Since I started blogging full time, I’ve been making more of an effort with my photography. Now that I have time during the day when I can use natural light, it’s been a lot easier for me to get the shots that I want and hopefully if you’ve looked back on some of my past posts such as my Makeup Revolution Bronze and Glow review or my MUA Undress Your Skin highlighters review you will have seen that my product photos have improved a lot since earlier posts such as my Urban Decay Naked palette review from 2015.
I have spent quite a bit of time reading guides to blog photography and have been taking a bit more time getting to know the settings on my camera. Here are some tips that I’ve used myself and I think can really help to improve your blog photography.
Get to know your camera
Whether you’re using a fancy DSLR or just your iPhone camera, you’re only going to get the best photos from it if you know what you’re doing with the settings. I used my Canon 700D to take most of the photos that are on my blog but I do occasionally use the camera on my iPhone 6s. I’ve found that watching tutorials for my DSLR on YouTube has really helped. If you know how to play around with the white balance and the aperture, that will really help your photos.
Use a nice background
I’m sure you’ve seen that a lot of bloggers use a marble background for their blog photos and you can see why, having a nice background on your photos makes a world of difference and you don’t have to pay a fortune to achieve this. I use a roll of contact paper from Wilkos for my backgrounds, it’s a wooden effect and cost me £4. I’ve also bought a roll of marble contact paper but I don’t like this as much as it creases really easily and doesn’t look great. There are plenty of places to get textured backdrops for photography, if you have a look around you will be able to find something that suits the style of your blog and you should be able to find a backdrops sale for photography.
If you’re taking a photo of a single product, there will often be a lot of blank space around it and I’ve found that using props can make a whole lot of difference to a photo. You don’t need to go mad or spend a fortune, you can use things that you already have lying around the house. For example, if you’re taking photos of an eyeshadow palette, you can use some pretty makeup brushes. My favourite things to use are artificial flowers and rings. I get my artificial flowers from Wilkos and these are things that I already had in my bedroom but they only cost around £1.50 and can make a photo look a whole lot nicer as there’s not so much blank space.
Learn how to edit
Sometimes your photos might not look as great as you hoped when you finally get them onto your computer, but that doesn’t mean that they’re unusable. If you learn how to edit your photos, you can make them look a lot better in just a few simple steps. You don’t need any fancy software, you can use a free editing website such as PicMonkey which I use just to adjust the colours, brightness and contrast. A little bit of editing is okay, but try not to go too mad – I’ve seen blogs where all of the photos have been ruined by the contrast being upped so much that you can’t see the colour of the eyeshadows that they’re swatching. Always make sure that the final product looks realistic!
Do you have any tips for improving your blog photography?