One of my favourite parts of having a blog, and blogging fairly regularly, is taking the photos. For me, creative photos can really make a blog stand out. I absolutely love photography, I do it at school too, and I especially love thinking about blog and instagram photography. I've had my blog for a while now, and thought that it might be helpful for some of you other bloggers/readers if I shared some of my blog photography tips. I'm by no means an expert, but consider myself little bit of a photography geek!
I fairly recently invested in a blogging camera. I am currently using the Olympus pen Epl6. I bought this for my birthday last year, and although it was kind of pricey for a small camera, I definitely think it was worth the investment. It's a good size, and fits in most bags, so good for photos of the go.
However, I also use my dads DSLR camera a lot of the time, if I'm at home and want to take more in depth photos. For example if I'm wanting to take photos of jewellery, or make up, I would use my DSLR. I use the Nikon D3200.
But if you're a new blogger you definitely shouldn't feel as though you have to get the newest high-tech camera, phone cameras and little digital ones work too!
Stock photos are the photos used online by shops to sell a specific product.
For example with this essie nail polish, The top photo is the stock photo, used by wall mart, boots, super drug etc.
It's taken in studio light, and if I'm honest is a bit boring to look at. But that's ok because it's purpose is to show what the nail polish looks like, not for the photo to look pretty.
The photo below is my take on it. When blogs use their own photos, rather than a stock photos, it shows that the blogger actually has and loves the product. So they haven't just taken an image from online and written about something they don't know.
If you do GCSE of A-level photography, composition will be a term you know very well. Composition is how the parts of the image are lay out. So where the subject is in the photo, and the space around it.
This is the actual photo taking part, and you have to think quite creatively when doing this. Think of your surroundings, and angles you take the photo from. Take the photo multiple times, but from different angles. Experiment to see what you think looks best.
Is the subject in frame? Is the background too cluttered, or too simple? Is there too much space around the subject? Do the colours of the subject/product look good with the colours of the background?
Good composition... (Good amount of product in frame, interesting angle)
Bad composition...(Too much space around the image)
Before taking the photo, it's important to find an area where the lighting is good. Lighting has a huge effect on how good the photo turns out.
If you can get natural lighting, it makes the photo so much clearer, and the colour comes out more how you see it.
Experiment taking the photo into the light, away from the light, with or with ought flash, and in both natural and artificial light. I find that white light works best rather than yellow toned, and taking a photo away from the light is better too. I always try to use natural light.
In to the light- Too bright, not as clear
Standard bulb light
Apart from the actual photo taking, photo editing is my other favourite part. I edit my photos to make them clearer looking, a better contrast or a brighter background. But when you edit you have to make sure not to over saturate other wise the photo won't be true to colour.
I use photoshop to edit when I'm at school, which allows me to use a few more fancy tools on my photos. But when I'm at home, for my blog I just edit using the software already on my macbook. So when I import my photos to my laptop, it gives me the option to edit in the corner. When I edit photos on my phone, I tend to use Adobe lightroom, which is free with Apple, and is a sort of more basic photo shop.
Again, editing is something you can just experiment with. But make sure to have more than one copy just incase something goes wrong!
I really hope that this post might have been useful to some of you...and inspires you to get your camera out! I have really enjoyed writing this, and I would love to hear your feedback in the comments.
Zoë x x x