I think we can all agree that photography is very important to a blog. Your blog photos help express the style and overall atmosphere of the space you’ve created. You’d be foolish not to include pictures in your posts, whether stylized shots or just personal, everyday photography. I know some bloggers don’t worry about photography because they feel their skills are lacking, but it’s actually easier to improve than you might think. I started applying more effort to my photos over the last year, and as a result, my traffic has increased, my posts are showing up more on the Bloglovin’ popular page, and I’ve received numerous compliments from readers.
10 Tips For Better Blog Photos
Use natural light | This one is a must. Natural light makes photos look perfectly lit and beautifully dreamy. I always try to shoot my blog photos on sunny or partly-sunny days, around midday. Make sure as many windows are open as possible to ensure maximum light.
Learn your camera | It doesn’t matter if you have a little point-and-shoot or a big expensive DSLR, take the time to read the manual that came with your camera and really learn how it works. Figure out what each setting and button means, and practice using your camera until you feel confident with it.
Always edit | Even in perfect lighting, photos still need a bit of editing. I like to use Photoshop to do all of my editing, like changing up the sharpness, clarity, and exposure of my shots. If you don’t want to spend money on editing software, you can use sites like Picmonkey to edit for free. Play around with different editing techniques to get the look you like best!
Invest in a good lens | If you are using a DSLR, consider investing in a better lens. The quality of your photos depends less on the camera body and more on the type of lens you use. Lenses like the 50mm or the 40mm pancake are both great for product shots, portraits, and everyday photos.
Play with curves | When editing your photos, play around a bit with the Curve levels. This is a great way to add more light to photos, or to increase darkness and shadows.
Flatlaying | A couple years ago I discovered that flatlaying was an actual style in photography, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Flatlays a great way to photograph several items in a single shot and in a stylish way.
Include white space | Nothing makes a photo look more busy and messy than the absence of white space. Whatever you’re photographing, whether it’s a bunch of items of just a few subjects, make sure to include a good amount of white space to make your photo easy on the eyes. Holly has a great post about the importance of white space, it’s definitely a must-read.
Add props | A fun way to add some personality to your photos is to add in a few props. For my photos, I like using things like books with well-designed covers, pretty hair accessories, jewelry, and flowers (real or fake). Include one or two props in the background or around the sides of your photos to add some character.
Use a steady hand | To make your photos appear sharp, be as still and steady as possible when shooting. A little trick I like to do is to hold my breath right before I take the shot, that way I’m completely still so my photos won’t turn out blurry. If you have trouble with shaky hands or staying still, you can always invest in a tripod to anchor your camera to.
Consider stock photos | If all else fails (or you just don’t want to be bothered with photography), you can always check out stock photo sites. There are several that offer free images, but you can also pay a little to get photos that haven’t been used by a bunch of other people. If you feel like supporting a fellow blogger, I’ve got a little shop where I sell my photography (I sell both individual photos as well as themed photo packs).
Do you have any tips for taking better photos?