Blogging tips: photography

After 3 years of blogging, many many (many) hours spent in front and behind the camera, and about 4 cameras later, I feel like it is about time I write my tips for taking a great photo. 

Clearly I am in no way a professional model or photographer – but that doesn’t mean I haven’t picked up a few tips and tricks over the countless shoots since starting my blog! I constantly receive questions about how to start a blog, and feeling like I covered that pretty fully in one of my latest posts, I thought I would spend some time and talk about photography – one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of blogging.

 

1. Camera.

It of course all depends on your budget. If starting out, I would suggest start with your phone. Nothing wrong with it, I personally took photos with my phone for a year before purchasing my first camera! Less than a year after starting my blog I decided to purchase the Canon Rebel t5 with a 50mm lens. Great purchase when you are after that blurred background, but as you’ll quickly learn it is much better for close-up shots than full-body ones. After using the camera for about a year, I decided to up my game once more and purchase the Sony a5100 with a 30mm Sigma lens. It is smaller, lighter, and the photos it takes are incredible! Slightly pricier than the Canon combo I had, but a world of difference (and you can flip the screen to see yourself when taking a selfie/filming a video)!

2. Light.

Outdoor light is always the best. If you haven’t noticed, 99.9% of my photos are taken outside, the only reason being natural light is much more flattering than indoor light! You want to stay true colors as much as possible, and taking photos inside tends to give you that yellow-y shade. If you don’t have another option, or if you are a fan of those coffee-shop-shots like I am, find a window and face it (don’t turn your back to the light!). Another tip for light is to avoid taking photos in the middle of the day. Sunlight is great, but at that time of the day the shadows are very strong and harsh. If you don’t have another option, try and find shade to take your photo.

3. Background.

Your background makes or breaks your photo. Depending on what you are shooting (an outfit, a hair style, a product,…), find the background that will compliment your photo the most. For example, if your outfit is busy and colorful, try and find a clean and open background. In the same way of thinking, if you are taking a photo of something simple and unified, you won’t want to blend in, so find a background that will pop. 

4. Posing.

Tired of always taking photos the same way? Try and stand to the side, have your photographer bend down and take photos at a different angle, walk towards or away from the camera,… Find your good side (for me it is my left side) and work it in your photos! For close-up shots, try and incorporate your accessories. Take a shot of your bag, focus on your top, take a photo of your hair,…

5. Editing.

I personally chose from the very beginning not to edit my photos – besides brightening them if need be. Of course, to each their own and if edited photos are your thing then go for it – but I might not be the right person to take advice from! I like to use photoshop to brighten my photos, or if I am in a rush I will use 2 apps I have on my phone: Snapseed and Facetune. Snapseed allows me to brighten my photos without lowering the quality of size of it, and Facetune is great when you need to brighten a background (especially when taking photos inside). 

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