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There is a saying: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” This is so true as it reminds us that we are visual creatures by nature.
Within a photo, there is the potential to capture so much more than can be easily said in a a small handful of words. Add to that fact our fast paced lifestyle and you will see that photographs can take on even more importance in the world of communication.
I can write something compelling, but without at least a few good images the post can easily seem bland and be passed over by people. One aspect of blogging that has quickly grown more important to me is the inclusion of photography.
Note: there many be affiliate links in this post. Also, as I am traveling the number of images included are less than I would prefer.
5 Simple Photography Tips for Blogging
Tip 1: Find a camera that delivers what you need.
For a serious food blogger, this will most likely be a DSLR camera with a 50 mm lens. For someone wanting to just show their kids having fun and not blogging for profit, then a point and shoot or cell phone camera could be adequate.
Most of my fashion posts have images taken with my husbands’ Canon Rebel T1. We only have the lenses that came with the kit from Sam’s Club and I find the images come out crisper than my point and shoot Panasonic DMC-Z58. Occasionally, a photo will be snapped with my cell phone camera although it does not take the best photos with many looking pink in hue.
I do have plans to purchase my own Canon (different model) later this year so I can ensure images are crisper across the board. Historically those cameras go on super sale around Black Friday, so I am doing research now on my preferences and current prices to determine the best deal available. However, I know that the smaller Panasonic will still get used if I am needing to take photos in a store.
Tip 2: Take time to frame your image when preparing to click.
There are tons of resources out there to help you acquire more of a photographer’s eye. I am slowly working through the huge photography bundle offered last month through Ultimate Bundles as I strive to cure the disconnect between what I envision in my mind and then capture with the camera.
If you want to have a close up, then get close! Don’t fall victim to capturing a stellar background with super tiny people in it. Also, lend more interest to the photo by trying different angles.
The initial photos my helper took have a LOT of surrounding background.
Editing ‘fixes’ the problem. However, if you have a lower resolution camera you might end up hating the final result as cropping too much leaves you with less pixels.
Tip 3: Do not be afraid to take more pictures than you think you need.
I remember the days of 126 and 35 mm cameras with rolls of film in them that needed to be developed. You would bring the roll of film to the store for developing or send it off in the mail with anticipation of how your images would appear. Most times, I would have at least a few pictures come back super blurry or with part of my hand across it. Digital photography removes that costly problem as any less than stellar image can be deleted with the click of a button.
I find that for my food and fashion posts, I take WAY more images than I think I need as often the bulk of them are not good enough for me to include. My recent Casual Patriotic Outfit post had more than a dozen images snapped with only 2 images making the cut for the post. Maybe you can see why some of the ones below weren’t included in my fashion post.
Tip 4: Make friends with editing software.
While I have the desire to purchase and learn Lightroom to help with organizing and manipulating my photos to acheive a better end result, I am making due with low cost options. Picmonkey is my main go to website for editing and adding layers (e.g. text) for my blog posts. I do have the paid plan to open up more options, but found the free one to be adequate for simple things. A friend wrote an easy to understand ebook, Monkey See, Monkey Do (a PicMonkey Tutorial), which I reviewed before I ever had the paid version of PicMonkey.
Tip 5: Consider placement of the photos within your blog post
Just as in school, we learned to write a research paper which needed a particular structure and style along with placement of citations, writing a blog post needs attention to flow of both the works and images.
If I am doing a review, then I want to include images of a product in use or maybe a close up of it to present a particular feature as an image and not just a written description.
If I am sharing a recipe or other tutorial style post, then I may use photos of the steps to enhance any written instructions. Sometimes I do each photo individually, while other times I may do a collage.
If I am writing about a field trip or other travel adventure for us, I might include a slideshow or short image only video which allows for more photos to be shares without making the blog post a mile long.
How do you approach photography?
Do you find yourself skipping a blog post that has no images?
For more photography related articles, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:
- Where to Find Free Photos for Commercial use from Ellen Blogs
- Beautiful typography Photo Apps for Bloggers from Pretty Opinionated