iPhone Vs Camera: Do You Need A Camera?

2017, the year I became a camera enthusiast. 

In 2017 I made a pretty big investment in splashing out on a new Camera, an Olympus Pen E-PL8 to be exact. It came with the standard 14-42mm Pancake lens, I then purchased an aditional lens - the 40-150mm. You can read my initial review of the camera here.

This time last year I was pretty comfortable with my iPhone. I was confident in the iPhone ability to product pretty photos for my blog. Afterall, what is the point in spending a lot just to take photos of makeup? Well it turns out there is a pretty good point. 

The main difference between camera and phone is depth, light, and just overall image quaility. The main difference for me was to experiment away from flatlaying everything. Everyone loves a flatlay, and camera phones are fab for taking them, but when it comes to everything else, cameras will always be boss. Especially ones with a low F-Stop, and apature settings. 

I am also not a big editer, as in I don't edit at all. Having a good camera simply means you shouldn't need to edit if you don't need or want to. I don't have anything against editing, I just cannot do it to save myself (one of my wishes for 2018 is to learn how to) 

No matter how skilled you are at editing after you take photos, nothing can replace good lighting and settings at the time of taking the photo, and if you are like *hey the lighting sucks right now* Invest £30 in a lightbox - best ever btw, I inherited one from Ben ;) Aka borrowed it, and don't plan on returning it. 

Here is 3 photos I took to show the difference in capabilities. All with the lightbox on + decent lighting from the window, and no photos have been edited at all. The first is with Ben's iPhone 7+ with no adjustments on settings, the second is again with the iPhone 7+, but on portrait mode, with the lighting increased. Then the third and final is with my Olympus Pen E-PL8 with the 40-150mm lens. 

iPhone 7+ (No editing or changing settings) 
iPhone 7+ (Portrait mode, increased lighting and NO editing) 
Olympus Pen E-PL8 with 40-150mm lens (No editing) 
I understand a camera definitely isn't a must for blogging, but I really do think it is a worthwhile investment if you are looking to up your photo game, especially if you see a clear difference in the above photos. 

So if 2018 is the year you have decided you might want a new camera, I would highly recommend. I haven't looked back now. Infact I plan on investing in the 45mm lens soon too. 

The joy of photography is there is always room for improvement and creativity. I'm sure in a years time I will look back and think *blech* horrible photos, but I find that encouraging more than anything, to see growth and change in what you are doing here, ensuring you and your blog are always moving forward. So make some photo changes, change it up, experiment with lighting and lenses. 

This is my first Camera/Photography post, slightly terrifying, but I am very proud of how far I have come along with my photos, so be kind lol. Let me know what camera you use, and your photography goals for 2018 in the comments below

You can purchase a Olympus Pen E-PL8 here, and the 40-150mm lens here

The photos for this post was taken by me on Ben's Sony A7 Mark II 

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