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!
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!
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