It’s no secret that we live in a visual world. As bloggers and business owners we know exactly how important visuals are to our growth. How many times have you scrolled through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest and saw an appealing photo and instantly your attention was captured? Let me guess, EVERYDAY?! Yep, I thought so. Me too!
I’ve been asked countless times about how to take better photos for either a photography business, a blog, or simply for social media purposes.
Today I’m going to share 3 actionable steps to taking better photos. You will walk away from this post being able to use these new skills to capture better photos to grow your business or blog.
You’re in the right place if:
- Find yourself thinking about taking better photos all the time
- Want to sharpen your photography skills for your blog or business
- Wish you could take better photos of your children to share
Let’s Jump In!
1. Perspective –
Perspective is the way you view something, your point of view. The angle you use to capture an image. Think outside of the box, make it interesting. The perspective from which you capture an image speaks to the whole composition of the image. It elicits a reaction from the viewer.
When I think about perspective, I always remind myself to MOVE MY FEET. Move around, don’t stand in one place and shoot from eye level. Get a different viewpoint.
Try it out! (really, right now! You can practice this with anything in the location you are now!)
- Get low
- Get up higher
- Shoot upward
- Get the lateral
- Shoot from a side angle
- Shoot around objects
- Shoot from above straight down (think flatlay)
2. Negative Space –
Negative space is the area that surrounds the main subject; the space between and around the subject. The subject(s) is/are the positive space of the image. Using negative space makes the viewer focus in on the subject of the image and creates a natural balance and evokes a certain emotion from the viewer. It also helps your photo tell a story.
You can see below that my legs and dress are the main subject. The white blanket is the negative space. It’s not empty space it’s filled with a background that is more interesting that empty space but yet the image still allows the subject to pop and be the main focus.
Try it out! (Use these suggested shots to practice negative space)
- Coffee mug
- Something in nature
- Child playing
- Your computer or iphone
- A road sign
- Your legs!
3. Natural Lighting
Natural lighting is my favorite kind of lighting. I absolutely love doing photo shoots in all natural light. It is my jam for sure! If you head over to my photography website here, you’ll see how much I LOVE it!
One of my favorite things about natural lighting is the dreaminess it gives to a photo. It is simply gorgeous and in my opinion nothing can beat it!
Here are some things to think about when shooting with natural light:
Use the golden hour rule – look for the best time of the day to get the best kind of natural light. This is typically sunrise and sunset time. I usually do my sessions either an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset to capture the best light.
Filter the light – generally I am not into sun flares in my photos (on occasion I do). I use a background object to filter the light through; my favorite being foliage.
Shade Shooting- when I can’t shoot in the golden hour I look for open areas of shade. Enough shade that still has pretty lighting but not too dark of shade where it will cast ugly shadows or green on my subject’s skin.
Try it out!
Grab a subject (I think a person or animal would be best in this case) and test out these tips! Try both shooting at golden hour and in the open shade.
Wondering about what to do with the photo after you’ve snapped it? Okay, okay…. I’ll throw in some extra tips!
Let’s talk post processing – EDITING!
If you’re using your iPhone/Phone here are some great apps that allow you to edit your photos. I’m talking really edit them, not just add a filter.
- Photo Editor
Here is an example of a before and after I did on Photo Editor:
If you’re using a DSLR camera and want more editing capabilities and want more than just what your phone can give you then read on…
My top two editing softwares I use are #1 Lightroom and #2 Photoshop – these take a bit more learned skills to figure out but it’s not too hard to learn! Look for an e-course coming in the near future! 😉