Simple Ways To Improve Blog Photography / #WeBlogSummer

I don't know about you, but my favourite aspect of blogging is the photography. I don't think I'm the best at stringing a sentence together, I'd far rather be arranging my makeup palettes and pretending to be a photographer with my nifty Olympus PEN E-PL7! I seriously love that camera, I purchased it from Boots a few months ago and not only does it take amazing photos, it looks great too. I'm seriously considering dedicating a whole blog post to it!

In the meantime, I have wrecked my mind to bring you my top four photography tips that will dramatically increase the impact and overall look to your blog. Just a little disclaimer, I don't think I am the best at blog photography, there is always room for improvement, the following tips are things that I have found work well for me and I hope they work well for you too! For one thing, the photography on a blog is the very first thing that makes me click on a particular blog time and time again. Think Ghostparties, The Lovecats Inc & In The Frow. They sure know how to do it!

The number one photography tip (this should be number one in ALL posts such is this!) is...

1. USE NATURAL LIGHTING

Photography is one of those things that takes practice, a lot of practice, but the most simple thing can improve your photos immensely. If you take a photo in a darkened room or in false lighting and then take the same photo using natural light (either beside a window or actually outside) you'll not believe the difference! Taking photos is usually easier in the spring and summer simply because the days are longer and brighter, trying to get outfit photos for example in winter is a whole different ball game when it gets dark at 3pm! 

Here's a little example of a photo I took recently using my Olympus PEN near a huge window, notice the shadows that add depth...

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2. THINK CREATIVELY 

You don't need to get disheartened if you don't own a DSLR. Before I purchased my new Olympus I had a Cannon 1100D which wasn't great, I actually preferred to use my HTC phone camera because it was of similar quality. Don't believe me? here's the proof...

Taken with Cannon 1100D (DSLR)
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Taken with Olympus PEN E-PL7
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HTC One (phone)
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The moral of the story...

you can still take amazing photos using your phone! Most people own a smartphone nowadays like Apple, Samsung or HTC. Take your photos and use Dropbox to upload them onto your laptop quickly. Easy peasy, what a time saver! I'd use any three of these photos on my blog even though they have been taken by three different cameras because I am more than happy with the quality.


3. PLAY WITH TEXTURES AND MATERIALS

When I first started blogging my photos were fairly simple because I had never attempted to take photos like that before. Most of the time I had just a plain white background but recently I have started to add bits and pieces to add another dimension to my photos to make them more interesting. I'd use anything lying around the house to brighten up a photo and make it more interesting. For example, silk flowers, tops, magazines textured paper from the craft shop, lace and floor tiles. Honestly, the craft shop will be your best friend when it comes to up-ing your photography game. There are any amount of things you could use to add that extra dimension.

Here are a few examples...

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Use magazines for backgrounds
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Lace (a top) & silk flowers
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Again, a magazine & product packaging 
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Blur the background & keep subject in focus
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shoot photos from different angles for a different effect

4. USE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE

A bit of help doesn't do any harm! I very rarely upload a photo to my blog without giving it a once over to make sure I am 100% happy with it. Even cropping the photo to ensure that the subject is in the middle of the frame works wonders. I'm not highly skilled at all so I don't go near photoshop, although I'm guessing it can be good to know how to work it to churn out some great edits! I always opt for Picmonkey as it is quick and easy to use. Editing doesn't have to take all day, nor does it have to be confusing! Honestly, if you haven't tried Picmonkey for free yet, head on over there.

Simple ways to improve blog photography

With Picmonkey you can edit just one photo or make a collage, I tend to adjust the brightness of the photo and increase the clarity for sharp, crisp photos.

If you have anymore tips pop them in the comments below or tweet me @thefashionsix 


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