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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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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?
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?