Before I start I want to say that I am in no way, shape, or form claiming myself to be a photographer. That I am NOT! I am a wife, a mother and a baker just wanting to capture all the beautiful joys of life and this is how I do it...
This November will be Annie's Aprons one year anniversary. I was so nervous launching my blog. I had no clue about blogging or what to do. One of my favorite things about blogging is the photography piece. When it comes to photography I am no expert. I don't have a fancy camera with different lenses and I leave my camera on the auto button so it automatically picks the correct settings.
When I first started my blog I was super nervous about the photography aspect and still get nervous at times. As a follower of other bloggers one of the biggest things that attracts me to someone's blog and determines whether I stay a while or return is the photography. Especially when it comes to food.
After a few months of blogging, seeking advice from other bloggers, and some Pinterest research I have discovered these few tips and tricks that have made a HUGE difference in my blog photography as well as my social media feeds.
This is HUGE! Natural light is the best! It makes a world of difference in a photo. Pull back your curtains, open your blinds and let the light shine through. If you don't have good natural lighting in your house, have no fear. Take it outside (preferably in the shade). All of my food photography is shot outside on my back porch or near a window that has good indirect lighting.
If you look under my recipes you will find some posts that I did when I first started my blog that have images that weren't taken in natural light and I actually used filters to touch them up. Which brings me to the next tip...
I use to be a huge fan of filters but ever since I discovered natural lighting and how to get it,
I have put filters on the back burner. However, I know that some people love filters and that's ok. If you are going to use a filter I recommend being consistent with it. Use the same filter for all of your photos. This makes a big difference in the presentation of your photos and blog appeal.
Usually if I am not able to capture something in natural lighting but still want to use the photo I use a black and white filter.
If you edit your photos I also recommend staying consistent with your editing. The two things I focus on are brightness and sharpening. Brightness adds more light to photos that might not have gotten the lighting you were hoping for.
Here are a few apps that I have used to edit my photos:
Below are some before and after pictures using the PhotoScapeX app. Here I adjusted the brightness and sharpened certain areas of the images. I love bath time pictures but there is zero natural light in our bathroom so I often edit the images to get a better photo.
Backgrounds can be simple and super cheap. I searched around my house for things to use as backgrounds. These are some of the items I use.
Props always help add to photos. If I am photographing food I usually place some of the ingredients near the finished product, or sprinkle some crumbs around the food. I also like to use fun napkins, table cloths, and flat ware to help dress up my food photos.
Tripod & Self Timer
These two things are probably my most favorite things. I literally bring my tripod everywhere I go. It helps me capture photos of Ava and I or all three of us when no one is around to take it for us. I use this a lot at home and in the kitchen to capture our memories.
Downtown Lakeland has so many fun spots to take pictures and I have had ZERO shame in setting up my tripod this summer to take some pictures of Ava and I. The photos below were all taken with my tripod.
That's about it. Those are all of my tips and tricks that I have so far. I think the important things to remember are to have fun with it, be patient, and make room on your computer. Most of the time I take hundreds of photos and find 2 to 3 that I really like, but that's the fun in it all.
What are some of your photography tips or tricks?
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