post Zoe and very well written…I understood all of it! :o)
    I'll definitely be trying out your tips!

    K x

  121. This is soooooo useful! I love how you used photos to compare the different lighting or filters ect, as normally I wouldn't believe what I'm reading! Thanks, Hannah xoxox


  122. Hey Zoe!
    Congrats on this post, i studied photography and this is really a great short guide tho the basics and feels so nice to have people in the world that are creative and that wants to share it with everyone.
    Thank you

  123. Becky

    This blog post was so helpful! Thank you :) I love macro – I was so excited when I discovered it on my camera because all my photos are so much clearer with it :D

  124. such aw wonderful and insightful posts! thank you zoe!xxx

  125. Anni

    Got the same Camera for my 15th Birthday last year, and It really is a high quality DSLR for less.
    Your Tips are so true! and helpful for the once who don't know how to handle with taking photos and editing them.
    Photoshop might be really expensive for your followers, but to check put how it works, they can use GIMP 2,6 , wich is mainly the same, but for free and with an easier design.
    There you don't have to learn the handling with the programm first.

    Would be really happy If you check out my blog, wich mainly handle with photographie and It would also be nice If you leave a comment in wich you could tell me If you like them.



  126. serena

    this was SO helpful. I'm bookmarking it. thanks so much Zoe xxx

  127. Thank you for posting this, i've started a new blog and needed some help picture wise ;) <3 eloise.devote.se

  128. wow! this was an amazing post! thank you for sharing your wisdom on blogging!! :)


  129. What a useful post, thanks for sharing :)

  130. Lauren

    Thank you so much, this has really helped me!


  131. Such a great, helpful post! I'm just starting out and using a digital camera and do find it hard taking good photo's sometimes! Thanks for all the advice, you've obviously put alot of work into this :)

    indiansummeronline.blogspot.co.uk X

  132. Emily

    Really enjoyed this post thank you:)


  133. I found that really helpful x Thank you and take care xx

  134. Joyce

    Hi Zoe!

    Such a helpful post! I love the way your photos look, and this post let me have a little 'behind the scenes' peek at how they turn out so lovely. :)

    Love Joyce

  135. I love the post some really great tips and your photos always look amazing :)

  136. Excellent blog post! I have a mac and I didn't know that you could edit photos on iPhoto! I've always used Picasa.
    Love your blog and youtube!

  137. u have obviously put alot of effort and thought into this post so thank u some very useful tips!

    Shana x


  138. Sarah

    Such a useful post! Thank you :) xx

  139. zoe this is amazing, thank you! i sooo want your camera, and you look so beautiful in the last photo! x

  140. This was really helpful! What do you think of reflectors instead of studio lights? (as in, using a daylight bulb and a reflector) I can't afford studio lights tbh, and thought this might be a possible alternative until I've saved up my pennies!

  141. I've only just started blogging and this post has been really helpful! Thank you :) xo

  142. Such an amazing post! :)


  143. Maia

    This was such a detailed and helpful post, thank you! <3

  144. Donna

    Such a helpful post, thank you for sharing it with us :) x


  145. wow! Thanks so much for your advice and passing on the blog photos wisdom. I started my blog a few months ago and love taking photos but am still using my phone at the minute as I am saving to buy a DSLR so this post will stand me in such good stead! Thanks so much for sharing – favourited!
    Lianne x

  146. Lauren


  147. Good tips that you have come out with i own a SLR camera and a tripod i never use it as i find it is too much hassle i just stick to my usual digital camera :) x

  148. Ahhhh this is amazing! I love how you've actually taken the time to write clear, succinct tips AND shown them in practise. I'm thinking about investing in something better than my digital camera. First purchase when the student loan comes in I think ;)

    hahah xx

  149. Annie

    Great post xox

  150. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this post. This is really helpful & I will be using some of your tips! xx

  151. this is an awesome post, and i have to say i agree with everything you've said. i'm sure there is gonna be more improved blogs out there now :)

  152. This was such an amazing post to read, it's not very often that I read every single word in a long blog post. But this has been really helpful and I will be taking a few tips from this! Thank you ever so much :)

    Can I just ask, I noticed on a few of your recent blog posts that you've got a scalloped edge effect on your photo's, do you use Photoshop for this? I have CS5 Photoshop and I can't seem to work out how to do this, if you have, or know of a good tutorial could you let me know? Sorry to be cheeky haha.

    Laura xx

  153. Thanks so much for posting this, it was SO helpful, my photographs should now look interesting and should look good-kinda!
    I actually REALLY enjoyed reading this post.
    Thanks ever so much! :) xxx

  154. Zoe!! You only have 1 more blogpost until your 300th blogpost!!!! xxx

  155. Awww, just bought me the same camera about 2 weeks ago and i love the picture quality that i get from it! I am thus rather obsesive when it comes to taking pictures* But most of all i love the end results i get. Great Tips* Thanks for the post…


  156. A great post! I have the same camera but still learning.


  157. Magda

    Great tips :)

  158. This is such a helpful post! Thank you so much Zoe :D xxx

  159. Lara

    ah this was really helpful! I personally really love the way you edit your photos, so I'm so glad you posted and shared it with us!


  160. Sarah

    Brilliant post Zoe! I've just recently started a blog so I'm grateful for any tips and advice brilliant bloggers like yourself can give! :) I'm also relieved to know that I don't need to fork out for photoshop when my trial ends hehe! ;)

    Thanks again :) xx

  161. anna

    Great and helpful post! Much blogs need tips like yours. They are important and they create better and more interesting blog :)
    So thanks again!

    Your blog is very interesting! :) Go see mine if you want :)

  162. Angel

    Zoe your photos are always so professional and pretty to look at! I love watching your youtube and reading your blog. This post in particular was really helpful, thank you xx


  163. Wow thanks for this Zoe – really appreciate all the time and effort it must have taken to put this together! I always love your photos, it makes your blog look so professional, and I think the difference between good and bad pictures really can change a blog.
    Thank you so much :) xox

  164. Great post, really interesting. I love my camera, it's a high spec digital one. Gadgety enough for me to have a big effect on how photos come out, but not as big as a DSLR which I find daunting. I don't edit pictures for my blog hardly, but for work I do it a lot, and use Photoshop and the free download Photoscape which I really recommend! xo

  165. Eryn

    I just got a new camera yesterday, so this is so perfectly timed! Thanks for the tips. Also wheerrreee did you get the lights hanging on your mirror?!

  166. This post made me happy, people need to learn these things Zoe!
    My 21st is in october and I'm getting a DSLR, I'm practically vibrating im so excited! Good pictures for once YAY
    I've been using photoshop since I was about 14/15 and not a day goes by that I don't use it, it's like an extra arm, I loves it!

  167. ahh this makes me want to go crazy with my camera haha xx

  168. Anesa

    Good tips =) Thank you so much =)


  169. Absolutely LOVE this post!!! Thanks so much, it's given me ideas now and I'm excited to put it to the test:) xo


  170. Ginger

    This post is so helpful! I still need to tinker around with my photos and you make some really helpful pointers! A new camera may be on my list for Santa this year! Or if not, definitely a tripod…I suffer so badly from shaky hand when it comes to taking photos!


