Photography never used to be my strong point. It was always the part I didn’t really enjoy about blogging, and I always used to think that you could only take good blog photos if you had someone else to help you. For a good few years, I’d believe that because I didn’t have a full time photographer working with me, I’d never be able to get my blog photos to a high standard. I’d browse through Instagram, Pinterest or other blogs, and think ‘agh if only I could take photos like that!’ I’d use the fact that it was just me as an excuse, and that I was rubbish at taking photos and that was that.
However, over the past 18 months or so, I feel like I’ve really upped my blog photography game, and in a weird turn of events, I enjoy taking photos the most now. When I look back on what my blog photos used to look like and now what they look like, I do feel very proud of myself. Anyways, in today’s post, I thought I’d share some of my tips for creating blog photos on your own, these small things have really helped me out and helped to improve my blog photos, and I’m kinda annoyed I didn’t think of these things earlier!
Okay so this is probably the most obvious thing to use when you’re taking blog photos on your own, but I rarely used to use mine. These days, I use it a lot, especially when I’m in the picture. Tripods are super cheap on places like Amazon and I’d definitely recommend getting one as it does help when you don’t have someone to take photos for you.
I have a remote for all of my cameras and they make a huge difference when it comes to taking photos on your own. I tend to use my remote when the camera is further away, it just makes life a little easier than setting the self timer and running into shot, or you can even set the self timer, use the remote to set it off, then throw the remote out of shot and ta da, no one will ever know.
3. Utilising My Phone & Camera :
Now I know that not everyone will have this feature but it will be worth checking to see if your camera does, as recently I’ve been using the Canon app on my phone to take photos. I can control the camera settings from my phone, which is so handy, and easier than keep getting up and down to the camera, I can also take the picture from my phone and see how the shot is looking, again super handy when the viewfinder is a bit too far away to see. I also use the app to look at photos straight away so at least i know if the shot is working or if something is or isn’t in focus. So yeah if your camera has a smartphone app, use that bad boy, it will make your life easier!
4. Getting Inspiration & Planning :
This probably should have been the first thing I spoke about, but I’ll pop it in now haha, but I’ve found that having a plan of what I want the photo to look like and having some inspiration really helps when it comes to setting up photos on your own. I have a Pinterest board that I look through before I start taking photos and plan exactly what I’m doing. It’s hard when you’re taking blog photos on your own or aren’t the most talented photographer so this helps to work out which angles to take and what may work.
These four things have really helped me out when it comes to taking blog photos, and it’s just outfit photos now that I struggle with, who knows maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to venture into town on my own with my tripod!
I hope these tips have been helpful, and let me know if you have any tips for taking photos on your own?