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?

Β 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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Camera

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).

Contact Paper

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.

Adobe Lightroom

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.

Photo Box

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.

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Let’s Wrap Things Up

So, what do you need to make your photos look like a pro took them?

  • A good camera
  • Backgrounds
  • Photo editing software
  • Lights (natural or artificial)
  • Tripod

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!

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def all great tips. i know some people even take lights to restaurants with them!
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Kali
http://www.lovelaughexplore.com

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Thanks for great tips! I’ll definitely be checking out the contact paper! X

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These were such good tips! Sometimes it’s unbelievable how hard getting a good blog photo is!

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I have a white rug that I use for photos but I think I need to get my hands on some contact paper too.

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Great tips! I just signed up for a course on how to use Lightroom. I know it will make a world of difference but I’ve been so worried about making the switch! Glad to hear from yet another blogger how much they love it!

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You won’t regret that decision! Lightroom is actually so easy once you use it for a bit and you can create some stunning photos.

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Contact paper is so clever! I had thought about just getting a tile but paper would be so much cheaper.

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I am currently paying for my stock photos but I am wanting to create an Instagram page soon for my blog so I’m looking into cameras. I never would’ve thought contact paper was used for backgrounds! I have a lot to learn when it comes to stock photos.

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Contact paper is definitely the way to go. Have fun creating some beautiful images!

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The site of your canon camera has left my jaw on the ground. Thanks for the great tips.

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These are great tips!! I definitely need to invest in a good camera for blog photos !

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Love this!! I found the perfect wood contact paper at Diaso when we were on vacation in Japan. My partner thought I was so ridiculous flying home with that in my backpack! I love contact paper!!! I’ve been thinking of getting some marble contact paper too.

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I hope one day to have a really nice camera like yours. For the last seven years I’ve been using photos from my phone

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You can do amazing things with just your phone, but a DSLR really is a nice step up. Don’t get discouraged and keep taking beautiful photos!

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These are great tips!! I love using contact paper!!

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Awesome tips! Having a good camera is so so important in this kind of business!

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Such a great post! Everyone can benefit from photography tips!

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I am actually trying to learn how to take good photos for my blog. Thank you for this!

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Contact paper is ingenious! I just transitioned from an iPhone to a Canon 80D and have been playing around with techniques. So glad I read this.

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Thanks for sharing your tips & tricks girl! This was super insightful, especially the part about contact paper – I had never heard of that before, shame on me haha. So nice you’re also sharing what camera you are using, I feel like many bloggers want to keep that one a secret πŸ˜‰ By the way, you’re beautiful!
xx Elena
http://www.elenazahir.com

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Bloggers keep their camera a secret? That’s so silly! Anyone can go out and buy a camera, might as well share the one you’ve got and help the blogging community out!

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Such great tips! Good lighting is key for sure!!

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Contact paper is the best! I have the marble one! ?And Lightroom is amazing!

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I definitely need to try the contact paper, such a good idea. Also definitely good lighting is so key!

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Great list. I literally never heard about marble & wood roll. I think I’m really gonna buy them and start using. Thanks for great info,

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Great photos are so important for your blog and social media accounts. It can seem intimidating and overwhelming when you are first starting out but with great tips like you have shared, it’s easy to up your photography game. I can remember also being stunned by how many people I thought had marble counters until I learned about the contact paper!

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Contact paper is a great idea…generally I take a white surface for the flatlay. This post will definitely help me in improving the pictures. Thanks πŸ™‚

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Lightroom is indeed a great tool I use it and works perfect. Also using the correct lenses depending on what you are shooting is important consideration, thanks for the tips

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These are all great (and affordable) suggestions for bloggers (like me) who aren’t professionals! This is definitely something I need to work on.

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These are all great! I have some of the contact paper on my amazon wish list, just haven’t actually ordered it yet. I may have to get that soon.

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I was wondering about that paper, and was tying to figure out how was it called and where to get it! I am still using my old camera, a Canon EOS 30D, has been so faithful! I’d like it to have to wifi function. My camera looks like a dinosaur next to new tiny things!

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These tips are really easy and awesome . Never thought about them before, Bookmarked this post for future use. Loved reading though πŸ™‚

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Thank you for sharing these photography tips! I couldn’t agree more: high quality images are crucial to blogging success. I’ve been thinking about purchasing Adobe Lightroom, but it does seem a little intimidating. I may take your advice though and give it a try. Maybe you could do a post for beginners? ; )

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I love ypur tips! I am improving my photography on my food blog. I made a few backgrounds myself with joint compount and paint on poster board. Also Wall paper places you can get great samples as well. I was afraid of Adobe until I really sat down with video tutorials on YouTube and was amzed at what taught myself by watching them.

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These are some really great tips I’ve been using the marble background and I’ve been thinking about switching it up. Good lighting really makes a huge difference and good editing software as well. Thank you for sharing!

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I love these tips! It’s always nice to learn about taking better photos for the blog. Thanks for that contact paper idea!

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Lightroom and Photoshop are the photo editing programs I need to learn as well. Right now I just use fotor.com because it’s so quick and easy. But eventually, I will learn Adobe since I’m paying for it!

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I am obsessed with taking photos so I always love reading posts like this one that help me learn a trick or two.

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omg, girl I love this post! THAT CONTACT PHOTO HACK IS SO SUPER GENIUS!

XOXO<3

Krista
http://reroutelifestyle.com

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Love these tips! I’ve been planning to pick up contact paper for awhile. I need to do that soon!

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As a photographer, these are VERY good tips!! Also along with your contact paper, you can use fabric, 2 yards would be plenty!

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Ooh I like the tip on the background. All this time I thought everyone had those stone slabs you can buy at home depot (which is really inconvenient to store in an apartment lol). Thanks for the heads up on the contact paper.

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Incredibly helpful tips! Thanks. Can’t wait to try them out.

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I use Adobe Photoshop because that’s what I learned to use in college. I paint many of my own backgrounds, but I will look into what contact papers are out there. That seems like a great inexpensive material to use!

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Contact paper, whoda thunk?? Great tips! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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