Friday, 10 July 2015

How To: Take good blog photographs.

Hey lovely,

I've had a lot of questions recently on how I take my blog photos, so I thought I would let you in on my little secrets and give you guys a few cheeky tips. 

The thing to remember with anything to do with blogging is do what you like not what you feel you have to do. A blog is all about your own creativity and flair. It's your own little space on the Internet to be you. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. 

I don't have a fancy expensive backdrop what do I do?

First and foremost BREATHE! You do not need expensive equipment to take a good photo. Trust me. I mostly take photographs of products so I will use this as my example. 

Find a style you like, try to make sure it's not too busy and that it doesn't take away from the product itself. I like to use patterned notebooks (I'm geometric mad so it tends to be that style!) Try to avoid anything with a gloss finish so you don't get a glare. Other awesome things you can use are nice sheets (as long as they are ironed) and a great one for bigger products would be using patterned paper napkins. These are great because there are so many designs and they are disposable and super cheap. 

I always use the flash but my pictures never look right!!

DO NOT USE THE FLASH. I can't even think of a situation where it is the only option. When you use the flash attached to your camera (no matter how expensive it may be) it will drain all of the colour from your picture. It will make it look harsh and just totally unattractive. 

Wherever you can, always use natural light. Light from in front and not from behind (unless you're looking for an ethereal glow). 

If you don't have the lightest of homes it might be a good idea to invest in a natural light bulb. This will give the effect of natural light without the yellow hue of an ordinary bulb. 

I edit ALL my photos with my cameras awesome edit function but when I put them on my computer they're fuzzy!!!

It's never a good idea to use your camera to edit. Of course the filters and effects can look really cool but you have to remember you are looking at a tiny screen. You won't really know how your picture looks until it is on the screen everyone will be seeing it on. There is so much software now (a lot of it free) that can give you more control and the effects you're looking for. Canva is good if you have the patience of a saint, Photoshop is obviously fantastic and Apples Camerabag has some fab options as well as Snapseed. 

I hope these tips have helped let me know in the comments. Remember you don't need an expensive camera to take a decent picture. 

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