By David Hill
Considering how visual the Internet is nowadays, it is no surprise that most blogs use photos (or other images). Statistics show content that includes images performs better in every possible way, and tends to get more views as well as better conversion rates.
In short, you need to be using photos on your blog. It shouldn’t be too hard for you to snap photos, especially when practically everyone walks around with a camera in their pocket (i.e. a smartphone or actual digital camera). However, you may find the photos you take aren’t as good as you hoped they would be and leave a lot to be desired.
Don’t jump to the conclusion that you need a better camera. While it is true that the camera you use can affect the quality of the image, it is not the only factor and an expensive camera is no guarantee of a better photo. Some of the best photos throughout history have been taken with mediocre or basic cameras, so don’t go out and buy a new one unless you’re absolutely sure you need it.
Instead, what you need to focus on is your basic photography skills. As you learn more about photography, you’ll see a huge improvement in the photos that you’re able to snap.
Tips to Improve Photography Skills
Make no mistake, there are tons of things that you need to learn about photography and if you’re really interested you should certainly do so. That being said, for now it may be best if you stick to a few easy ways in which you can improve your photography skills.
Move The Subject Of The Photo Away From the Center of the Frame
While it is tempting to put the subject right in the middle of the photo, often it is better to put it on one side. That way, the other elements of the photo contrast more sharply with the subject and the relationship between them can be seen.
Try filling up the frame with the subject if you want to capture or focus on smaller details. Sometimes even taking a few steps closer to a subject can make a big difference in the framing and composition.
Try Photography in Different Light Conditions
The amount of light is going to affect your photos. The best way to understand how it does is to try taking photos in different light conditions. It may help to frame the photo differently depending on the position of the light source too.
Learn to Use the Flash
If your camera has a flash, you should learn how to use it. Experiment with the range of the flash and get a feel for how much brightness it generates. Sometimes it can help to use your flash even during the day if the sun is particularly bright.
Experiment with Different Angles and Heights
Most photos are snapped from eye-level, which is perfectly fine, but changing the angle and height of the camera can provide a new perspective. When you experiment with different angles and heights, you will also see how it can provide a feeling of depth or size.
That should be more than enough to get you started, but there’s one more area you should study to produce better photos for a blog.
As you learn more about photography, you’ll soon realize that there are countless factors that could affect how a photo turns out. Unless you’re in a studio setting it is almost impossible to fully control all of these factors, which is why it helps to at least be able to edit your photos a little bit. Editing photos has become a significant part of modern photography.
Once again, it’s a good idea to start with the simple stuff and find a user-friendly photo editor that will let you:
- Crop photos to alter how the subject is framed.
- Play around with colour settings such as the brightness, contrast, temperature, exposure, and so on.
- Selectively remove elements to adjust the composition of a photo.
- Adjust the sharpness or photo blur to create the illusion of focus.
After you’re familiar with those areas, you can move on to some of the more advanced areas of photo editing. You will soon be able to both correct and alter your photos, so that they are exactly as you want them before you publish them on your blog.
David Hill enjoys snapping and sprucing up photos on his trusty Mac using Movavi Photo Editor for Mac. It makes it easy for him to quickly edit his photos and prepare them for his blog.
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