photography tips for bloggers

Photography tips for bloggers

Photography is a huge part of blogging, there’s no denying that. I think that one of my favorite aspects of having a blog is not only getting to learn new things practically on a daily basis, but also seeing how much my photography is improving. For the last couple of months I’ve been getting tons of comments and emails asking to write a post about blog photography, so I’m finally giving you what you’ve asked for and we’re going to have a bit of a photography week on the blog ;). I can’t tell you just how flattered I am each time you guys compliment my photos!! With that being said, please keep in mind that I am in no way an expert in this field and I learn new things pretty much every day.

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If you follow me on twitter, then you probably already know that Thirteen Thoughts is celebrating its second birthday this month (yay!). Because of that, I thought that it would be cool to first show you guys (or those who haven’t been following my blog for long) what my pictures looked like when I started my blog nearly two years ago:

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Luckily, we already had a nice camera (one that we’d only use when going on vacation) so one thing that I didn’t have to worry about when starting a blog, was spending money on equipment. These pictures were taken with a decent Canon DSLR, and as you can see, having a nice camera doesn’t really do much, unless you know how to use it. For the first year, I was using pre-programmed automatic settings like “Portrait”, something that I never do anymore. I think that you can still create beautiful images using the automatic settings (or even using a point-and-shoot camera, you don’t need a fancy DSLR to take good photos, most of these tips can be applied to point-and-shoot cameras as well), but I have to say that I do love having the control over my camera and being able to tweak things a bit when my lighting or setting is less than perfect.

Know your camera

It took a lot of time, confusion and even some anger infused tears, before I felt comfortable using manual settings on my DSLR. I’ve watched countless tutorials, read numerous articles, manuals and books over the past two years. While there are many shooting modes, such as aperture priority, shutter priority and program, I will focus on manual mode-one that gives the user full control over shutter speed, aperture and exposure. I don’t want to go into too much detail with this, but I do want to give you a brief explanation of how the manual setting works, because I think that it’s crucial to “know” your camera if you want to get beautiful images.

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Exposure triangle

Aperture, ISO and shutter speed are all part of what’s called an “exposure triangle”. Your aperture controls the amount of light that travels through the lens into the film plane and it’s indicated by the f-number. The aspect of an f-stop can be a bit confusing, because as the f-stop decreases, the opening increases. For instance, an f-stop of f/1.8 will open the lens a lot wider than an f-stop of f/5.6. In other words, f/1.8 will let in a lot more light than f/5.6, the smaller the f-stop, the wider the opening, the brighter the image and the shallower depth of field. ISO setting is your camera’s sensitivity to light. The higher the ISO, the more sensitive it is. ISO really comes in handy when taking pictures in conditions where your light source is limited. You can turn your ISO up, creating a brighter image, however, anything pretty much around ISO1000 will create digital noise and cause your images to look grainy (this will also depend on other settings as well as your camera itself, I have both newer and old DLSRs and there is a huge difference between the two. One can take clear images at ISO1000, another turns the images grainy at anything above ISO500). Last, but not least, shutter speed controls the duration of the exposure, in other words, it controls the speed, at which the curtain opens and closes. More specifically, it refers to how long the light is permitted to enter your camera. Being able to tweak all three (aperture, ISO and shutter speed) so that they work together, will create a nice, harmonious exposure and will allow you to take great photos. Exposure triangle is really the heart of photography,it will (amongst few other factors) control how bright or dark, clear or blurry your images are. If you really want to take your photography to a next level and really get the absolute best out of your DSLR, I highly encourage you to read up on it, maybe get familiar with your camera’s manual. I have to say that I learned a whole lot by trial and error. Don’t be afraid to play with manual settings (if it gets too confusing, you can always restore the settings and go back to using Auto mode) take lots of pictures, experiment, see what works and what doesn’t.  One of my absolute must-have’s is also The Digital Photography Book by one and only Scott Kelby. He makes learning about photography very easy and even a novice will feel comfortable reading this book. His books are nothing like boring and dull manuals; guy has a great sense of humor and makes learning fun. Also check out this video to better understand your camera and its settings.

