When I first started out blogging, it was very much from a ‘love of writing’ perspective. I didn’t really think much about the images that accompanied my words. I’ve always written things – from a million ‘first chapters’ of novels that never got any further, to music reviews and personal online journals depicting the life of an overemotional teenager. But ever since I got my beloved Canon 600D, the photography side of blogging has been something that’s really inspired and excited me. I’m still very much learning all the time and trying new things, so I was pretty chuffed when Manfrotto invited me along to the Sanderson to check out some of their ranges and pick up some photography tips.
One of the main things Manfrotto were showcasing that were super blogger-relevant were their range of Lumie LED lights. I quickly realised when I started taking my photos seriously that good lighting is absolutely key to great photos. Natural light is always best and my go-to, but sometimes an extra boost is needed to get the shot. Manfrotto sell three LED lights in varying strengths, and they can be mounted on a tripod or onto the top of your camera for easily directing light to the place you want it. Unlike a softbox type setup, they’re really portable so great for taking food shots in dark restaurants or snapping close ups of products.
Along with the LED lights, there were also some other interesting Manfrotto products on display. I was pretty taken by their Digital Director, which allows you to connect your camera up to an iPad and play with settings and edits there and then – no more taking a million photos and hoping one comes out right! Unfortunately, I don’t own an iPad and at £399.95 it’s a bit out of my price range at the moment – but if you’re serious about photography it’s definitely a great bit of kit. For more casual photo-takers, there are also a range of Manfrotto iPhone lenses to clip on and create instant filters, wide angle shots and more.
As with any great blogger event, the team had put on some tasty canapes and I bumped into the wonderful Erica (photobomb extraordinaire), and also met Mike – who I’d actually followed on Twitter the very same day, coincidentally! There was also a fab instabooth element where you could tag Instagram photos with #blogmanfrotto and print them out as a little keepsake.
And finally, if you’re inspired by the range and thinking of picking up some snazzy photography accessories for yourself, I also have a Manfrotto DISCOUNT CODE for all you lovely readers. If you spend over £20 before the 31st August, pop in the code MAN017 and you’ll get 15% off your order – yay!