I originally shared this post on Jana’s blog, but I thought I’d share it here too. Don’t have a DSLR? No problem. You can enter to win a Canon Rebel t3i at the bottom of the post! (Yes, seriously!) Enjoy!

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DIY Wooden Toy Camera

Based on the amount of photos in each of my posts, it’s evident that I love photography. I am a very visual person, so having photos in each post is a must for me! Now that I have a few years of blogging under my belt, I have learned a few tips and tricks along the way. In fact, sometimes I look back at the first few photos and I posted and cringe. What was I thinking? Since then, I’ve learned that there’s a lot that goes into planning and taking good photos for my blog. Here’s my top five photography tips for bloggers.

Watermelon Juice Recipe

1: SHOOT IN GOOD LIGHT. It doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone or a fancy DSLR, your photos will always turn out better if you shoot in good, natural daylight. This means avoiding a few things like taking photo with at night or directly in the bright sunshine. Instead, try to stand next to a window indoors during the day or if you’re outside on a bright day, try standing in the shade. Whenever I take photos of food, I always shoot next to the window in my kitchen. It lets in a good amount of light, without being too bright or too dark.

Before and After Kitchen Remodel

2: TURN OFF YOUR FLASH. Let me say it again, turn off your flash! Most cameras (cell phones and fancy cameras alike) come with a flash, but unless you buy an external off the camera flash, your photos aren’t going to turn out great. Instead, turn off your flash and aim for good lighting conditions instead. I try to avoid taking photos at night for this very reason.

Ellie’s First Beach Trip

3: LOOK FOR THE LITTLE THINGS. See the mail piling up on your counter and the strewn toys in the corner? Or even the pole right behind you? Those are all distractions in your photos. Crop them out, change angles, move them out of the way, or else they’ll draw your eye to the wrong part of your photo. This also applies to the details. Does your toddler have paint all over her hands? Get a close up! Love your sandals perched on the sand? Photograph it. My favorite posts are when I have a mix of close up detailed shots mixed with other angles.

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

4: USE DIFFERENT ANGLES. Speaking of angles, when taking photos for your blog, move around. Try taking a photo while looking down at it, looking up, then from either side. In this post, I mentioned how important it is to use different angles when photographing your baby. When photographing babies or toddlers, I prefer to be down at their level. However, different angles will add character and make your photos unique!

Ellie goes Camping

5: KEEP PRACTICING. Practice makes perfect! Challenge yourself. Set a goal to take out your camera more. Learn to use the settings on your camera. Take a class. Whatever you do, don’t stop learning! Always keep practicing and you’ll improve. XO, Lex

 

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