Use natural lighting: I always get asked what lighting I use for my pictures but the truth is I only ever use natural lighting, I always wanted to buy a soft box or a ring light but they can be quite pricey and are more suited to filming and close up face shots. I have a dresser in my bedroom that is right next to my window, I always tie my curtains back and use that to take all of my blog pictures as the light there is great, I’d always recommend taking your pictures as close to natural light as possible.

Think about the composition: I always think about how I want to lay my images out and the composition of the shot, always try to mix it up so your images are keeping people interested or not too repetitive. Every couple of days I’ll take a look at my Bloglovin’ feed so I can see how I want my images to differentiate from the last few. I’ll think about if I was to create a flat lay, an image from above or a close up shot – it’s good to experiment with composition to figure out what works for you and to find out where your strengths lie.

Plan your images: This point feeds nicely off the last one, I always plan my images ahead so if I know I’m going to create a flat lay for a travel post then I’ll think about what I want in the image and round up my props, so I’ll want my passport in there, maybe a travel magazine, some suncream, a postcard/travel image, some memoirs from recent travels such as train/museum tickets etc. I also have a big box of props such as backgrounds that I use to I can keep my images varied. 

Edit your images before publishing: I always edit my images in Photoshop before publishing, I don’t edit them too much but just play around with the brightness and contrast to make them sharper or brighter. This is an additional step that doesn’t always need to be taken it’s just something I like to do with my images as I feel it improves them slightly. If you don’t have Photoshop or are unsure of how to use it then I know a lot of people who use a free software called Pic Monkey which is free and easy to use sot hat might be worth a try!

Look for inspiration: I’m forever on the hunt for image inspiration as it’s always great to constantly be improving and upping your game, I’ve touched on this before in terms of social media images but I always turn to Pinterest, other bloggers and also Instagram for image inspiration. I love to constantly feel inspired by other peoples work as it inspires me to do better, start making collages of imagery you love and place it where you can see them to keep you motivated and your ideas fresh.

How do you improve your blog images?

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    • Hayley Rubery 8th May 2015 / 8:53 pm

      Noted! I'll post soon for you lovely! 🙂 xx

    • Hayley Rubery 8th May 2015 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you Katie, it's honestly so nice to hear! I know isn't it?! x

  1. Heather McKnight 4th May 2015 / 9:02 am

    Such a great post, Hayley! I keep meaning to build up a box of props so to speak perfect for backgrounds and photographs, and this post has definitely inspired me to do exactly that. I've said before, and I'll say it again, your images are always flawless and you should definitely be proud of the content you're creating! What type of things do you tend to find useful as props if you don't mind me asking? I know you use a lot of flowers but I'm always a little stuck when it comes to thinking about other props!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

    • Hayley Rubery 8th May 2015 / 8:55 pm

      Yes you definitely should lovely, it's great to have a wide variety and mix it up – I'm always picking up bits and bobs when I'm out for props! That's so kind, thanks sweet! I do use flowers a lot, everyday items work well such as sunglasses, rings, a watch, pretty makeup with nice packaging, perfume – anything really! I'll definitely put together a post on props for you 🙂 xx

    • Hayley Rubery 8th May 2015 / 8:55 pm

      No worries Sabiha, thank you for leaving a comment! 🙂 x

  2. Sinéad Danielle 6th May 2015 / 12:42 pm

    I've really been trying to up my photography recently, and I've been amazed at how much of a difference natural lighting makes! Props are so important too, I love using magazine pages and wallpaper as backgrounds!

    Sinéad xo ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

    • Hayley Rubery 8th May 2015 / 8:56 pm

      I 100% agree! I've never been able to afford 'proper' lighting but natural daylight works a treat! Me too – magazines are great aren't they?! x

  3. Ariadna Morell 21st May 2015 / 12:55 pm

    thanks for the tips, I really want to learn how to use photoshop but it's a bit too pricey for me! x

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