Blogging involves a lot of things mixed together: writing, photography, creative directing, and more. Although all of these are just as important, photography does play a large part in blogging. It can be hard at first to figure it all out, but with practice and some help over time you’ll be a pro. So I thought I would share some of my tips on blog photography to help!
It’s been said many times that you don’t need to have the best equipment, and it’s true. You could have the best, most expensive camera ever made, and if you didn’t know how to use it the photos would be bad. So get what ever type of camera you can afford, whether that’s a point and shoot camera, a phone camera, or DSLR. And do some research on how to use your particular camera.
I would also suggest watching some youtube videos or reading some books on photography in general. My personal favorite book is “Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs” by Henry Carroll. And a Youtube channel I love to watch for photography tips is Mango Street. Both of these keep everything very simple. You can also see what equipment I use for my photos in this post here.
A big help when it comes to blog photography is having a plan before you start shooting. If it’s outfit photos I always like to know what outfit I’m going to be wearing, and then pick a location. For lifestyle photos I like to have an idea of where in my space I’m going to shoot, what products/items I’m going to need, and when I can take the photos. Just always be okay with things changing, because 9 times out of 10 your original plan will be different than the photos you get. Sometimes things look better in your mind than on camera, so think of the plan as a rough draft.
Before taking any outfit photos, spend a day or a few hours looking around for different spots near where you live. Make sure that what will be in the background won’t be too busy. I always like to stick to more neutral backgrounds so it compliments a lot of different outfits. If you can, find spots with minimal people and not in direct sunlight. And every so often explore to find new locations, both city and nature.
It’s always helpful to have some different photo shots and angles in mind before taking photos. When it comes to outfit photos, I personally have a guideline I like to use as a base. I start with full body photos from both normal standing view and from down below angled up. I do the same angles for most of the outfit photos so I can choose which ones I prefer. I then get closer and do from waist up photos and waist down photos. And then it’s detail shots, movement shots, and closer face photos. I also like to have my mom, who takes all my outfit photos, move around a bit to get different angles of where I am. Over time you’ll find what shots and angles you like best, so experiment!
Being in outfit photos can be very awkward at first. This was something I had to get over and it did take quite a lot of time. And to be honest there are still times where I’m taking outfit photos and I’m not sure what to do. So to help, come up with a few go-to poses you can do. I like to keep mine as “natural” as possible. So you can cross different legs over each other, stare at the opposite side of the street, do a little “walking”, angle your body to the side, and anything else you can come up with. It’s also helpful to have a purse or pockets, so this way you can place your hands somewhere.
When taking lifestyle photos you want to always keep in mind what you want to be the focus. I usually put that item more in the center of the photo, but it can be off to the side. You just want your readers eye to go there first.
Just like anything in life, your blog photography will take lots of time and practice. If you continue taking photos, the more you take the better you will get at it.
Although it is great to get inspiration from other bloggers and photographers, over time you want to create your own photography style. It will take time and lots of shooting to develop your style, but don’t be afraid to try different things. When it comes to my blog and Instagram photos I personally like to keep things cozy, more natural everyday shots. I don’t like when things feel too planned out or too over edited.
I always like to keep in mind when taking photos that less is more. For lifestyle blog photos I like to keep the area clean and not filled with too many items. If there are too many items in a shot at once it can be overwhelming to your readers. For outfit photos I always like to keep my accessories to a minimum as well.
And those are my blog photography tips! I hope these helped, and let me know how you feel about your blog photography, and any challenges you have faced.