Basic blog photography tips

Basic blog photography tips

I think most bloggers would agree that photography is one of the most important aspects of their blogging routine. After all, your photography is one of the first aspects of your blog that somebody is going to judge on. I know that when I visit a new blog the photography can make the difference between me staying and exploring, or leaving pretty early on. As shallow as it may seem, I’m a very visual person so I love to see pretty pictures.

As I’ve mentioned many times before, improving my blog photography has definitely been one of my main goals this year. While I am certainly no professional, I thought I should share some tips. These are all very simple basic tips that would be useful for any new bloggers, or anyone simply looking to up their game. In the future I am planning on giving more indepth advice.

Camera

Obviously the first tip is to get a camera. But don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you go out and spend Ā£500 on a DSLR. Believe it or not, you can take wonderful pictures on an iPhone or other phone. Holly from The Kitty Luxe is the perfect example of this. She takes all her pictures on her iPhone 7 and they are total picture goals. In fact, Holly wrote a whole post on why she won’t be buying a proper camera anytime soon.

If you do want to get a proper camera, then do your research. I have both the canon 700d and the Olympus Pen E-Pl8 and I love them both. I’ll be honest though: unless you are looking to properly get into photography outside of blogging, I would go for the Olympus. Much more blogger friendly (and completely insta-worthy).

Lighting

Aside from your camera, lighting is definitely the most important aspect of photography! If you have bad lighting then chances are you are going to have a bad photo. Or you’ll have to spend hours trying to edit your photo (and even then, there’s no guarantee you can save the photo). For me, I find the best time for taking photos is when it is sunny but cloudy outside. If it’s too sunny, your photos are going to be too over-exposed. If it’s too grey, they’ll end up too dark and under-exposed.

If you struggle to take photos during the day, then I recommend artificial lighting. I know some bloggers hate this, but it’s better than nothing. I’m actually planning on investing in soft box lights soon so I can take pictures during the winter.

Below I’m going to show you the difference between good and bad lighting. The first picture was taken back when I first started blogging. I took it at night and used my overhead light for lighting. The second, was taken recently with natural light. I’ve also left it unedited for the purposes of this post.

Basic blog photography tips

Basic blog photography tips

Props

Props. The things that can make the difference between a boring and a fun photo. When I started out blogging I only ever included the product I was talking about in my photos. I was unsure how to include props in my photos without taking away from the focus of my pictures. Over time I got bored of my photos and realised I had to start including some props. Without them there’s no depth or interest. Props don’t have to be expensive. If you look around your room you will find loads of props. I actually have a whole post on props every blogger should have.

Editing

Now, you don’t have to edit your photos. But personally, I like to edit my photos to enhance them slightly. Personally I like to use photoshop for my photos. I’ve used photoshop ever since I was about 13 and I love it. But I know that not everybody can afford or even wants photoshop. Luckily for you, there are so many amazing apps you can use on your phone!

My favourite phone editing apps include VSCO, A Color Story and Snapseed. VSCO and Color Story are the two apps I use for actually editing the photos. Snapseed is the app I’ve been going to for adding text. This is especially helpful for when I create pinterest images. Check out the picture I have at the very end of this post to see what I mean (and feel free to share to pinterest if you want…).

Just remember when editing: don’t over edit! Especially when editing makeup photos. Nobody wants to see a dark red lipstick on your blog just to buy it and discover it’s actually a bright classic red.

Saving the images

Last year I remember I was really trying to produce better quality images, but no matter how good they looked on photoshop, by the time they made it onto my blog or instagram, they had lost the quality. After a lot of research, and asking people on twitter, I found out I was saving my images wrong. I used to always save them as JPEG when I should have been saving them as a PNG. I was also emailing myself the images, and it turned out my email was compressing the images even further.

So essentially: save your images as a PNG. And if you need to save them, send them through something like One Drive so you keep the quality.

What basic photography tips do you have?

