Tips For Improving Blog Photography

I studied photography at A level and then began studying fashion photography at university but left because I realised it wasn’t for me. Despite not wanting it as a career, I love photography and I like to think I have a good understanding of the subject. I do love blog photography and when I am looking at other posts, I am more likely to click on it if it features good photography so I thought I would share some tips that may or may not be helpful! Nars Sheer Glow became my subject, I don’t know why.

Lighting

The most important in my opinion. Use natural lighting when you can. This does limit the times you can actually take photos because the sun isn’t always out and therefore in Winter, for example, midday is your best bet. Natural lighting allows the real colour of products/ skin/ clothes to be shown and allows a well-exposed image providing you take it at the right time of day. Natural lighting images often don’t need any editing too and this can save a lot of time!

You can, of course, artificial lighting if you have it available as it can create the same look as natural lighting and not provide any discolouration.

Bedroom lighting or a lamp is not a substitute as it creates yellow tones and completely ruins the colour of the product. The left image is with a lamp and camera flash and the second image is solely a lamp. You can see the colour difference between the two photos and then in comparison to the actual foundation colour in images below. Lamps and flash just do not work. I don’t own any artificial lighting and you don’t need it. Natural lighting works well enough and costs nothing!

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Don’t use flash! For the same reason as I explained above, it changes the colour of the product as well as creating shadows and darkness!


Composition

Make sure you frame your subject well!

Photos also tend to look better with an odd ratio within the image. There is a common term in photography The Rule of Thirds where you tend to put the subject within one of the third sections of the image and with photos, in general, they tend to look better when either the subject fills more than the negative space or the negative space fills more than the image as opposed to both filling half. This isn’t a set rule obviously because symmetry can also work well but when photographing a subject like makeup I don’t think so.

Negative space is the space around the subject of the photo and is major in composition. Having negative space draws you into the photo subject so it is important to balance enough negative space around your subject. Just don’t overdo negative space as demonstrated in the two images below!


Angles

Angles are so important in photography. I used a Foundation bottle above to demonstrate how right it is to get the right angle. A bird’s eye view works the best in my opinion if the product is laying down or straight on if it is standing up because it best demonstrates the size and the shape of the bottle as well as creating no sharp lines other than the outline of the bottle. Definitely don’t photograph the product upside down so you cannot read what it says!

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Having the best background for your images is a must. I photographed these above to show the variety of wallpaper rip offs I have that I use for backgrounds of my photos. The simplistic backgrounds I will use for the whole background, however, the ones with more pattern I would simply fill a section of the background and still have the product of the forefront. There are so many objects you can put as backgrounds –  I might do a separate blog post of all these if it’s wanted.

The overall point with a background is to fill it wisely and don’t let it overpower your feature. Also, don’t photograph facing light, just creates shadows!!


Camera vs. Mobile phone

I own a DSLR camera, a Canon 100D to be precise and I own this because I used to study photography. I don’t think it’s mandatory to own a DSLR and you can take good images with a camera phone. The two above images are taken with my iPhone 6S and although I personally prefer my camera photos, I think the iPhone photos are good enough for a blog post.

I prefer my camera simply because I have more control eg. focus, ISO, shutter speed and all the rest. So, if these photos were taken on my camera, the cacti would be out of focus in the first image and the shadows wouldn’t be as dark (Of course I could’ve eliminated shadows wholly by my placement… oops). However, as I said, to show the product I think the phone pictures are good enough. They demonstrate the foundation colour, the product shape, size etc and therefore you don’t need an expensive camera!


Know Your Camera Settings

If you do own a camera then understand the settings. There is obviously the option to do everything on automatic and if I don’t have much time then I do sometimes use this but images are so much stronger when you understand ISO, white balance, shutter speed and aperture. I won’t bore you with breaking it down now but if you don’t understand then you can Google it and your images will be much better although you may want to buy a tripod or images can end up blurry. Plenty of mine do, I need a tripod!


Editing

In my opinion, if you follow the above then images shouldn’t need much editing. Often all I do is further crop into images however if you do edit then don’t go overboard. As I’ve said, beauty, fashion or even food photography is about showing something off and therefore you want it to look the same as it does on you or to you in person so don’t then over edit and create tones/shadows that don’t exist.


Those are my simple ways to improve blog photography and just photography in general. Let me know what you think of this type of blog post and whether you would like me to post blog post background ideas? Thanks for reading!

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  1. February 18, 2016 / 5:09 PM

    Love this! So interesting and very useful!
    Isabelle x

  2. February 18, 2016 / 5:33 PM

    Yes please do another post on backgrounds! Also can you tell us more about taking good picks for depop – how to photograph clothes and shoes etc? Thanks 😀

  3. February 18, 2016 / 5:35 PM

    I will definitely start writing that blog post ASAP. I don’t use Depop and I’ll be honest, I struggle to take photos of clothes myself haha but I will do this post too and hopefully it helps. Thanks for your comment!

  4. February 18, 2016 / 5:50 PM

    Yay thanks 😀

  5. February 18, 2016 / 6:04 PM

    very helpful! Thanks!

  6. February 18, 2016 / 8:09 PM

    This is so helpful, thank you so much! x

  7. February 18, 2016 / 8:12 PM

    I’m glad! Thank you for reading! X

  8. February 18, 2016 / 8:12 PM

    I’m glad, thank you for reading! X

  9. February 18, 2016 / 10:16 PM

    I love looking at pretty blog photos but my blog is such a random topic (feminist humour) it’s impossible to photograph half the things I write about!! I think I’ll leave the beaut pics to you instead xx
    http://halfgirlhalfteacup.com

  10. February 18, 2016 / 10:18 PM

    Haha yeah I see why that would be difficult! Thank-you and I’ll check out your blog now! x

  11. February 20, 2016 / 6:41 PM

    Love this post im almost finished my degree in photography 🙂

  12. February 20, 2016 / 6:42 PM

    Thank-you! You’re probably much better than I am then haha!

  13. February 21, 2016 / 4:50 PM

    Dont be silly your photos arw beautiful

  14. February 21, 2016 / 10:26 PM

    Loved reading this post. So many good tips. Unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to study photography in school but was a subject I really wanted to do. X

  15. February 21, 2016 / 10:27 PM

    Thank you, I’m glad! To be honest, photography is one of those subjects you can self teach yourself and the Internet has so many useful websites you could use! X

  16. February 29, 2016 / 1:40 PM

    Great blog! Thx for liking mine…

  17. March 1, 2016 / 12:03 PM

    Great tips! I love photography I am self taught. I love the backdrops where did you get those?

    http://Www.4verrobin.com

  18. March 1, 2016 / 12:05 PM

    The wallpaper rip offs are all B&Q if those are the ones you mean 🙂

  19. April 4, 2016 / 12:45 PM

    Hey, some good tips there, I myself am struggling with finding a good camera preferably a DSLR for a first timer, if you don’t mind me asking how much did you get yours for? And which is a reasonably good DSLR camera for a first timer? Many thanks xx

  20. April 4, 2016 / 12:52 PM

    My first camera was a Canon 450D and I got it for about £100 from London Camera Exchange. I think this camera was perfect as a first time camera. It was a little slow, but had all the necessities needed. I now have a Canon 100D and I can’t remember how much it was but it was from Jessops and I love it. It’s a little smaller too, so easier to fit in to bags. It isn’t amazing, I mean amazing costs A LOT but it’s allowed me to progress and improve I’d say! Hope that helped? X

  21. April 4, 2016 / 1:06 PM

    Yes that helped! Thanks! x

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