Today I wanted to chat about blog photography. I only started my blogging in September, so it feels funny to already be sharing my tips on taking photos already, but I think it could be helpful for anybody else starting out! I hadn’t ever taken photos properly before, so it was a lot of trial and error really and I am no where near complete in learning how to take my photos! But these are my basic tips for starting out.
1 Lighting. This is the most important step for my photos, it seems to make or break them! I started out taking my photos indoors, wherever I wanted, but I was having trouble with shadows. Now I take my photos either outside or by large windows, but out of direct sunlight. Light, cloudy days seem best!
2 Pick a good background. I feel like this tip is ongoing – as a new blogger I am always looking for new back drops. I bought a little white table from Ikea for £5 which I use constantly for an easy, plain white background. I also love using fabrics for texture, and flooring shops will sell individual tiles! That is where my marble backgrounds come from.
3 Editing. I really enjoy editing the brightness on my photos as it can make the world of difference. I like to boost the brightness to make them lighter, increase the contrast ever so slightly and add a bit more clarity – and that is it really! I use the really simple editing my laptop allows me to edit on each photo, but PicMonkey and Pixlr are both great software for free editing!
4 Placement. I find it really useful to just play around with where I place the products in the photos, and take a few tester photos to see how they come out, as often the image looks different once you actually take a photo! Don’t rush, and don’t worry if you can’t get it right the first time.
5 Use props. At first, I was really struggling with my photos looking plain and boring yet I had no inspiration for props to make them look pretty! My tip here is to hunt around for props to use, it can be anything! Nail polishes, makeup brushes, jewellery, candles – anything pretty that you have! Also, fresh flowers tend to look really beautiful in photos.
So those are my top 5 tips for starting out taking blog photos! I want to improve mine as much as I can too, so please leave me your favourite tips for blog photography, thank you in advance!