Hey ya’ll,

So if you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you’ll know that at the end of last year I brought a Sony A5100 mirrorless camera to kick start my blogging journey with. As I complete beginner to the world of photography, I opted for this model as I needed something fairly simple and portable but still with sophisticated manual settings similar to a DSLR and, interchangeable lenses. The two biggest selling points for me were the built in wifi and the 180 degree screen. 

So after playing around with it and the kit lense (30-55mm) for a good 7 months I finally realised I wasn’t going to achieve thst sharp portrait images I needed with the basic lense it came with. 

I had done a few photo shoots with someone who was using a much older 12mp canon camera and I couldn’t for the life of me understand why it produced better quality images then my 24mp Sony. So me still thinking it was all about the camera, I proceeded to google the camera, and surprisingly found it for under £100. At this point I was very tempted to buy it along with the popular 50mm lense and maybe even sell my Sony (smh) However, following some research and conversation with more experienced bloggers, I opted to upgrade the lense to a Sony 50mm. 

I went ahead and brought the 50mm lense (retailing £250) at my local Sony store in excitement.. only to find, the 50mm f1/8 appeared closer to a 75mm on my camera. What I never took in account was the crop sensor on a micro four thirds camera. (If your not sure what this is, definitely look into it!) I absolutely loved the quality of the images but there was no way I could take a decent selfie. I eventually returned this and was offered the Sony 35mm f/1.4 OSS instead.  

I had done a bit of research in between time however, and discovered the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN E mount was a great alternative. It was down as a ‘contemporary lense’ meaning it can be used as a standard everyday lense. It was a great budget lense at £250 as well compared to another popular lense zeiss Touit 32mm.  It seemed sturdy, and was going to give me a 45mm look on my camera.( The Sony 30mm would appear as a 50mm) I watched a few comparison videos on YouTube but for some reason I was more drawn towards the Sigma. I purchased this on Jessops online as it wasnt available in any of London stores. My first impression was that it was definitely larger and heavier. Other than that, the quality of the images were just as good, I really didn’t notice any differences. One thing I did notice , was the sound it made when it was autofocusing. It was a little distracting at first, but not a major issue for me. 

Now, seeing as I’m new to the world of photography, I didn’t feel qualified enough to do a ‘review’ simply because my experience with lenses is limited. I couldn’t really give an accurate description without something to compare it to. However, I have had it for about 2 months now and briefly had the Sony 35mm  so I thought I would share my honest unbiased (and very basic!) thoughts for the non tech heads on the pros & cons. 

Pros 

  • Sharp images 
  • Reasonsble autofocus 
  • Saturated colours 
  • Great creamy bokeh 
  • Easy to use and fairly light 
  • Shoots well in dark conditions 

Cons 

  • Larger & heavier than the Sony 35mm
  • Slower autofocus than Sony 35mm 
  • Noisy autofocus 

All in all, the Sigma 30mm is a great lense for people like me, just starting out with limited knowledge. It’s a big step up from the kit lens with still a reasonable price range. For a blogger, it has all the important features for both photos and videos and it’s a nice lense for honing  your photography skills on. 

At the present moment in time, I’m absolutely loving the lense and I’m just taking my time exploring and learning how to produce a great picture. . I have really fallen in love with capturing images lately,  funny cause I used to hate photos! However , by the end of next year I’m definitely planning on purchasing a DSLR canon or Nikon – not a recent model, just a great quality satisfactory one, and probably second hand. I’d like more variety of lenses to play with and a more sophisticated camera (mine is a mirrorless). I’ll probably make it my portrait camera and use the Sony for video’s. Until then, I’m definitely a happy girl! 

What was the first lense you brought?

Xx


(test shot of my son using the Sigma)

Hey Beautiful Peopleeeee,

So, I was thinking recently, how do I elevate my self to the next level? Then almost immediately the thoughts of what I could be doing was replaced with thoughts of what I ‘should’ be doing and why I couldn’t possibly do the first part. Uncertainty and doubts creep in, and it’s a common thought process for many of us.

One of the major enemies of growth is most definitely caring too much about the opinions of others. Imagine all the things we would have achieved if we didn’t have to worry about our image. Surely we’d live happier lives. Its sad that we often think about what things would look like to others, even before realising what we actually want in the first place. Ive done this myself several times, and it’s extremely detrimental to happiness and success.

It’s pretty evident to me that the people who live the most fulfilling  lives are often the ones that are fearless & unapologetic to people’s thoughts & opinions. The ones that have figured out how to let bullshit just glide off their backs like baby oil, and proceed with whatever they were gonna do anyway. I mean just look at the celebrities, they’re obviously forced to hone the skill daily. Certain people (*cough*  Bow wow) take L’s everyday (and counting) and still has the bulls to carry on where he left off. Unbothered.

I certainly wish I knew that formula, or get my hands on what ever he’s on. But for those of us who will never know, I thought compiling a little list would be beneficial in helping us take steps towards the right direction.

1. Build your confidence and self esteem. Probably the most single important thing. Self love and self esteem is absolutely paramount in the harsh world we live in. Once you are certain of who you are, what you stand for and what you want, no one can tell you nada.

2. Do things out of your comfort zone. Putting yourself out there in a very critical world  is terrifying but its fastest the only way to develop a thick skin. People are harsh, ignorant and just plain stupid. Its a cruel world. Start small by doing something like starting conversation with strangers, then graduate to vlogging in public or posting a video on a controversial subject. Sooner or later, you would have developed or gotten used to unsolicited comments and maybe even be able to just laugh about it.

3. Remember opinions are not fact.  Their thoughts, their business not yours. Stick to your truth and keep it moving.

4. Put your energy and attention into your own journey & goals. When your mind is focused on your vision, everything else becomes irrelevant. Protect your dream, and be quick to cut off poisonous people, thoughts or other influences. Always stay gracious best revenge is your paperrr.

5. Do as you please without hurting anyone. If you can’t please yourself, who will? If your not getting in anyone’s way, their issue is really with themselves. Proceed.

6.  Gratitude is the winning attitude. Reminding yourself of how blessed you are makes other issues  so insignificant.

7.  Turn fire into fuel. Figure out how to transfer negative emotions into energy that’ll drive you towards your goals.

8.  Surround yourself with a great team. Develop a strong network of people to remind you how amazing you for the days when amnesia temporarily strikes you.

9. Give & help others once in a while. Enriching the lives of others will always make you feel great.

10.  Finally, If in doubt, ask yourself whichever applies :-

– do I actually value their opinion?

– what’s the worst that can happen?

– will it matter in 2 years?

Will you die???

If the answer is no/none, MOVE ON. I always say, if it doesn’t make me happy, make me better or make me money, then  umm, it ain’t for me, next.

and that’s it! Hopefully this has reached someone who needed it, I’ll definitely have to read back from time to time to remind myself how to be a baddass.

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xoxo