Carry Your Camera Everywhere
Seriously. This is something I’m constantly having to remind myself to do, but whether you’re spending the day in the city with some friends, going on an amazing vacation, or just taking your dog for a walk – you should bring your camera with you. I think it must be an unwritten law of the universe that fantastic photo opportunities present themselves when you don’t have a camera available. My solution? Make sure you always have your camera, and the results will show in your blog photography!
Take A LOT of Photos
I guarantee this will probably drive your friends nuts (it certainly makes my friends a bit crazy), but it just makes sense that if you take five photos you won’t have as many chances for a good one as if you take 100 photos. A lot of photo opportunities may not present themselves again, so if you don’t get the shot now, you’re never going to. It’s just easier to take way too many photos now, than to get home and realize they’re all out of focus, off center, or shot in the wrong setting.
I mentioned that editing is NOT my forte when it comes to photography. It’s my goal to have to do next to nothing to a photograph to make it look the way I want it to (refer to number two, wherein I take about 1,000 photos until one of them is perfect). I haven’t used Photoshop since high-school, so it’s basically all Greek to me (much like HTML, now that I mention it).
One editing program I can use though is PicMonkey, and lucky for all of us it doesn’t come with the same hefty price tag as Photoshop. If all you’re worried about is simple blog photography for your lifestyle blog, PicMonkey is perfect to change color, add text, resize, crop, and some other really helpful things!
Keep Stock Photos Handy
If I’ve learned nothing else about blog photography, it’s that every post should have at least one pin-worthy photo in it. And if you want to avoid stealing someone else’s work – even unintentionally – it’s important to have a plan.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve started working on keeping a folder on my desktop of my blog photography. Any photos I take, I edit to the correct size and then save in this folder so that when I need a post photo, I can check here first. And if that fails, I keep a list of good sites for free stock photos, like Unsplash.
And now that we’re on the subject of blogging and photography, I’d like to
not so gracefully introduce you to a lovely giveaway! Jana of Life Could Be a Dream, along with myself and some other lovely bloggers, have been loving these Epiphanie camera bags, and would love to give you all the chance to win one in this great giveaway!
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