The other day I wrote I post on how I find the time for daily blogging and a lovely comment has inspired this post. Lonna said: “… I’d also like to tell you that in browsing your posts, I love how each one seems to have a lot of images and those images are all so good. I’d love for you to post suggestions on photos for posts. I always struggle with that.”
I always make a point of using my own photos rather than stock photography and I was really pleased to see that at least one reader thinks they’re good. I’ve been trying to up my photography game this year and, although it’s something I’m still working on, I’d like to address Lonna’s comment and share some tips.
Backgrounds are your friend
Looking to jazz up an image of a single product? Get some matte card or wrapping paper, or lay out a fun dress or blanket, to create the perfect background. It’s great when you can make the most of things you already have.
Have an emergency stash of flatlay props
I have a large gift bag full of postcards, prints and small items of stationery to help fill the frame when I’m shooting flatlays. A motivational quote or cute pin can go a long way. Poundland is great for props, especially themed items for Halloween or Christmas.
Build your own media library
Take an hour or so a week to take a bunch of photos in one session and save them to your own media library. Tag them with different themes so that you can easily choose one for a post on demand – and have a back up for when your Instagram feed looks a bit empty. Stationery shots are always helpful for generic posts on blogging or goal setting.
Invest in some studio lights
If you come to do your weekly photo sesh and the lighting is really shit, it’s handy to have a studio light as a backup – and these don’t have to be expensive. We picked up these from Amazon for about £30 a few years ago and the bulbs are still going strong (in the one I didn’t knock over with my arse!).
Sidebar: it bothers me that this was taken with shit light because if I had it switched on all you would have seen would have been a hugely illuminated bulb.
What are your top photography tips?