Blog Photos – My Top 5 Tips to taking great photos

Looking for tips to take great photos or looking to improve your blog photos? Keep reading for my top 5 tips in taking great photos.

Before we start with my top 5 tips, I want to talk about a big development for Aimsy’s Antics. This post is my first official collaboration with a brand! Panasonic has released their newest premium Waterproof Camera designed to be Tough, Dependable and Strong. The LUMIX DC-FT7 is perfect for capturing 4K video and photo with a 20.4-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and a 4x Optical Zoom. This camera sounds perfect for use when travelling (you know how much I love to take video and photographs when I am away on my travels – Hello! Mykonos and Madrid).
As well as taking amazing photos, the camera is waterproof (up to 31m / 102ft), shockproof (up to 2m /6.6ft), freezeproof (-10°c /14°F) and is pressure resistant (100kgf / 200lbf). Perfect for any type of travel destination!

The LUMIX DC-FT7 is available in three colours; orange, blue and black. It has a wi-fi connection to share your captures, and is not too heavy, coming in at 319g! The price isn’t too bad either, around £400 depending on where you purchase it from. Which one would you choose?

(Just to note, I have not actually used the camera mentioned above as of yet; however, I would upgrade my current underwater camera to this model! Check out the link above for full details of the LUMIX DC-FT7

My Top 5 Tips for Taking Great Blog Photos:

So, now that I have spoken (written?!) about the Panasonic LUMIX DC-FT7 we are onto my top 5 tips for taking great blog photos. Now, I am not claiming to be an expert photographer, but these tips are what I try to keep in mind when taking photos to use on the blog. Some of the photos I take are whilst I am away on my travels, and may not necessarily have been taken for the sole purpose of posting on my blog or Instagram. By sticking to these 5 tips it opens up the variety of photos I can use. Did you see my December Photo Challenge? I used these tips in taking most of these photos.

Tip 1 – Lighting

Any great photographer will tell you that lighting is one of the most important things to consider when taking photos. Natural, bright but not harsh is usually best, and as I rule I try to follow this. There are always exceptions to this though. I think you should experiment with lighting, and I love getting shots that are not quite conventional.

One of my favourite pictures taken on my recent trip to Parga, had the light in front of me, coming through the petals of the geraniums. I loved how the whole shot was framed by the flare of light in the corner, I think it adds a bit of magic to it.

Image of a planter of pink geraniums on Parga harbour wall with Parga town and the sea in the background.

Linking back to the underwater camera theme, if you are lucky enough to own an underwater camera, keep in mind that lighting can be a bit tricky! Light reflects different underwater and you might not always be able to capture exactly what you want, but again experiment with it, you might just get the perfect shot.

Image of a starfish underwater on moss covered rocks.
Underwater lighting can change the colour of a photo.

So, I guess with this tip keep in mind the ‘rules’ of lighting but change it up, you never know what you might capture for you blog photos!

Tip 2 – Angles

Similarly to tip one, the thing to keep in mind is rules of thirds. You know the one, where you break your image into thirds so that you end up with a grid of 9 squares. This helps with balancing and producing interesting shots, by ensuring the subject is lined up just right. I try to stick to this, but also experiment with it too.

Photos taken from various angles are a lot more interesting. When taking blog photos I always take a million and one photos from lots of different angles. Yes, you may end up with a full memory card, but you will have such a variety of photos. Think about taking from above, angled up, through a gap in the wall or even to the side. Here are a few of which I experimented with.

Image of Parga Town through a gap in the wall from the Castle of Parga.
Image of a close up shot of sequins on a dress. Art Deco style pattern.

Tip 3 – Self-Portrait

What do you do when you have nobody else to take a photo of you? Invest in a selfie stick and tripod! Now, I know you can look a bit silly if you are out and about when using a selfie stick, but they really are a great invention. Mine was the best €5 I have ever spent during my trip to Skiathos.

If you were following my December Photo Challenge, then you may have seen the photo below. This was taken using my wonderful selfie stick. Now, it did take a bit of organising and practice and a lot of out-takes but I think the results turned out pretty good. Also by using this, you don’t feel the added pressure of ‘posing’ in front of someone, that is if you are taking the shot without anyone around.

Image of a girl posing with a shocked face, surrounded by various Christmas Jumpers. Fairy lights in the background.

I invested in a tripod too so that I could take ‘selfies’ on my camera too. This is also a great investment too to stop your camera shaking when shooting in lower lighting as it really does help keep the camera stable. The photo below was taken on my tripod.

