So you like to write, take pictures and start your own blogity blog. Thing is, you don’t want to blow up your hard-earned money on some high-tech gadgets.

I started blogging two years ago, armed with a shitty casio exilim digicam that puts jaundice to absolute shame. Back then, I have no knowledge of editing tools. But I’ve always wanted to write, even if my writing style sucks. Too conversational, tweety bird whispered to moi. #whocares


Two years later, I’m still stingy. Much as I want to upgrade, frugal mind wins. <Shhhh…HubZilla is the opposite he likes finer things on gadgets, entertainment & whatnot> Just last week, I was at Best Buy deciding for the nth time if I want a new cam. Not even tax-free Navy Exchange convinced me. And yeah, I’m still Photoshop ignoramus. But if there’s a will, there’s a way. 

Blogging on a budget like me? I hope these tips will help you.

1. Stick to your guns. As a blog follower myself, I like to read blogs that are passionately written. Unscripted, quirky, sarcastic, whatever your style is- keep it up. With that said, writing from the heart is free.

2. Camera is your bff. A blog without pictures is uhmmm boring. You don’t need to buy the most state- of- the-art cam there is (wish I can!). Point and shoot can be just as good, just play around with settings. I still use a nikon (coolpix p100); of course it’s not the best but it takes decent photos, in my opinion.

3. Creative lighting. I like to take photos under natural light but there are days when I simply can’t.  Light box sounds too fancy for non-photographers like me but have you ever thought of making your own?

looking like a pro?

Now the big reveal!

my DIY light box


wtf? what the fact. it’s a recycled box mama! I cut the top portion of the box and covered it with a white wrapping material (can’t think of the exact term but that’s the one you use to protect your package in lieu of bubble wrap. You can replace it with white fabric though). I got the table lamp from Walmart for less than $20 and I use 40 watt- light. For simple editing i.e color adjustment, I rely on iPhoto.

4. Photoshop for dummies. There are tons of free editing tools online; picmonkey is a top favorite. It’s so easy to use. Drag and drop, how hard is that? You can adjust your crappy lighting, erase your mole or brand your photo. Here’s a sample…

If you want magazine- like layout, hop over to polyvore or beautysets. Let me warn you though, it can get very addicting!

I made this using polyvore


5. Blogging platform. I started with blogspot, it’s free of course; then I thought dot com sounds more pro. At $10 a year, it’s a fair deal from blogger. There are plenty of choices, wordpress and tumblr to name a few. Choose which suits you best.

I’m no way a blogging expert; 2 years is like toddler phase in real world. But who knows, maybe in another 2 years, I’ll bite the bullet and splurge. Let’s see where blogging takes me. One thing I know, I blog for fun.

xo,

Kathryne


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