blogging tools: photos

blogpostphotosPhotos are a huge deal in blog posts. In today’s world, many blogs are excelling beyond magazine-levels of photography and it’s awesome. So, whether you’re just starting out or you need some photos in a pinch, here are my favorite and most used tools for photos.


You hear it a lot in the blog world: shoot in manual. A lot easier said then done, people. A series that I love and have used to figure out photo taking is Photography 101 by Of threes and Hues. Latrina’s blog is one of my favorites and her series is easy to understand and goes into plenty of detail.


Sometimes, other people just do it better. And sometimes, a post just needs a generic backdrop. Unsplash and Death to the Stock Photo share with the world amazing, high quality photos that do the trick. They are stunning, and look hella good. The photo for this post is from Death. My eyes are happy.


With Pinterest being a huge influencer on blogs, a good (what I call) title photo is key. That means putting the blog title or topic on the first picture of the post. The easiest way I’ve found to do this is through PicMonkey. Incredibly easy to use and learn. YouTubers use it for their thumbnails, I use it for everything (logo and infographics).

Once you got some nice photos at a title photo, you’re ready to go! Of course, you need to write the blog post too and we’ll cover that next week for part 2 of blogging process/tools/i’ll figure out a name later. 🙂



DSC_9360DSC_9317I know my name is a flower, a part of the eye, and a Greek goddess of rainbows. But damn, I love the carnation. DSC_9316DSC_9343DSC_9315I’ve half-participated in organizational/spring cleaning projects and activities across the blogoshpere and almost every one says to buy flowers. It seemed so simple, picking up a bouquet at a flower stand down the street and filling your house with them. Living in  the suburbs and not New York City, I never really got the chance to bring plants to my room. Earlier this week though,  I went to the local grocery store and bought a bunch of carnations. Just a tiny bunch of these little flowers was enough to fill five little vases/soda cans/bottles with their bright faces. I put them throughout my room and the house and are so pretty to look at. DSC_93532DSC_93442DSC_9354DSC_9345 Flowers bring color to my room. They bring life and they bring change. (and a little more air to breathe in times of stress.) I can’t stop staring at these beauties. Go get some flowers this weekend, it’ll be great.

currently: favorite hairdo

DSC_7783So recently, I’ve been trying to find new ways to do my hair. I was always the half-up half-down and ponytail girl, nothing special. I’ve been absolutely loving this look with my hair and have been doing it for the past few weeks. DSC_7751 I’m not one to go too crazy when playing with hair. There was this girl at my school who had this cool, little “poof” in front that looked great on her. It took me awhile, but I figured it out. Just a simple side part (crazy for me), and a braid. DSC_7778 DSC_7798 To keep it all together, I opted for these hair ties rather than bobbi pins. They never stay in my hair! DSC_7823 Well, there ya go. My first ever hair post. (the photography was way harder than I thought)

shooting in manual: resources

shooting in manualHey! As the last post in my series, I thought I would point you guys in the right direction! I know I can’t possibly give you all the information, but here are some links to people who will give you some extra:

  • A post that covers the basics with some fab examples and a video too!
  • Pixlr is fab for fixing those yellow lighting situations.
  • If you subscribe or get the magazine, you find this has some amazing tips, tricks, and fun how-to’s.
  • Bonus! 

p.s. the above image is what comes up when I search “hey Iris”. I’m apparently the purple-haired girl.

rest of the series: basics//uploading 


shooting in manual: uploading

shooting in manualDSC_6529 DSC_6533So, Monday I shared with y’all the very very basics of using the manual function on your DSLR. Today, I want to share with you my most favoritest accessory for, any camera really. It’s the SanDisk MicoMate. What is it? Well, you just plug this contraption onto your computer via the USB port and then just slide your SD card in and now you can access those photos! No need to get that cable out, plug into you camera, and you can still use your camera (if you have another SD card).  You also don’t need to install anything on your computer that the camera itself might require.

shooting in manual: basics

shooting in manual20140125-232947.jpgOne of my January goals was to start using the family DSLR. That included ;earning how to use that tricky manual setting. But turns out, it’s not that tricky at all. After some googling, here are the basics of shooting in manual.

There are three main “things” you can control here:

Aperture.This is the size of the hole that light travels through. With that said, a higher aperture mean less light (smaller hole) and a lower one means more light (larger hole). You can find the aperture by finding a number with a “f” in front of it. Ex. f1.8

ISO. As someone out there put it, ISO is like the amount of worker bees. The bees take the light and bring it back to your camera. If you have your aperture at say f2.5 and ISO at 200, then 200 bees will get the light. If you have the same aperture and ISO at 400, then 400 bees will get that same amount of light, which means a much faster picture. Also, the higher the ISO, the more light there will be (and vice versa), though I’m not entirely sure why.

Shutter speed. This is probably the easiest to understand (at least for me ). It’s shown as 1/125 or 1/40 etc. The lower the denominator, the slower the picture is taken thus the more light there will be and you’ll get a blurry background. If it’s a higher number, the picture will be taken faster and and so less light and a sharper image.

So far these three things have been enough for me to get a near perfect shot, although I’ve only gotten to play with picture-taking indoors. If I missed anything, make sure to tell me in the comments!

other posts in this series:camera options//iphone vs. DSLR//more resources