So, being a blogger myself, I find it hard sometimes not to compare my work with all the other AMAZING bloggers on Instagram. One thing I always lacked in was photography skills, so over the past 2 years I have spent many, many hours practicing and scrolling the internet for tips and advice on how to improve.
I don’t have a the best equipment out there (the camera I use is a Nikon D3200 DSLR), but I have learnt how to make the best of what I do have, AND I do see some amazing shots from other Bloggers that have been taken on an iPhone, so it is possible.
1. GATHER YOUR INSPIRATION .
The first thing I always do when planning a shoot, whether it’s for me or a client is get gather some inspiration. I use Pinterest and search for whatever it is I’m shooting (usually food for my blog, in which case I would search for the recipe to see how other bloggers have shot it and laid out the food), but sometimes I plan photoshoots for clients, so I would then search for whatever the theme of the shoot is. I would then create a board containing all the photo’s I like (you can keep this private if you don’t want to share it).
If I can I usually ask friends and family their opinion on the photos I like too, before making a decision or sharing my board with the client.
2. USE NATURAL LIGHT
I only ever shoot in day light, this make such a difference to the brightness and clarity of your shots. I have tried utilising flash photography in the evening before, but it just does not look good. This often means that I am doing most of my blog photography early in the morning or at weekends, but it is 100% worth it.
I take almost all of my shots, outside on my balcony (unless it’s raining, in which case I open all the blinds, and shoot right next to the window).
You are going to have to test when the best time is for you, I find it pretty difficult to shoot facing direct sunlight as my photo’s tend to come out over exposed. When the sunlight is behind me, the shots are so beautiful and bright.
3. MINIMISE CLUTTER
When I first started out with blogging, I would use soooo many props, but when I look back on these photos now, the props don’t add anything to the photo, they actually detract from it.
Focus on what is the most important and make this the HERO of your shot.
4. TAKE LOTS OF OPTIONS
Whenever I take any photos, I ALWAY’S make sure I have lots of options, I try different plates, props, set ups and backgrounds (which also works out fab for social media as you can post different options of the same shot).
I like to have all these options to look at on my laptop and compare against each other, to make sure I have the BEST image to use on my blog.
I also make sure I take all my shots in portrait and landscape. Even though I only utilise landscape shots on my blog, it’s good to have portrait option incase I ever wanted to create an e-book or send them to a magazine.
5. DON’T OVER EDIT
When I first discovered filters I totally went to town on them, and all of my photos had some kind of “vintage”filter slapped all over them. Now I look back at those photos and cringe, what was I thinking?
I try to keep the photo as natural looking as possible now – so I’ll use Photoshop to crop and colour correct, but that’s about it. It’s better to take a decent photo in the first place than to try to repair a crappy one, so …. try to do that.
I really hope this post is helpful, please feel free to get in touch for any advice.