Photography… Photography… Photography… What a tricky little beast you are. If there is one area that I feel I am always looking to improve, it is photography. It is by far the area that I do the most research in and it is the one that requires the most patience. When I take pictures for blog posts, I literally take at least a hundred pictures. I will take the same picture 10 times because the appearance may look totally different each time. One picture might look blurry while the next one might be perfect.
So, I will be the first to admit that I am not a professional photographer nor am I claiming to be one. I want to give y’all some tips that I have learned over the past 4 years of blogging. If you look at my pictures from year one, they look a lot different than the pictures I am taking now. And, I owe it all to the research I have done.
Tip #1: Make your Photos Big
At the beginning, I thought I was doing good by taking pictures and uploading them. Then, I learned that there is a little bit more to taking pictures and posting them on a blog. I love pictures! I am one of those people that gets magazines so I can thumb through all of the beautiful photography, not for the articles.
So, I realized that I wouldn’t want to look at a blog with photos like mine. No one wants to have to squint to see a picture like this…
A huge difference, especially if you have trouble seeing, like me. I can barely see my hand in front of my face without contacts or glasses.
Tip #2: Make sure your Photos aren’t Blurry
This tip is self explanatory. No one likes to look at blurry pictures, so try your best not to create them. Sometimes, that may require using a tripod, so the camera is perfectly still the entire time. For me, I also like to take several shots in the same position because it gives me several pictures to look through and decide on. One might be blurry, but the next might be perfect!
Tip #3: Lighting is Everything
This has been the trickiest photography area for me by far. I finally broke down and purchased a lighting kit. I had tried every different way to take pictures without investing any money and it wasn’t working. My photos weren’t as good as I wanted them to be and I got discouraged a lot when I saw other bloggers and their amazing photos with perfect lighting.
I didn’t have a lot of money to spend, but luckily I didn’t have to spend a lot. I purchased the Cowboy Studio lighting kit from Amazon for $59.00 and free shipping.
Natural light is always best, but sometimes, you just can’t get natural light and that is where the lighting kit helps. The lighting is gradually getting better in my pictures.
I have gone from posting pictures like this…
Tip #4: Make your Photos Bright
When people look at pictures in magazines, on Pinterest, or on a blog, they want to see vibrant colors that draw their attention in immediatley. Photography that is crisp, clean, and colorful is great. So, make sure your photos have those elements.
I read somewhere that you should only post pictures on social media and your blog that you think are magazine approved. That statement has stuck with me since reading it and I think about it every time I go to edit and post photos.
It is definitely a difficult task, but one I am taking seriously. Taking and editing pictures to make them bright takes work, so don’t get upset if it takes you a little longer to get the hang of it. I am still trying to feel my way through it.
Tip #5: Reduce the Yellow Tint
It is best if your pictures have the purest light possible. Crisp white pictures are the best. This is something I had no idea how to do until I read Jen’s (from iheart organizing) photography tips post several months ago. What an amazing post if you haven’t read it yet. It is definitely worth reading, printing out, and highlighting.
I knew my photos didn’t look the best, but I couldn’t figure out what the problem was. Now, I know and I know how to fix it!
Here is a picture I posted with a horrible yellow tint and the photo after I take away the yellow:
This was the original picture I posted before I knew what I was doing.
Even though the picture quality is not exactly what I like, the yellowing is so much better. This was taken before purchasing the lighting kit. The lighting kit helps with the yellowing so much because the lights I use produce white light, not yellow.
But, the biggest props go to ipiccy.com. I upload my photo, click Color on the left side panel, and move the Temperature slider down to negative numbers. I adjust it until I feel it looks good.
I thank Jen for showing me this technique. I use ipiccy for almost all of my photos since I do not have Adobe Photoshop at the moment.
My pictures have improved a lot since Day 1, but photography is still an area I am not 100% confident with. As I learn new techniques and tips I will share them with you guys.
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