    Ginger x

  171. Thanks for this! Very, very helpful.

  172. Hey Zoe, that's a really nice and helpfull post :) The pictures are the most important thing for a blog I think too even that I don't have that good camera, I'm trying to shoot at neautural day light and with macro it's kind of ok for now :)

    Thank you :)


  173. Thanks for this post! It was actually really helpful, and it's inspired me to take a bit more pride in the photos I take :) xx

  174. This was such a good informative post!
    Thank you :)

  175. Suesue

    Wow thanks for the amazing post! A lot of useful tips, especially the studio lightening: makes the photo really professional! Too bad it's quite expensive..

    Thanks! :D xx

  176. amazing post zoe, your blog is always an absolute fave of mine to sit and spend time reading, as you always go to so much effort and detail. this photography post is awesome, and i love the way you've written it.

    Mel x

  177. that was so much fun to read! half those things don't even enter my head so it was insightful :) !
    for a post request if that's okay could you please do your favorite coral lipsticks im struggling to find one theres so many to choose from! lovely post hunny x

  178. Great post! I started my blog not too long ago, so it's lovely to read posts giving advice on things like the=is for us less experienced bloggers!
    If you've got any tips or pointers I'd be really grateful to know what you think! :) http://www.thedustonthegroundblog.blogspot.co.uk

    Lizzie xx

  179. Abby

    This was so helpful! Thank you!!

  180. This was really helpful. I didn't know there were so many steps to take a picture. This will definitely help me in my future blogging! Thanks!


  181. Zoe, you have a WONDERFUL eye for photography, and I do appreciate that you emphasize not only do you not need an expensive camera, but you don't necessarily need expensive programs to edit your photos either. I do think lighting is very important when it comes to photos, and that was evidenced very clearly in the pictures you showed us. Thanks for the extremely helpful and thoughtful post! xx


  182. Hi Zoella! I was wondering if you would mind me including the link to this post in a photography interview that we will be uploading on EveryBliss.com. Would this be alright! Let me know! :)

    Thank you so much for breaking down your tips for photography and blogging. This is something I definitely struggle with, and while I want a quick photo, I still want a nice clean image. Great tips! :)

  183. Kerry

    Picasa ia AMAZING for editing! I used to use Photoshop; but it slowed my PC right down, pfft.
    Picasa is so easy to use, it's free and Google owns it, so you know it's safe. If I need to edit my images, that's what I use. I don't really edit the colours that much, but if I have a photo that's a little washed out, I'll try and get the correct colour back with Picasa and it's never failed me. :)
    You can put on filters too to make them vintage. IDK, I love it. can you tell?! Lol!


  184. Great post! I was wondering if you have multiple lenses or just the one? And if that one works for everything like blogging, outdoor photos, like sports games and stuff??

  185. Zoe

    This post is amazing! I completely agree with everything you said (even though I'm kind of guilty of stock photos sometimes, but ONLY when i don't own the item!) :)

  186. REALLY HELPFUL i love tips!!!!!!



  187. Thank you for so many great advices! :)

    x houseinthesand.blogspot.com

  188. Great post :D x

  189. thank you so much Zoe, I only really just started my blog and I found this to be a massive help because I really struggle to take decent photos. Really good and informative post xxxx

  190. I went out today and bought a daylight bulb from John Lewis – very cheap and works wonders! Got one for the ceiling light and my lamp. This post is fab xx

  191. Love this post! Lots of good tips for us newbies :) MissDanielle x

  192. Thanks Zoe for the tips Zoe! I love taking photos, too. I feel like it's time in a good, DLSR camera. Will have a look around :)

  193. Maisie

    Great post, this has helped so much as i have recently started my blog!xx
    ps. do you have any tips on OOTD posts, the pictures, like how to take them and where as well as the information included in your post


  194. Thanks Zoe!
    That was really helpful
    You make me want to go outside and snap loads of pictures!!
    I tried taking a picture of my friedns blowing bubbles too and it didnt turn out very well… but i guess i can improve! :)
    Sophie x

  195. you made me feel like i need to go and buy a camera right now :)
    thanks for the great tips, this is defeniatly a post to keep for when i'll open my own blog

  196. Wow! This was an awesome post! It really opened my eyes about a lot

  197. Wow this was an awesome post! It really opened my eyes up about a ton of things concerning not just my blog but that I'm really interested in photography. I think I'm going to look into a course. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  198. Now i just need to get my hands on a camera like that

  199. This post is fantastic! Really helped me ALOT!

  200. Such an informative post! Really took what you said into account when taking our own photos, particularly when it came to composition and lighting. Been following your blog since 2010 now and your youtube once you started using it again – have loved every single one of your posts! Can't wait for the next one :) xx

  201. Fi

    I really enjoyed this post! Very helpful tips, and i definately agree with you about using stock photos – it's so much more interesting (& shows they've put more effort in) to see someone's own photo!

  202. Leslie

    Amazing tips Zoe!!! Thanks for the post, it was another great one..I really enjoyed it:)

  203. Nicola

    This was so helpful. I am really getting into photography at the moment, but then again i find it difficult as i am a fashion blogger and cant experiment with a digital camera. I have been looking into new cameras. I find your photography so inspiring!


  204. Aliya

    this was soooo useful!! thanks zoe!!! could you please do more posts like this- tips on doing your blog etc?? love itt!!!! xx

  205. Zaynab

    Zoe you are the best!! I was just thinking that my blog was looking slightly drab without photos … Thank you so so so much.

  206. Thanks for this, so helpful for me as I'm just starting out and I really had no clue what I was doing as far as photography goes xx

  207. Emily

    Zoe, Thank you so much for posting this! I just started my blog in the past couple of months, and I so appreciate your being willing to share your tips! I always look forward to reading your posts and watching your videos :)

    <3 emily


  208. Dear Zoe,
    This post was so so so helpful for me. I just started my blog and was searching around other bloggers blogs to find some examples of ways to shoot pictures. I really enjoy reading all of your blog posts,and watching your YouTube videos. You are absolutely gorgeous and I'd be so honored if you check out my blog and if you liked it you could follow me. :) Thank you again for this oh so helpful post!

    -KasmiraAnne xx

  209. Steph

    This is such a good post. I haven't blogged in a while but after reading this I can't wait to take lots more photos and attempt to edit them! Thanks for the help :)



  210. What an amazing post. I've just started out blogging so I will be taking all of these tips into account to try and improve mine to hopefully one day have one as good as yours! This is such a long post it must have taken you ages to condense down everything so thank you for all the tips. Absolutely love your blog and youtube…religious follower!!! Amazing! <3 http://blondebeautyfix.blogspot.co.uk/

  211. Chilly

    This was soooo helpful x

  212. I seriously enjoy this post so much. It's very helpful for me since I've never taken photography lessons though I really want to. Your photos always look amazing but nothing too over the top which is very nice. I like how your photos have girly background and the overall feel is like girl next door sort of style. Thank you so much for this post. Keep up the good work :)

  213. Thank you so much for this post! It is so useful!! :D

  214. I absolutely loved reading this post! It was so helpful as I am not used to blogging yet and I am usually pretty lazy with taking photos but I'm trying to get better. Thanks alot! :)x

  215. love your blog!
    good photo!

