8 Quick Tips for Blog Photography

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Having been taking blog photos for over a year now, for both mine and Laura's blogs, I have noticed a massive change in the quality of the photos since I started, and thought I would give a few tips on what I have found useful. I'm not saying I'm the best at taking photos, but having improved my own over time, these are the key things I use to get the best photos. 

1. Get to know your camera
Whatever camera you are using for taking photos, knowing the best settings becomes so useful. One of the main settings I alter is the aperture, which changes how wide the lens is and means you can get sharper photos. Another feature of adjusting the aperture is that you can blur the background of the image, which is great for product photos. Reading through the camera manual will give you pointers for using the settings, but the best way to learn is to just practice taking photos while playing around on different modes and settings.

2. Lighting
It doesn't matter whether you are using an iPhone or DSLR to take your photos, if you have poor lighting, the likelihood is that your photos won't be great. When taking photos inside, you have a range of options to get good lighting. If shooting product photos, I set them up in front of the window in the middle of the day to receive the best sunlight. If you need to use lights, you are best to use white lights, and box lighting will give you a bright and diffused light. 

3. Background
I take the majority of product photos on the top of an white Ikea shelving unit so I have a light plain background which gives more focus to the product being photographed. Having a plain background makes your photos look more professional, and will stop your camera trying to focus on the background rather than the product. Laura has recently bought some floor tiles to use as a new background and something like this can give you an even better look. 

4. Margins
This is something very simple to do and is an easy way to make your photos that little bit better. Having the focus point of your photo in the centre will just a much more professional appearance. It's often easier to get your margins correct when taking the photo, but you can always crop the image afterwards to resolve any problems.

5. Angles
This will vary depending on what type of thing your are shooting, and choosing the best angle will be important when it comes to getting the photo you want. When I take product photos for Laura such as makeup, I will take the photo from overhead, as it gives a much better look and means all products in the photo get the same attention. Sometimes, products can't be photographed overhead, and when choosing a different angle, make sure the background isn't cluttered, and try blurring it out like I mentioned in the first tip.

6. Editing
There is a lot of prep you can do to get a good photo, but editing your photos can give them that edge to really stand out and impress. I only know a few very basic things about Photoshop, but I'm still learning from Laura. Making little tweaks such as brightening and sharpening images has stepped the quality of photos up. Even if I don't edit my photos, I will always re-size them before uploading them to my posts. I make all the photos 1000px as this keeps the quality of the image, but means it will still load quickly when people view the post. If the image size is too large, people may experience a delay waiting for your photos to load on the post.

7. Focus Point
Having the correct focus point of your image will make sure people take notice of what you have photographed. Make sure your products are in focus and centered, and that you don't have anything around it that will take the attention from it. Sometimes it's good to include some smaller items around the main item to make it a little more interesting. Sometimes small items pointing towards the main item draws the readers attention and will make them more likely to view your photos.

8. Shadows
Even if you have the best lighting setup, getting shadows in your images can cause you problems. You need to make sure you don't get in the way of your light source, which sounds simple, but needs to be thought out for when setting up. Eventually I want to buy a pair of box lights, to provide a light source from both sides of what I am shooting which should eradicate any shadows, and I think they would be a worthwhile investment for anyone wanting high quality photos.   

I hope these tips will help for your blog photography, for some more tips check out my Photography Tips for Beginners

What other tips do you have for blog photography?

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