How to take better photos for your blog

I get asked a lot about the photos I take. I studied photography for three years at university BUT that doesn’t mean you need to go to University to take good photos. I learnt most of my photography skills through practice and reading lots of other articles. You don’t even necessarily need to have a ‘professional’ camera to take pretty photos. A lot of bloggers I know use just their iPhone and their photos are lovely. There are a few tricks to getting the perfect blog photos and so I thought I’d share with you a few that I tend to stick by. It’s brilliant being able to write the perfect post, but if you have dull and dark images, it’s not going to catch the attention of a lot of eyes. Photography is such a huge part of blogging, as it’s such a visual platform – even though when the majority of people think of a blog they first picture just words. The photos you upload play an important role in creating a good post.

Think bright and clean 

It’s not always easy to create bright images but if you feel an image is too dark and dreary then perhaps use a simple app on your phone (i.e. Instagram) to brighten it up a little. You’d be amazed at the effects you can get from editing a photo on Instagram. I’m going to post an example below and talk you through exactly how I did it. It’s something as simple as this (which will take about 3 minutes) that’ll really help you attract more readers. People like pretty pictures, it’s as simple as that.

It’s not the best image and it’s not a huge difference but it’s enough to make the image look a little more appealing. With this photo I simply turned the brightness up all the way, turned the highlights up a little and added a tiny bit of contrast. It took two seconds and has made enough of an impact on my photo that, in my opinion, it looks more pleasing. Consider keeping the image clean. The less clutter that’s involved the better. Sometimes the simplest photos are the ones that are most aesthetically pleasing.

Find the light 

I find that shooting outside is easy. I love location shoots purely because you know it’s going to be bright – even on a dull day, it’s easy to turn the brightness up and create a pretty photo. If you’re taking photos indoors then think about shooting close to a window. Using artificial light when its’ dark outside tends to make the photo grainy and reduces the quality. I hate. HATE. haaaate flash. On a phone or on a camera – it just looks awful. It takes away any depth to the photo and makes everything look far too sharp. I find that taking photos with your back to the window is always good, so that natural daylight is on your subject – be it a person or an object.

If you want to go a little further you can purchase a soft box from Amazon. I bought one a good few years back and still use it to this day. It sits in the cupboard and It’s a nice little reassurance to know that when it’s dark outside, if I need to take a photo, I still can. They’re reasonably priced and still great to use when it is light outside. They add a beautiful light to the image!

Composition 

If you genuinely want to take better photos with an improved composition then have patience and really think about the subject you’re photographing. I’m going to use flat lay photos as an example. I used to always just quickly shove a few things together and snap – I was never happy with the outcome and alway tutted at how rubbish I was at taking flat lay photos. I started to put more thought into the background, the colours, the light and what is specifically in the photo and I discovered that actually, if you take your time, your photos will 100% improve.  There’s a huge difference between my previous flat lay photos and the ones I take now. I definitely still need to improve, but I’m working on it!

before practice

After practice

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18 Comments

  • www.tootingmama.com says:

    Love the composition advice – I’m going to practice this – thank you so much! #KCACOLS

  • http://snapshotsandadventures.com says:

    This is a great post with some great tips. One of my goals this year is to improve my photography so definitely saving this for later. x #kcacols

  • Laura - Dear Bear and Beany says:

    Great post. This year my goal is to focus on improving my photography. I’ve just brought a new camera and I want to learn to use it properly. Your before photos of those flat-lays were lovely too. Thank you x #KCACOLS

  • http://www.mommyandrory.com says:

    There’s something really satisfying about taking a great photo! I definitely need to work on the pictures on my blog. I’m going to try and put a lot of focus on them this year so your post has been really helpful! Thanks for the tips x
    #KCACOLS

  • http://emmaandfamily.co.uk says:

    Great post! My boyfriend did photography at university so I try and get him to take as many pictures for my blog as possible but I am always so stressed about getting nice photos when he isn’t around! Thanks for all the advice! #KCACOLS

  • Sarahbel says:

    Ooh thank you for this. Taking better images is an area I’m planning to work on this year, so this is really useful. THank you xx

  • http://www.thehippychristianmum.com says:

    Simple, easy to remember tips. Thank you for sharing them. I didn’t even know what a flat lay was! I’m always looking to improve my pictures for my blog so this is perfect, thanks! #KCACOLS

  • mainy - myrealfairy says:

    Some great tips here. It’s such a big thing now to have good photos and it makes a huge difference. Great post.
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
    Mainy

  • www.topfivemum.co.uk says:

    I love your before and after shots of flat lays. It’s the kind of thing that looks so simple and effortless when done well, but is actually pretty hard to execute. This is going to be one of my goals for 2017! Any tips on where to get hold of nice surfaces to take pics on? My work surface and kitchen table are shocking! LOL Thanks for the inspiration #KCACOLS

  • Helena says:

    I love your photography. The before shots below look great too to me. #KCACOLS

  • Life as Mum says:

    This is such a great post. One of my goals for this year is to take better photos. I have learnt with the brightening photos but I need better backdrops and props for my photos.

  • Angela Watling says:

    Some great tips. I’m working on my photo-taking right now so these have been really helpful. I’ve always felt like a phoney for manipulating images or using filters. But actually if used sensitively and to make an image look more like the actual moment then it’s a positive thing. Thanks for sharing your tips! #KCACOLS

  • five little doves says:

    Great tips. I am really trying hard to get to grips with photography and Instagram as I think they are such a huge part of blogging. Lighting is everything! #KCACOLS

  • Donna says:

    Great tips – even your ‘before’ flat lays are gorgeous! x

  • Emma me and b make tea says:

    Some fab tips here thank you. I really want to take better pics this year so this is a great start 🙂 #KCACOLS

  • Nige says:

    This is something I need to work on really informative post Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  • Emily says:

    I definitely take better pictures now than when I first started blogging. I didn’t think too much about it when I first started, but I now know the importance of a good photo. Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

  • www.rawchildhood.co.uk says:

    Really good post! I am usually the one who is taking the photos just on my Samsung phone and a lot of pictures come out really great – it’s true that you don’t need an expensive camera to take a good photo! #thatfridaylinky

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