SHARE TO PINTEREST

Basic blog photography tips

Follow:
*POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS
Share:
  • Wow, thank you so much for this post and for that last tip especially. I always save my pictures as JPG and I also email them to myself. No wonder they always turn out the way they do! Photography is an area I’m really struggling with so thanks for your tips. I’ve heard so much about the Olympus camera, it must be really great! xx
    Coco Bella Blog

  • Pili G

    Thanks for all this tips!They are really helpful! I always use email to send the pictures from my phone to my computer, but now I’ll start to use One Drive!
    Love
    Pili
    To Read with Tea

  • Lauren, these are super useful tips! I’m thinking about lighting during the winter too. I think I may get the attachable LED camera lights to be budget friendly, but if I can splurge I want to get actual lighting

  • Great post!! Some tips I’ll definitely be using. Photography is one of the things I struggle with as you can probably tell haha. Xxxxxxx

    lucylovesbeautyxo.com

  • Some fantastic advice here Lauren! I had no idea about saving your photos as a PNG and not emailing them across, that’s advice I definitely need to implement as I’ve taken quite a few holiday snaps on my camera that I want to go on to post on Instagram, yet need to get them onto my phone to do so! Couldn’t agree more about natural lighting either, using overheads or the flash just doesn’t get the best effect! Thanks for sharing all your tips, immensely useful post!

    Abbey ā¤ļø http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  • This is some great advice, I agree with you if you’re looking to get into photography outside of blogging then there are better options that the Olympus pen it’s a very over hyped camera. The image saving thing is something that I learnt at the beginning of the year from my boyfriend who’s a photographer x

    Kayleigh Zara šŸŒæwww.kayleighzaraa.com

  • These are som great tips for taking blog g photos! It’s something that I struggle with quite a bit so these will definitely help me to improve my photography! Xx

  • Chloe Spacey

    I love this post. I’m so bad at blog photography but these are real tips that I could take away and use today so thank You!

    Chloe x
    Thengguidetolondon.co.uk

  • Hayley The Tiny

    This has really helped me and I cannot wait for you upcoming post on using the manual option! I’ve never really properly look at my canon before so all of these photography tips are life saving šŸ™‚

  • Thanks for the great tips! Since rebranding my blog I’ve noticed how important good photography is! Definitely going to use these in my photography šŸ™‚
    xxx
    http://www.thenavigatio.com

  • Loved this!! Super easy to read and informative – Thanks doll!

    Holly at A Sprig of Holly
    http://asprigofholly.com
    http://www.instagram.com/asprigofholly_

  • Tania Ribeiro

    Great post! I love this, such useful information for anyone starting out.

    Tania || http://www.taniaalexandraribeiro.com
    xxxx

  • VSCO has changed my blog photo life! I still use my iphone camera for photography but I’m saving for a prof one. I deffo agree good lighting can make all the difference! x

    G

    http://www.teawithgi.com

  • I’ve been loving taking photographs again since getting my E-PL7 and I’ve only been doing a touch of editing them on photoshop and VSCO…but I always try to use icloud or dropbox to transfer photographs between my ipad and laptop.
    Alicia x
    http://www.aestheticobsessed.co.uk

  • Foxxtailz

    Ok so, I had no idea about the saving your photos a certain way thing!

    So helpful thank you!

    Iamfoxxtailz | alternative style diary

  • I loved this post, I’ve learnt some new tips and I’m super excited to put them to work in my next photography session! Amazing post Lauren and so informative!

  • Lauren, your photography has changed so much. šŸ™‚
    Love these tips. I have to admit, I didn’t think about email compressing them! I also email my photos to myself to put on Insta..

    Caroline.x
    http://www.carolineelgeywhite.com

  • Awh I loved reading this! It was so good to get some basic tips from someone who you can see the evidence of them working! Loved this! Xoxo

    Rach | http://caninesandcosmetics.blogspot.co.uk

  • Sian…

    I am a photography novice so these tips are perfect for me! I don’t have the pennies for a camera so still use my iPhone but most of these tips can be applied to that too!

    Sian x
    http://www.theenglisheverygirl.com

  • Thanks for the tips hun! You definitely don’t need an expensive dslr to take quality blog pics xx

    xx Ashley
    https://allureandluxe.com/

  • Great post Lauren. These tips are super handy and I can’t to get out of my comfort zone and try them šŸ˜Š

    Steph xx
    http://www.stephsworld.com/travel-in-the-uk

  • Emma Ramsell

    As some one who is pretty poor when it comes to photography, this has helped so much! It’s really interesting to see some one write with such passion about something! I’m definitely bookmarking this post!
    Em
    Emmajaderamselll.wordpress.com xxx

  • Photography is my least favourite part of blogging – I’m more of a writer. At the same time, I’m also a visual person just like you and enjoy looking at beautiful photography. I’m trying to improve my photography and this post is full of wonderful tips, thank you! šŸ™‚

    http://www.lovefrommaira.co.uk