Photography Tips For Blogging Vol. 2

Are you guys ready for round 2? My first installment went down pretty well and  seemed to help a lot of people so I decided to make a part 2. I never knew what I was capable of when it came to photography, but then again it’s art in its own way! I try to bring as much life as possible to my photos and keep them uniform with the same filter. I think it can show your blogs potential and now your photos become recognizable to your viewers (your personal signature). It’s almost as if I try to share the moment with you all so you can see my vision (I’m starting to loose you aren’t I). Here are some additional tips I’ve picked up throughout this blogging journey. . .

  • Play Around With Different Angles - This is where a tripod may come in handy! I like to shoot overhead like in this post here. To me they’re appealing to the eye and makes me feel like i’m actually over looking the shot. You can also get down super low to get as close to the subject as you like in the shot above. Move around, bend your knees and you’ll see a major difference in your shots. I look like a ninja playing Twister during the whole process!
  • Adjusting Brightness, Exposure, Saturation and Contrast - Once you find a good editing program it’s all about tweaking it. I don’t think you need to pay loads of money for Photoshop when there are a ton of free programs you can use. I love Afterlight and it’s the only editing app I use. I try to stay consistent with the filter I choose because it’s the over all look I’m going for. Adjusting these settings will bring life into your photos by adding light and color where need be.
  • Bokeh Effect - The term “Bokeh” means blur and by this you’re creating a soft out-of-focus background. To do this simply increase the distance between the background and your subject. Here’s an example, It gives the reader that much more to look at and I luurve this effect!
  • Making The Most Of The Sun - It sounds funny but I try to shoot all my pictures when the sun is at it’s brightest. That is between the hours of 12-3pm, if weather permits. After 4pm I’ll leave it for another day because I run the risk of getting a gray cool cast in my photos. I have studio lights but the problem with that is I can get shadows in the shot and I’m very critical! #bloggerproblems

Everything is trial and error, It takes me about a good 20-25 shots before I get the one! I’ve had plenty of fails and have come a long way since first starting out. I know that an SLR camera is pricey and not everyone can afford it but it’s the best investment I’ve made when it comes to blogging. Not only do I use the camera for my site but I can take it with me on family outings and things like that. Practice is key and just remember to have fun with the process, it’s just a picture right?

  • http://morganlorraine.blogspot.com/ Morgan Guido

    great tips! I am a huge fan of Afterlight haha

    morganlorraine.blogspot.com

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Thank you!!!!

  • Allison

    I love Afterlight! There are so many options for everything you could possibly want. my instagram is much more tumbler esq since I started using it.

    http://www.mercuteify.com/

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      It’s the best right?!

  • CamilliaHandmade

    Great tips!!! Thank you:0

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      : ) !!!

  • http://msbubuandhergirlyness.blogspot.ca/ Stéphanie GB/MsBubu

    Thank you for your tips! I also noticed that the best light where I am is around 1-2 pm. I also noticed that my bedroom is crap to take pics as the window is north oriented. So I go to my parent’s which is facing south. I wish I could create bokeh with my camera, I am a point and shoot and I don’t get it every time :(

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Aww keep practicing! Table tops are great to create bokeh effects!

      • http://msbubuandhergirlyness.blogspot.ca/ Stéphanie GB/MsBubu

        Thanks :)

  • http://www.windycitymakeup.blogspot.com ewelina windycity

    I love this post! And yeah , the style of the photos are your signature, I completely agree with that :)

    Your photos have such nice, soft atmosphere in them. I really like them, your style of photography. I will also check out that Afterlight app that you mentioned. Thank you so much!

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Thank you so much! Def check it out, it’s so worth it!

  • http://moorekrystal.wordpress.com Krystal Moore

    Aww thank you for these tips! They were super helpful. I always needed to be reminded that the sun is major resource for photography that should never go overlooked! Thank you!

    Krystal | http://www.moorekrystal.wordpress.com

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      So glad to help dear!!

  • Greta Gale

    Loved reading this post, and the first instalment. Photography is something I really struggle with on my blog so your tips were a big help!

    x greta

    flourish-blog.blogspot.com

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Yay!! I’m so glad I was able to help out!

  • http://twofeetphoto.blogspot.com/ Rachel hammer

    Nice tips! I really feel like composition/interesting angles are particularly important in still life photography.

    http://twofeetphoto.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Thank you!!

  • Zazie Bibi

    Great tips! Really easy to understand x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Thank you dear : ) !

  • Laura

    Stunning photos and great tips too! xx
    http://www.LaurasHaven.com

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Thank you!

  • Nathali

    Hi Tamira, I have a quick question. When you put photos into posts, do you scale them to the width of your post section or is there a way you can do this without losing the quality of the original shot? Thank you :)

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      All I do is set all the photo’s to large when uploading them onto my site but I never re-scale them and they fit just fine!

