As much as I love the Autumn for many reasons (twenty to be exact), there is just ONE thing that is slowly making me lose the will to live... And that is the fact that it's so gloomy outside that it's almost impossible to take blog photos worthy of posting or at least to keep up with my blog theme. If you follow me on twitter (@marleylaceyx), you've probably noticed that I've moaned about this subject on several occasions and actually, a lot of you have been feeling my pain which shows that it's not just me and my rubbish photography skills. PHEW. When it comes to blogging, natural lighting is your best friend and without it, unless you have some top notch fancy lighting equipment, the outside gloominess without a doubt reflects on your photos. With that being said, I thought I'd share a few little tips to prevent this dark and dingy Autumn weather taking over your blog by its demotivating ways - because, well... We don't want that now do we?!
PLAN YOUR POSTS
This has made such a difference to my life. If I wake up and see that the weather isn't on my side, I'll sit down for a few hours and plan my upcoming posts instead of attempting to work with it (and getting frustrated when my photos come out dark and grainy). Not only does it keep me feeling productive, but it also makes life so much easier when it comes to writing up a post as it's already there as a draft copy. This massively reduces the amount of time it takes for me to write a post.
TRY OUT NEW BACKGROUNDS AND DIFFERENT ROOMS IN THE HOUSE
I tend to take the majority of my blog photos on top of my white bedside table which is right next to my window. This is because the natural lighting is usually at its finest here, and I feel that the whole 'white, bright and airy' look fits in with my blog the most. But I'm finding that even the lightest parts of my room are no help to my blog content at the moment, so I've had to change things up a bit by taking my photos in different rooms with more Autumnal backgrounds. My bathroom has been a fair alternative.
TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THOSE GOOD LIGHTING MOMENTS
You'd probably laugh at how crazy I go when I wake up to a bright bedroom. I use these moments to take as many blog photos as I can in the short space of time that I have (i'm lucky if I get half an hour). This is also when number 1 comes in handy as I already have an idea of what I need to photograph for each post, which means all that's needed is to gather everything together - the items I'm photographing, the props and also creating the background setting.
TAKE PHOTOS OUTSIDE
Unless it's pouring with rain or you feel like you're gonna blow away with the wind, taking photos outside during the day can be a great alternative to battling with the natural lighting inside. I tend to use this as a last resort as sometimes the grey cloudy lighting requires a huge amount of editing which then makes my photos look slightly unrealistic, but when it's a pleasant day, it really highlights the object I'm photographing (you can use some pretty flowers or leaves as props too!).
INVEST IN SOME ARTIFICIAL LIGHTING
If you can afford to splash out, I'd say go for it. You can buy relatively cheap sets of artificial lighting on Amazon which can help massively with your blog photography in dark rooms. Although I've heard mixed reviews about this idea - (some say it adds too much warmth to a photograph, whilst others disagree and say that it completely transforms one), personally, I've seen photos that look amazing from people that have made the investment and I'd love to give it a try myself and develop my own opinions. But, not only can I not afford it at the moment, I also don't think I'd know where to start with the technical side of things - so if you're anything like me, you might require some help with this one!
Are you struggling with this gloomy Autumn weather? Are there any tips that you would you like to share?