If you’re anything like me, you spend hours scouring Instagram, studying people’s photos to figure out how they got that angle, what props they’ve used, where they purchase those props, and how they’ve managed to take such a stunning photo. I’ll definitely admit that I’ve stared at more than one photo on Instagram and wondered how I could achieve an almost identical result. After all, they say imitation is a form of flattery…right?
In my opinion, the photos you use to represent your blog, and brand as a whole, are crucial to people’s perception of you and willingness to engage. I quickly hit the back button if I stumble on a blog post that has poor photos, or worse, no photos at all. All of the Instagram accounts I follow have professional looking feeds with eye catching images. And don’t even get me started on Pinterest; the entire platform is built on images that are attention grabbing and worth saving.
So, are you ready to up your photography game? I’m sharing my favorite products to help you improve your blog photography and create those lust worthy images. These are all products I use, love, and depend upon every time I take out my camera to capture some photos.
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Speaking of cameras, I currently own the Canon Rebel t6 and really enjoy it. It’s simple to use, inexpensive relative to other DSLR options, and takes sharp images. When I was shopping around for cameras I didn’t think I would need WiFi capability, but I’ve actually found it so convenient! I can take photos, upload them directly to my phone where I can edit them and share to Instagram. The close up mode is great for product photography as it blurs the background, making the product you’re trying to capture the true focus (pun intended).
This next product is my best kept secret, and I’m sharing it with you here. Contact paper, the stuff you can use to line shelves, makes for a perfect background. Before learning about this trick, I thought every successful blogger had white marble countertops. Turns out, it’s just contact paper. You can purchase a roll for around $15 on Amazon and unless you really put it through the ringer, the roll will last you a long time. I currently own a roll of marble and a roll of wood, but I’m looking to purchase a few more to switch up the look of my photos.
To edit my photos I use Adobe Lightroom. At first this program seemed so daunting, but after a few days of playing around I knew enough to edit my photos and create some nice images. I’m continuing to learn more and more about this program, and it’s so much fun to see what it’s capable of! If you’ve thought about trying Lightroom, but you’re intimidated by it, just do it. I guarantee you’ll see the difference in your photos.
When I’m not using contact paper and natural lighting, I like to use this photo box. The white background is clean, and the lights it comes with are so useful. Sometimes I have to take photos but natural lighting just won’t cut it. This kit also includes a little tripod and a clip for your phone if that’s the camera you use.
Let’s Wrap Things Up
So, what do you need to make your photos look like a pro took them?
- A good camera
- Photo editing software
- Lights (natural or artificial)
It’s well worth the small investment to make your photos stand out amongst the many bloggers that are out there. Creativity and practice will also help you in your journey to becoming a great photographer. Step outside your comfort zone, learn what works and what doesn’t, and have fun!