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As you can see, f/2.2 gives a nice depth of field and creates that cool, blurry background, whereas f/5.6 gives a darker image with a focus that isn’t concentrated on only one subject.

Let there be light

Uff now that we got THAT out of the way, let’s bring in the good stuff. There isn’t much that I can say about light, other than that it’s pretty damn important and basically a key to photography, but I’m sure you already knew that! When I started my blog, I’d take my photos late in the evening in a dark room with nothing but a lamp and my ceiling light on. The results were… well see it for yourself:

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Then I finally realized that it doesn’t get any better than natural light. Whenever I can, I take my photos next to my huge kitchen window, or sometimes I even take them outside since our house is a bit… gloomy. Try to use as much natural light as possible, whenever possible and you will never want to go back to taking your pictures without it. It doesn’t matter how bright you think your house lights are, they can be harsh, leave a yellow cast.. seriously, natural light is the way to go. I also have quite a collection of artificial lights, like umbrellas and soft boxes, but one of my favorites has got to be my Ring Light (this one is also similar to mine) Whenever it’s gloomy outside, I use my ring light to take my product photos (I also always use it for my nail swatch pictures as well as pictures of my makeup).

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This is usually my set up when I don’t have enough natural light to work with. I place my products on the white IKEA table, I lean a huge white cardboard against it to diffuse light, I also like to incorporate these cute fake flowers into my photos, to add some structure as well. This was my result (after editing my picture, which I will cover in a separate post):

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This is what my set up usually looks like when working with natural light. To take the cover photo for this post, I once again used my handy white cardboard that I bought for few bucks at a crafts and arts store and placed it by my big, glass sliding door to the backyard. Sometimes I open the door or even go outside to take my photos if the sun isn’t too harsh. This is my end result, after some editing:

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For this image I once again snapped it right by the window. See how clear and bright it looks?

Composition

Now for the fun part! Composition is definitely one thing that I’ve struggled with the most. We don’t have any white walls in our house (why, just why did I insist on painting our living room olive green and my office in hot magenta?) or white furniture that looks so chic and clean, so most of the time I have to improvise. I don’t like taking pictures on my black or brown furniture, so I bought this little white table at IKEA for about 10 bucks and I use it pretty much every single day. I have tons of white boards that can be used as background for my product shots. Sometimes I like to place a few things in the background to make the pictures look more “stylish” like some flowers, maybe a candle, sometimes I stack my perfume bottles behind my product so that it gives my image some structure and depth. Taking a photo of a foundation? Maybe place a foundation brush next to it, writing about your new favorite nail polish? Scatter a few dainty rings next to it, maybe incorporate a cute nail file somewhere in the photo. Keep in mind, however, that there is a huge difference between creating a nice background and having clutter. It not only will look unaesthetic and won’t be visually pleasing, but it can also turn away potential readers. Blogging is huge nowadays and there are so many different blogs, some more active than others, so make sure yours stands out. Develop a unique style; don’t be afraid to try new things. I’m obsessed with Instagram and I constantly look for inspiration for my photography (especially product photography as I do sometimes struggle with composition), I love going through magazines as well to get new ideas, if I like the way a specific photo is taken, I rip it out and save if for future reference. Whenever I feel “stuck”, I go through my saved magazine cut outs, visit my favorite blogs or Instagram accounts and try to get some inspiration. DON’T copy other bloggers, but remember that it’s totally okay to get ideas and inspiration from others. You can “borrow” their ideas if you want, but always, always make sure to make it your own, no one wants to see everyone take exact same photos and talk about the same things. You want to make your blog stand out, and there isn’t a better way to that than being your fabulous self 🙂 .

