It's been a little quiet around these parts wouldn't you say?! I guess I just needed a little bloggy vacation! Sometimes you just have to step away from the computer for a few days, live life, & Be Inspired!!
So, that is exactly what I've been doing! I hope you all understand! We all need a little time off every now & then!
Today, I wanted to talk a little about blog photography & the importance of good blog photos!
Let's be honest....I think all of us are guilty of visiting our favorite blogs, skimming over the text, & just viewing the pretty photos....Am I Right?!
We all want to be inspired & let's face it....pretty photos inspire us! That is usually the reason we buy & subscribe to magazines isn't it?! Because we want to see beautiful, inspiring photos!
So, in order to have a successful blog.....especially if your niche is DIY/Home Decorating....
YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW TO USE YOUR CAMERA!!!
You are MUCH MORE LIKELY to get featured on those big home decor blogs if you take good photos of your projects! Being featured on those larger blogs will increase your pageviews. Pageviews will increase your exposure. Exposure will bring new followers/subscribers to your blog! Are you following me? You get why it's important?!
Okay, let's dig in....shall we?!
Disclaimer: First, I am by NO MEANS claiming to be a photography expert here! I am just taking the time to share with you the things I have learned over the course of my blogging journey with the hope of helping some of you out there who are struggling with their photos! Second, even if you're not a blogger, these tips will help to improve your photography skills! So, if you're just want to take better pictures in general, KEEP READING!
Six Things You Can Do Now To Improve Your Blog Photos:
1. DO NOT take photos of your home/project at night! I know this seems like a no brainer, but I know that I made this mistake early in my blogging career, and I know that many other bloggers starting out make this same mistake.
2. AVOID using your flash whenever possible! The flash is a harsh light & never reflects a project or a room in the way it really appears in person. Instead, TRY TO ALWAYS rely on natural light (i.e. the sun) when taking photos. Natural lighting will provide you with soft, beautiful light that will truly do justice to your project.
3. LEARN how to shoot in manual mode! I cannot express how big of a difference this makes in your photos!! When I first got my DSLR camera, manual mode was so over my head!! But, with a little research, you will find out that it isn't as hard as it appears and that it is SO WORTH taking the time to learn!! It truly can take your photos to a whole new level! When researching manual mode, I found a lot of great information from The Pioneer Woman's site. I read, and read, and READ some more. Then I practiced her tips & tricks with my camera, until I SLOWLY managed to figure it all out....AND I AM STILL LEARNING!!! Don't expect to become a manual mode expert overnight....it's just not going to happen!
4. While trying to figure out manual mode, EMBRACE aperture priority mode. On Canon DSLR cameras this is known as "AV" mode on Nikon cameras, I think it is just "A" mode. By setting your camera in aperture priority mode, you are telling the camera how big of an area you want in focus. A low aperture ( i.e., 4-5) will only allow for a small area to be in focus. This works for small projects such as crafts, but if you are photographing an entire room, then you want a large area to be in focus. If that is the case, you need your aperture to be high (i.e., 14-16). When shooting in aperture priority mode, you set the aperture (tell the camera how small or how large you want your focal area) and then it will take care of setting the shutter speed & ISO for you. Your pictures won't be at their full potential when shooting in aperture priority mode, but they will be a heck of a lot better than what they would be if you just leave the camera on AUTO.
5. EDIT your pictures!! You don't have to be a photoshop expert to either! Their are lots of great programs online that are FREE which can make a world of difference in your photos! I personally like to use PicMonkey & Ribbet to edit my blog photos. Just by using their BASIC editing options, you can brighten your photos, enhance the clarity, & make them look more magazine or "pin" worthy!
6. Take at least one "BEAUTY SHOT." Speaking of "pinning", did you know that the majority of my blog traffic comes from Pinterest?! When my photos or projects get pinned, then that drives traffic to my blog! So how do you get your photos pinned?! First, make sure that you are following the first 5 steps I've already addressed in this post! Remember....Pretty Pictures = More Pins! And last, but not least....take a "beauty shot." Take at least one shot & label it with the project title & make sure that you watermark it (put your blog title or URL on the photo.) In fact, ALL of your photos should be watermarked!! In the picture below, I added the label & text to using PicMonkey. I like PicMonkey over Ribbet when it comes to labeling my photos because they have more label options as well as more fonts to choose from.
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Are you a blogger looking to improve your blog photos or just a mom trying to take better pictures of your kids?!
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