  216. Lotta

    great post zoe!

    i wonder where you frame your photos and such? which of the editing programs do you use for that?

    thanks :-) xoxo

  217. Saar

    I loved reading this post!
    It may all seem pretty logical but these tips really help when they're all summed up! I especially liked the part about the lighting. I think that's the part I find the most difficult to get right! :D
    Thank you for this post!!
    love from Belgium,

  218. Amy

    Loved this post… I have been looking to get small lights or a soft box to take blog photos with as my house is very bad for lighting! xx

  219. This was a really good post, i love taking photos of everything beautiful, and especially for my blog. I also use Photoshop and some online programs, but its nice to discover new ones to play with. :X

  220. Lotta

    Great post Zoe! It actually helped a lot! I do not have a blog, but for every day use, the post was usefull too.
    I have just recently bought a Polaroide Kamera 635 ( I think you have the same, I saw it in the picture). The camera I bought didn't come with films, so i woundert if you have bought some.. If so were? I searched through amazone and they were very expensive :-( maybe you know a place to buy the films a bit cheaper?

    Thanks for all the inspiration and help you give with every post you write!!

    xoxox lotta

  221. FAB!

    a very excellent, well written and well researched post. Thank you very much for it.
    I own a beauty blog and
    I invite u to visit my blog, do follow if u like it. <3 I'd be real glad http://fabiliscious.blogspot.com/

  222. Jess

    This post has helped me so much! My photo's now look more professional and I actually enjoy taking photographs and editing them now.



  223. Thanks Zoe this has helped loads! Iv just started to blog and this has made me want to re-do all of my recent pictures! Any tips and advice will always be appreciated!

    xxx Thank you xxx


  224. Hi Zoe- I loved this post so much! I have the same camera as you and I really don't use it to its full potential! I don't have any fancy lighting or anything so I'm just relying on good ol' natural light and flash! Thank you so much!
    Charlotte xxx

    englishgirlstylediaries@blogspot.com xxx

  225. Alice

    Really amazing post Zoe, you can tell how much time you have spent on this. I've just recently bought a new DSLR and this post gave me sooo many tips for my blog, as taking photographs are deffo the best thing about having a blog! Now I just have to steal my boyfriends tripod.. haha! Love your blog Zoe x x


  226. Jemma.

    I cannot express how useful this was – thank you xx

  227. I've been using picnik for years so thanks for mentioning iphoto, I've never really taken a second look at it but now it'll most likely become my regular photo editing software.


  228. This was really useful! I love all the photos you take and now I hope I can recreate some of my own inspired by this, Thanks Zoe xx

  229. This was such a helpful post thank you Zoe. I'm upgrading my camera to a DLSR in a few weeks, I can't wait I'm going to try some of your tips :)xx

  230. thanks for the help full post. this give me a lot of knowledge on how to take the pictures, etc. i am getting a decent camera for Christmas, and i shall be doing a lot more blogging. so i would be so thank full if you had a little nosy of my blog so far. and maybe leave a comment as i am really new and have no one commenting and leaving me feed back.

  231. This is such a good post , I will definitely be taking some tips from you
    Robyn xoxo

  232. Thanks Zoe this really helped :) ♥

  233. One of the best posts on blogging i've seen, it's very helpful to see some practical information about it, not just the tips and tricks and (as stupid as it makes me sound) the tip about not using stock photography seems like such an obviously personal tip. Thank you for this. Just getting back into blogging again and am already missing my old camera, will have to invest again. Thanks for such a great post, it's good to know what goes into such a successful blog.

    Lauren xx

  234. This is such a helpful post Zoe, I have just started blogging and was looking to improve my photos. I need to invest in some daylight bulbs, the lighting in my house is pants! Thank you for the useful tips x


  235. Rachel

    This has to be the most helpful post I've ever seen on taking photos! Thank you very much :-)

  236. Beth

    Hi Zoe,

    I really enjoyed reading this post. I love photography, and recently came into possession of my very own DSLR after lusting after one for years. I am definitely somewhat of an amateur, but I love taking photos for my blog and spending a while editing them.

    For me, good photography makes me want to follow a blog.

    Very useful tips – I need to buy myself a tripod I think!

    Beth xx

  237. Zoe its utterly so sweet of you to share all your tips & tricks on blogging and photography….me myself have started to do blog and your post really help me in a very unique way…and to be honest you are the first blogger who uplift my spirit and make me enjoy me doing blogging…thank you very much …:) and have a great day

  238. Janine

    Great post thank you so much for sharing! I'm new to blogging so I'm looking for ways to improve my images/photographs. Thanks again!

  239. EXCELLENT blog, really enjoyed this and was very useful, thank you x

  240. EXCELLENT blogpost, enjoyed reading it very much and was really useful, thank you! :) x

  241. Phoebe

    This post was soooo helpful! I'm definitely going to try and use your tips because your photos always look so nice :)


  242. So helpful, as a newbie to this blogging lark this is really helpful. I struggle with lighting because, well this is England really and it's never bright and sunny so I'm tempted to get one of those light bulbs you spoke of that produce natural(ish) lighting. I agree with you about stock photos, I just find it really impersonal and lazy. I think photos that have been taken by the blogger look so much nicer and I also like to know that they actually have an opinion of the product and actually own it rather than just having a stock photo of something that they may just be blogging about because everyone else is. Your hints and tips will come in very handy to the future of my blog so thank you. I would also just like to say how much I adore your blog and YouTube channel and I'm super excited to watch the videos you did with Sam later on because you're my favourite youtuber and well, Sam is just hot really! xxx

  243. //LOLI

    Adore this post, you've written and illustrated so beautiful. Really agree with you regarding photos, both my digital cameras broke around the same time so my blog and my iPhone were forced to try and get along. They did not x

  244. I`m pretty much going to say the same thing as everyone. This was super helpful. I also watched your vlog with sprinkleofglitter and I`d say you guys are spot on!

    *I was planning on buying the Panasonic Lumix (Right now I have no camera… So no blogging yet). And I was wondering if you liked it? Anyway, thanks again and bye!

    :) Sam.

  245. Great post, it was so helpful! I always feel like good photos can make a blog look so much nicer, put together and more professional without you even really realising. I wish I was better at photography! I'm really jealous that I never had the opportunity to do a photography A level (they didn't offer it at the school I went to). It sounds so interesting and fun, practice makes perfect I guess! :) xx

  246. what photo editing software do you use? xxxx

  247. KP.

    This has got to be the most useful and informative blog posts I've ever read. I've been having a total camera crisis (I had a major meltdown here: an-accidental-discovery.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/camera-savvys-help-me.html). Thank you so much for this post!


  248. Marian

    Hi! I'm a new reader of your blog and I really enjoyed this post. It's very helpful!

  249. Yzi

    This has helped me a lot, hopefully i can remember your tips for my first post, which should be very soon! Wish i had a camera like yours though :)
    Would be great if you could check out my posts at some point/ Thank youu :) x

  250. Love the pictures, gorgeous one of you at the end blowing bubbles :) Very helpful blog post, better get me camera out then eh?! Thanks Zoe x

  251. Yayy Thank you! xo

  252. this was such a helpful post !
    thank you so much Zoe !

    xx Liyana

  253. Such a helpful blog post! Ive just started my own blog but sadly just coping with my Iphone at the minute. Hopefully getting a camera for Christmas :) im obsessed with your blog and youtube videos..and Louise!! :D you two are soo funny together.
    Great post!! xox


  254. Great tips Zoe! Will probably fork out for a snazzy DSLR in the future but whilst I'm still in my first year of blogging I'm pretty happy with my cheap digital!

