Not all of us are born photographers. There is an art to it that I for one do not naturally possess.
Visual content is getting more and more important. When you write blog posts, people prefer it when you interrupt your content with big beautiful images.
This way photography has become a key element for blogging.
So I have worked a lot on blog photography and while I was doing so I learned a few things!
Find your favourite style
There a lot of amazing photography styles out there. At first, I might not have recognised them but when you start to see more you can differentiate between the different styles.
For you blog, it might be a great idea to choose one kind of style. Not only because it will create a more consistent look but also because this way you only have to focus on getting one style good. Starting a photo board or hoarding some images online or out of magazines can point you in the direction of what you like.
After that, you just need to figure out the way to get that style for your photo’s.
When you don’t know wat to shoot it can be difficult to find out how to shoot the pictures you want. This again can be solved by finding images you love.
Even better is using some free stock photos. The great thing about this is that you can find beautiful places and you can try to recreate them.
Stock photos are often very clean and well light. The styling and subject are something you can try at home as well. Found a great stock photo of a good cup of coffee? Try to make a similar photo of your own coffee at home.
You find you enjoy flower pictures? You just try out some of those.
For photography, you don’t only need styling but also the position of which you take the picture and cropping of the images.
Practice, practise, practise.
Maybe a repetitive piece of advice but there is nothing I can do about it. Like any skill you want to acquire, practise is the way to go.
The composition is something you don’t always see from the beginning and styling and such is a problem all on its own.
Like any kind of skill, photography is one you must learn by practice. I like to shoot a lot of pictures anytime I go somewhere interesting.
I also take a lot of shots just random around the house to practise with styling and light!
But think of other ways as well, as photography challenges, projects and more to practise your skills!
Take a lot of shots
Not only for practice but for every picture that you want need for your blog. Taking more than one picture makes the chance bigger that you get the shot you want. Try different camera settings and angles just to make sure.
This definitely makes it more work to shoot but it also makes that you learn a lot about your camera and that will make it easier later on.
Both of the last tips also make you build you photo library, which is one of the three ways to make blogging easier.
I keep getting better at photography and I like that a lot. It was something I always wanted to be good at but didn’t seem to get any better at! But now that I keep practising I finally am getting some shots I love.
I hope you can feel the same way about photography. If you have any tips on improvement don’t forget to leave them in the comments.
What is you biggest strugle with photography?