How To Improve Blog Photos

When I first started blogging I knew absolutely nothing about photography. All I had was my iPhone, some makeup, and iPhoto to edit them in. I used overhead lighting to shoot and had no idea how to stage a photo. It’s safe to say my blog photos have come a long way since I first started With Love.

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While not terrible, this photo is dark, has lots of shadows, and is not very crisp. It’s also far too yellow; the white balance is in desperate need of some help.

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I think I remember being really proud of this photo, which makes me cringe now. What’s with the phone and random planner? There are other props I could’ve used that would’ve been more appropriate (makeup brushes, rings, candles, flowers etc.). And don’t get me started on the terrible lighting and white balance.

Now that we’ve seen how my photos used to look, let’s look at how they are now!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

This is one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken! This was for a carrot cake recipe that I posted before Easter, and I’m so pleased with all of the photos. Although I used a lot of props, they all center around a theme and are used strategically.

Too Faced Natural Love Palette

Taken from my Too Faced Natural Love Palette review. This was such a fun palette to take photos of! The pink and gold tone to the palette provided for a pretty, feminine feel to the photos. The use of a rustic backdrop and a simple bouquet of flowers made the photos come together seamlessly.

Clearly my blog photos have come a long way in the past year! I learned mostly from following other bloggers on Instagram and looking at all of their beautiful photos. I also read up a bit on photography through articles I found on Pinterest. I’ve ditched my iPhone for a Canon Rebel t6 and now only shoot using natural lighting. I’ve also acquired a lot of props to use in photos! So, what are my other tips for improving blog photos?

  1. Purchase some different backgrounds to use for photos. Having different options keeps your photos from becoming stale and boring. I use contact paper, which works really well. There are tons of different options on Amazon for a great price. Another option is to pick up some tiles from your local home improvement store. You can even return the tiles once you’re done with them (shhhhh, I won’t tell!).
  2. Head to Michael’s, or another craft store, and pick up some props. Often times they have vases, mirrors, picture frames, and more that are all color coordinated, making staging photos incredibly easy. Props, even if blurred in the background, make a photo more interesting to look at.
  3. Two words: Fake. Flowers. While real flowers are beautiful, they can be expensive and hardly last beyond a week. Fake flowers last forever and can look just as good in photos if you buy quality ones. If I ever think a photo is missing something, I add flowers. 9/10 they do the trick and the photo looks beautiful.
  4. Shoot using natural lighting. A clear, slightly overcast day is the best for shooting blog photos. Overhead lighting often casts a yellow glow that can be difficult to adjust and correct when editing the photos.
  5. Invest in photo editing software. While it’s not necessary to purchase a DSLR, I would highly recommend using photo editing software beyond what’s on your phone. I use Adobe Lightroom, and while it can be confusing at first, there are lots of easy to follow tutorials on the Adobe website and on YouTube. You can edit a photo in much more detail on a computer than you can using an app on your phone.
  6. To tie in with the previous tip, adjust your white balance! If there’s one thing that can throw off a photo, it’s the white balance. Often times a photo can look too yellow or too blue/grey. Most apps will have the option to adjust the white balance. Any more professional program with DEFINITELY have a white balance adjuster.

What tips do you have for your fellow bloggers? Leave them in the comments below!

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Photography has been my biggest challenge when it comes to blogging. Blogging is just a hobby for me so I have yet to invest in a high quality camera. Love your ideas.

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These are great tips!! I am going to have to check out some of those backgrounds on Amazon! What a great idea!

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Love the amazon background idea! I love the editing process of the photography but found that natural lighting and the desaturation tool works best to get rid of the yellowness!
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Such good tips! Thanks so much for sharing. xx, E https://everelaine.com

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What a difference it all makes! I’m a big fan of my trusty Lightroom filters 🙂

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Such great tips! Definitely going to apply them 😍

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Great tips! It’s always fun as our skills improve in blogging!

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Much needed post. As someone just getting started in blogging even I know the importance of photos to attract readers and there are some terrific tips here I will be sure to use.

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So glad I could help! And congratulations on starting a blog! 😊

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These are great blog photography tips! I cringe when I look at my old photos, lighting is so important. I have a photo box and a place in the house I like to use, but it is only available for a short time in the afternoon when I’m surrounded by kiddos that want to photo bomb. LOL.

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My old photos were a mess haha! Timing natural lighting can definitely be difficult, but it’s worth it for some beautiful images!

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Really good advice! Thank you for sharing!

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Thanks for sharing these tips! I need to invest in some more props and a variety of backgrounds,I really only have 2 that I use on a regular basis.

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I need some more as well! I only bought two to see how I liked them, and now my photos are starting to become a bit repetitive. Guess it’s a good excuse to hop on Amazon and go shopping!

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Amazing tips! Will re think my photos x

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What a great post! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂
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Thanks for the tips, photography is something I’m really trying to improve right now!

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Yellow is my issue, what program other than Adobe is great to remove this? I tried some programs that are OK, but the yellow is always an issue with my photos.

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You could try something like Pic Monkey or iPhoto on a Mac. Unfortunately I don’t know too many photo editing programs as Adobe Lightroom works great for me!

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Great post lovely, you have come so far with your photos!!

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