Top 5 Photography Tips For New Bloggers

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. I have Photoshop now, so now I just need to start editing my pictures on there!

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!

Note: I did upload this blog post a while back but I decided to re-upload as I know lots of people found it helpful!



    • marblebeauty
      February 27, 2017 / 10:00 am

      I’m still getting trying to get the perfect lighting, I find outdoors is my favourite! Thank you lovely 🙂

  1. February 27, 2017 / 6:50 am

    I love these tips! I suck at photography so I take any help I can get. I especially am not talented with composition – like, where do I stick all the props?? Heh. I’m definitely going to buy some marble backdrops soon!

    • marblebeauty
      February 28, 2017 / 9:26 am

      I know exactly what you mean, so hard to get the positioning just right!! Ah can’t wait to see! 🙂

  2. February 27, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Such a great post! I read so many of these and I am slowly trying to improve my shoddy photography – lighting is my worst enemy, haha! This is so useful though, thank you 🙂 xx

    • marblebeauty
      February 28, 2017 / 9:28 am

      Aw thank you lovely! I feel the same a lot of the time, I think it comes with practise though! You are very welcome 🙂 xxx

  3. February 27, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    These are awesome tips that I really need to take the time to actually do for my photos. I’ve been trying to practice more with placement and using props especially when it comes to like make up products. I’m alone so inspired by your photographs, you do such a splendid job when it comes to that. But I must agree aside all of that, the lighting is EVERYTHING when it comes to any pictures whether their products, clothes, or selfies! Excellent point!

    xo, JJ

    • marblebeauty
      February 28, 2017 / 9:29 am

      Yeah I feel like adding a lipstick or nail polish really adds a bit of life into a picture, I love finding new props! Aw thank you jenny, that’s made my day! Thank you lovely xxx

  4. August 7, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    Loved reading this! I’m still a beginner when it comes to taking photos for my blog, and I have been quite struggling with it to be honest, always gread to have some fellow bloggers to give you some tips!
    Also, if you have the time and energy; feel free to check out my blog here:
    Absolutely in love with your blog, going to give you a follow FOR SURE.
    All the love, Joanne

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