One of my best purchase to upgrade my camera equipment!

I've been thinking about updgrading my camera equipment for a long time now and to buy a better wide-angle lens. The lenses I've had before that is more wide were the simply standard I got when I bought my first camera and then my 24-90mm lens that I found at a market. I rarely use those lenses because I'm not happy about the result I get when I take photos with them. The quality of the photos turns out too murky. 
 
So now when I have a proper job and knew I was going to do press for Melfest I decided to buy a new lens! 
Camera lenses can be very expensive and I had a bit difficult to find a lens I wanted that would fit my budget. Whenever I buy something new, I always think things through such as: Do I really need it? How much money can I spend? What's the most affordable and best option to purchase it?
 
At last, I found this 24mm lens with a f/2.8 length for a very good price. There was so much hassle getting it which I don't want to get into but I was very afraid that I wouldn't get it in time before Melfest started. Fortunately, I was able to get it before in a timely matter!
The 24mm lens is very light and affordable. I was a bit worried that it wouldn't be what I needed but after been using it for different kinds of photoshoot, I'm very happy about my purchase! I'm so glad that I took the decision to buy a new lens because it really made a difference in my work specially in Melfest. Many of my pictures turned out much better than if I still would have use my old lenses!
 
 

MY FIRST POLAROID CAMERA!

I'm super happy with my new purchase!
 
For as long as I remember I've always thought that some of the first photographs ever taken have been interesting to look at and fun to have. It's somehow inspiring to see how they were working to get that one photograph to count.
 
Polaroid cameras has always been something that I've wanted. It's something about capture a photo and get it as a physical copy. When there was a discount on Fujifilm's Instax Mini 8, I couldn't keep myself from buying one! 
Choosing which colour I wanted was much harder than it should have been. Haha. But in the end I decided to get a white one because it was a simply colour that I wouldn't bug me later on but also because it's the easiest colour to get good pictures of. xP
 
The film for the camera is very expensive, so I will only use it on special occasions
While I was looking at the camera in the store, I spotted this cute bag to carry around it. Since it was not that expensive and the fact that I would probably need something to store it, I bought one as well.
I was super excited with my new camera and I knew I wanted to share it here on my blog. So I decided to pay a visit to Carol to borrow her beautiful desk to take photographs of my camera. Also I wanted to share my first experience with my polaroid camera with Carol so we took our first picture with it! 
 
Whenever Carol and I take pictures together, we have to take several ones because we always have trouble getting us in frame and capture a photo when both of us are ready. Because of that, we were a bit worried that we would have to use more papers than we should. But believe it or not, we actually got it on the first try! xD
I'm very happy about my new camera. Looking forward to use it more and see what kind of photos I can get.
Do you have a Polaroid camera? In that case which colour did you pick? - Or if you don't have one, what do you think about them? :) 

GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition - The next level!

For a while now, I have been thinking about taking my blog and creativity to the next level. I have noticed that what I want to tell through my photography doesn't really come through exactly the way I want all the time. Photographs only capture some of the moments and feelings I exeperience through my lens. 
 
Lately, my family and I have been watching some old clips from when my siblings and I were younger. It was fun to see how things were before and hear all the laughters we have shared. I have been watching a lot of vlogs and videography, specially from the Philippines the past year and have exeperienced the culture in a different way than before.
 
I've been thinking a lot and I decided that I want to push myself and start to do other than photography, so I want to share with you that I'm about to start doing videography!
To start off my new path, I bought a new equipment which is an GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition!
 
I wanted to start off simply and buy a camera that is easy to handle and not too heavy and complicate in the beginning. Carol has actually bought a GoPro as well which is fun! Now we can start off together! Carol might be a head off me since she has done some videography before and are much more talented and used to think creative in almost everything she does. 
I'm not sure how things will go with my new plan and area of creative work, but I'm excited to learn and experience a lot of new things. I have been recording footage the last month of summer, and hopefully you will be able to see some of the work I have put into to it. 
 

~ DRINKING JAR WITH A CUTE FLAMINGO ~

I'm sure that a lot of you have seen this thing about smoothie jars that everyone keep making Instagram pictures of. There's different shapes of them and some of them have prints on them. First when I saw it, I wasn't sure what to think about it. I guess, I thought it was an unneccesary thing to buy, but obviously my opinion has changed consider what I'm about to post. x)
I have been at Carol's place a couple of times and often when she offers me something to drink, she serves it in one of her jars that she have. I slowly started to like the idea of it and the fact that it's much more handy to drink out of it than a glas when you are sitting by the computer, which I like. The risk of spilling the drink decreases. When I thought about it more, I realized I could get some pretty cool pictures of the jar as well.
 
I'm very picky about what kind of things I buy because I don't want to feel like I spend money without cause. To find a jar that I liked and didn't cost too much, took a while but once I saw this one with the cute flamingo, I had to buy it!
As the photographer I am, in the back of my mind I knew I wanted to photograph the jar because I wanted to share my new purchase here. I wanted to try to do something different from everyone else have done, which I guess is mostly to photograph the jar with smoothie in it.
 
I knew I wanted to have another kind of background this time and not put the object infront of a plain wall or something similar. So, I decided to shoot my photographs in the backyard since I had seen there was a pretty lightning during the evening the day before. 
 
