How to take brighter blog photos
Probably the biggest learning curve when it comes to blogging is how to take brighter blog photos. Since the beginning of my blogging career, I’ve been working on ways to make brighter blog photos, but also how to constantly improve my photography skills in general. There is one huge factor in your photos, and it is lighting! I have three tips that will change the way you take your blog photos, and you can see immediate results today, seriously.
Lighting is the key to brighter blog photos
If you talk to any photographer, they will usually tell you that lighting is the most important factor in your image. Sadly, the world does not always have perfect lighting, and we have to make it work as well as we can. While natural lighting is the best form of that you can ever hope to have, sometimes you have to fake it until you make it. Until I started focusing on lighting, it was pretty much impossible for me to get brighter blog photos. Once I finally purchased a lighting kit, everything changed! Not only was it actually super affordable, but it makes shooting for my blog fun again!
In my lighting kit, I went out and got daylight lightbulbs. If you are serious about improving your images, but have bad natural lighting…buy these. You will not regret it! I even put them in my light in my room to add a little extra brightness. These kind of lights are also better for the environment as well. Umbrella lights are great for beginners, and for what I do with my blog, they work fine. Another key to have are reflectors. These can disperse the light evenly through your photo which will help reduce shadows. You can find some really affordable options on Amazon, or you can use a piece of cardboard and some aluminum foil as a simply DIY project!
Know your camera, it’s vital.
Honestly, I’ve had my camera for about two years, and I learn something new every single day. There are three distinct parts of your camera that you need to understand. Aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. Aperture is basically how much light gets into your lens. This is typically marked by an “f”, and the smaller the number the more light is getting into your lens. Next, you can adjust your ISO which will help you have brighter blog photos. Don’t bump this up too much, it can cause the quality of your image to get grainy. Lastly, there is the shutter speed. The exposure is basically how long your “camera door” is open. The slower your shutter speed, the more light gets into the lens, which can make for brighter blog photos. All cameras are different, but with practice, you can find out exactly what your camera can do.
A good edit can make or break your photo
When it comes to editing, this will differ for everyone. To be honest, there is such thing as over editing your photo, and it is a pet peeve of mine, personally. Everyone edit in a different way, and everyone has different preferences as well. I actually won’t be talking about Photoshop because basically, I don’t use it, at all. I think my generation was a few years before we learned the program, but I don’t find it necessary for brighter blog photos.
I typically use the editing on my Macbook or iPhone which are more than enough for what I actually do. I typically set the vibrance, exposure, contract, and black point in my photos. One of the biggest tips I ever learned when it came to shooting blog photos was to get the image as close as you can without editing. If I can see that my image is not as bright as I want it while shooting, I’ll adjust the lighting there. I try to edit as little as I can. It preserves the image, in my opinion.
What are your tips for taking brighter blog photos?