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Six months ago, I couldn’t take a picture for my blog if my life depended on it. My photography skills were all out of whack and nothing I did could make me happy. That’s when I started reading up on how to improve my photos. I even made a section on Pinterest dedicated to it. While doing research, I learned about different tricks and tools to brighten and bring my photos to life. Now, I get compliments on how gorgeous my blog photos look. It’s a great accomplishment, and I want you to be able to do the same!
When it comes to blog photography, you want your photos to be bright and inviting. You want them to encompass your brand and tell people who you are as an artist. Your photos should be an extension of the words you write. Today I’m going to share five ways that I make my blog photography stand out.
Use a light backdrop.
From watching my favorite bloggers, I noticed something about their picture’s backdrops. They all use light and simple backgrounds. Some of them use poster boards. Some of them use blankets. Every blogger has their own style and their backdrop reflexes that. I’ve also seen some bloggers use patterned backdrops. This makes every photo they take unique. Of course, it’s still light and simple.
Now, I bet your thinking why a light backdrop. A light or white backdrop puts the focus on what you’re trying to photograph. It also brightens the photo and keeps it looking alive. If your background is dark, your picture will be dark. If your background is busy, then your picture will be busy. Unless that’s what you’re going for, I’d stick with simplicity.
I personally use either a white blanket or a white foam board. For the last couple photo sessions, the poster board has been my friend. I bought mine at Target, but you can get a foam presentation board off of Amazon. Of course, find a backdrop that works for your blog. I will say that the white foam board is super sturdy and stays with my simple theme.
Props are your friend.
If you look at any successful blogger’s pictures, you’ll see that they always have some type of prop in the background of their photos. Whether it’s flowers, books, or beauty products. They’ve always got something extra in the photo. When it comes to props, you want something to bring life into the pictures. Yes. Your photos are staged, but you don’t want them to look bland. You’re a real person. Let your personality shine through.
As you can see above, I like to use flowers and magazines to make my pictures feel a bit more alive. I buy flowers from Michaels or find living plants around my house (if I have any). I also love using books, magazines, and my favorite beauty products. When I want a bit more depth to my photos, I’ll use trinket dishes. Especially when I want to focus on a certain product. Play around with items that encompass who you are as a blogger. Don’t just take one shot or use the same two props. Move them around. Swap them out. Get creative.
Pick a space that gets the most natural light.
If you’re ever wondering why my photos are so bright and beautiful, it’s because I use the best source of natural light in my apartment. Finding a space in your house with the most amount of natural light will yield the best photos. If that’s a small window, work with that. Move furniture if need be. You’ll get the best photos with natural light. Trust me.
Find a camera that works for you.
If you can afford it, I’ve heard DSLR cameras produce the best photos. I’ve had my eye on a Canon for months now, but I can’t quite justify buying one. Not yet. I have other important purchases to make before I splurge.
For now, I use my phone’s camera. I currently have an iPhone 7, and the photos always come out looking decent enough. Am I in love with the quality of my photography? Not always. There are always days where I’m looking at my photography session and want to rip my hair out. But you use what you have. I also own a small Samsung Digital Camera that I bought for vacations. Every once in a while I’ll use that as a backup blog camera, but honestly, I prefer my iPhone 7.
Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on a camera unless you need one. If your phone’s camera is doing a good enough job, stick with it. The more I read, the more I find out that bloggers and vloggers are using their phone cameras more.
Editing can make or break your photography.
Finding an editing software that you feel comfortable with is key to making gorgeous blog photos. You can have a top of the line camera and the best props, but if you don’t know how to clean it up, it won’t do you much good. I actually bought a subscription to Adobe, and I haven’t regretted it in the slightest. I use Adobe Photoshop CC 2018, but I have also been known to use Adobe Lightroom.
When in Photoshop CC, the tools I use the most are the dodging tool and the spot healing brush tool. The dodging tool will brighten portions of the picture. I typically lighten the whole photo at least once, then add light to things like the flowers and products. It also helps to reduce the shadows.
Above is a great example of dodging tool. The photo on the right came out dark and dull. After using playing around with the dodging tool, I got the result on the left.
The spot healing brush is good when I’m photographing my used and abused products. While I could never hide all the abuse I put them through, I can at least pretend they still look pretty. For example, there’s a spot on the foam board in the right picture. With the healing brush, I can get that fixed. I highly recommend Adobe for editing your blog photography.
Those are my photography tips for beautiful blog photos. Do you have any questions or tips of your own? Let me know in the comments!