How to make blog photos | 7 tips
When I first started blogging I never imagined that quality photos make such a big difference. Photos are very important to make your blog posts stand out and give the best impression of a product.The first 3 years I actually made blog photos with my phone, first an iPhone 5 and later the Samsung galaxy S5. I feel like I finally got a hang of how to make good photos and I want to share some tips with you.
- DSLR Camera or phone camera
Of course it’s best if you use a DSLR camera (Digital single-lens reflex camera) but if you don’t have one I feel like a high end phone can make great pictures too as long as you keep the following tips in mind. I myself use a pink Nikon S1 which is a digital camera with changeable lenses. So it’s kind of a step between the compact camera and a DSLR.
Make the photos close to a window, natural light is the best and will enable you to make the sharpest photos. You can also invest in some studio lights for the winter days if you need that extra lightning.For me this is a bit of a struggle because the spot I make photos in doesn’t have any windows to outside, if they did the photos would be a lot prettier.
- Clean the background
You don’t want a lot of mess in the background because it will distract from the actual subject. You can however use props to make your photo a bit more interesting like I did with the photos in this post. But no one likes an outfit photo with a lot of mess on the floor.
- Photo editing
Photoshop or different editors are great for making your photo even better, specially if you made it in low light. GIMP is a free and has almost the same functionalities as Photoshop. Yes you can also edit photos on your phone but those apps often get rid of a lot of the quality.
- Clean your products
Make sure the things you are photographing are clean for example if you are photographing some nail polish make sure you clean any mistakes with nail polish remover before making photos.
- Make a lot of photos
That way you can compare them and pick out your favourites. Don’t be afraid to play with different angles.
- Photo props
As photo props people commonly use flowers, magazines, make-up products but you can use whatever you like as long as it doesn’t distract to much from the photo’s subject. For the above photos I used two flower fairy light strings that I bought at the Action. I also used two rose hair clips.
The magic of Photoshop
I love Photoshop, since I have bad lightning in my room but I don’t have any other good places for blog photos. Here a small preview of the difference it makes to my blog photos. For this photo I changed the levels, temperature, contrast and lens effect.
But no you do not necessarily need Photoshop if you photograph in a good light place like in front of a window at daytime.