Since purchasing my Olympus Pen, my blog photography has definitely improved if I say so myself. Not only has the quality of the photos drastically changed, but my keen eye for photography too since my enjoyment from using the camera has made me more interested in this field and seek out extensive tips and tutorials. From this, I now have a better understanding of what makes a good blog photo that is appreciated by a reader. Not solely in terms of the quality (tech-savvy words such as 'aperture' still succeed in confusing me), but the shooting location, posing and types of photos too.
The visuals are just as important in a post than the words, particularly as people tend to look at the photo first to hook them in. And while I'm no expert, I'm here today to share with you all what I've learnt over the past few months from immersing myself in all things blog photography. Of course, everyone has their own unique perspective on what makes a good photo, but my tips are quite generic so they should fit just about every kind of blog. Happy snapping
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
I know it's difficult to always shoot in a fancy-pants location, particularly if you feel like you live in a not so interesting place (nobody likes a garden fence as a background though). What's more, often the weather can play a vital part in making or breaking a photo. But, if you're bedroom has plenty of light or you live relatively close to somewhere pretty or suited to your style, that will work. Since I'm in London during the week for uni and exploring as I go, I always get someone to snap a few photos for me as there's always something interesting for a background in this vibrant city. While bedroom snaps are fine every now and then if the weather is poor, it is best advised to get outside - it really is one of the best ways to add diversity, a touch of lifestyle and realism as well as a more professional feel to your photography.
POSING FOR PHOTOS
Even to this day do I find it slightly awkward and embarrassing taking photos outside with streams of passers-by glaring at me as if to say I'm vain or superficial. But hey, just think...you will most likely never see that stupidly irritating person again. Ignore the people looking and work your stuff.
Finding poses that work for you is easier said than done and it really goes down to practice. Take inspiration from other blogs (I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to blog photography ideas; when in doubt, I return to this for posing ideas) and recreate what they do. However, it does take time to feel confident and yourself in front of a camera, but if you just act yourself and let someone you feel comfortable with take your photos, you should be there in no time.
Personally, I love photography that has plenty of movement and spirit - photos that are not too false or staged. Walking around as if you're getting papped often brings in the game-changers.
SHOTS AND ANGLES TO USE
Imagine how boring your photos would look if they all pretty much looked the same? In order to keep things interesting, be sure to switch up your composition. Play around with shots and angles that work well with your poses. Variety is key.
Below are some of the types of shots I, and most bloggers, love to adopt (sorry, I'm not talking vodka here). A few of each for one outfit post will work perfectly.
- Long shots - this allows your reader to see your outfit in full-length whilst seeing some of your location
- Establishing shot (optional) - enables your reader to see the location.
- Close-up - to see details. It's always lovely to see a close-up portrait too to see the makeup look.
- Medium shot - from either the waist down, or the waist up. A medium shot will show your reader detail but not in an overwhelming way from an extreme close-up.
Due to the narcissistic society we are thanks to social media, when we're feeling on fleek, boy do we want to share it. But be warned, nobody likes to scroll through a million and one photos of you and your outfit in one post. I tend to stick to around 10 photos, but other bloggers vary so take a look at some of your favourites. That being said, always shoot as many photos as you can - you most likely won't like every photo, some may be out of focus or the composition may be wrong and so on. Get your photographer to keep snapping.
And the rest is up to you! I can't stress enough how important practice is (as with everything in life). But by taking on board these tips, you should be there in no time.
Do you have any tips to share?