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For this image, I used a magazine as my background. You can’t really see that it’s an actual magazine and it adds so much color and depth into the picture.

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Here I used a candle, to once again add some action in the image, to make it look “pretty”. good hair products beauty and lifestyle blog copyHere I placed my products on my white table and placed a white cardboard box behind it to create a nice, uniform and bright background. I also took this photo at a different angle, which makes it look a bit different thanks to which it stands out.

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Here I attempted to create “clean” clutter. The image has a lot going on, but your focus still stays with the fresh juice.

That would be all for today guys, hope you made it all the way to the end of this post! Tomorrow I will talk about my cameras, lenses and other equipment. Next I want to cover food photography. Let me know if you have any questions about anything that I’ve said, maybe you want me to cover a specific aspect in more detail, I’ll try (to the best of my ability) to answer your questions. I also want to let you guys know (especially those new to blogging) that when it comes to photography, it takes some time to finally “get it”. I’m saying this, because I remember how frustrated I was when I first started learning about it. My pictures, let’s not kid ourselves, looked like shit. I know that I still have a long way to go, but I’m thrilled with my progress so far. So take your time, experiment, try new things and if you ever need any help just shoot me an email and I’ll try to help out (once again, to the best of my ability ;).

MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT OTHER POSTS IN THIS CATEGORY: BACKGROUND IDEAS FOR PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY,  FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY, MY CAMERAS & OTHER EQUIPMENT.

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  • This post is absolutely amazing! I will use as a guide every time I take pictures for my blog. Thanks so much for sharing your tips!

    Fabi | http://www.halfwaytonewyork.blogspot.mx

    • Thanks so much Fabi, I’m so very glad that you found it helpful! <3

  • It was great seeing this, your photography has come on leaps and bounds! I kinda dived head first into blogging without any prior knowledge of photography, just a lot about writing, so this was a huge help, thank you so much!

    Jade x
    jadethejourno.blogspot.co.uk ♡

    • Thank you so much Jade! I did the same thing, but that’s kind of what’s fun about blogging, there’s always room for growth and improvement! 😉 So happy you liked this post, thanks for reading!

  • Jessica

    So helpful and informative! I’m definitely bookmarking this to my Photography folder. As a new blogger, seeing the progress from your old to new blog photos is incredibly inspiring. 🙂 You’re wonderful!

    -Jessica
    http://sweetnessandsolitude.blogspot.com

    • Oh my gosh, Jessica, thank you so much, so glad that you find this helpful! Makes me so happy to see comments like yours thank you so much!

  • Kate

    I love this post! I’m currently managing with my iPhone, but as I continue with blogging I’m enjoying the photography side of it more and more, so I will be saving your post for the future, in case I get a proper camera one day! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • Thanks so much Kate! You could still use some of these tips for your point-and-shoot photography as well 🙂 I hear that IPhones take great photos (I’m an android girl myself so I wouldn’t know 😉 )

  • Paula this is amazing! I was actually thinking about asking you how you do your awesome pictures!

    Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge! I pinned this on my Pinterest board on “blogging tipps and inspiration”. I can’t wait for your other tips!

    I can imagine how much effort you put in that post!

    Well done you 🙂

    xx Carolin
    http://www.olive-apple.com

    • Aww thanks so much Carolin, and thank you for sharing this on pinterest!

      It did take some work, but everyone’s loving this post and it makes me so freaking happy, haha 🙂 Hope you’re feeling better Hon! <3

      • I do 🙂 How could you NOT love this post! I just ordered the nifty fifty after reading your second photography post 😀 xx

        • Aww yay! That’s great, you’ll have so much fun with it, so excited for you Carolin!! 😀

  • This article was super helpful. Thanks sm for the tips, looking forward to the next ones. ❤️

    • Thanks so much Betsy!

