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Top 10 Blog Photography Tips...

Sunday, 13 August 2017

...and Why I'm Not Investing In A Proper Camera Any Time Soon



Last Thursday I took part in a lovely Twitter chat hosted on @Cbeechat by @LadyEOnline, on the topic of Blog Photography. And while I don't count myself as a pro-photographer by any means, I am happy with the graphics I put on my blog...


Now, I'll let you in on a little secret... I don't have a fancy schmancy camera.

I used to have a great camera that I got given from my Dad for a school camera, which did just fine for my blog photography... until I discovered my iphone camera. Yes; I take all of my blog and instagram photos with my phone. 

And I don't think they're half bad. 

So no, I'm not going to be spending an additional £300 on a camera which to be frank, I don't need and I probably can't afford right now.


1. You don't need to spend all your dolla dolla bills to get a beautiful flat-lay
The most expensive thing in these two flat-lays (Not including my denim jacket) is my £12 liquid lipstick by Bare Minerals. 

2. In fact, rather than spending money on super cute and reasonably priced postcards from paperchase, download the 'Free Prints' app (the one with the butterfly on it) and you can order up to about 50 photos- paying only for postage! 
As long as you can design your own prints, it really is a great way to cut costs... and if you dont know how to design your own prints, watch this spot. I'll be uploading my own prints on this very blog, very soon.

3. Keep your theme in mind while choosing your props
This is especially important for blog photographers who have a colour scheme on their blog or instagram pages. For me, most of my blog photos will either have hints of white or pink, to go with my blog theme. 

4. Take lots and lots of photos, and experiment with the angles
I usually take about five to ten shots of the same flat-lay; altering the angle, lighting, brightness and contrast with each one. And usually by the end of all of that, I end up with a handful of images that I'm pleased with!

5. Remember that there is so much more to blogging than just marble flatlays and white backgrounds...
In fact, I rarely use my marble sheet as a background for my flatlays. I actually prefer using my dining table- it's just something that makes my blog a little bit different from all the rest!

6. A lot of the time, blog photography is hit and miss
Nobody really knows what they're doing- and anyone who says otherwise is trying to sell you something. Just go for whatever you think will look good, and somewhere along the way you'll figure out what works for you... and what doesn't.

7. Even the people who get their photos plastered over Vogue Magazine covers had to start somewhere
Don't be too harsh on yourself... if your photos aren't glossy magazine quality right away. As with everything in life, you have to start somewhere. Each photoshoot you take is an opportunity to learn!

8. You don't have to be a photoshop genius to get a good photo
Some of my blogger friends use photoshop -or VSCOcam- to touch up their photos before they post them anywhere. And that's absolutely fine; it works wonders for them. But I'm no tech wizard, and I personally wouldn't know where to start if I were to edit my photos. Instead, I bank on natural lighting and good angles to get the perfect photo for my blog.

9. Don't do what everyone else is doing, just because everyone else is doing it. Just because something works for one person (or even fifty people), doesn't mean it will work for you!
One of the most amazing things about the blogging community is that each and every one of our blogs are different. So the props that a beauty blogger uses, won't necessarily be the same as the ones a lifestyle blogger does. And even within the niches there are vast differences. Jemma and Hannah are in the same niche- but their blog themes and photos are worlds apart! Take inspiration from the people around you- but when you take photos, make sure you are in the photos. 

10. Above all, remember to just be you and be proud of what you create
You could be the most successful blogger in the world, but what really matters is that you are happy with the quality of content that you put out there in your name. Be proud of the hard work you have put in to the things you care about.


If you can't hack the whole photography scene (or just don't have the time), remember that I now have my very own blog photography service to help you out!


What's your top tip for blog photography?

Adios, xo

46 comments:

  1. Great post... very helpful for me as a newbie blogger... and quite frankly a terrible photographer x

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    1. Aw, I was awful when I started out Jacquelene! You learn as you go.

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  2. I loved this post! I always feel bad for not editing my blog photos but there are always so many of them and I never have the time. In my opinion it's about what you write, the photos are just something to look at and split up the post ♡
    Love,
    Meg x
    https://megangoodier.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I agree with you to an extent Megan, but I definitely think photos are SUPER useful for promoting your blog- and they're usually the first thing that attracts viewers to your blog :)

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  3. I loved this post! I always feel bad for not editing my blog photos but there are always so many of them and I never have the time. In my opinion it's about what you write, the photos are just something to look at and split up the post ♡
    Love,
    Meg x
    https://megangoodier.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. This definitely has some truth to it, Megan! I think good photos are a great asset to a blog & its social media presence, but the true value of the content is the writing!

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  4. Funny little story. My grandpa gave me Photoshop last summer and told me it's a great thing to use and all this but over the year I was just to busy to relearn it. Every time he calls he asks if I have been using Photoshop and every time I laugh and say I am still learning. At some point he will just realize I have given up! Sites like pic monkey are miracle workers.

