BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY FOR BLOGGERS
Quite often I receive different questions from some of you and because those questions are very often the same I decided to create blog series with answers and tips.
First of all I would like to say that I do not feel like the ultimate expert in all the topics that I will write about (topics like photography, social media, graphic or flower design and styling) but I will share my own experience with you on the issues that interest not only you but me too. And believe me I will be very happy to hear your opinion and experience about the given topic too. I’m sure that I can learn many things from you as well.
I would first like to talk about photography. Because I receive so many questions about it.
Here I have prepared seven important tips that you can follow to improve your photography. They have helped me – you can see some of my first posts here, and to compare how much I improved my photography. I kept on purpose these first funny blog posts from 2009 when I didn’t have any skills and knowledge about the photography. ☺
I will not hide from you that as a blogger the quality of the pictures is really important to me. I often have to reject a material that has been sent to me because the photos are not good enough – dark, wrong and honestly ugly. (I am very sorry about it, because some of the rejected materials are for interesting products, by young designers, but this is very important for the look of 79ideas). So if you want to take a good picture – don’t make it in the evening. During the day the light is great and works for you!
Pay attention to the background or simply a bit of styling will not harm anyone. Choose carefully where you want to shoot.
If you shoot product for your e-shop in Etsy, Dawanda, Fler, etc. your background has to be clean and monochromatic. The most important thing on the picture is your product and it must be clearly visible and in focus. No blurry photos and small depth of field.
If you want to show what you have done for your blog – note card, jewelry, DIY, be careful what you capture in the background. It wouldn’t be nice to see the laundry or the dirty dishes from lunch.
Well, you do not need to physically remove it out of your camera.
The flash produces very unpleasant, hard shadows and makes everything yellowish. Check the manual of the camera how to u disable it and forget that the flash exists. You can thank me later about this. :)
It is better to choose from more pictures than just 2, right? Plus unless you shoot with film or Polarioid camera you can always delete the unneeded photos.
So make 10 or even 20 more photos than usual and don’t forget to change the angles. Make a full circle around your object if possible. Sometimes even the strangest at first glance angle can work very well for you.
Do not post 20 pictures of the same subject. If you want to show what a great chair you bought from the local vintage market it is enough to post a picture of the chair in full size and a few close-up details. 4-5 shots are really enough. If you post 10 pictures, you risk to bore your readers.
Details are crucial. So don’t be afraid to get as close as possible (and as your camera allows you) to your subject. The only exception here is when taking pictures of food. There are so many unpleasant pictures when people try to capture the food closely. So be careful with the macro of the pea in your stew.
Here we touch a very important problem of the Internet – stealing of photos and not giving credit. Personally for me this is one of the most important rules, but we will discuss it later. To prevent stealing some bloggers put watermarks or write with large font on their pictures. I personally do not like this because I think it is not pretty and the idea of the picture is to give a visual representation of things. So if you still want to indicate that the image is yours – do it in one of the corners. Put your logo always in the same way, angle, the same size and color. Otherwise you might break the concept of the blog if you use different angles, different colors and sizes of photos.
And at the end I would like to tell you that there’s no need to have the most expensive equipment in order to take good photos. And the lack of an expensive camera is not an excuse that the pictures in your blog aren’t good. If you can afford a DSLR camera that would be great, even if it is second hand. As a lens I’d recommend you 50mm F/1.8, an affordable lens which is very versatile and is great for portraits and details.
If you cannot afford a DSLR, just read the manual of the camera you own and follow the abovementioned simple rules. I hope I have been helpful and would be happy to answer your questions if you have any.