    A x

  255. This was really helpful! I will follow your suggestionS on my blog..
    Thanks!!! :*

  256. Fantastic post Zoe, loved reading through this! Ive even bookmarked it so can keep coming back and using your tips. I'm getting into photography but atm finding it hard of what to take photos of. I'm starting off with a canon point and shot but i hope to eventually be getting a dslr! I just need more followers and more stuff to blog about i guess :)

    Thanks for this :D



  257. Thankyou so much Zoe this is and awesome post ! love you lots!

  258. Elissa

    This is great, I'm really interested in photography, but I don't know that much about it :( So thank you :)

    Lov, Elissa ♥


  259. This was SO helpful!I recently started bogging with a friend, and as much as I love photography,I didn't have a clue where to start. Thankyou, I now know what I am doing, and I shall invest in a good camera, at a good price. Thanks Again!XX


  260. Thanks I'm just starting a blog myself and this was very useful, I enjoy your blog and youtube channel very much!

  261. catt

    just came across this post looking through your archive. such a brilliantly written, detailed and helpful post :)
    i'll definitely be taking tips from it.

    catt xx

  262. Love, love, love this post!

  263. This was so incredibly helpful, words can't express how appreciative I am! I am absolutely USELESS when it comes to photography and all aspects of it so this blogpost has just been a lifesaver and so inspirational! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! xx

  264. Thank you this was really helpful. I love your blog and watching your videos it just makes my day and you are so good at what you are doing. xx :)

  265. This post has been so helpful in ways of poisoning objects and what lighting is best. Even though i have various cameras i always tend to stick to using my phone but then editing them on photoshop to make them look a lot more cleaner.
    Please check out my blog :)

  266. 99

    Hy girl..i glad to be here, i hope you join with my site too

  267. Hi lovely Zoe!thanks so much for this post!i really love you and you inspired me to make my own blog!i know it's not good but i really enjoy doing that thanks so much!♥ ♥ ♥

  268. this is so help full, like i started my own blog because i've always wanted too.but was just sacred to..i don't even know if people will look at it but its always there for anyone!!!! (: thank you Zoeyy you helped me loads <3

  269. Honestly I'm having watching your photos, very beautiful great work!

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  270. Rachel

    This post was really helpful, thanks Zoe :) I am currently saving up for a camera similar to yours as I too am really into photography and photos :) Thank you! xx

  271. Thnx Zo, Great blog tips…!

  272. Hi Zoella!
    This post totally cleared the air and calmed my nerves about posting and editing my own photos. I hope to be adding more photos to my blog very soon!

    Thank you!

  273. I just followed you and I love your blog so much!
    I'm wachting your videos on YouTube for a few days now,
    and I'm already addicted!
    You're amazing xoxo

  274. Jessamy

    Hey Zoe, I've just bought a Canon EOS 600D and I was wondering if you could tell me how you get the camera to focus whilst you film something like a haul where you are showing products? Thank you xx

  275. Chloe

    This has been a huge help. I absolutely love photography (I am hoping to pursue it as a career in the future) and this has helped me so so much. I am only 14 and we don't do a GCSE in photography in my school. I received a DSLR for christmas and I am just getting to grips with using it, taking some random shots and just generally messing about. This has given me some great pointers for when I am taking photos of things. I have also used the online sites to edit a couple of photos on my blog and they are really good and there are some quiet cool effects on there. I really want to purchase a photoshop programme but I don't quite think my parents will let me get the kind of programme you use! I was just looking at one for about £60 on amazon, which is similar to what I use at school I think for one of my GCSEs. Once again, this really helped me; thank you!xoxo

  276. Thank you for this post, I really liked it and thought t was so helpful! But that's no surprise since I loveyou and your blog!
    Ive just started a blog, my first post was about baking macarons.
    I would really appreciate it if you would check it out!!

  277. M

    This really helped me out, Zoe. Thanks! :)

  278. Thank you so much for this Zoe! I have just recently started my blogging experience… well earlier this afternoon to be exact! I am really into photography and I plan to pursue photography as a career! I found this post to be very helpful and full of useful information so thank you for taking the time to post this:) I very much love watching your videos on YouTube, because you are such an inspiration! Anyway thank you so much for reading this! Byee

  279. Ahh this is a brilliant blog post; very detailed and helpful.

    Thank you :)

  280. This has seriously helped me out SOOOOOOOOOO much!!!! I honestly had no idea how much natural light makes the picture a million times better!!
    so Thankkkk you :)

  281. Thank you for great tips!
    Lets hope by this there will be more and more blogs that are pleasant to read :)

  282. thank you Zoe, this helped a lot :)

  283. Mo Ray

    Erm….wow! I love this post. It's soo informative in such a way my simple brain can understand all the technical bits quite easily :D lol x

  284. Aoldutely love this post, it's really interesting and insightful which is exactly what I was looking for.
    Thanks Zoe!

  285. Hey Zoe! i love this post. i took your advice on the picture taking of the photos. Now i'm stuck on the uploading of them. i dragged them to the blog post in which i wanted them. but it doesn't turn into a picture. it just gives me the url. so how to i get it to turn into a picture? Thanks and i love your blog and your youtube videos! :)

  286. Chloe

    Thanks for this!! I've been struggling for AGES to get good blog photos and this majorly helps so thanks! :-)

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  288. This post really helped me alot! Thanks Zoe :)

  289. Great post!! What program do you use to edit your photo's and video's? :) x

  290. alina

    Wow this is really great, my friend and I started a beauty blog a couple months ago and I'm terrible at taking photos of the products and myself and heavily rely on Lightroom so thanks for the tips Zoella! x

  291. Your blog posts are just so perfect! And your photography is great. I just love your videos, and blogs, and style. Great post!

  292. I really love this post Zoella :) I can actually recommend picmonkey and befunky to edit pictures, i use them and you can see pictures edited on my blog :)

    I really love your blog,and i made a blog review on you :)
    So i hope you will check it out! :D


  293. nice article. I found it very interesting. You gave good advice

  294. This was so so helpful! Thank you zoe Xxx

  295. This was really helpfull Zoe thank you :) I use my phone only because it's easier to upload but a professional camera looks amazing :)

  296. I'm glad to see Zoe likes photography and studied about it, like me :)

  297. Conny

    These tips are really helpful I think! :)
    I love the picture of you and the soap bubbles! (:

  298. I really enjoyed reading this post. Sadly, I'm using stock photos for my blog right now because I don't have a camera which would be okay at all. But hopefully, I'll will buy a digital camera soon. …Maybe I'll try to take some photos with my old digital camera too as I can see your point about stock photos. I have to think about it ;)
    Anyway, this for this wonderful post :)

  299. I really enjoyed reading this Zoe! Thank you! I have just started my blog and so this was really helpful to me and it has inspired me to start taking photos for my next post and also to try out different photo editors! (I love photo editing too!!) :) xx

  300. Hey, Zoe. :) I've been watching your youtube-videos for a while, and eventually I started reading + following your blog as well, because I just couldn't get enough of you. I do like all of your blog posts, but this one is my favorite! It's a really helpfull guide and I just got a LSD camera for christmas and I was kind of unsure how to take pictures from the right angle etc.
    This post was (as all the other ones) very well written, too, which is nice for us foreigners :) I'm feeling so creative right now! My camera ran out of power recently, so I have to charge it before I can take any pictures, but I have a feeling I'll be taking a lot! I don't have photoshop, but I do have some other pograms (that my brother installed, haha)that are pretty easy and helpfull.

