How to Step Up Your Photography Game | Tips For Bloggers

Now before I start this post, I just want to reiterate that I am not a professional photographer. I do make my living from blogging, though, which involves plenty of photography. Clients want their products or events photographed well, so I have to make them look as good as possible. The majority of the time I am taking photos at home, though. And I have found that lighting can be the thing that either makes or breaks a photo. It can be tricky to get right. So here are some things I have learnt about taking photographs at home. If you get the lighting right, you are onto a winner.

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Equipment

I know plenty of bloggers like my that have DSLR cameras. I know quite a few that simple use their smartphone. As with anything like this, it is how you use it that makes the difference. I have a Nikon D3300 as well as an iPhone. I am not going to tell you what camera to get, but just more to think about how you use that equipment. Practice is key, as you learn different angles and settings on your camera. There are some useful tutorials that I have watched on YouTube, as well as classes on photography at blogging conferences.

I think some other important equipment is trinkets and accessories. Thinking about how your photos are styles will make them look much better too. Think of flat lays or making photos of food look more appealing. They always look better with a few bits in the background, but having the main dish as the focus, for example.

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Lighting

As I have stated above, lighting is something that makes or breaks a picture. It is something that I really have to plan out. If you are doing a zoomed in shot, then think of the best room in the house for light. The best light is in my son’s bedroom. But set up with the right backdrop or food on a tray, you’d never know it was in his bedroom.

So think about the light in your home. It might be worth getting something like a light box for more styled, zoomed in photos. You can easily make your own using a box, paper and some desk lamps too. Getting some LED lighting in the home is good to increase the light in a room as well. Somewhere like Nest.co.uk is a good place to start if you are looking for some new lamps or pendant lights. Though you should try to use as much natural light as possible, depending on the mood you are after.

Editing

I probably don’t spend as long as I should on editing. Though I do think photos can be over edited. Using lightroom or just the iPhoto editor is what I use. I tend to make things brighter and crop them quite a bit. I don’t have the finished image in my head when I take a picture. I always imagine that I will be cropping the picture somewhat afterwards. I wouldn’t mess with the colour, but just the exposure and perhaps contrast.

Are there anythings that you have learnt along the way?

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9 Comments

  1. 9th October 2016 / 8:54 am

    I really want to get myself a better camera. Im looking into getting a lightbox and some extra lenses to enhance my iPhone though! Some really helpful tips here. Thanks so much for sharing at #KCACOLS hope to see you back next time!

  2. 9th October 2016 / 9:17 am

    My husband is the photographer in our house, we are currently saving up for a new lens but they are just so expensive! It can be a difficult thing without the right equipment for sure xx #kcacols

  3. 9th October 2016 / 9:47 am

    Useful tips, its something I need to work on! #KCACOLS

  4. 9th October 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Great tips, I have the old model of the same camera and still love it

  5. 12th October 2016 / 2:04 pm

    This light box looks good. I’m currently trying to improve my food photography as I increase my baking.
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  6. 13th October 2016 / 3:57 pm

    I think lighting is one of the most important things to try and get right. I take photos in some strange places in my house just because the light is best there! x #KCACOLS
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  7. 14th October 2016 / 11:40 am

    I really need to get practicing with photography! Great tips to get me started- thanks. I do tend to think of the finished photo straight away rather than crop it afterwards. With iPhones being so good now, I rarely use a proper camera- should really dig it out and get clicking! #KCACOLS
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