We all have our own style and approach when it comes to taking photos. I like to create images that are white, bright and airy, whilst others prefer those with warmer tones. Within the last couple of months, I feel that I've discovered my own style and know exactly what I want to achieve from my images, but that doesn't mean I'm not still learning every day. One of my favourite parts about blogging is finding new techniques to taking images that are aesthetically pleasing for me and my readers. I thought I would share with you my very own personal tips to creating post-worthy images.
90% of my photos are taken on my Canon 600d with the 50mm lens. With its minimum focal range of around 45cm, this is the ideal lens for close ups with a blurred background effect which is great for product images. The rest of my photos are either taken on my iPhone 6 or my new addition, which is the Olympus Pen E-PL7. I tend to use the Olympus as my on the go camera as it's easier to carry around and it delivers results at the same standard, if not better than the canon if the settings are correct. It also has a flip out screen which makes it easier to produce flat lays and images from above.
I think lighting is the most important factor in blog photography as it can completely make or break an image. Up until a few months ago, I relied entirely on natural lighting which would become a challenge in the darker months, especially as my bedroom backs onto woods. I'd dedicate my weekends to getting up as early as possible and cram in as many photos as I could in the limited amount of time that I had, but I still didn't feel they were as bright as I'd like them to be. My boyfriend surprised me with a set of soft box lighting for Christmas and I honestly don't know how I lived without them. I've heard so many mixed reviews and I know a lot of people disagree with the use of artificial lighting but I feel that they have completely transformed the style of my images and help towards producing the perfect content to accompany my posts.
I try not to use props that will take away the focus of the subject that I'm photographing, but I'll usually add something that will give my image a pop of colour or personality. Books, candles, flowers, beauty products and most homeware items make great additions to a simple image that needs a bit of sprucing up. The key is to find items that will work with what your image, rather than causing a distraction to your main subject.
The majority of my photos are taken in my bedroom on the surface of my white IKEA chest of drawers. I use this purely because the space is big enough for my set up and the white background makes my photos look brighter and cleaner. The marble background that you may have seen in some of my photos is just a large canvas that I covered with a marble effect sticky back plastic. A handy bit of DIY that I discovered on YouTube. I also like to take photos on my bed, depending on the bedding.
I don't tend do a huge amount of editing on my photos as the soft box lighting already creates bright and airy images, but I'll add a few finishing touches by using the standard iPhoto editing tools on my MacBook. I usually increase the exposure and brightness slightly, add a small amount of saturation to bring out the colours and sharpen my image to make it appear more crisp and clear. As long as you have the right lighting, you won't need to do a huge amount of editing.
What are your blog photography tips?