How I Blog #2 | Taking Photographs

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I really hope you are enjoying these posts; this time I'm going to cover my process for taking blog photos. I just want to throw this disclaimer out there that i am by no means suggesting that i take perfect photos. I definitely don't, I'm always learning and trying different ways to improve but at the moment this is how i do it and how i take my blog photos.

My academic diary that i mentioned in my last post (here) plays a big part of the process as i rely heavily on this as when I'm sorting out my daily to-do lists i also plan when and what blog photos i need to take. I do my best to fit in hour sessions at the weekend and take the photos in bulk for the following week and sometimes further ahead.

My Set Up
My set up varies a lot; sometimes i use my desk for the background which has a wooden effect but other times i use a big A3 white sheet of paper as it gives a nice clean white background for the photos. I don't have any studio lighting so i rely on natural lighting - i take my photos next to a window, unfortunately the position of my window gives me limited lighting which is very annoying. I'm hoping to invest in some studio lighting within the next year - any recommendations?

My Camera
The camera i use is a Fujifilm Finepix S1000 which is a bridge camera - it's an upgrade from a point and shoot camera but it's not quite a DSLR. It's a great little camera and can take great photos, I've had it now for almost 5 years and its served me well but it think it's slowly reaching its death.

On my camera; i vary between 3 setting that i like to use and i do test shots with each setting first to see which looks best but it can differ depending on the product and or the lighting. The 3 settings I'm use is Auto (No disapproving looks, please) Natural and also Manual too. I also always make sure i put it on 'Super Macro' because it's really helps to focus the image and makes even really small details clear. My camera doesn't have any fancy settings on lens where it focuses on the product and blurs the background (a girl can dream) but for now it works well and is doing what i need. I do plan to upgrade it to a DSLR one day.

Take Lots of Photos
I take a lot of photos; even when i think that I've got the perfect one i take many more just to be on the safe side as their are many times I've thought I've taken a really great photo and then when I've uploaded it to the computer it's not so great, so taking multiple allows me to have options of which ones to choose.

I also try to vary up the compositions of my photos too and try different ways of arranging them too; I'm still a complete novice when it comes to composing my images especially adding extra fancy props in there but i just try as many different ways as possible and hope for the best. It's all trial and error, sometimes it works and other times it doesn't.

Editing
For editing my photos, i personally prefer to use Adobe Photoshop - there are many alternatives out there but Photoshop is a software I'm very familiar with and feel the most comfortable using. I don't edit my photos a great deal, it's usually a case of cropping the images and adjusting brightness and contrast too, i find that this is all i need to do. I also make a title photo for my posts which is done really easily as well. What do you think of title photos?

That is pretty much everything that i do when it comes to taking my blog photos and the process that follows - I'm still learning and always trying to find new ways to improve them. I hope this was helpful, if not i hope you enjoyed the insight into how i take my photos.

How do you take your photos?
Natalie xx

8 comments:

  1. Love that your background is basically just a sheet of paper - that's hilarious to me and yet makes so much sense! How do you go about choosing props etc?

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

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    1. Aw, it is simple yet effective! Honestly, in terms of props i just try things out and hope for the best - lately ive been using pot pouri as you can get some lovely colours in them and some interesting shapes too.
      Natalie xx

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  2. Brilliant post sweetie! Your photos are great, the white paper is a brill idea! I have a bridge camera for now too, I do plan to upgrade one day, but for now I love it.

    http://thefrancescadiaries.blogspot.co.uk x

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    1. Thank you! Im the same i'll definitely be upgrading my camera at some point but i do love my bridge camera :)
      Natalie xx

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  3. Love this post! I've been thinking about getting a bridge camera as I know you can video with them too and I kind of want to start YouTube! xx
    ELEANORMAES

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    1. Yeah, they produce pretty good quality videos so its definitely worth looking into - ive had mine for 5 years and it's a really good camera!
      Natalie xx

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  4. "My camera doesn't have any fancy settings on lens where it focuses on the product and blurs the background (a girl can dream)"

    If your camera allows you to play with the aperture (try Aperture priority/A/Ap(?) mode), that's the one you need to play with - you may also be able to alter it in manual shooting mode. Basically (I don't know how much you know, so feel free to ignore me if I'm telling you things you do know alreay!) aperture is how 'open' your lens is, and a wide aperture (a smaller number) allows more light and creates a shallow(er) depth of field - which will in turn give you the effect of a focused subject and an artfully blurred background.

    I have a lens for my camera which has a manual aperture ring and you can really see how the lens opens and closes - I don't know how easy it'd be to see it on your camera but if you like I can get some quick shots of it open and closed for reference so you can see what I mean by it. Failing that I'm always around on twitter for answers - I'm not a trained photographer by any means but I like to think I'm fairly decent/knowledgable!

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    1. Oh wow, thanks for this - ill definitely have to play around with it and see if i can do that. I tend to stick to what i know with it!
      Natalie xx

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