Good photography makes your blog more appealing to your readers. Strategically placing images throughout your blog’s content makes your blog more reader friendly. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to capture amazing shots.
6 Tips for Taking Better Photos for Your Blog
Tip #1 Use the best camera you have … on hand.
I use two cameras for blogging – my Nikon D5000 and my iPhone. When there is something I want to capture, I reach for the best camera I have at the moment.
This picture was taken with my iPhone while nursing my baby (and edited on Instagram). I didn’t need the fancy camera (or both hands) to capture what I wanted. Use what you have available.
Tip #2 Get in close.
When taking a picture, you want to get in as close as you possibly can. The same is true for your headshot, right? You want your readers to truly see the focus of the photograph.
This picture was taken with my Nikon D5000. I could have taken a picture of the entire flower, but I decided to zoom in on the petals thus making the ant visible! Don’t be afraid to get in really, really close!
Tip #3 Check the background.
You want to be sure what needs to be in the picture is in the picture, but you also want to make sure anything unnecessary or distracting is not in the background.
I took this picture with my Nikon D5000. It was taken on the core trail where bikers and joggers were everywhere. To the right was dead tree branches and to the left was a playground. It was a challenge, but I snapped until I got what I wanted – just my baby in the picture with a nice green background. Just be aware of what’s in the frame of your picture!
Tip #4 Choose better lighting.
Most of the time people take pictures without taking notice of the lighting. Consider moving closer to the window or taking your subject outside. Just beware of gnarly shadows.
This picture was taken next to a window with my Nikon D5000. I took several pictures, rotating the food until the lighting was just right. Make sure you check your pictures for crazy shadows and adjusting the lighting when you can.
Tip #5 Take a lot of pictures.
I have never managed to get the shot I want in one fell swoop. For every one picture you see on my blog, there are at least twenty that get trashed.
So don’t be afraid to snap, snap, snap, and then, snap, snap, snap some more!
Tip #6 Use some sort of editing software.
This is key to better photos for your blog. Very rarely does a picture not need a touch up. I have several different ways I edit my pictures. It all depends on the camera I’m using.
If I use my iPhone, then I have two main ways I edit my photos – Instagram app (you should follow me!) and PhotoShop Express app. Instagram has great presets to choose from and PhotoShop Express allows me to make adjustments I want without presets.
When I use my Nikon D5000, I use either Lightroom (pictured above) or Photoshop Elements. If I’m doing serious editing, I defer to Lightroom exclusively. If I’m short on time and just need to make some minor adjustments to make it “good enough,” I use Photoshop Elements.
If you’re looking for something free (or cheaper) to use, you might check out PicMonkey. It’s another way to touch up pictures before you post to your blog!
There are so many more tips, but we’ll stop there and let you soak those in!