    To sume it up, I just wanted to thank you for helping me with my camera-issues, and just being your lovely self. :) I love your blog and I actually started my own recently because of you! Thank you, Zoe, and just keep up the amazing work!

    Love Belmondo. <3

  301. Thank you for doing this blog Zoe! I have only just started my blog and this has been extremely helpful to me and I am now working on improving my photography from my last post as I now have a good camera and so this blog has given me some good ideas! :) Thank you again Zoe!! :) x

  302. Just read this, great post! I wasn't into photography much before but now I LOVE it! I still need to read the manual for my camera – something I never normally do… But I think now I have to find the balance between having TOO many photos that people get bored!
    Thanks for the interesting read anyway Zoe!

  303. i love your posts! especially this!
    I've always wanted a dslr camera but unfortunatley i cant get i one at the moment! i have a camera and its nearly as good as the nikon d3100 NEARLY hahaa. i love taking photographies!

    check my blog out please for pictures and some more :)

  304. Zo! this is just such a useful post! You have clearly put in a lot of effort and your passion clearly shows through! This has been so useful when writing my own blog.
    Thanks gorgeous!

  305. Diljot

    Such a great post Zoe, thank you, ive recently started my blog and i think that this is a really good blog post for new bloggers, thanks

  306. Hi Zoe, I've just found your blog and your youtube channel and I absolutely love them both :). You seem lovely. I literally just got a new camera the other week and was a bit clueless so thanks for this post, it's great advice.

    soooo yep thanks :) xxx


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  308. You're so inspiring xoxo

  309. You're awesome i must say… I just started my own blog… And I hope that I'll be as good as you are in this someday :)))

  310. Love all these tips! You always have amazing photos, so it's great to hear some advice! I agree with everything you've said, but seriously good natural lighting is so hard to come by where I live because it's pretty dark and rainy every day :( Thanks so much for taking the time to go through all these! Love your blog and your videos!

    Jackie from kitchdiaries.blogspot.com

  311. This is a really useful post! :) I'm in the air about buying a new camera (I'm moving to Paris) and I think it will also help make my blog better! :)

    Thanks a lot!!


  312. perfection! love it cant wait to try these tips out on my own blog!

  313. This is such a great post!! So many useful tips and tricks that have seriously helped me in taking photos for my blog!! :) Love it

  314. thanks so much zoe! really helped as i'm just starting my blog again! :) check it out? justmyfashionblog.blogspot.com

  315. Lizzie

    Great examples. I do always love your photography.

  316. Maree

    I know it's been months and months, since you posted this, but I've only recently "discovered" you, watched some of your videos and eventually got here. Thanks for this post, it's really helpful. I have started a new blog project last month and I've been thinking about what should or shouldn't be done about the photos… I think I'll definitely draw some tips from your post :) xx

  317. Well that was really handy dandy! I have just started a blog and I also love photography so I found this very helpful!!
    Tanks :) xxxx

  318. this post is great not so long ago i became interested in photography so i bought a simple bridge camera to practice with and now i can't put it down. taking outfit pictures for my blog is so stressful as i always had to find a friend to do it and all the tripods that i found were too expensive, these are great tips and i will take them on!

    The October Girl

  319. I have just stumbled across this post and I'd just like to say thank you so much zoe. I am 21 years old and I have never really had a hobby or been creative at all. Towards the end of 2012 I decided it would be good to do a blog. Just something where I can write about stuff I like and do and fun things. But this never took off as uni got in the way. Now that I am close to finishing my final year in the next couple of weeks I am starting to put a lot more work into my blog. So thank you so much as you've inspired me first of all to create a blog and to be more creative in general. Thank you so so much.

  320. Really enjoyed this post. As a newbie blogger I found this very helpful as its given me ideas on how to make my blog more noticeable. Thanks a lot.

  321. wow, i really love this post zoe :) you've really helped me alot with these sorts of things xox thankyou!

  322. This is such a great post, really helpful!
    :) x

  323. Thank you so much for this! Just started a blog which was actually inspired by you, thank you so much for all the tips, and I love your youtube channel! Going to add some photo's now!



  324. I love this post Zoe, I have just started my own blog and although I'm excited, I'm feeling a bit out of my comfort zone. It's just so different from anything else I've ever done; i feel as though I am putting myself out there on the internet even though I'm aware that hardly anyone will ever come across it. It's so great to have tips like this – I cannot wait to really get going! Thank you for your inspiration x


  325. This was so helpful and kind of you to take the time to share!

  326. how would you blog clothing items? thank you this blog post is really helpful! :)

  327. Loved this! thanks :D I love making pictures so figured most of it out but it is realy cool how you gave examples !
    check me out if you like.
    xx Froukje

  328. thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, so so so much! I tried to use some of these tips in my Barry M post which I've just done- thank you so much!!!

  329. I'm quite new to blogging, only started mine yesterday, haha, so this is a useful post for me in my blogging! Thank you very much Zoe! I love your blog! xxxx

  330. What a great post Zoe! Thank you so much.. I watched many of your videos and read many of your blog posts! I'm 13 and you already inspired me to start photography! You also inspired me to do photography in College! I love all your posts and videos! You're the greatest inspiration ever and I think you are absolutely stunning. Thank you for continuing your amazing videos and blog! I'm so grateful:) x

  331. love this! thank you so so so much, it's very helpful. definitely gonna use your tips! :) xx

  332. theu are amazing tips as i have just started up a blog amd i want to persue a career in photography thankyou check out mine? xxx

  333. Em

    This was quite a helpful read! Thanks a lot, Zoe. You've inspired me to put even more effort into my blog photos now. :)


  334. this is amazingly helpful especially because I JUST started my new blog (you inspired me!) and I really need all the tips I can get!

  335. This is brilliant! I think I'll save up and buy this camera and take your advice on composition! Thanks Zoe <3

  336. So helpful! I did photography at A-Level and kind of left it there and forgot about a lot. Only recently came across this and the perfect nudge I needed to get the camera out again and feel inspired to take some good photographs! Love the ones of your recent holiday to Greece too! x

  337. This really helped, thank you so much :)

  338. I'm so glad I found this post! One of the reasons why I used to close every blog I started was because I wasn't happy with the way it looked, how my photos fit in etc. This has been so helpful in giving me some ideas of what I can do, instead of the usual point, shoot, upload, post. I agree 100%, taking photos should be a fun, exciting, and creative experience.

