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?