I have to start this post by saying I'm far from being a professional photographer. In fact, I don't enjoy the blogging part of taking pictures. In my pre-blogging years it was my husband the one who took pictures and videos of the kids and stuff, he sure loves it, after all he's a videographer. Now, if you have a blog, or even if you don't, you want to take decent pictures, practice and more practice, as with anything is the big key.
After a couple of years taking pictures on a daily basis, I want to share with you the three things that I almost always do to my pictures, because yeah, with good pictures my projects have a better chance to get feature on other blogs, gain more pins on Pinterest or probably make it to those "gawker" sites ;) which always translate into more traffic.
So without further ado, here they are:
No. 1 - Use a TRIPOD
It was hard for me to get used to this one, I just loved to take my camera and snap pictures of my projects, the problem was, most of my pictures turned out blurry (like the one below, taken without a tripod). :(
My tripod is a "cheapo" one, I need to invest in one of better quality, but even using this one is better than no using it at all.
Sure, there are many times when I don't use it, especially when things are too high that most tripods can't reach. The coffee stool was used once again to get the top baskets shots on the hutch. But use a tripod, especially if light is low or when taking close up shots.
No. 2 - Make your pictures BRIGHTER
Even when using a digital camera that you have most of the tools to take perfect pics, you 're going to end up with pictures that are not so great, like the left picture below. Thankfully, most of today's photo editing programs give you the option to turn pictures like this one a whole lot brighter, which was the only thing this picture needed.
What is it that you want to show? Make the item you decide the main focus, especially on close up shots. My left picture below is showing a dead space under the shelf. It was cut away. Part of the saucers was also cut, making the old jar the most important item in this pic.
Again, the left picture below shows the elephant as the main object, in order to avoid unwanted items in the picture, a background was used, then the picture was edited, cut.
Well, that's it for now. Those are the three things I almost always do to my pics. I hope this can be of help.
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