Do You Need A Fancy Camera To Be A Fashion Blogger? iPhone vs. DSLR

Jan 4

One very common question I get asked is, "Do I need to have a camera to be a fashion blogger?" or "What camera do you use?" To answer the first question: No! You definitely don't need a camera to be a blogger. While I do use my canon DSLR camera for all of my blog photos, 95% of the photos on my instagram were all taken on my iPhone. Even some blog posts are iPhone taken photos. Now to answer the second question, I use a Canon Rebel T3i with an 85mm lens. So anytime  we take outfit photos, we also take quite a few on my iPhone. I currently have the iPhone 8 Plus and if you're a blogger, and are going to mainly be taking photos for what you want to be your business on your iPhone, then I personally do think it's important to have the latest iPhone. I am on the NEXT plan with AT&T, where I upgrade every year, which I love because I know I'm upgrading to the latest camera.... it's also a business expense, so it's worth it to me.

What makes the iPhone photos look as good as they do, is definitely the fact that I edit them on Lightroom. (NOT the iPhone App version.) SO I edit both my DSLR photos and iPhone photos on there, and that's what makes them look so similar, as well. So whatever preset I use on my blog photos, I will also use on the iPhone photo that I'll post later that day on Instagram. And if you haven't heard, I do sell my exact presets that I use on Lightroom!! You can purchase them here.

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iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City

The photos below are from our honeymoon and also taken on my iPhone. I actually bought a small canon camera for this trip, which was so pointless, because it took horrible photos, and I not only ended up using my iPhone for photo taking, I ALSO used it to record all of the videos for the Honeymoon video I made for YouTube! Because of how much I liked how that turned out, I also ended up using my iPhone to film my makeup tutorial

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iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City

When it comes to shooting inside my apartment, I always think my iPhone photos turn out better. Plus, I know they'll fit perfectly in the Instagram rectangle (I never do the square anymore.) I mean, not that the photos look bad when taken on my camera, but do you see what I mean? 

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iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City

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iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City

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iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City

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iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City

This photo below is from my DSLR, which I definitely think looks great... 

iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City

DSLR outfit photos... 

iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City

iPhone

iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City
iPhone vs. Canon DSLR Photos | Blondie in the City

Do you need a fancy camera?

No.

Do you need Lightroom?

1,000x YES. Lightroom is BAE.
(and I'm not talkin' the iPhone app version...)
You can see all of my before & afters HERE.

Do you need an iPhone?

No, but at least a phone with a really good camera.

I just really love the iPhone.

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  1. Carmelatte says:

    You don’t :) But it’s a plus :)

    http://carmelatte.co

    • Hayley Larue says:

      Agreed! I have a Canon, and I use it for my blog photos, but this is just a question I get a lot, so I wanted to show that they can still capture great images if they don’t want an expensive camera :)

  2. Your iphone pictures look so pretty. I have the iphone 5s and the camera is not great but i still use it for my blog.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

  3. Meghan says:

    Love this post. I currently use my iphone for all of my blog pictures and am completely fine with it right now. It is cheaper than buying a camera right now, and I love the way the pictures turn out. One day, I will invest in a nice camera, but for now, I am sticking to my iphone.
    xx, Meghan | http://tanlinesanddaisies.com/

  4. Ester Ramos says:

    First I was thinking about buying a new camera (I have a Canon 500D) and I was thinking to upgrade to a Canon M3, which is smaller so your post kinda help also.
    Second, I just loved your blog so much!

    She Walks Blog

    • Hayley Larue says:

      So glad this helped! I was thinking of upgrading my camera as well, and then realized how often I use my iPhone for instagram, so I decided to stick with the current one! Thanks so much for reading!! <3

  5. Bebu says:

    Thanks for this post. I wanted some help on this matter and it finally came through from your blog. I have a Google pixel 2 and I love it’s camera and how vivid the colors it picks up. I recently bought a DSLR but end up using my my Google pixel 2 more. But DSLR doesn’t hurt to have too.

  6. Jessica says:

    You dont, but it pays to have a good camera, especially when shooting outdoors, places with awesome and large backgrounds. And oh, your photos always look amazing dear. You’re so beautiful!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Hayley Larue says:

      Agreed! I have a Canon, and I use it for my blog photos, but this is just a question I get a lot, so I wanted to show that they can still capture great images if they don’t want an expensive camera :)

  7. Tori Gilkinson says:

    This post was everything for me! I am a pretty new fashion blogger (3 months) and the #1 thing I have been stressing about is my pictures. I understand how much the quality of your content matters and I don’t have the budget at the moment for a DSLR camera. I have a passion for blogging, so I try not to let it get to me, and just work with what I have, BUT this post & seeing your examples have put me at such EASE. Love you girl, keep doing you!

    • Hayley Larue says:

      Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed this post and glad you stumbled upon it!! It’s amazing what the iPhone can do and how great photos can turn out on them! :)

  8. Taylor says:

    Seriously the iPhone photos look almost as incredible as the DSLR shots! I’m so impressed and it makes me want to use my iPhone even more to shoot photos. I have a Canon t3i with a 50mm lens (looking to upgrade soon), but I might start using my iPhone a little bit more!

  9. Jaffey says:

    The iPhone 11 Pro uses the same design language found on the iPhone XS, at least all of them except the camera department. That means the same 5.8-inch OLED screen, which has been improved in terms of brightness and contrast, but more on that in a moment, and you still get the glass-polished stainless steel chassis again. The rear glass has been hardened to withstand more bumps, water, and dust; however, it has changed to introduce a different camera section and get a matte finish, so it doesn’t reflect as much as its predecessors.
    http://bestcamerapoint.com/

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