Happy Friday! I feel like this week flew by! It was that or I wasn’t paying attention at all this week! (Haha!) The one thing I’m looking forward to is seeing a bunch of my blogger babes but also nervous because brunch makes me melt. (No seriously.) I’ll of course document all of it for you guys! Today I will be talking about something that we all do for our blogs (at least most people do) and that is take pictures. I know I can always use tips and I figured I would share with you guys tips that I have for blogger photography.
Now before I begin with my tips I’m going to share something that isn’t a secret about me… I’m not a professional photographer by any means. The tips I’m sharing are things that I’ve learned since I started taking photos for my blog and such.
Tip #1 Get the right camera
This should come as no surprise to you because how can you take good pictures without a good camera? Exactly! If you can’t afford one or are currently saving to get one or upgrade you current one I totally understand! When I first started blogging I didn’t have my DSLR and I used my iPhone! It’s literally all I had so I had to learn how to make my pictures the best possible! Once you get the camera you are saving for let’s just say GAME CHANGER. For reference and for all those wondering I have the Canon Rebel T6 with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. (Linked below).
Tip #2 Research blogger poses
Fashion bloggers this one is for you. I’ve been there trust me, where I’m standing in the front of the camera all AWKWARD trying to figure out my life while it’s being captured as a picture. To avoid all that do some research! It’s okay guys it isn’t copying it’s inspiration. No matter what the picture looks like you aren’t going to look like it. Don’t beat yourself up about it your just a different person and you pose is your pose. Also, if you do your research and you have your significant other, friend, family member taking your pictures then you can show them exactly what you are wanting. Believe me they will thank you.
Tip #3 Lighting, Lighting, Lighting!
Look here people I’m not going to judge if back when you first started you used regular indoor lighting when the sun was down. I’m not even going to judge if you are currently doing it. I’ve been there! I’d come home late from work needing to get pictures for my blog and the sun would be gone. I mean what’s a girl to do?! But good work is okay but the best work is everything. That sun will do wonders for your pictures but if you just can’t make it out get a ring light! This won’t make you a professional photographer but your lighting will look better.
Tip #4 Get a great editing program/app
So you might have great lighting and the perfect camera but it will all go to waste if you don’t have a editing program. Also when I say editing I’m not talking like major photoshop changes (but if that’s what you do with your photography you do you boo). I’m talking go to, not matter what, won’t let you down. I’ve used a couple of them but my favorite and most people’s is Lightroom. It’s just a great app and let’s you change everything but I usually just focus on the exposure but you can do whatever makes your photos what you want. Also, when I first started (and every now and then) I use Photos (on my laptop and phone) and go into the edit the settings. This also has the options of changing just the brightness, contrast, exposure, etc. and it’s built into my devices which is why I go back.
Tip #5 Master your camera phone
Again, my camera phone was the only camera taking my pictures for my Instagram and blog when I first started so I had to be really good at it. I still use it because who can take a DSLR to every event or every moment of their waking life… no one! That means taking 50 shots of the same flat lay or getting 40 pictures of one outfit. It sounds excessive but you will find somewhere between 5-8 that you like that you can use! Play with it and take it from different angles, use the grid view and auto focus by holding down the screen. These are all for iPhones but if you have a Windows or Android figure out all the nooks and crannies of your camera.
That’s all the tips I have for today! If you have any tips that are really working for you please share them with me in the comments!
Have a great weekend!