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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
- 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!).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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