  • monika

    lmaooo! you came a long way the first picks looks like something id take lol so proud of u :)))))))

    • Hahahahah I did, didn’t I? LOL :D:D Aww thanks sissy, love you! <3 ;);););)

  • Mel
  • Aww sheesh Paula, I can’t even explain how god damn proud I am of you girl! I first fell in love with your blog last year, and your photography was perfect to me then, just like it is now. The one massive difference being, each post you work so tirelessly hard on, ups that level of perfection, dedication and achievement. You are so truly humble in everything and anything you do, but I just hope you can always, always know how amazing, inspiring, talented you so deeply, truly are and you can hold that to your heart on those good days and those bad days. You’ve just reached and touched so many people with your beautiful blog and your stunning work love, you should be so very, VERY proud of yourself. I most definitely, definitely am! <3

    It is so fitting that you are doing a photography week, I know you mentioned you don't think you are an expert, but that's exactly what I'd call you 😉 Your wonderful tips, tricks and knowledge sum up your expertise. Every post you put out, I'm always in awe of. So many of your shots just look like they belong in a glossy magazine, my ultimate favourite has to be one of your most recents, your beautiful blushers shot so professionally! 😀

    I love that you keep it so real as always, and it's fantastic you published of back when you first started. I think you did a fab job from the get go, but I also see how amazingly far you've come and once again, it's something to be so, so endlessly proud of!

    A very happy birthday to Thirteen Thoughts! I love you and your blog a million Paula and I apologise for the endless essay, but hey, I'm a bit proud if you hadn't noticed 😉 😀 😀 😀

    Sophie xo

    • Aww thanks so much Sophie, you’re so very kind, your comments always absolutely make my day!!!

      Ohh I just had to post these old pictures, not just for myself but others too. It’s so cool to see my progress and if I learned so much in the past few years, others can too 🙂 I’m seriously overwhelmed by the amount of love I received over this post, it’s crazy and I’m so, so happy!! 🙂 Thanks for being so proud of me my Love, you’re a true friend! <3 Love you!!!!

  • Jennifer Lynn

    This was extremely useful- thank you!

  • Liz@LamentingLizzie

    I definitely need to work on some this for myself. I don’t have a fancy camera, but it does have a few manual settings. I have learned the hard way about natural light though… oh my lord. Very helpful post though, and I am inspired to do better.

    http://lamentinglizzie.blogspot.com

    • So happy that you liked it Liz, thanks so much.

  • I am new to your blog so seeing the progress from your first photos to now are AMAZING. Wow you are giving me hope, I am fairly new to blogging, less then a year and I know my photos still need improvement, thank you for the advice and sharing your before and afters of learning.
    xx, Jodi
    http://highheelsandtutus.com

    • Oh you’re so very welcome Love, thanks so much for reading.

  • This is such great advice! I’ve only recently started blogging and am also in tears as to how to use my camera (I use a Sony RX 100 II). I’m definitely going to read up and look up videos on YouTube more.

    http://www.eatwearwander.com

    • Aww Divya, don’t give up, you’ll get it eventually just take it step by step. It can be a bit overwhelming, but you’ll get there 🙂

  • Love this post. As photography is something I struggle with this was immensely helpful! xx

    • Glad to hear you found it helpful, thank you so much for reading!

  • THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG POST I HAVE EVER READ. YES I AM WRITING IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE I AM THIS EXCITED THAT I FOUND IT. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I can’t wait to read the rest!

    Xo
    Dallastyleblog.com

    • Oh my goodness, thank you so, so much! You have no idea how happy this makes me, so glad you found it helpful!<3

  • Love this! Thank you so much for this post. Now I know what lamp I want!

  • Happy second birthday! Love the post and how you show beautiful imagery and “behind-the-scenes” of making those images come to life. Very inspirational for new bloggers to see how creative individuals like yourself have grown in this blogging space.

    • Aww thanks so much Megan, you’re so sweet! So glad you enjoyed this post!