    Thank you :)

  339. Hi Zoe, I came across your blog after seeing your videos with Garnier. I am so glad I stumbled across this post! Thank you for all your tips and the different photos really helped. Keep up the great work. Lisa @ lifeoflala.wordpress.com

  340. Really HelpfuL! Thanks

  341. This was so helpful, time to get saving for a brand spanking new camera :)

  342. This is such a useful post! I've recently came across the blog tips & advice video and that is how I got to this blog. I love how you state that you don't NEED a super expensive camera to take good photos. That is so true, I have a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and I'm very pleased with the photos it takes. As far as editing, I think mentioning that you use photoshop but wouldn't recommend it for basic purposes is really considerate. Often, there have been times I felt that I NEED photoshop to make photos look better. But I've been learning different tricks of the trade and trying out different programs without all the confusion and money. I'm so excited to get back into blogging and photography and I plan on seeing more amazing posts from you as well. Thanks so much for the insight! It's very much appreciated.~

  343. This is probably the most helpful blog post on photography ever! Thank you so, so much Zoe :)

  344. I Love this so much I have always loved photography xxx Thanks Zoella

  345. Wow! Thanks for tips, hopefully I can use them! ;)

  346. Joanna

    hi zoe,
    I was wondering, which site/app do you use to have the cute writing on your photos?

  347. This has been such a helpful post. It is definitely something you took a lot of time and effort and enthusiasm to do and I will definitely be coming back to this post, whenever I'm stuck on something.

  348. I LOVE this post, so useful! I have bookmarked it so I can look at it in the future too :)

  349. I love this post Zoe! I have a DSLR camera but I never knew how to use it to its full potential until I read this post! I also really love editing on Photobucket, something I also never really considered doing, but I think that editing my snaps have really brightened up my blog!
    Thanks again for just a wonderful post! :) x

  350. j have learned soo much from this blog post and i have improved my blog thanx zoe u r such a sweet heart

  351. I have to say these tips are very useful for me. I got a new camera earlier this year and have been struggling trying to get photos I want and at times I don't get it and other times I do. But I think I'll have to try out some of these way and see what happens. So Thanks for the wonderful post. :)

  352. Thank you so much for posting this. It's so helpful for people that just started. Your amazing :)

  353. I LOVE your blog, and this post. Although I have studied photography a well I enjoyed this very much because of the way you choose to layout every point of discussion. you are so talented and you are my inspiration for blogging! I only hope to be as great as you one day :)

  354. Zoë O

    This was very useful thank you Zoe!x

  355. this was so helpful! i know now what types of different space and lighting it takes to make a good photo, thank you for sharing these tips and im sure a lot of people like me who are beginners at blogging really appreciate post like this! Thank you Zoe!

    Megan xx

  356. thank you zoe! i love this post so much:)

  357. This has really helped me started my blog today and i did not know what to do for photo's but i saw this post and it has helped me thank you zoe :) x <3

  358. This post was so helpful thank you! I have a Nikon D40 myself and own a Mac and am familiar with Photoshop, but I want to get started on blogging myself and the tips about lighting etc really helped!! :) I would like to read a similar blog about your videos and how you edit them :) xx

  359. Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing these photos. Photography is a nice profession in the world. Wedding photography is a mark of art and fashion.

  360. Beyond helpful post Zoe,
    Thank you!


  361. Hi Zoe,
    Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed this blog post,it has helped a lot with editing and lighting. I have recently got a DSLR camera (a Canon 1100D) and I am really enjoying using it!
    Was just wondering whether you could take a look at my blog as it is a photography blog,I'm only 13 but I have a great passion for it,please leave a comment! It really would mean a lot to me!
    Love Kizzy
    P.S this is my blog: http://www.longevitylens.blogspot.co.uk

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  363. Thank you so much for this post Zoe! I've only recently started my blog so I appreciate all the advice you and other bloggers are giving like this! Thank you so much!

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  364. Hello Zoe and everyone. I have been follwing your blog for a while and I really love these tips. I just created new blog on this site. Hope everyone can have a look and give me opinion so I can improve my blogging skills. Thank you so much xxx

  365. This was such a help! I will be definitely looking into a god camera investment!
    Thank you, Zoe! <3

  366. Nice tips :) The photo of you blowing bubbles is gorgeous, even more so than the edited one!

  367. THIS JUST SAVED MY LIFE (ok, not literally, but still). I've been reading your blog for a while and liked your layout/photos/chat/face (well, the last one in a non-creepy way, just in a 'i-like-how-you-did-your-make-up-way'…). ANYWAY – was looking for some advice for blog photography and reeeeallly needed to know what kind of camera to buy, and this was super helpful. I got some birthday monies and I am off out to get the same Canon camera as you tomorrow!!! :O (I hope you don't mind? ;) ) Thankyou thankyou thankyou, a bazillion times thankyou! :) Catriona

  368. this was really useful for my new blog, you should do a youtube video how-to , and the software you use and how to edit videos.

    Torla xox

  369. Mia

    Your post is an inspiration, as I'm trying my best to take pictures and film videos for my film course and personal use! :) x love it

  370. Mollwoo

    this was so great. I have a Nikon camera and get some alright photos but now I'm going to use the macro setting a lot (I didn't know it existed until I read this). I want to take photography at A-level too as a more fun option and I love all the pictures you take. I think they're amazing. Also, the part about using more natural light rather than the flash was helpful because I use my flash a lot but now I'm going to try and not use it as much and find a good place to shoot. Thanks! xx

  371. this helped me so much! I am only just getting into blogging so it helped when I was taking my first blog pictures, they aren't that good but I am learning. Thanks zoe!<3

  372. Thank you Zoe! This will help sooo much!!!!!!!!!!

  373. I just started my blog today and this was very helpful, thank you so much! Xo

  374. Kind of late on this post but I just made my own light box this weekend to take photos of small items. Especially small items that need to be lit up, photos of holographic nail polish is a breeze now! That and I don't have super cute blankets and patterns to use :-) My apartment definitely has a neutral semi-masculine feel to it thanks to my boyfriend. Anyways, great post, I love reading it!


  375. Thanks for the useful tips zoe! where can i get a good polaroid camera?
    thanks:) xox

  376. Thanks Zoe those were some awesome tips, Hope to use some of them in the future

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  378. I love your posts on both here and youtube, and I have always wondered what camera you use to get such amazing photos so its great youve shared it! Thank you so much, youve inspired me to get a decent camera, get some good photos and maybe even start a blog! exciting! thank you so much xxxx

  379. Laura

    Even a year later, this is still one of the most helpful blog posts I've found! Thank youu :)

  380. This is sooooo useful!

  381. Great advice Zoe! This will come in very handy :)



  382. This was really helpful! I'm just starting with the whole blog situation so I have a lot of questions and this helped answer some of them regarding photos and camera etc.
    Thanks hun.

  383. Thanks Zoe.
    this is really helpful. I really enjoy reading you blogs and watching your videos.
    Keep it up and have fun
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  384. These were some wonderful tips Zoe! Thank you for this…
    I am very interested in the photography aspect of blogging but never thought of using any kind of filters (light or otherwise). I use Picasa most of the times and its pretty sufficient. I am on constant look out for trying new apps too.

