While writing is not something that comes natural to me, photography is one of my favorite parts about blogging. I love playing with my camera, buying beautiful things I will only use as props and editing until my photos look bright and crisp. I am in no way an expert but I believe I’ve learned a few things along the way that might be helpful for you if you’re looking to improve your blog photography.
8 Tips To Improve Your Blog Photography
Shoot in manual mode.
If you’re a DSLR owner, one of the best things you can do for your blog photography is to learn how to shoot in manual mode. It sounds very daunting at first but when you get the hang of it, you will notice the difference it makes in your photos since you get full control over things like shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Practice makes perfect so don’t be afraid to experiment with your camera.
If you’re interested in a beginner’s guide to manual mode, please let me know and I will kindly do it!
Understand the exposure triangle.
Exposure is the amount of light entering your camera. It will determine how light or dark your image is. To get full control over exposure you need to shoot in manual mode and experiment with three elements: aperture, shutter speed and ISO.
Aperture controls how much light enters the camera. A low f-stop number means more light coming through the camera, therefore brighter the image. It also controls the depth of field which causes the beautiful blurry background.
Shutter speed is the amount of time (measured in seconds) the camera is exposed to light. A high shutter speed means more light entering the camera, therefore brighter the image.
ISO measures how sensitive the camera is to light. Lower the ISO means less sensitive to light. Higher the ISO, brighter the image. But, be aware that a high ISO will create a grainy photo.
I know this was a very quick explanation but, once again, if you want me to write more deeply about this topic, please let me know!
Shoot near a window.
Natural light is one of the best ways to make your photos look bright, crisp and beautiful. Avoid direct sunlight though because it will bring harsh light and create shadows. I find that shooting in the early morning makes my photos look better.
If you’re taking your blog photos near a window and they still look dark, play with the aperture. Lower your f stop and bring up your ISO a bit to get a brighter image.
Do not use flash.
For the sake of your photos, please do not use flash. It doesn’t do any good for your images and there are better ways to brighten them up, as explained above.
Use a foam board as background.
If, like me, you don’t have beautiful white furniture, cardboards or foam boards are a great alternative. They’re affordable, easy to move and can do a lot for your photography by making your content pop against the white background.
Style your images.
Add your own style to the photos using props. I’m one of those people who buys pretty notebooks, pens or accessories just for the sake of using it as props. I think it adds personality to the photo, making it look more interesting.
One more thing you can do is to try different angles or change your setup a couple of times in order to see what works the best. I find that the first setup I had in my mind is never the one I end up picking, so it’s worth experimenting.
Import your photos before cleaning your setup.
Before cleaning up your setup, import your photos to your computer and check how they turned out. You might avoid a lot of frustration and messing up your room once again because you’re not happy with the photos you took.
Edit your photos.
I find editing is an important step to create a beautiful image. It’s not only a great way to spruce up your photos but also to correct a few things that might be off like white balance or lighting.
I use Lightroom as my editing platform but if you want something simple and free, try Picmonkey, Canva or VSCO. I used the VSCO app for ages and I loved how easy it was + how it made my photos look. All I had to do was import the photos to my phone, edit them and then send them back to my laptop.
Do you have any extra tips on how to improve blog photography?
And if you me to talk about any of these topics more in depth, let me know!