Photos 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.
TAKE THOSE 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.
BETTER THAN STOCK
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.
ADD SOME WORDS
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. 🙂
Hey! 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.
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
One 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