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Improving Your Blog Photography

See The Stars - Photography Tips

See The Stars - Photography Tips
See The Stars - Photography Tips

 Improving Your Blog Photography



I've always enjoyed photography, in fact it's one of the reasons I started my blog. I wanted a space to share my photography and in fact over time it's really improved since then here's an example of how it looked back in 2013. Three years later I've found my feet so to speak and I wanted to share some of my wisdom to you.


LAYOUTS & PROPS.

Finding a layout has been a nightmare for me, over time I've used many different spots around my bedroom, which has given me the chance to figure out what works best and what doesn't. 

BEDSHEETS. Work well and I do tend to love the style but I only have a few bedsheets in which are 'photogenic' so to speak. I need to stock up on simple white sheets or monochrome style sheets but my bank balance just doesn't want to justify spending a little too much on them. 


WHITE RUG. When I first purchased this white rug a light bulb went off in my head. This wouldn't just make a pretty deco for my bedroom but perfect for my photos too, which you can see, here. Not surprising but slightly annoying over a couple short months the rug has lost colour and has collection so much dirt - trust me I'm cleaning it regularly too. Although for £10 this isn't bank breaking and can easily be repurchased. I haven't had the chance to get back to ikea since, however after much research I've found that this is the cheapest faux sheepskin rug I could find.

MARBLE. The easiest and most inexpensive I've found has been my marble layout. I picked up some contact paper and a pin board & viola! It cost me less than £10 to create, wipes clean if I ever drop makeup on it, and will last longer than the others. I'm also a little obsessed with the monochrome contrast and I think it works perfectly with my blog. 

And as for the props, it's another thing I've found tough to perfect. Over time I've collected a little bedroom accessories here and there. Lately I've loved using my little bunny ring holder (which is holding more than just rings) and the faux flowers I've recently picked up. I'm hoping to purchase some plant pots for the succulents I purchased a few weeks back and a few more rose gold accessories - a bloggers cliche I know. 

LIGHTING.
Natural lighting is my best friend! I've never had the money the purchase soft boxes or artificial lighting, so instead I've tried to find alternatives around my house, so far nothings worked. I've found the perfect spot in my bedroom where I get the best out of the lighting and I'll take as many photos as I can before I loose the light, because once it's gone from that spot, it ain't no good no more. Whilst it can be restricting I've got my system and it works well for me, although I'll keep you updated if I ever switch to the artificial lighting.

EDITING.
I'm going to talk more about how I edit photographs in a post on Friday, so if you're not already make sure you're following so you don't miss it! 

But my editing has gone in waves since I started blogging. I'd either leave the editing and simply upload the photographs or I'd go absolutely crazy with the filters. Recently I've found a editing app Polarr Photo Editor Lite and it's worked wonders for me, I can combine my love for filters alongside the simple changes I need to make. When it comes to editing however, what I highly suggest you do is make simple changes, including brightness and contrast. Changing the brightness really makes a difference especially if my lighting wasn't as great as I originally thought when I took my initial photograph. 

FIND YOUR OWN STYLE.
While you've obviously clicked on this post to learn or change your photography, I don't want you to think I'm telling you what's right or wrong, Im simply offering ideas. Trial and error with your photos, see which get more attention when online, do they fit well with your other photos? Switch up what layouts and props you use, add a splash of colour, add your favourite item (my minnie mouse ears make an appearance from time to time). Even if you like the marble or white backgrounds like every blogger, find a way to put your own stamp on your photographs, separate yourself from the rest. 

These are just a few ways I've made changes to my photography and this year I've seen a vast improvement and I couldn't be happier. I hope these points give you some inspiration, even just a little bit and you keep taking the photos you love.  I'd love to hear what helps you too. 
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5 comments

  1. These are all such wonderful tips! I totally agree with finding your own style it's so important to make you stand out! Love your photos xxx

    Thrifty vintage fashion

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  2. I really love your photography, and these tips are perfect!

    www.whynotblog.co.uk

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  3. The tip about the pin board and the marble is genius. I'm just starting out and thought everyone had metres and metres of marble surface tops! These are really great tips thanks!!

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  4. Your photography is absolutely beautiful now, I can't believe how much you've improved in 3 years!

    Back in January I was quite good behind the camera but after stopping for more than 7 months picking up the camera has became a chore. I can't get the right angles or the right set up no matter what I try and it's so frustrating. It's putting me off writing blog posts because I don't have the right photos to go with it any more!

    Jem xo | JemsJournal.com

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  5. Thanks for the tips. It's great to know everyone has the same frustrations when it comes to photography. I've found myself falling out of love with it recently but this makes me believe if I keep going I'll find my own perfect lighting spot in the end!

    Hannah xx
    www.TheLazyGirl.co.uk

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