    Thanks for being so helpful and sweet! :)

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  386. This post was incredibly helpful! I have read it numerous times and have tried using the tips that you've mentioned. Thanks so much for sharing!! :)xx


  387. Hi Zoe! I always wanted to study Photography and I was thinking of doing that in England. I just wanted to ask where you studied and what courses you had because I'm really interested to study.

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  394. Zoe I love this! I'm currently taking photography as an A level and have just started my own blog! This is great! Thank you so much xx

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  400. I have been into photography for about 2 years now and I would love to take it for A level. I am so into youtube and making videos. I have been a fan of media etc. from a very young age and this blog has really helped me with my photography skills. Thanks Zoe :D

  401. Alibi

    Thank you so much for this, I've just started blogging so this has really helped me out. It would really mean a lot if you could take a look at my small but sweet blog, thank you!

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  404. Camilla

    This is a godsent. Thank you!! Hoping this will improve the look of my blog, and my stress over the fact that i don't have an expencive camera, a mac or know how to use photoshop.

    Agian, thank you so much xx

  405. thanks zoe this helped me so much im such a bad blogger and this has inspired me to be a better one this also makes me want to take photos

  406. I love your new post and i love your personality ! Zoella 4ever <3

  407. Zoe this post was really helpful and is something i think all blog-begininers need to see. You have really helped me, if not many others, by these simple step by steps. I love the way you showed the difference with photos (i.e. in natural light and not, focused and not)! I also liked how you wrote about your enjoyment in taking photos and editing them, I personally think editing can be a good thing, adding a filter or an effect can make a great photo look even greater. Sadly, because of magazine photo editting, where the model is made to look stick thin and perfect- though normally making her look ugly and fake, it can be seen negativly. On my blog, which ive only just started, I have been using photos from my iphone and although they look ok, you have inspired me to think more before I take a photo. Thanks again Zoe, I love your videos by the way and I think you always look beautiful and stylish x

  408. cat3zoe

    I have a blog


    And the one thing that I want to be better at on y blog is my photo taking skills and this post really helped me!!

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  410. JLiL G

    Omigosh Zoella! I saw some of these in your blog which I saw like five minutes ago! I really like you fun and creative personality whether it's talking or writing. My blog's kinda a disaste. If u could look at it and give me tips it is okmegreen.blogspot.com

  411. Amazing awesome read! :) Thanks for the great tips! I am a professional photographer , if you want to learn how to make a nice living with photography i definitely recommend watching this video! :) Enjoyyy! how to become a photographer action is key!

  412. I'm glad I found this post, its really useful and clear! Thanks Zoe :)

  413. This post is the best advice on blog photography I've seen! Thank you for posting this Zoe! I'm not getting on with my current bridge camera and my hubby has bought me a lovely DSLR for Xmas so hoping to get to grips with that and take some geat shots! I didn't realise you can get daylight bulbs! Do they work with filming too? I don't know that I want to invest in professional lighting tis all.

    Anyway I'll stop rambling but thanks again, this is a great post! From blogging novis- Kat xx


  414. Advice on choosing a digital camera that you can use on a mac?? Xx

  415. This blog post really helped me as I am considering doing something to do with photography and filming in college, or for my A levels, and hopefully later on in life. Reading your blogs has even encouraged me to try and start a blog of my own, so I can express my feelings and thoughts ;) Thank you Zoe!

  416. This blog post really helped me as I am considering doing something to do with photography and filming in college, or for my A levels, and hopefully later on in life. Reading your blogs has even encouraged me to try and start a blog of my own ;) Thank you Zoe xx

  417. I remember some of your work up in school aaaaaggeees ago now but I was just interested in what your projects were like in A Level. And you must have got on with mrs Shillaker! I swear she didn't like me so much after 4 years at the comp with her haha.

  418. amazing post :) my pictures aren't always amazing so this really helps :)
    <3 victorique

  419. Thank you!!!We're trying to follow your tips!Maybe check out our blog??? dipsterchy.blogspot.com

  420. I really wish I could afford a DSLR for my blog but I just can't at the minute, thanks for the brilliant tips though I will deffo look at the lumix,
    thanks alot for sharing :)

    emmalineabean.blogspot.co.uk, don't feel obliged to look! :)

  421. Hi Zoella!I'm a Photography Lover too, I actually have the same câmera as you, the Canon 600D, and it's amaaziiing!! But I have kind of a dilemma, I don't know if you could help me…when you have some free time, for answer this question, because I know you guys are very busy… Just wanted to know which are the lens that you use for your Canon 600D. I just have the EF-S 18-55mm (1:3.5-5.6 IS II), the one that's in your "My Camera" photo. So please, when you get some free time, can you help me with this? Thanks A Lot, I Love you**

    Your Nº1 Fan from Portugal :)

  422. This is so helpful! Thank you, we just started a blog and we're trying to teach ourselves how to photograph things to a higher standard :)

  423. This was such a helpful post. I'm looking at getting a DSLR camera for my 21st this year so I'm doing some research on which one to get without breaking the bank!
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

  424. Hi Zoe, I love both your YouTube channels and your blog! I am trying to start my own blog soon and reading these photography tips is a massive help :) I too suffer from anxiety and I love how open you have been to your viewers and readers about your battles in trying to over come it. I am so happy your doing well and enjoying life to the full! Good luck with your move I am sure your going to love having your own home xXx

  425. I got a camera for Christmas and I really had trouble doing some takes, and I think this will really help thank you :) xx

  426. Thank you for this! It really gave me some insight as to how to better my blog, as I've only just started!


  428. That was very helpful Zoe. I just started a blog and your post really helped me. I also love photography so I enjoyed reading it xxx

  429. this helped so much on my blog thanks u r like my idol!! xx

  430. Holliee

    Thanks Zoella!

    This is really useful for my new Blog!
    Much love!


  431. this help me sooooo mcuh. i cant thank you enough these days u have helped in so much that it blows my mind away. i love and always will!

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  439. This actually helped me a lot! I was starting to worry about what to do, how to take photos, and I stumbled upon this. Thanks Zoe!

  440. Zoe what camera do you use???

  441. OMG Nevermind! I must have passed through the first picture!

  442. Massive help! Thanks zoe!xx

  443. Oline

    Hi Zoe,
    Thanks for providing awesome content, I found it really useful and just overall inspiring!

    I'd been looking at cameras for my blog and I decided to take your recommendation and get myself the Canon EOS 600D. Now I'll even be able to film! How exciting :D
    All I have to do now is (try) to be patient until it arrives and then I'll be able to play around with it, providing my readers with top quality pics!
    (Obviously bought it through your affiliate link – us bloggers gotta stick together :))

    So again, thanks for being an inspiration for me, and many others I'm sure. xx

    Cheers m'love and I hope to see you in London sometime!


  444. Thank you for this! I just happened upon this post whilst trolling your blog and it came in handy as I just started my own blog the other day : ) Yay!!!

  445. This is super helpful, as I recently started a blog. I love doing the photography, but find it more challenging than typing the content. However, I am trying my hardest taking/editing the photos as they are, in my opinion, just as important as the content to keep the reader interested xxx love your blog Zoe!!!

