Photography is a big part of blogging, no matter how eloquent your words are, they need some good pictures to go along with them. Taking photos for your blog can be intimidating, especially when you flick through some of the amazing examples on Instagram from other bloggers – how do they style the images perfectly, get the right angle, and have amazing lighting?!
I’m still trying to figure out the photography aspect of blogging myself, but there are a few tricks I’ve learnt so far which haven’t broken the bank.
Use natural light | Natural lighting is your best friend when it comes to taking pictures, your standard light bulb can give a yellow hue to your photos that don’t make them as clear or show the true colours of the object you’re trying to photograph.
Have a clean background | When there’s too much going on in the background of an image, it makes it harder for the eye to focus on what’s in the foreground. Find a clean space to take your images.
Invest in props | Photography props can be found anywhere, and they’re relatively affordable! Even something as simple as scattering a few flowers here or there in a flatlay image can completely transform the outcome of it. Why? You’re not only showing a ‘perfect’ reality, you’re also showcasing an aesthetic.
Keep it focused | Make sure that when you take an image, all the important bits are in focus and looking as sharp as they can be. To me, blurry images are very unappealing on a blog.
You don’t need a camera | If you go on Twitter, Instagram, or basically any form of social media then you’ll often see bloggers using expensive DSLR cameras to take their blog pictures. The truth is, you can take good pictures on whatever you have available to you. I use the camera built into my iPhone for all of my pictures and it works just fine. Don’t invest huge amounts of money unless you know you’re truly committed.
Know your tools | Have a play around with all of the different settings on the camera you use and find out what works best for you. For example, I never knew about the AE/AF Lock on the iPhone cameras until recently. This feature allows you to lock the exposure and focus of your image, which means that you can move the camera freely while taking pictures without the lighting going too bright all of a sudden.
Edit within reason | You want your blog pictures to be clean and simple, so don’t go overboard on the editing process. The number one goal should be to simply enhance what’s already there. So don’t go crazy and edit something so much that your red lipstick looks more like a shade of bright orange.
The most important thing to remember is that my words aren’t the be all and end all of blog photography. I can only share with you what I have learnt myself – I don’t even do all of the things on this list. Nobody’s perfect and you can only do what is within your skill set. It’s okay to start out with crappy pictures – over time, they’ll begin to show progression!