How To Improve Your Blog Photography
It has taken me a lot longer than expected to put together a post on blog photography. The visuals on my website are one of the main reasons why I love to blog, and honestly I felt the need to perfect my photography before I properly talked about it on this space! Having received so many questions on what camera I use, how I edit my photos, and how I get my posts to look like they do, I figured it was time I finally shared some of my tips to hopefully inspire at least one of you to take your photography to the next level.
Photography on the Canon 5D Mark III, 50mm f/1.4
First of all, I am by no means a professional. In all honesty, only up until about four months ago, I felt confident to use my camera on manual. Everyday I am still learning! So many years down the line, I hadn't been able to understand the concept of shooting on manual until I played and played with my camera and then one day it just clicked and has stuck ever since. Practice really helps with photography! I can also say that purchasing Adobe Lightroom for photo editing has allowed me to develop my own style of photography too. It allows you to make your photos your own, which I feel is so important in standing out in the competitive blogging world.
1. SET YOUR CAMERA TO MANUAL
My favourite blogs to log onto are actually the most visual ones. I love that blogging has become a new form of media, and almost like a genuine and real online magazine of people's lives. The more visual a blog, the more it inspires me. The first thing to do when you want to start creating your own style of blog photography is setting your camera to manual. I had used automatic for years - it works great don't get me wrong, but as soon as you get your head around ISO, aperture and shutter speed, you can literally transform your photography overnight.
I love depth of field - I mean, who doesn't in the world of fashion photography right?! When I was first playing around with my camera, I was obsessed with having the most blurry background - but be careful not to overdo it! It's easy to set your aperture to f/1.4 and then end up with far little in focus than you wanted! If you are trying to get a full/half body shot in focus, try setting it slightly higher! I learned the hard way, but I now usually set mine between f/2.2 and f/3.5, which works a treat.
2. CHOOSE A STUNNING BACKDROP
This is such a crucial side to getting unique photos on your blog. Pick a location that fits the image of your blog. I'm all about those British remote country estates, and last week I found the gorgeous Castle Howard, just outside of York. It was genuinely like finding a mini Versailles outside of France! These kind of places make stunning backdrops. I also choose to shoot on days that are very bright and sunny (obviously this is harder in the winter time), which makes my photos really bright and I love increasing the saturation post-editing to make the photos pop.
3. THE EQUIPMENT
When it comes to equipment, I don't like to advise going out and buying a top of the range camera if you are very new to photography! All DSLR's can achieve similar effects, so start with one that is within your budget to get a grip on using it manually. I invested in the Canon 5D Mark III about three months ago, on the condition and promise to myself that I would learn how to use it properly! And it has honestly made blogging such a thrill for me. As I said earlier, the photography side of blogging is my favourite, and I love capturing the accompanying location shots.
Lens wise, I always use the 50mm f/1.4 - it's a great lens for fashion photography and a lot of the famous bloggers use it! A cheaper alternative to this one is the 50mm f/1.8 which gives very similar effects and costs less than £100, so make sure you check that one out if you're thinking of investing in some DSLR equipment!
4. EDITING YOUR RAW PHOTOGRAPHS
One thing I forgot to mention is that I take all my photographs in RAW format, which is basically a setting on the camera which takes the image in the highest resolution. This means by the time you come to edit, you have a lot more opportunity to manipulate your photos, which ultimately will make them more unique.
Editing is honestly incredibly satisfying! Adobe Lightroom is fantastic, I love using it to make my images pop. A few of my favourite ways of editing include over-saturating, pulling all highlights down, and adding warmer shadows and highlights through my images. I have definitely learned on the go with this - have a play around and see what you like. Everyone's style is different, which is what makes photography so rewarding.
Let me know if you guys found this helpful and send me a message on social media/email if you have any more specific photography related questions and I will get back to you! Once again, thank you so much for reading. Your engagement on this space is what allows me to work with so many of my favourite brands so I wanted to take a moment to just say thank you for getting me to this place. You are all amazing!
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