Whenever I put up a new post with a lot of photos I always get such lovely compliments on my photography. I am in no way an expert at this… I just do what best suits me at the time.
Taking the photos for my blog has always been my favourite part, so I take a lot of pride in them and I like them to be in focus. I take about 20 pictures at a time of the same thing, at different angles, so I can choose the best one after haha.
So I thought I’d share a few of my hints and tips that I use when taking photos for my blog. 🙂
When I first started blogging I was only using my iPhone to take my pictures, nothing special but it did the job. After a few months I knew taking all these photos for my blog was something I really enjoyed and wanted to continue doing, so for my 21st birthday I was very kindly gifted the Canon G7X to enable me to improve on my photography skills. But the truth is you really don’t NEED an expensive camera to take your pictures, if you enjoy the writing side a lot more than the photography side then definitely stick with a phone because it does it all just as well.
My advice would be that if you know taking lots of photographs for your blog is something you enjoy, definitely think about investing in one if you can.
My top tip would definitely be to Focus on the main aspect of your photograph. No one wants to visit your blog and see a blurry photo of the lipstick they have specifically clicked on there to see, just no no no. It is a lot easier to focus your phone or camera on something these days, you can now click on your screen to focus on a certain part of the image.
If you are like me and find it difficult to keep a steady hand, meaning your pictures are always turning out a bit blurry just rest your camera on something, it could be a little box or even a mini tripod if you have one. There will always be something you can use. 🙂
Now I know this one can be a tough one for the 9 to 5 workers during the dark winter months… But I think I have something that may help you! For the last 15 months I have been working 8am-4pm Monday to Friday, so during the week after work taking my blog photographs was a complete write off until around 6 months ago when I suddenly found out the next best thing to Natural Lighting was Studio Lighting. Don’t you look at me with those “Yes but they are too expensive to buy” eyes! Like most beginner bloggers, there was no way I could afford the 60, 70, 80 or even 90 pounds studio lights either so I just kept on looking until I eventually found THESE bad boys which only cost me £35.99. They honestly make the world of difference and I have even been able to share my purchase with a few other bloggers, who have even gone on to buy them themselves. So I would definitely encourage you to keep looking out for some if you are dedicated, but also desperate for some good studio lighting haha.
It is completely up to you whether you edit your photos or not so please don’t take this as a ‘You have too!’ because you really don’t, it is whatever suits you and your blog. For me personally, if I am taking pictures outside then I always like to give them a little touch up but nothing drastic. On the other hand, if I am editing a photo I have taken of a Blusher for example I will never edit so much that the colour is no longer its original one. This just means you are completely forgetting why you are writing that certain blog post and focusing more on your editing skills, so always make sure it is the true colour of the product you are reviewing.
Also the app I am using to edit my photos at the moment is ColorStory, I am always on the lookout for new editing apps but for me this is definitely the best one I have used so far.
Remember you don’t need to do any of the things I have listed above, these are all just little tips to help you if you are looking to improve your photography skills. I do hope this helps!
I hope you have the best day & be happy.
Lots of love, Xandra Rose 🙂