Simple Photography Tips for Bloggers

Posted in lifestyle, Social, social media
on March 23, 2016

When it comes to being a blogger, there is a lot more to do than just write excellent, original content for posts. With blogging comes planning, preparation, writing, editing, outfit decisions, and of course, photography. I have always loved taking photos and taking photos for my blog or my Instagram is no exception. I used to love old school photography with film and dark rooms but have since moved into digital photography. Unfortunately I don’t have a DSLR camera, though I hope to soon; but for now I use my iPhone to capture moments.

Photography even on an iPhone can be difficult. Sometimes I will see something I love, go to take a picture, and the image on my screen won’t show what I actually saw. Since this is a never ending struggle of mine, I teamed up with blogger Abigail of Sincerely Abigail, to create a Pinterest board of photography tips for not only our use, but for everyone’s benefit.

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This Pinterest board has a mix of iPhone photography tips, DSLR tips, Instagram tips, and tips on how to generally capture/ edit the best photos. We have pinned a mix of these because every blogger is different and we all have different needs, interests, and styles when it comes to photography. Below, I have highlighted a few of my favorite pins that can help anyone, even non-bloggers, take better photos!

A Beginner’s Guide to Using DSLR for Blog Photography // The Nectar Collective I love all of the content that Melyssa Griffin of The Nectar Collective puts out there. I am a subscriber to her webinars, Twitter Chats, emails, content library… I love it all. So, it’s no surprise that her guide to using a DSLR is straight to the point and amazingly helpful. I definitely plan on using this for reference once I finally invest in a camera! She tells you all about setting up, capturing, and producing the best image possible for your blog or business.

How to Master the Flat Lay I love this post because as a blogger, taking traditional pictures can get tiring and a little repetitive. For those of you who don’t know, a flat lay is when you pick a simple back drop, lay things (clothes, food, accessories, anything) out flat and take the photo from above. It sounds pretty simple but you want to make sure everything looks crisp and clean. Many swear by using a plain background but that doesn’t mean you have to. This post highlights some crucial details and variables that allow you to take the perfect flay lay snapshot.

Photography Apps // The Glitter Guide Most bloggers edit their pictures a little bit, or a lot a bit; even non bloggers edit their photos to get the look that they’re hoping for. There are so many apps out there, but The Glitter Guide did a great job picking out some of the best, even showing some I had never heard of but will definitely be downloading. I always process my pictures through VSCOCam I think it’s one of the best. It has a lot of options for editing and filters, and is generally simple to use. I have also used SnapSeed and it’s also a wonderful app. I like how this article tells you what filters or adjustments were used in each app to edit the photo to what you see on the page. This post gives you a preview of what the apps are capable of, and its amazing.

The Pinterest board that Abigail and I created is a public board on both my Pinterest and Abigail’s Pinterest pages. You can check out her blog post about photography, here. We definitely have a wide variety of resources that are useful for bloggers but also anyone looking to step up their photography game.

What are your best photography tips?

Emily Riane

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