To give the pictures the warm feeling I wanted to strive for, I decicded to fill the jar with applejuice. I also wanted to make the jar look cool and cold so I put some ice to it. Putting ice to it didn't went as I thought, so I got  a bit unsure how the photos would turn out. But now after have done some smaller adjusments in Photoshop in the light and colours, I think the pictures actually turn out pretty good. Or what do you think?
 
I have at least been using my drinking jar a lot since I bought it, specially when I have done some longer work on my computer. So, how many of my readers has their own drinking jar at home? How do you like it? Is it any of use? :)
 
 

NEW IN: FLASH BOUNCE

Since I bought my external flash, I have been using it a lot more than I thought I would. After been photographing events, people and objects with my flash I've noticed that I some times get a harsh shadow in the background, which I'm not a very fan of. To reduce this effect and to defuse the light from the flash while photographing, I decided to buy this flash bouncer.  
 
I haven't had the time to really try it yet, but I'm looking forward to see if there will a difference in my photos by using it.
 
- Do you have a external flash and a flash bounce? Have you any tips or tricks how to use it?
Let me know in the comments below!
 

NEW CAMERA EQUIPMENT

 
I'm super excited to tell you that I have a new camera equipment!
In about a year now, I've been trying to decide if I should buy myself an external flash or not. After have been testing Carol's external flash a couple of times, I started to consider; I may be in need for a flash myself after all. So, after a lot of thinking, and looking for an external flash within my budget, I found this little fella:
 
> Canon Speedlite 430EX II
 
I'm very happy that I was able to buy this flash with the money I've earned and saved throughout the past year!
 
I haven't had the time to really test my flash yet, but I took this photo of mango, I got to taste from Carol's mum when I was visting them. The mango is actually from the Philippines! I have this big love for mango, and I really appreciate that Carol's mum offered me some, so THANK YOU Christina!
 
Using the flash for this picture was so different, it really made the picture pop more than if I wasn't using it. I seriously can't wait to get to learn more about the flash and the different techniques to get my picture better!
 
 

Don't Talk Shit!

 

Photographer: Carol Gabriel 

Ed Sheeran: "X (Deluxe)"

 
The last few weeks I've been listening to Ed Sheeran's album "X (Deluxe)" on Spotify. Since I'm old school and love CD's and don't have Spotify preminum, I decided to order the hard copy of the album. 
 
The album "X" contains 12 tracks, but in the deluxe version there's 4 more songs + one extra track which only appears when you buy the physical copy of the album.
1. One
2. I'm A Mess
3. Sing
4. Don't
5. Nina
6. Photograph
7. Bloodstream
8. Tenerife Sea
9. Runaway
10. The Man
11. Thinking Out Loud
12. Afire Love
 
13. Take It Back
14. Shirtsleeves
15. Even My Dad Does Sometimes
16. I See Fire
17. All Of The Stars
 
I haven't really been a fan of Ed before, but since he released "I See Fire". I've started to listen to his music a lot more now. I absolutely love "I See Fire" and it's one of my favorite songs at the moment. Other than that, I really like "Thinking Out Loud", "Photograph" and "Bloodstream" from this album.
 
I highly recommend this album for everyone to listen!
 
 
 
 

Two new phone cases!

 
As I wrote before, I went to Alingsås to see some gigs but also to look at the market they arranged. While I was watching through all of the different market stalls, I came a cross these two cuties!
 
 

New camera and camera lens for 500kr!

 
Last weekend, my family and I went to this big flea market in town which is hold every year. I had never been there before so I didn't had any expectations for it at all.
 
As I was watching all the things people had put out for sale, I found this bargain!
I literally got this camera and the lens + a little bag for only 500kr (€52)! It might not be the newest camera equipment out there, but it's working well so that's good enough for me!
 
I know that I need film to use the camera house, but I think it's just cool to be able to use something other than the system camera I usually do. The camera lens actually works well with my EOS 500D and that was kinda the main reason why I bought the set. 
 
I'm really happy that I found this and I can't wait to try out my new camera equipment!
 
 

My bag broke so I got myself a new one!

 
Since my old bag broke, I had to buy myself a new one.
I'm very picky when it comes to buying things like these, I have to feel like I really wants it before I buy it. 
There's many things I look for when I'm buying an everyday bag, for example: colour, design and if it will manage to carry my camera in it as well. 
 
After been walking around in Nordstan for a long time with Madde, I found this.
I'm actually really happy about my new bag, and it's very useful to have that many different pockets where I can put all different kinds of things like sunglasses, keys, bus cards and lip balm. 
 
 

Cutest iPhone case ever!

Since I got a new phone last Christmas, I needed a new phone case for it.
It was very hard to be finding one that I wanted, consider I needed a case that was made of silicone because otherwise,
 my phone will slip out of my hands.
There's not that many silicone cases that has a cute design but I manage to find this one:
 
 
I'm super happy that I found this little panda case cause I absolutely love it!

New handbag!

 
I bought a new handbag for a while ago, and I absolutely love it!
It's cute and different, not really what people usually have. 
 
 

My new bag! ^^