How to take photos for your blog

 

While I’m a big advocate of hiring a professional photographer (shameless self promotion here), I understand why business owners and solopreneurs can’t afford to add this to their marketing budget. It’s a rat race to get that first $1000 in the box and that barely pays for your rent. How can you afford to hire a professional photographer?

Taking photos for your blog is easier than you think and you can do it easily with your phone or your expensive camera you bought in hopes to learn to use it someday. While I would love to teach you photography, here are some quick tips to help you get started today.

3 tips to take photos for your social media + blog

Tip #1
Dive into all aspects of your camera. Read your instruction manual that came with it. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Who reads the damn instruction manual? Well, there’s some great tips on what buttons work, how to change your buttons around and what each function of your camera does and why. Also, the University of Youtube is a great resource to learn some DSLR skills.

Tip #2
Find good bright light. Unless you’re an expert at lighting (I know many seasoned photographers that are still learning the uses of light) make sure you get near natural light. If you’re in a restaurant, try moving by the window. The window will act as a magnifier for light and on cloudy days, the light will still be bright. If still need more light, use your cameras or phone settings to brighten the light just slightly.

Tip #3
Take at least 3 different of angles of your subject. Overkill? Not really. When you go to edi or review it, you’ll be glad you did it. If you have one bad photo then you’ll probably need to go and take more. Where if you had a few photos to choose one, you won’t stress out so much. This will also help you see that the different angles will help you get a better feel for future photos.

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Bonus tip:
There’s always the option of using stock photos. Be sure to use them on your social media sparingly. I use the 8/1 ratio. Eight photos should be yours you take and use one stock photo. Remember, social media is a peek into your life not faking it with social media. Here are a few tips on how to use stock photos.

You can use more stock photos on your blog since your message is really about what you have to say in your blog not about how good your photos are.

Luckily, I have some stock photos here for you here.

Each Friday I want to bring you more photo tips. If there are subjects you would love me to blog about, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to help out! #photofriday