A few pointers on blog photography

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.

lumberjanes novel from abrams + chronicle

water in may by Ismee Amiel Williams

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.

Busy B Christmas Planner review

Review: Box of Lame from That Lame Company

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.

peachy packages june box review

creative pep talk by andy j. miller

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.

studio lighting

What are your top photography tips?

6 thoughts on “A few pointers on blog photography”

  1. Great tips here. I’m trying to improve my blog photography and I am currently updating photos on old posts. What would you suggest for one off items? For example I have some old recipes for character cakes that I’ll probably never bake again but want to keep on my blog as it shows my journey and how I’ve improved.

    Never thought of build a media library! I usually take photos as I go but this will help a lot. Especially on days when lighting isn’t great.

    1. I totally think it’s worth updating old posts that still get a lot of traffic but I also like that my blog is a record and has evolved over time. Definitely keep the recipes :)

  2. Really good tips – I’ve been trying to improve my photography for ages. A tip from me: it’s important to set one of your photos as the featured one as a lot of people use RSS tools like Feedly, and so the photos help get more clicks. Once I started doing that I found my clicks increased by so much.

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