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  5. You almost said everything perfect. Even though I have DSLR but still I always depends on my good phoen for great clicks. If it is high photo shoot thing then I use DSLR. But still I do struggle with myslef and other people to show that mobile camera is superior. Even My Bachelor degree farewell video got me this recognition that I do not need DSLr to click pics. So keep going with this attitude and I am sure you will do great.

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  6. Your photos are great and you cannot tell you are using your phone- they look professional. Great tips on getting a good photo, I enjoyed reading :)

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    1. Awh, thank you so much for your lovely comment Ashley!

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  7. I believe Images are helpful in attracting readers and illustrating what you're writing. It is equally important as quality content. I loved your post idea. Very well written.

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    1. I agree with you completely Amisha! Thank you for the lovely comment.

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  8. Wonderful post. It's true you always dont need a high end DSLR. I run a food blog and all the photos are shot on my iPhone. I find it easy too.

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    1. That's amazing- I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds their iPhone camera good enough!!

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  9. Great tips, I was actually considering buying a camera. I'm considering getting an iPhone 7plus apparently the picture quality is great.

    Http://Mapolo.style

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    1. I've heard a lot of good things about the iPhone 7+! But you do whatever's right for you!

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  10. Great post, I have both types but tend to use my phone for the majority of my photos....

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  11. Very encouraging! I don't have a nice camera and depend a lot on my phone or other photographers to get me photos from shoots in a timely manner :P

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  13. I love your photos! That's my concern at the moment I want magazine glossy pics for my blog. Thanks for the reassurance...

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    1. I'd suggest working on your technique- it's the photographer, not the camera, that makes the photos beautiful!

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  14. I really like this post, thanks for sharing! I'm always worried that my photography isn't up to scratch and that I have no idea what to do when I'm editing so it's good to know we're not alone!

    Meg x
    www.nomeanfeast.co.uk

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    1. What are you on about Meg?! I love the photos you display on your blog!!

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  15. I love the app Snapseed for editing pictures on my phone. If you just adjust the brightness and ambiance it can make a world of difference!!

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  16. good tips! i always try to keep an eye on the aesthetics. if the picture looks adequately aesthetical to me, it's good.

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    dahi
    http://www.strangeness-and-charms.com/

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  17. Great tips. Camera doesn't make the photographer :) understanding angles and light does.

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  18. Great post, I'm also trying not to invest in an expensive camera. Holding out as long as I can πŸ˜‚

    Sophia x http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

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    1. I'm half-tempted to splash out when my student loans come in, ngl... but I do love the ease of taking photos on my phone!

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  19. Such a great post. Although a DSLR or mirrorless camera would produce great shots, you're doing brilliantly with your phone!

    Lindsay | www.lindsaydavison.co.uk

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  20. Love your tips, especially 9 & 10. We must have our own perspective and never follow the trends or someone else work. But we can only be inspired.

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  21. Great blog post and the whole visual of your blog is gorgeous. So agree with you about being authentic and true to yourself, although sometimes when you are starting out and in need of inspiration it can be easy to take a look at a marble top flatlay with loads of white space and think hey I want mine the same.
    Blogs without photos are just too hard going, I think the photos and visuals draw you in.

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    1. Thank you so much love! I have nothing against marble flatlays- I LOVE them, but there is so much more that you can do with flatlays as well!

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  22. These were some really good tips. Especially the postcard alternative. Thanks so much for the knowledge!

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  23. i love this article. You have shared really good tips. I was planning on buying a camera but now i have to see that i can make good use of my Iphone.

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  24. Good post. I like your suggestion to not do what everyone else is doing just because they're doing it. Great advice, study the competition and what makes them successful and then put your own twist on it.

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  25. Really love this post. Great tips, males me feel a bit better about my attempting a blog!! Thank you x

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  26. I have been blogging for almost 5 years and that is me just investing in a new camera and even still, I bought it on gumtree second hand. Theres no need to rush, its all about writing content that people want to read.

    www.kumbearxo.com

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  27. Im no photographer just a normal writer/blogger but I love that work that you did here very detailed and direct. I commend all photographers for the work you do. Finding beauty in the finer arts. Well done

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  28. Love this! Ive just started blogging so finding posts like this with good advice is so handy. So many good tips there and I am going to download the print app - excited to see your designs when you post them :) xx

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  29. Very helpful tips, thanks for sharing

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  30. Hi dear Sara,
    This is such a great post!! You really don't need a fancy camera in order to get great shots. I have this DSLR but have moved back to mobile photography after all. It's just so much more convenient... Plus, the camera is pretty good itself.
    Thanks for the lovely wrap up on this topic though.
    xx Finja | www.effcaa.com

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