When it comes to blogging there are so many different challenges the you’ll face. One of the biggest ones for me was my images and finding my own photography style that my readers could relate to. Having eye catching and good quality photographs on your blog will make the world of a difference with your traffic, the way your blog is viewed by your readers, and the overall look and feel of your blog in general. But what do you do when you doubt your own photography skills? Here are my tips for taking better photos for your blog……
Get to grips with your camera – The most important piece of advice I can offer is to get to grips with your camera. You don’t need to have the most expensive model on the market, there are some great beginner cameras that are perfect for bloggers, but it is imperative that you spend time in understanding how your particular camera works. I have a Lumix camera and if I were to type something like ‘How to change apertures with Lumix‘ into Google I would find so many guides full of useful tips relating to my specific model of camera. The world of shutter speeds and F-Stops can be a daunting place but with patience and dedication you’ll be amazed at how much you will learn.
Get the right lighting – I do a lot of newborn photography and prefer to shoot with natural lighting as opposed to artificial. It saves on buying fancy lighting equipment and means you can be much more flexible and adventurous with your shots. If you too like to shoot with natural light then the best tip I can give is to avoid bright/harsh light. Direct sunlight will give off too much glare and is a sure fire way to spoil a photo. Try to shoot late in the afternoon, when there’s still plenty of good light, but no sun to reflect in your camera or to cast shadows on whatever you are photographing – plus you will get that dreamy afternoon sun in the background of your photos.
Setting the scene – Before you start taking your photos take a look around you and have a little de-clutter. Your background is as important as the focal point in a photo. Whatever is in the background will either add or take away from your main objects. This is why it is important to consider the entire stage for the scene to be set. Use a canvas that compliments the item you are photographing, for example a dark background lends a dramatic edge while windows give softness and depth to any photograph.
The finishing touches – When it comes to editing my photos I use both Photoshop and Lightroom. Try not to over edit your photo’s, especially if you’re photographing things like cosmetics or interiors – you want your readers to see a true reflection of the item you’re showing off. I find some small adjustments to the brightness and contrast can instantly lift a photo, whilst not changing the overall image too drastically. Finish off by cropping your photo so it’s nice and central.
If you like to edit your photos from your smartphone then there are a ton of app’s that are both free and easy to use, like ‘PicMonkey’ and ‘VSCO’ – they are limited in what they can do but are great if you just want to make some small adjustments. Search your App Store and you’ll find the one that works best for you.
Have fun – It may sound like there are a lot of rules when it comes to getting the best photos for your blog, but the funny thing is that there aren’t really! A lot of amazing pictures come from experimenting and trying out something new. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and don’t be afraid to fail. There really is no failing, only learning.
So those are my tips for taking better photos for your blog. The most important thing to remember however is to not get discouraged by all the gorgeous pictures you see on other blogs. This is your own photography journey – don’t compare someone else’s middle with your beginning!