If you’ve ever wondered how or what I use to take my blog pictures then today’s your lucky day!
I realised that there’s a lot of preparation that goes into my blog pictures and it really isn’t as straight forward as point and shoot. I’ll admit that my early photography on my blog really isn’t the best but i’m so proud at how far i’m come and i’m happy with where my blog pictures are at today, needless to say i’m sure they’ll improve even more!
The first thing that I think is essential is a good background. If you’ve got marble surfaces or wooden floors or even just a plain white background anywhere in your house then you’re set. But unlike me, I don’t have that so I went to B&Q and took loads of samples of different wallpapers to use as background. These were free but smaller DIY stores do tend to charge you for the samples! I’ve got a few wooden effects, a marble one and some other cool ones!
Props are something that are so essential to me. They add something extra to the photo which might otherwise be a bit plain. You can find props in your house like candles, plants or your makeup brushes. It’s definitely worth looking through your house to see what could be used before going out and buying stuff.
I did decide to splash a few ££ on some new blog props which include a pretty gold candle holder from Primark for £2.50, wooden scrabble type letters from Hobbycraft for around £2 and then some fake craft flowers from Hobbycraft again for £1. Primark do the cutest, yet most affordable, homeware and Hobbycraft have some little bits which are surprisingly quite cheap. If you’re after more homeware type stuff, why not take a trip to Ikea! I also have individual paint sample sheets from B&Q which are really handy too!
Something else in terms of props is this rose gold storage basket from Primark for around £3. These are multipurpose because you can use them to actually use them as storage, as props in pictures and a place to store products you want to photograph. I was actually taking photos for a blog post that went up last week, read it here.
In terms of actually taking the photo it is pretty simple but takes a while. I’ll lay out whatever background I think looks best and then sort out the props and products in a place that I think looks good. It takes some time to actually arrange them how I like and I can 100% say that i’ve not yet mastered the art of flatlays.
In terms of the technology I use, I prefer using an actual camera over a phone. A lot of phones now are really good quality and I’ve no problem with bloggers using them for photos but I just personally prefer to use my camera. The camera in question is the Canon 700d which I love to death. It has a flip-out viewfinder and touch screen controls. I have the standard kit lens with it as well as my absolute favourite 50mm lens, it works such a dream and is perfect for detailed shallow depth of field shots- think of those cool out of focus blurred lights some bloggers will put in the back of their photos!
Recently I invested in some inexpensive lighting for my blog for when it’s later on the in the day or raining and the lighting isn’t great. It’s really improved my photography game and i’m so happy I have it. I attach it to the shoe mount on top of the camera and it has different light intensities! If you do want to check out the light, click here, it was under £20 too!
In terms of editing, I rarely edit my photos. I usually use the RAW image. If I do want to touch up a photo I used to use Lightroom but I stopped paying for it after a few months and now use an app on my Macbook called PhotoscapeX.
That’s pretty much the process of how my blog pictures come to life and I hope you’ve found it enlightening. I’d love to know how you guys take your blog pictures?
A couple weeks ago I wrote a post on Skinny Bashing and i’d love if you could check it out!
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