  • http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk/ Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    Great tips, your photography always looks gorgeous so having these tips from you is great! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

    P.S. I don’t want to be spammy, but I have a YSL Lipstick Giveaway on my blog at the moment!

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Thank you!! I’ll go have a look too dear!

  • http://teamstarnestakeslondon.blogspot.com/ Alexandra

    Taking note of all of these! xx

    http://teamstarnestakeslondon.blogspot.co.uk/

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      : ) !

  • http://blushingbiddies.com/ Puri

    Love good photography notes, thanks for this post! <3
    blushingbiddies.com

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Anytime xoxoxo

  • http://lauraneuzeth.com/ Laura Neuzeth

    Great tips! I really love the composition and overall uniform look of your photography. I need to take some of your tips and refine what I’m doing to I can start taking pictures that people will automatically connect with my blog.

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Yay I’m so glad I could help and thank you!

  • Bee

    Thanks for the tips! Ive never heard of Afterlight but I’ll definitely be checking it out.

    biffsquiggled

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      It’s the best!

  • http://liivingingrace.blogspot.ca/ Grace

    Getting natural lighting is the best! I like it better than editing later, but of course I can’t always take my pictures midday!

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      I’m in the same boat at times so I have to do the majority of them in one sitting!

  • http://www.sunburstgifts.org Princess Diana

    Thanks for this post. I have a question – what is your workflow that you take your photos on a DSLR but then edit them using an app? You don’t edit on a computer at all? Just an iphone or ipad?

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Yes that is right! I just use my phone and iPad to edit photos more so the iPad! It’s very rare that I use my mac

  • http://prettyclassyblond.blogspot.com/ Anniina

    Thanks for these tips! I’ve really used any editing programs but definitely will try one now!
    When it comes to photographing the natural light is always the best!

    http://prettyclassyblond.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Totally, give it try!!

  • Bmpermie

    I have been aware of my lack of knowledge re the use of photos on my blog so i hve found your 2 posts most interesting and helpful. Just what I need. I will now go about putting your tips into practice.

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Great! I’m glad I was able to help!

  • Josefine

    Which SLR camera are you using? what’s the name of it?
    Love your blog! <3

    http://byus2you.blogspot.dk

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      I use the Canon 600d and Thank you so much!

  • http://multitaskingdamsel.blogspot.com/ Multitasking Damsel

    these are really great tips! i even read your part 1 of this post!!

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Thank you! xoxoxo

  • http://www.thecatyouandus.com/ Dani // The cat, you and us

    Great post Tamira, I’ve seen it on my bloglovin weekly picks from this week ;) Another tip that we think it’s important to keep in mind: Shot in raw and adjust always the white balance of your shots, specially if you are shooting portraits. It helps a lot improving skin tones!

    http://www.thecatyouandus.com

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Thank you for the tip!!! I’ll def give it a try!

  • LifeIsBeauty

    Great post! I always love your photos so this has really helped! :)
    X

    http://lifeisbeauty1994.blogspot.ie

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Yay I’m glad to be able to help!

  • http://www.thegoldpalette.com Doori Park

    This was incredibly helpful, thank you so much~

    xx Doori Park
    http://www.thegoldpalette.com

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      I’m so glad I could help!

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  • Chiara Vitaloni

    Cool post :)

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      Thank you!

  • Rosie

    I love your photos and I’m so glad that you’re posting these techy posts, they’re so helpful!
    xx

    • http://www.lipstickwithsomesunshine.com/ Tamira

      I’m so glad I am able to help love!!

  • Ann K

    I’ve recently started up a blog so thanks for the great tips & ideas! Love them (:

    http://beautyluxury.blogspot.com

  • Iris

    Thank you for posting this! I’ve been obsessed with your blog and your photography recently and always can’t wait for your photos on my Instagram feed! This post is so helpful :)

    Iris|Encountering Beauty

  • Frankie Spencer-Barton

    Fab post!! I love the use of colour, it’s all so in-keeping and chic. Keep up the good work. I’m just about to do a blog post later today and will bear these tips in mind.

    looklook.co.uk

  • eLi

    Great post, thanks for sharing! What size do you make your pictures for your blog, they are so uniform?

  • Shari Trumbull

    This was a helpful post to me–so much so, I went back and read your first installment! I’m a new blogger and new “photographer by necessity” because of my blog. My digital camera went kaput on me a year ago, so, I’m stuck taking pics with my sony handycam and I can use all of the help I can get. I’m now looking into photo editing software online to help with the pics that I’m taking. I’m also experimenting with different color backdrops! Thank you so much–I’ll be checking in with you regularly now :) XOXO-Shari T

  • http://www.sophs-choices.blogspot.co.uk/ SophsChoices

    Taking photos for my posts is one of my favourites bits of blogging! It’s so much fun tweaking the angles, moving the objects and products around each other, changing the lighting…

    Check out my March Favourites post, the perfect nude duo, and the 97% organic hot cloth cleansing balm review over on my blog.

    http://www.sophschoices.co.uk

    Sophie

    x

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