I think one of the biggest questions I hear from other bloggers and social media gurus is: “How do I come up with pictures for my blog?”
It’s an honest question and it’s one that I even ask… and my background is in photography. Having time to take pictures, edit, upload, and of course, try to keep to a theme can be daunting at best.
So, here’s my three tips to take better photos for your blog:
#1 Use Natural Lighting When Taking Photos
The best way to up your photography game is to turn off your flash and use natural lighting. If I am taking pictures inside for Instagram, I will often set up my “photo” next to a window or outside doorway. That way I get the best light possible. I also like to take pictures on my back patio. It’s covered which provides shade, yet still gives me that natural looking light!
If you are using natural lighting for landscape or nature photography try to get outside first thing in the morning. Personally, I love the cool crisp lighting of early mornings (the picture in this article? Was taken early in the early morning hours at the beach). You can also go for “magic hour” lighting which is typically half an hour before sunset.
#2 Stick To A Specific Style or Theme
Overall, you may want to stick with a pretty specific “style” when it comes to your photography theme. Case in point: I like to take nature photos as it provides a more calming effect to blog visitors, plus I actually enjoy editing them.
However, if you are a fashion blogger, you’ll probably want to stick to unique photos of shoe collections, jewelry, flowers. etc. Or if you are food blogger…well, you get the idea. 😉
#3 Try the Flatlay Look
One of the most flattering and easiest forms of photography is using a flatlay style. How do you get that look? To start, you’ll want to purchase foam boards from your local store. Pure white foam boards work great for this! Then you can style your board. Take the picture shooting straight down to create the flat lay effect. If you follow the first two rules that I shared, you’ll be well on your way to Instagram or blog worthy photos!
BTW….You need to Get in the Photos, too!
Are you wanting to get in your photos more? You may want to invest in a sturdy tripod. Learn to use your timer settings on your camera and then you’ll be set to take pictures of yourself!
You could also do a photo swap with another local blogger, that way you can take photos of each other for your blogs. Sometimes, you just gotta think outside the box.
What are some of your go to tips for creating awesome images?