I’ve been blogging for a few years now and my photography has changed quite a bit since I started. I will be sharing a post on how I edit my blog photos soon but I thought I would share how I take my blog photos first. I’ve done a lot of experimenting to get to a place where I’m happy with how my photos look but I still like to change things up every now and again.
I have my days where I hate all the photos I have taken but after having a little paddy, I just re-take them a couple of days later. Leaving a few days just lets me get a clear take on things and they generally turn out okay after that. I’m lucky that where I live at the moment I have a lot of natural light and I currently don’t need any lighting but that will probably all change once I move again.
I take the majority of my photos on two different surfaces. One is just a big blank piece of white card and the other is a glass top meant for my IKEA Malm chest of drawers, this I covered in marble adhesive as I couldn’t resist following the marble trend. I place either of these backgrounds on my floor as this is a flat surface and I don’t get any dark areas or shadows in my photographs. It’s also handy as I can get into any position and take photographs from all angels.
Some of my images have a grey throw being used like this post here, these images I take on my bed as I like the fluffiness of the duvet. Sometimes I just use my grey duvet cover on it’s own, these images are usually for casual pictures or posts like the image in my How Brent & I Met post.
All my photographs are now taken with my Olympus Pen E-PL7 camera and my Canon is now only there for backup. This camera is every bloggers dream. I’ve seen some people say they can’t get along with it and I just don’t understand why, it’s everything I’ve always wanted and it makes things so much easier. The images are always so clear and crips. I will be posting a full review on this camera soon but I wanted to get used to it fully before I reviewed it. With a quick flick of the settings, my images need to only be edited slightly and then resized and that’s it. I also take most of my Instagram photos with it as you can take images in a square size, you can then transfer the images straight to your phone using the built in wi-fi and Olympus app which saves time and makes Instagram snaps so easy.
In terms of props I tend to stick to things that are relevant to the post, so for lifestyle posts such as this I chose to include stationery items, for makeup I usually use brushes or similar looking makeup in the background and sometimes I don’t use any props, I don’t want the images to appear too busy. I try to stick to a colour theme as well so the props blend together and the focus product/s get your full attention. I like to stick to black, white and gold so my background is as neutral as possible.
For now I have found that this way of taking my blog photos works for me and I’m happy with it but I’m constantly on the look out for new props or backdrops to use. It’s always fun trying new things. Hopefully my post on how I edit my blog photos will be up soon but I have so many posts coming your way!
How do you take your blog photos?