Photography is pretty much essential for any modern-day blogger. For me, it’s still vital that the written content is useful but, of course, there’s no denying the power of Instagram. People like vibrant, beautiful edited photos- a picture tells a thousand words, after all. That’s why it’s impossible to try to grow your blog without working on your photography too. But don’t worry-I’m going to share a few of my top tips!
Use the right tools.
Before you head out into the world to take some great pictures, you need to make sure that you’re using the right tools. I know that iPhones have come a long way. Gone are the days of phone cameras with only a few megapixels. However, there’s still a reason to use proper digital cameras if you want your photos to have that professional finish. I use my Olympus Pen when taking food snaps.
Of course, the camera you use is only one aspect of taking great photographs. Anybody can press a button on an expensive piece of kit (and I’m pretty much still in auto mode at the moment!). What makes a good photographer is their ability to frame a photo, edit it and style it.
One investment you might want to make for your blog is Photoshop lessons. I’m not talking editing in seagulls or a different backdrop, but if you’re in a competitive niche such as food-this can help your pics stand out and it’s something I am hoping to try in 2018.
Lighting can be used to your advantage.
Even a beginner to the world of photography knows that lighting is essential to capturing a great photo! Of course, different rules apply depending on whether you’re indoors or outdoors. Diffused sunlight is your best friend when it comes to taking pictures outside. Direct sunlight at high noon can distort perception with high shadows and ruin what appears to be the perfect shot to your naked eye. The Golden Hour (sunrise and sunset) is a perfect time to take photos in the soft and warm glow of the sun. As for taking pictures indoors, make sure you utilize natural light rather than artificial light; windows that catch sunlight indirectly are ideal locations for photographs.
Remember the rule of thirds.
Finally, you need to remember one of the most important composition rules: the rule of thirds. I had read about this a few times before it clicked; it’s a bit hard to explain unless you’ve seen a few examples, so you should do your research. Essentially, imagine a photograph is composed of nine even square-shaped segments. Often, your focus will be in the centre square, but an image can improve its composure if the focal point lies on one of the imaginary intersections of the lines that form the nine squares!
Photography is a tricky business but I hope these posts helped!