  • Mel

    This is a great post. It makes me wish I paid more attention whenever I had photography at college. It was my least favourite class as it was just so boring but now I guess the tips they were giving would come in useful now. Whoops.

    http://www.raisethewaves.blogspot.com

    • Thank you Mel! Ahhhh I totally wish I took some photography classes back in college hehe 😉

  • This post is so useful and so easy to understand. I mean, i’m not a professional photographer or anywhere close, yet your points were written in a way even amateur me understood. Really good job! Will definitely apply these tips on my own camera for my blog!

    http://www.thecandytheory.com

    • Thanks so much Kaila!

  • Great tips, thank you so much for sharing 🙂 xx

    • Thanks for reading!

  • Gaby

    This is such a great, helpful post. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Anothergirlyblg

    • Thanks so much for reading Gabby! Glad you liked it! 😉

  • this post is simply amazing!♥ I’m a huge fan of photography and I love watching photography tutorials too 🙂 great tips!
    http://www.Lorietta.cz

    • Thanks so much Lorietta!!!<3

  • This is by far the best post I’ve read about blogging photography! These are great tips I’ll definitely be using.

  • A lot of similar posts have been popular on bloglovin recently but your tips were really helpful. I enjoyed seeing how much your skills have improved.

    http://mmemento-mmori.blogspot.com

  • This is such an amazing post. I have a bridge camera, and it looks really well and sometimes it doesn’t. I may try having a play around with it, in the manual settings. I never seem to understand how to work the aperture or the shutter settings, it really confuses me. So i might have to watch that youtube video and hope it will help! Your photographs are amazing, they are so lovely and really creative.
    I also struggle to find a nice background as all the lovely pictures i find have a white backdrop. I don’t have any white walls in my house or white furniture. So i may have to invest in a small white table like you have. It is just finding somewhere to store it!!
    I can’t wait to see more posts from you. Also Happy Blogger Second Birthday!!

    katielouise-x.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thanks so much Love!!!

  • Thanks so much for the follow! Love your blog design and this post was so soo helpful I literally have no clue how to utilise my DSLR ! Thanks for the tips 🙂

  • Lovely post, really liked it! xx

  • Oh my goodness- thank you so much for this post, it’s fabulous and has been a huge eye opener on taking photos for my blog! x

    • Aww so glad you found it helpful Jade!! Thanks so much for reading!! 😉

  • I love your photography 🙂 xx

  • These are great tips! I always seem to struggle with getting the best pictures! Great blog post 🙂 I just posted my monthly favorites, if you have a chance please check it out! I just started following you on bloglovin and can’t wait to read more posts 🙂 Thanks, x!

    Becky, x
    http://undertheseabeauty.blogspot.ca/

  • Great blog post! I always struggle with getting the best photographs for my posts! I just started following you on bloglovin’ and can’t wait to read more of your blog posts 🙂 I just posted my monthly favorites on my blog, if you get the chance please check it out! Thanks, x!

    Becky, x
    http://undertheseabeauty.blogspot.ca/

    • Thanks so much Becky!! Of course, will check out your blog with pleasure!

  • I found this post so helpful thank you! I’ve recently bought a new camera for my fresh start as a blogger and have been really struggling with the settings! I’m going to sit down with a cup of tea and re read this until I’m a photography genius! Betty x

    http://www.thebettystamp.blogspot.co.uk

    • Aww thanks so much Betty!! Good luck with your blog! 😉

  • Thanks for this post! i am just now getting serious about the photos i post on my blog…even though i dont have a DSLR, i hope to get really good quality pictures with the tips you’ve given!

    kayesmiling.blogspot.com

    • You’re very welcome! So glad you found this helpful!

  • Reading this post was so incredibly helpful! I am in the process of building and branding myself and creating a blog. Your helpful hints about photography made me go back through my photos and realise how unappealing some of the photographs I have taken actually are! I have always wanted to take photography classes, but I did not realise the true importance of photography skills for my blog until now! Thanks so much and I look forward to reading more posts!

