I admit, ever since the semester started, I’ve been neglecting the comment section. I do read them – ALL of them – but I can’t find the time to reply to each and every comment. Don’t get me wrong, I find joy and comfort in reading comments especially the substantial ones but my schedule is just isn’t as flexible as it was last summer. In line with that, I decided to just answer as much meaningful questions as I can per week/month. And by ‘meaningful’ I mean others would also benefit from it. πŸ™‚

So if you have any beauty or blog-related questions, don’t hesitate to send them in and I swear I’ll try my very best to answer them. Ok? πŸ™‚ You can send them thru e-mail (joelle_celline@yahoo.com) or just post it on my Facebook Fan Page’s Wall HERE.

Here’s the first question sent thru a message on Facebook:
“Hello Celline! 

I’am a beauty blogger too and I would like to ask if you can recommend great camera for blogging. What cam did you used in taking these pictures? Did you used a DSLR? super kuha kasi yung details. Thanks! 

– Jan Mitchelle”
Honestly, I’ve been answering this question time and again so I decided to just make a formal post about it. By the way, thank you for appreciating the photos on my blog posts. It means alot! <3
NIKON D5000 with 18-51mm Lens
Full Specs HERE

I’m really not very techie and I know very little about the settings of this camera so I can’t really go into exact details and specs. Well, actually, this is BF’s rarely-used camera that I borrow when shooting small products or products with very intricate designs like contact lenses. The camera’s huge lens helps retain the quality (clarity of design) despite the super close up shots. For those who have been asking me what I use for my contact lens review, this is it. πŸ™‚

Sample Shot:

ALL post-processings for contact lenses are done by BF.
For more contact lens reviews, click HERE.

Canon PowerShot Ixus 240 HS/ Ixy 420 F – Japanese Version
Full Specs HERE

Here’s my handy Canon ‘point and shoot’ camera. This is my product shoot/events camera. I prefer using this than the Nikon D5000 for color products like lipsticks, eyeshadows and the likes because I noticed that the color/shade shows better when I use this camera compared to the former. Let’s be honest, in blogging about makeup products, the color must be as close to the real thing as possible to help readers decide.

Last time I checked, this costs around Php18,000+ in malls but I got this for only Php10,000 – brand new! BF asked his friend in Japan to get me this model; again, I have no idea about the specs. And oh, one special thing about this camera is that it has WIFI! So I can easily share photos as soon as I shot it. Cool, huh? πŸ™‚

Anyway, if you’re looking for an affordable camera that is great for blogging, I would really suggest this one. It would also be useful if sometime in the future you plan to venture into Youtube as a Makeup Guru because Ixy (yes, I named my digicam) has really great video quality — HD! πŸ™‚

Sample Shot:

Click HERE for the review.

… that’s to answer Jan Mitchelle’s question. πŸ™‚

iPhone 4S

Okay, using my phone’s camera maybe unprofessional-like but what can I do, as long as the lighting is workable, my phone can take quality photos! Heck, sometimes even better than my Canon PowerShot! I usually use my phone to take pictures at events and sometimes for products shoots too if the color of the product doesn’t have much bearing. The reason why I even use my phone for product shoots is because it’s great in emphasizing the product. Example, if I place a brown box on a white surface and then tap the screen of my phone to focus on the box, the background will automatically brighten up almost to a point where it looks like there wasn’t even a white canvass on the background. πŸ™‚

Sample Shot:

Used my photo light box for this.
For a detailed review on this product, click HERE.

Not bad for a camera phone, eh? πŸ˜€

In taking good photos, it all boils down on how you use – or in my case, setup – the lighting available. Actually, I recently started using a photo light box for my product shoots and let me tell you, it really makes a difference! I might make an entry on how I setup my station some other time.
Thank you, Jan Mitchelle, for your question! πŸ™‚
If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to send me a message, ok?
Good night! <3