  446. Elre

    Zoe, T H A N K Y O U!!!! I needed some inspiration and this is a BRILLIANT post! I'm really looking forward to my new Canon Baby *arriving end October '14*

  447. Thank you for this amazing post! I've just started my blog and these tips on photography will help me out a lot :)

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  450. thank you so much zoë, you are the one who inspired me to start my own blog. you are my role model. you're my inspiration. about september last year I came across a video of yours titled "my everyday makeup routine" and it literally changed my life for the better. sometimes i think "what if I had clicked on that video? what would my life be like now and late?" and I am SOOO glad I found you. YOU changed my life and myself.
    and I am forever thankful… so thank you zoë, everyday you make so many people happy and you don't even know us.xxxxxx

    i truly love you. xxx


  451. Helena

    I found it really helpful. I hope my photos will be as pretty as yours now xx

  452. Hi Zoe I just wanted to know what blogging site you started blogging on? Love this post by the way! Xxx

  453. Its C!

    I used to do photography and I'm thinking of starting again. This helped me with all the tips and advice I need to have the confidence to start more photography. I have just started a blog and I've been wanting to post some photography on it as well :)

    thankyou Zoella x

  454. I am so happy for you and everything you do! eeeeeeee!! So exited to put your opinions and tips to use in my photographs! I'm happy to say that I did find a few editing softwares, for free, and I am loving them! My blog will thank you too. ;-)

  455. Thanks so much Zoe! Ilysm and hope to be like you one day♥ please check out my posts if you would like to ;) Xxx

  456. Reading this in 2015 woop :) So many great tips! Now i look at my blog and YouTube and think…. damn I have a lot of work to do haha x

  457. Zoe, I just found this really useful, and just wanted to say, that if you hadn't started your blog, I wouldn't be the person I am today!! I absolutely love your YouTube videos, and I completely your biggest number 1 fan ever……
    (Even ask my friends) love you Zoe xxx 😍💖

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  459. Hey Zoe you probably won't get to see this because their is so many comments, but thanks for the advice on blogging and i would love if you could check my blog out sometime and give some tips on how to get my blog started. This is a great post and it's going to really help me so thanks xx :)

  460. just started blogging.. so helpful!

  461. thank you very much for all your helpful tips, i really like this blog.
    i am going to start a blog soon so i think all your tips will be a real help!
    thanks, x

  462. Zoella I would love to know what camera you typically use for vlogging? Also, your tips are awesome, I wish I saw them when I first started blogging. xx

    • Hey! I just read your comment and wanted to tell you about the camera I use! I use the “Canon GX7” , it works really well! I film my youtube videos and take pictures with it and they come out really great! All the best! :)

      • Oh thank you for your reply lovely! I will have a look at the one you use :)

        • Your very welcome! Glad I can be of help! Bless :)

    • cutesicle

      she and most of the youtubers joe,alfie… use canon g7x

  463. Aha! I knew you wrote this post somewhere! Thanks Zoe, (If you’ll ever read this because it’s such an old post) I’ll definitely take these tips into consideration for my blog. I did a little photography as like a weekend course a few years back, but since then lost the knowledge on certain settings on my DSLR. So thanks again! xx


  464. Charlotte Perry

    Zoe, I want to start a blog but I don’t know which camera or website would be the best PLEASE could you give me some tips!!!

  465. Carla Maiolino

    Thank you so much! the tips are really good explained, could you do a post just about the writing part? xx

  466. Lara Black

    Hey Zoe, what video do you use for shooting main channel videos now? Or even one that I could get to start a decent YouTube?x

  467. Chloe

    Hi Zoe, What camera you’re using to take photograph now?

  468. Shannon Jones

    will have to use these on my blog


  469. belle armstrong

    hi, I am definitely going to return tot his post, i love your advice and please do an updated one with some more tips and your new equipment xx


  470. Anna

    thank you this has been so helpful to me!!

  471. Rochelle

    what camera do you use for volgging? I’m taking a trip to Europe next summer and the quality of your vlogs is AMAZING. x

  472. Lauren eastley

    This helped so much omg

  473. Little Miss Kiwi

    Such a lovely blog post! Will definitely take those points into consideration when photographing.


  474. lilimae

    This has helped me so much !!! I love photography too! Thanks Zoe❤️❤️

  475. Bethanie

    I started blogging at the start of this year and I’ve just rediscovered this post and omg this was so helpful!!

  476. Taking note on this to work on my blog at derosia.weebly.com LOVE these tips!!

  477. Events-Pro.com

    Great exhaustive posts for anyone looking to go into photography as well. Photographers in Nigeria, approve. :)

  478. Found this post in my bookmarks so I thought I would give it a re-read today! These are great tips for a new blogger for taking photos. There’s nothing worse than reading about a product and seeing a blurry image or stock photo! I much prefer the personal and well-edited shots.

    Leanne | Latte Leanne Blog

  479. Megan Sawka

    very helpful :)

  480. siana jade

    thank you zoe this has been so useful! i am a budding blogger ( you can find my blog here: http://www.velvetnavy.uk ) and have only used iphone pictures so far, however my phone camera has broken so i’ve taken the opportunity to go far and beyond like ive always wanted! i’m investing in a much better camera for my birthday as a lot of my family are photographers too and can also help me along the way. i love your blog by the way and can’t wait for the upcoming blog posts during the autumn season and around christmas time! (my favourite). i always watch your videos and have actually started watching last year’s vlogmasses again already! (whoops) thank you for being so inspiring and lovely, i really hope to meet you one day. all the best, siana xxx

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  482. Still a post I go back to often for tips on my own blog… love this..


  483. Mila S

    I’ve been following your blog for YEARS and how have I never come across this post?!

    It’t still so useful and definitely something I’m going to be going back to for advice as I just started my own blog and I’m soso nervous haha


  484. Erin

    If u want something in the middle of a digital and a DSLR u should get a brodge camera its great for a person with an intrest in photography but not quite there yet

  485. Hibsi2802

    Can I get a free membership to create a blog?? 👌

  486. Bianca

    I loved this post!!! Thanks for sharing those amazing tips xxx

  487. Jess

    Hey, Zoe! If you didn’t already know, I commented on your ‘Anxiety Update’. If you haven’t already, please read it. These are really helpful as I love photography so much! Thanks for sharing these amazing tips xxx
    – Jess

  488. I just started my own blog inspired by you in fact! Seeing your incredible blog and how much you loved it made me really think and want to start my own, so I did! I honestly really enjoy it so far and on top of it all, i love photography! This post was amazing and I really feel that good photos make a blog ten times better! XXX love you, thank you for being my inspiration!

  489. Social Media girl

    Thank you so much, I have just started a blog but I having some problems getting out there and getting people to notice it. If you have a tips can you tell me please.
    Also I agree with the pictures, I have dyslexia and I see with colour and pictures so I understand you have to have to have a colourful page to attract people and I love that!

    This is my blog if you want check it out.

  490. mummabstylish

    Will be trying the editing site out, thanks for this information.

  491. Rose McCulloch

    This post has made me more confident in what I am meant to do and some great tips are shared. Thank you Zoe <3

  492. Demi

    hi I dont know if you’ve already done a blog post about this but would it be possible for you to make a post about some of your first cameras and some that are quite cheap but still good quality thanks

  493. Jone Lacite

    I love your photos . Great job. ;)

  494. Annalise Comer

    Amazing photos

  495. Neve

    I am going to save up for your camera!!!