    • Thanks so much Tess, so glad you found this helpful! Don’t be too hard on yourself, my pictures were pretty bad in the beginning haha! I just worked my way up here. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but definitely take it step by step. Best of luck with your blog!

  • Totally bookmarked this post for future reference. Thanks!
    xoxx, Monica
    F&ML: Fashion And My Life

    • Thanks so much Monica!

  • This post is fantastic! Lighting has been the bane of my existence since learning how to shoot great photos. Once I figured out the camera it’s been all about figuring out the lighting…which I can’t seem to figure out most of the time! Grrr!

    Thanks for this!!

    • Thanks so much! So glad you found this helpful! xx

  • This is such a great post. I’ve learned many new things and gained valuable advice Paula. I am now off to buy white cardboard lol. Thankyou love Jodie xx

    • Thanks so much Jodie!! <3 <3

  • Useful tips here, especially about light and exposure…thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks so much Jodee!

  • This was such a helpful post! I really need to take my camera off the auto settings. Your pictures are beautiful too! Xxx

    • Thanks so much Krissy, so glad you found this helpful!

  • Wow this was so helpful! I’m a new blogger so to have these tips is so good! Thank you very much and congratulations on the success of your blog xo

    • Thanks so much Bethany! Good luck with your blog 😉

  • That was such a help post, loving your photography series 🙂 Thanks for all the tips.

    • Thank you, so happy you liked it! 🙂

  • So helpful! I’m just now starting a blog and am looking for any tips that I can on how to take great photos. Yours was perfect to read.

    • Thanks Cori, best of luck with your blog! 😉

  • ¡Love the post! Thank you so much for the tips, i enjoy then so much!!
    Justine,
    http://www.justinessecet.com

  • I’m only just learning to use my camera (I did a course at the weekend but it stills feel far away!) so it’s nice to see another blogger who has come on so well. There’s hope for me yet!

    Jodie, alajode.com

    • Thanks so much Jodie! Of course there’s hope, haha 😉 I still don’t know everything, but cool thing about photography is that the more you use your camera and try new things, the more you learn 🙂 Good luck!

  • This post is so encouraging especially for beginners like me. I have known for a while thtat my photography needs to improve and will soon be investing in a decent camera, right now I am using my HTC camera 🙁 Loved the post and will soon incorporate the tips 🙂 Thanks <3

    • Aww thanks so much!

  • Omg this is amaing! it all i needed and more haha! I just loved how you break down the details and explain everything very well! Thank you alot dear for this effort and this post its really helpful for me! Thank you again! Good luck!~^_^ <3

    http://www.beautylish-life.com

    • So glad you liked it! Thanks so much for such a sweet comment! 😉

  • Thanks is really helpful!

    Thanks for the tips!

    http://inspiremeland.com

    Emma

    • Glad you found it helpful!

  • I loved this! Thanks for the tips! I was wondering tho, what size do you usually resize your images in photoshop? Xx

    http://www.joybernardo.blogspot.com

    • Thanks so much! I resize them to 645 width-wise, length varies depending on different images. It also has a lot to do with your blog layout/theme too.

  • Karla

    Just found your blog and I am so inspired! Thank you for such a well detailed and easy to understand post! i hope to better my photography and really take my blogging more seriously than i have up until now! I will definitely be using your tips! thank you 😀

    • Awwww thank you SO MUCH Karla!! I’m so happy that you found this post helpful! 🙂 Good luck with your blogging adventure! 😉

  • So very helpful Paula – thank you for taking the time to give such detailed explanations. Very appreciative.

    • Thanks so much Love!

  • Emma

    Your progress is amazing! Thanks for taking the time to share your tricks! I love the angle on the picture with the hair products. Definitely remembering this post:)

    • Thanks so much Emma! I definitely came a long way haha 🙂 Always learning something new, every day though 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting!

