How To Blog: Take Better Blog Photos

I’ve been taking way too many photographs for this blog on my iPhone of late so it was one of my New Years Resolutions to put the iPhone down and start taking more pictures with my D-SLR.

Good photography is something that is credited when it comes to a good blog and since The Photography Show is going to be hitting Birmingham soon I thought it was a good time to share some tips on taking better blog photos

Since I’m no expert, here are a mixture of hints and tips from myself and other bloggers… (also keep reading for a special offer from The Photography Show)

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1. Make it shareable…

When it comes to bringing in traffic, pinterest is big business. So making images shareable by either placing a quote or a how-to guide on the image is now becoming essential. Use pic monkey.com or iPhoto to overlay quotes. For example:

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2. Don’t over complicate it…

Your image can be as simple as you like and still stand out. Blogs can be so chaotic that a bit of simplicity can do your post the world of good.

3. Think about cropping…

HowDoesShe.com has done a brilliant blog post on better blog photos, this is one of their tips…

An easy rule of thumb when deciding where to crop (or not crop) a portrait image is to avoid cropping at any joints. Cropping at a person’s joints gives them a …disjointed feeling

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4. Gwen from ThisFashionIsMine.com says this about Lighting…
Lighting is the most important aspect when aiming to produce clear, focused and clean looking images. Take advantage of dry days and photograph outside. The sun does not need to be blazing down, in fact that can sometimes cause problems instead of solving them.

When indoors, photograph objects like makeup or recent buys near a big window that lets in lots of natural light. Don’t be tempted to use desk lamps or artificial lighting, it will just cast an orange glow over your subject. (Normal lamps can be used on occasion but you need to know how to deal with the orange colour cast either in-camera or in post production.)

If you’d like to take things a little more seriously you can invest in some professional lighting equipment. I use one continuous ‘day light’ bulb and a softbox on a stand to accompany natural light. You can purchase these on Amazon or eBay - but be warned they do not come cheap. A set of non-flash* units will put you back around £100. *non-flash means continuous light just like a huge powerful lamp.

5. Watermark your images…

If you’re sharing your own images on the internet then you need to make sure that people know that they belong to you. Sometimes those who are sharing your image do a very bad job at crediting it properly, make it easy by placing a small link on the image.

6. The SITS Girls have a great tutorial on photo composition. 

7. What not to do…

And finally, A Beautiful Mess have compiled a list of 10 things NOT to do.
Including this…

Do Not Use Auto Flash ALL The Time Oh no no no no. This is a common mistake that is so easy to fix! Just turn off your automatic flash. See how in the above examples the auto flash makes the photo look flat and washed out, don’t let this happen to your photos! Natural light is lovely, so take advantage of it!

If you’re interested in visiting The Photography Show then it takes place at Birmingham’s NEC from March 1st until the 4th. The Photography Show is for anyone interested in taking pictures - from someone keen to move on from their iphone to someone that is considering turning professional. The Photography Show is designed to inspire and educate photographers.
Why should you visit?

  • See the latest and greatest photography gear from the likes of Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Epson, Adobe, Manfrotto, Olympus, Fuji and over 150 more.
  •  Enjoy a massive programme of free seminars on the catwalk, live stage, IGPOTY garden, Photoshop studio, Lightroom studio and the Studio. All designed to help visitors take, and edit, better photographs
  •  Get hands on with your camera and enjoy unique picture taking opportunities – with professional help – across the show.
  •  Hear from photography legends such as Rankin, Terry O’Neill, Steve McCurry and Joe McNally on the super stage
  • Pick up some unbelievable show offers from the retailers on the latest cameras, lenses and other accessories.

As a special offer for readers of rachphillips.com The Photography Show would like to offer you tickers for just £10. To take advantage of this offer, please visit http://www.photographyshow.com  and enter the code FUTHND142014

8 Comments on How To Blog: Take Better Blog Photos

  1. Carrie Medford
    February 9, 2014 at 5:33 pm (7 months ago)

    Great post! One thing I’ve got to work on doing is watermarking my blog pics. And the info about where NOT to crop is priceless, thank you!
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  2. Marion Baker
    February 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm (7 months ago)

    Rachael,
    Thanks so much for this. I really needed some tips about photos. This gives me some great info about where to start.

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  3. Joseph Giannotti
    February 10, 2014 at 12:43 am (7 months ago)

    Wow Rachel, This is such good advise! I’m gonna save it in evernote for future reference. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Amanda
    February 10, 2014 at 9:43 am (7 months ago)

    Thanks Rachael. Firstly your pictures are gorgeous! Secondly, what great advice, I especially need to start watermarking pictures and paying more attention to the lighting.

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  5. Peter Pocklington
    February 20, 2014 at 7:44 pm (6 months ago)

    YES, YES, YES…

    A very informative posting, well-researched and filled with places to go to know more. I had often wondered what it would take to get those quotes onto images, and now I know. The advice on where not to crop had thrown me for something of a loop, since most of the time the platforms seem to be targeted towards “headshots”. Armed with your information I can now look with a more critical eye.

    THANK You, Thank YOU, THANK YOU

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  6. BJ
    February 27, 2014 at 11:11 am (6 months ago)

    Thanks Rachel :-)

    This post addresses one of my biggest concerns about starting a blog.

    Bookmarking for futute reference!!

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    • Rachael
      February 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm (6 months ago)

      Good luck x just jump in and get started, there’s no hard and fast rules, just find your own voice and go for it x

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