Whilst I may not exactly be the most consistent blogger when it comes to using my own photographs for posts. I do certainly know a thing or two about photography itself. I’ve been studying photography as part of my course at college for a number of months now, and it’s safe to say it’s one of my favourite things I’ve studied and has increasingly become one of my biggest hobbies.
Back on the note of not using my own photographs that much recently…. I do apologise for this, however as you’ll know if you follow me on Twitter for the last couple of weeks, besides one or two days I have either been in work or at college. With the nights now becoming darker earlier, this means I’ve literally not had any time to be able to go out and take photographs to use in my posts. During the week after Christmas however, I’m going to have more time and opportunities to take photographs for my blog, so I hope you don’t mind too much!
There are a number of different things to consider when you’re out shooting photographs for your blog, and whilst they can vary slightly depending on what type of post it is you’re shooting or what the subject of your photograph is going to be, the main principles behind a good photograph stay the same throughout. I’ve loved photography for as long as I can remember, and it is only recently that I’ve learnt all these techniques myself. Bare in mind all of these things can really only been done on a professional camera, so if you don’t have one available to use you might not benefit from this advice.
Aperture is a term which describes the depth of field or ‘focus’ of your photograph. On a DSLR camera you can change the ‘F-Stop’, which is what controls the aperture of your shot. A lower F-Stop means that your photograph will have a shallow depth of field, allowing you to keep one subject the center of attention in your image. In the image above, you can see how I have used aperture to keep the leaves the focus of the image. This technique is an amazing way of keeping all the attention on your subject, perfect for fashion bloggers or any bloggers really who want to keep themselves the focus of the image, or even a product, rather than capturing all the detail of the background behind them.
The way you compose a photograph is an extremely vital part to ensuring it actually looks good. You want to male sure that the foreground (front) and background of your image only have the important and “pretty” things in them. What I mean by this is, you don’t want to go out to shooting blog photographs only to come home and notice that there are rubbish bins in the background or other things blocking your shot. When you’re taking an image pay close attention to every inch of the shot and check there’s nothing unwanted in the shot.
If you do have something unwanted in the shot, try changing the angle of the camera or even just scrapping the shot all together if you don’t think it is something which can be cropped or edited out later.
Judging by how many different bloggers I see already using this technique you’d assume it was an official law. Blog photographs in my opinion anyway should typically be shot during the day time and when the sun is out, unless of course you need the images to be dark. Bright lighting to me just makes a photograph so much more visually appealing.
I’d say this one is probably one of the most important ones. Shooting your blog photographs in an appealing location instantly makes them so much more engaging and nicer to look at. Think about it, what would you rather look at… A picture of someone stood in their bedroom or a picture of someone stood on a beach? Don’t get me wrong there’s no problem with taking photographs in your bedroom if that’s where you’re comfortable, but when you do feel like pushing the boundaries a little try experimenting with some more creative and exciting places. You won’t regret it!