One of the main reasons I started my blog, was to share my love and passion for photography, it’s a hobby that I really love, and something I have learnt over the years from my dad. You will always find me taking photos I am that annoying friend you know the one! I like to ‘capture’ the moment and I love it when I manage to convey a story in my photographs. As photography plays a big part in blogging, I wanted to share some tips and advice with you guys specifically when it comes to blogging photography.What cameras do I use?
Mainly: My Nikon D3200 with 35mm lens or my 18-55mm lens
On the go: My Olympus pen with the 14-42mm kit lens
I also use my iPhone 6 camera a lot when I don’t have the above on me!
I often prefer light clutter free backgrounds, so if I have white bedding on my bed (which is next to a large window for lots of natural light) I usually take photos of products here. However sometimes this can look a little too plain, add some personality to the photo by adding props. I don’t like the word props because sometimes it sounds a little fake. I jazz up the white background with a pretty patterned notebook, flowers, magazines, a throw, cushions, basically anything you have lying around to make the photo that little bit more interesting and more you!
Flat-lays are very ‘in’ right now, you may have seen them floating around the likes instagram and other forms of social media. To make your life a little easier, when photographing lipsticks or nail polish, to stop them from rolling around use white-tack or double sided tape, it’s a life saver.
Free online editors
You do not need to pay or learn how to use Photoshop for your blog photography if you do not want too, there are tons of free resources online, such as Pixlr, Picmonkey, fotor and many more, simply have a google and find one which works for you, these are handy when it comes to brightening and sharpening your images if you are not totally happy with them once you’ve got them on your laptop etc, etc.
Bokeh, Bokeh, Bokeh, Uh-huh, -Uh-huh!
You see those little dots of light in the background? That’s ‘bokeh’ my fairy lights in the background have changed into large blurred out of focus circles of light due to the focus being on the foreground – my iPhone! Technically, you can create the illusion of this effect in Photoshop or an online editor with the blur tool, but it’s a lot easier to just buy a lens that does this for you because bokeh is created by the lens type not the actual camera.
I am going to ahead and say that whilst a tripod (around £15.00) isn’t 100% necessary when it comes to blogging photography, you won’t regret it! Throw in a little wireless remote from eBay (£3.00) and you can snap pictures without running back and forth pressing the self timer button. A tripod just makes your life easier, if you do invest money into a camera, don’t risk breaking it by balancing it on books, shelves, etc trying to get the right shot trust me because I have been there, done that and got the t-shirt!
Get inspired and be creative
Pinterest and We heart it, are great sources for inspiration when it comes to photography, note the word inspiration, its great to admire and enjoy but don’t copy photo styles when you have your own! Legally it can also get pretty messy if you use someones photograph or work without asking, always double check as it’s better to be safe than sorry!