Image of a Girl wearing red ice lolly hoody

Tip 4 – Props & Backgrounds

Nearly every one of my blog posts has a title photo, usually with the post title placed across it. If these are of things I have made such as my cranberry and red onion jam or essential oil room spray, I tend to style the photo a bit more. To do this I have collected a few props and backgrounds to use. These add a bit of something extra to the photo, and can really highlight what you are trying to show. Fairy lights, petals, confetti, and Christmas decorations to name a few have all been used in a lot of my blog photos.
It doesn’t have to cost you a bomb either, as a lot of mine were picked up for free; the confetti and petals I sort of accumulated following attending a party. Hello, table decorations!

Image of the book 'The Illegal Gardener' by Sara Alexi with various blog photo props, such as roses, a greek eye and a Greek wicker wreath

For surfaces, I invested in marble and copper print sticky back plastics, which have seen better days now (oops!). These are fairly cheap from Wilko’s or even Amazon*. They look great behind products and can hide a multitude of things from the environment. You can always find images online, print them off and laminate them (like I did in the photo above). Just be careful with copyright though!

*This is an affiliate link, which means at no extra cost to you, I may earn a commission should you click through the link.

Image of a jar of Cranberry and red Onion relish, with cranberries decorating the jar, a heart Christmas wreath and fairy lights in the background. All against a copper backdrop

Tip 5 – Edit

Now, it would be great if the photos you took were perfect, and at times they may just be. More times than none though you need to add a touch of editing to really make the photo pop. My editors of choice are usually A Colour Story if I am editing photos taken on my phone and Gimp 2.10 for editing on my laptop. They are both free editing software, however, ACS does have in-app purchases. Both serve well in editing your photos. I also like to use Canva to make graphics and Pinterest images.

Usually, when I edit my photos I generally edit the contrast, brightness, and saturation. Sometimes I may add a something a bit extra, like a flare or bokeh. These can just make the photo pop and add another layer to it. I would say experiment with your editing style, you never know, you may just find your photo ‘theme’ through it.

Here are a few before and after shots of a few of my blog photos. What do you think?

Image of before and after shots of a photo of Chocolate covered pancakes with various toppings.
Taken from What Happend When I Took A Cocktail Masterclass
Image of before and after shots of a photo of a girl sitting in a boat on Retiro Park lake.
Taken from 3 Days in Madrid – Travel Diary

So there are my top 5 tips to how I take and edit my blog photos (and Instagram). Again I am not an expert in photography, but I do really enjoy the creativeness of it. One day I will eventually own a ‘proper’ camera and learn how to take manual photos, but my little point and shoot camera and phone are serving me well at the moment.
Also, I want to thank Panasonic for allowing me to collaborate on this post with them. Be sure to check out the link at the start of this post for more information on the new LUMIX DC-FT7!

Do you have any tips on how you take great blog photos?

20 thoughts on “Blog Photos – My Top 5 Tips to taking great photos

  1. I love this! I’ve just bought a new phone and the camera on it is amazing. I can’t afford a camera at the moment but will definitely take some of your tips and apply them! Can’t wait to get back to Greece to snap some sunsets

    Thanks for sharing!

    Jess (coffeeandcorfu)

    Mybigfatgreeklifestyle.wordpress.com

    xx

    1. Aww, thanks! I think phone cameras are so much better than what they once were, you definitely can get some great shots with them. Hopefully, the tips work…I look forward to seeing your Greek sunsets

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Once you start taking an interest in lighting and props, you can’t go back, can you? I am building a good stash of props now!
      Glad you liked the post 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

  2. Editing is always a big part of my blog photography process. I like to brighten my photos as well as tone down some of the colours so that the photo suits my pastel colour scheme. These are all really great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yeah I love seeing how I can improve the photo through editing. The more you get used to it, the quicker and easier it becomes!
      Thanks for commenting!

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Thank you! There are some great backgrounds to get. Wallpaper is also a good one

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

  3. You do a fantastic job with your photos so thank you for sharing your tips! I definitely agree on using a tripod or selfie stick when you’re first getting behind the camera, it definitely helps you build your confidence without feeling like you’re being watched by a photographer! I love experimenting with light too, I’d love to own an underwater camera one day!

    1. Thank you! I love the creativeness you can bring to a photo, even if it is just altering the colour balance or brightness of it.
      I love my selfie stick, it makes it so much easier!
      Underwater cameras are great! Sometimes the colours don’t show through as well, but I guess it depends on what camera it is!

      thanks for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Thank you! Yeah, sometimes poor lighting can bring something different to the photo can’t it. Its all about experimenting!
      Thanks for your comment 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

    1. I so agree! They can just add that something extra to the photo can’t they?!

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      Aimsy xoxo

  4. These are great tips Aimsy, thank you for sharing! I agree, good lighting can really transform a picture and getting the right angle can take practice – I always take tons of photos of the same thing to see which one I like best. Your photo of the sunlight coming through the petals is stunning, fantastic shot! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. I am the same, my memory cards are always filled up of the same thing from different angles!
      Aww, thank you! Has to be one of my favs too!

      Aimsy xoxo

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