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Blogging Photography Tips

Blogging Photography Tips

Want to get more from your blog photographs? Today I’m going to share with you some of my top photography tips when it comes to taking blog photographs. Whether you own a fashion, beauty or lifestyle blog (or any type of blog for that matter) – I have tips and tricks for everyone.

Lighting
Lighting is the most important aspect when aiming to produce clear, focused and clean looking images. Take advantage of dry days and photograph outside. The sun does not need to be blazing down, in fact that can sometimes cause problems instead of solving them. When indoors, photograph objects like makeup or recent buys near a big window that lets in lots of natural light. Don’t be tempted to use desk lamps or artificial lighting, it will just cast an orange glow over your subject. (Normal lamps can be used on occasion but you need to know how to deal with the orange colour cast either in-camera or in post production.) If you’d like to take things a little more seriously you can invest in some professional lighting equipment. I use one continuous ‘day light’ bulb and a softbox on a stand to accompany natural light. You can purchase these on Amazon or eBay – but be warned they do not come cheap. A set of non-flash* units will put you back around £100. *non-flash means continuous light just like a huge powerful lamp.

Self-Portraits & Outfit Photos
If you’re into fashion and want to include outfit posts on your blog you may need a bit of advice when taking self-portraits. My best friends are a tripod and remote trigger. If you have a helpful boyfriend, mother or servant persuade them to take your outfit photos. If not, not to worry – you can set up a self-timer which will you anywhere between 10-30 seconds to pose but a remote is much easier. You can buy these on Amazon or eBay for a few pounds. Beware of super cheap tripods as they are usually super crap. For starting out I’d spend a good £20-£30 although the most professional tripods unfortunately cost hundreds. Aim to fit your entire self into the frame, not forgetting some close up detail shots of your accessories or shoes. The best self-portraits are always taken with confidence.

Editing
You don’t need to be a whizz on Photoshop to get the most out of your images. Once you’ve uploaded them have a scan through and you might spot ones that need to be cropped or brightened up a touch. Free online photo editors are available. The best ones I’ve found are PicMonkey and Pixlr. Of course if you are interested in further editing techniques you can invest in Photoshop and use it to apply self-made filters or effects to your photos. Try to keep things natural though, nobody wants to see your over-airbrushed skin, its just not realistic.

Consistency
The photographs uploaded into a blog post should follow a similar ‘style’. This doesn’t mean you have to take them all in the exact same place. You can be creative and try new things but all the images in one post will look more like a set if they follow the same ‘rules’. This helps your blog aesthetic and it may set it apart from others. For example you might decide all your photos will be taken against a white wash brick wall with reduced saturation or you may prefer bright, bold and striking images. You might have a particular vintage fashion style and want all your photos to illustrate your personality. For this you can always apply the same filter for a vintage feel.

Gwen is the photographer and blogger behind This Fashion is Mine.

Comments

  • 01 May 2014 19:37:36

    These are such great tips! I need to invest in a self timer, I’m constantly asking family to take outfit pictures for me!

  • 01 May 2014 20:46:08

    This helped a lot dear. Thanks for this tip.

    xoxo

  • 04 May 2014 20:45:38

    Great tips, really useful as photography plays such an important role in blogging

    xo

    http://inspirationshaveinone.blogspot.com

  • 06 May 2014 19:03:34

    Thanks for the tips. I am trying to improve the photography on my blog and found Picmonkey recently. It’s a great photo editing suite. I really love it.

  • 06 May 2014 19:46:01

    Great tips! I never take any photos indoors because the light is really bad and my digital camera can’t take good photos inside. When it comes to small products or recent buys, I usually take these in front of the window (the best light).
    I hope I’ll be able to invest in a good camera soon! Thank you for the tips, they’re great!

    xx
    Filipa from http://youarethepoet.blogspot.com

  • 07 May 2014 11:11:21

    Awesome post! Great advices

  • 08 May 2014 19:44:38

    Thank you for the tips!! I do have a tripod & a trigger but i haven’t used them yet, definitely need to put some fashion images onto my blog :)

    xx

  • 12 May 2014 21:30:12

    Aghh this was so helpful! :)

  • 13 May 2014 18:58:10

    Love these tips! They are really helpful!

  • 15 May 2014 08:58:11

    These tips are very useful. I just bought myself an Canon 600D and I do not fully understand it. But you gave some great tips!

    Love,

    Deborah

  • 20 May 2014 18:30:21

    I love these tips and just know they will come in handy time and time again. I think it’s important to remember whether you’re a new blogger or you’ve been blogging for years there’s always something you can do to make your blog just that little bit better and I think visuals plays a huge part in that. You’re so right about lighting because you can get some brilliant photos, even just on an iPhone if you make good use of natural light. I’m actually looking to buy my first tripod and was going to go with something cheaper, but after reading this maybe it’s worth forking out a little extra if it leads to better photos in the long run!

  • 20 May 2014 18:31:08

    Some great tips here. I want to include more outfit posts on my blog and I’ve ordered my tripod and remote! Looking forward to experimenting now :)

    Yazmin xx

  • 20 May 2014 18:41:04

    Wow! I had never though of using a tripod to take outfit posts, what an excellent tip. After reading this I’ll certainly be able to improve the photos on my blog.

  • 20 May 2014 18:46:00

    This was a great help, I’m constantly trying to look for ways to improve my blog when I (eventually) have a blog overhaul. I want to start doing OOTD posts too so that was really helpful!

    Natalie

  • 04 Jun 2014 11:48:42

    I always feel like lighting makes an enormous difference in my blog photography. It can be actually quite fun to play around with it. Nice tips!

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