  • THANK YOU! Such a great post. I finally made the investment in a DSLR camera today and these are such great tips! 😀

    xx

    Lauren Jade
    Lauren Jade Lately
    ‘Simplifying Life, Maximizing Happiness’

  • I found this page through pinterest. THANK YOU very much for these helpful tips. I’m re-pinning this! Thanks. ❤ Sunshine

  • Cristina

    Just came here from Pinterest and let me thank you! I’ve recently bought a DSLR camera after working in the summer and I’m so happy this post is so helpful! You’re right, it’s so confusing, but practice is the way to go. x

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  • Jolie Luu

    Saw your post on Pinterest while I was looking for ways to improve my blog. Very help tricks. Thanks much!

    http://joliecious.blogspot.com/

  • Ashby Night

    Very informative. I like this tips you give about the importance of natural light. And your before and after picture are great to see. I am a new blogger and I found a lot of good tips here. Thanks!

  • Rebecca Tulloch

    this is awesome and will help me to style my own photo’s so much better! I’ve been wanting to find a white table for a while with out making a huge investment so I think a trip to Ikea is in order soon! 🙂 I’m trying to put together a mini shoot one day soon for my blog and I completely agree on natural light being the best thing for pictures!

    • Thanks so much Rebecca, glad you enjoyed this post! That white IKEA table is seriously a blogger’s best friend haha 😉

  • These are such great tips and I will for sure be applying them towards the pictures I’m taking for my blog.

    http://perfectshadeofmauve.blogspot.com/

  • Great post! So glad I came across this on Pinterest.

    Ariana | Label me Luxxe

  • Chantal Steele

    Awesome!

  • This was such a great read! I love the examples and how clear you wrote all the tips out. I’m not great at photography but I felt like your article made some thing a lot more clear!
    Especially the part about the aperture and ISO which I definitely didn’t get before!

    Thank you so much for the guide 🙂

  • So glad I found this! Super helpful for me being a newbie blogger! Thank you for sharing such great info!

  • Elizabeth Trejo

    This is amazing! Very informative and great photos you have taken

  • Emma

    Thank you so much for your help! GREAT ARTICLE! 🙂

  • Suzi Whitford

    The white IKEA table! I have one too! <3<3<3

  • Wow! This was really helpful. 🙂

  • OMG I love your blog and your tips!!!
    And as @Emma said, your progress is amazing! I am going to buy a pro camera not just for the blog, but I am feeling I will develop my inner photographer 🙂 Thanks soooo much for this!!
    Nefeli | http://lovebeinginspired.net

  • Mafalda Ar

    I’ve just discovered your blog and I’m getting lost in such great posts 🙂 Such a lovely awesome place you have here. I’ll certainly return to read more <3

    http://www.sendtforwardp.blogspot.com

  • I think you mean, “[The wider open the aperture] the SHALLOWER the depth of field.” Not deeper 😉 Great tips though!

  • Austin Payne

    SO helpful! And thank you for introducing me to Shamless Maya, she’s great!

  • Victoria Goodman

    This post is SO helpful! I’m not great at taking the photos for my blog XD hopefully they’ll start getting better now! x

    http://www.victoriaahelenn.blogspot.com

  • Lipstick LupusMommy

    Wow! I’ve followed you for a bit and was always so intimidated by how amazing your page looks! What great advice! Thank you! I definitely hope to put more effort in soon. I never realized how much you had to fake your bright living area for your photos. My blog has just been a place to vent about my struggles with an autoimmune disease, faith, and makeup! I have a lot to learn since I’ve been in hiding, lol!

    • Oh nothing to be intimidated about!! 🙂 Oh yes, my house is a little dark and I struggled for years before I finally figured out how to take my pictures in a way where they’d look like I want them to! Ahh yes! Blogging is sort of a very fun way to vent 😉