Wednesday, February 17, 2016

How To Take Better Pictures For Your Blog - Tips & Tricks

I have had some really gracious comments lately about my pictures on my blog and how nice they look.  I love hearing that kind of comment since I am such a novice at taking pictures.

I am not at home right now, (I am babysitting two grandsons for a couple of days), so I thought this was the perfect time to do a repost that I did last year regarding pictures, light and editing.

Boy is there a lot to learn.  We all look at all those fabulous magazine pictures and wonder - -

how do they get them so perfect?

Now all of us don't have a fabulous camera.  Some of us just have a 


Mine is a Kodak Easyshare V 1073 10 MP digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

I bought this camera several years ago and I love it. 

 Super easy to use, no frills and it really takes a pretty good picture.

Since a lot of you have a point and shoot camera too, I thought I would share a few tips I am learning on how to take better pictures -

                   even some that look good enough for a magazine.

1. Lighting is Majorly Important.  GOOD DAYLIGHT AND NO FLASH

Look at this picture with just the outside light shining in - no chandy light.  This is how this area really looks in person.

 Same picture with the chandy light on - - look at the difference in the table - it looks orange and there is no depth to the picture.   Everything looks "up front".

Early morning with the lights on in the room - -

                     afternoon with just natural light from the windows.
 The glare is greatly diminished and you can see the items and the colors.

Every room has light coming in at the most perfect time to light up the room and show it off to it's best advantage. 

 Take your pictures during that time of day.

2. STYLING YOUR SHOTS can make all the difference. 

 Show off your things or space to their best advantage.

I wanted to show how I changed this room with the different pillows and throw in this picture.  

 Pretty, but boring - -

                       think outside the box and try some creative shots.  

This still shows the pillows and throw.
                                    and it is so much more interesting.

3. CROP YOUR PICTURES -  There are pieces of a picture that are so much more interesting than the whole picture.

              Try cropping a shot to showcase a small section of the picture.

This is one small part of the picture above - -

Same thing with this picture. 

 This doesn't show off the desk accessories and looks like a lot of glare.

Crop the bottom of the picture- -

and now you can see the accessories so much better.

4. EDITING - There are some free programs out there that are fabulous for editing your pictures.
                                Pic Monkey and Ribbet are just two.

I do have PhotoShop.  Now I barely know how to use it, but I can make a picture brighter and add more contrast.  I know there is a ton you can do with it, but I havn't learned yet.

The free programs are really easy and will make a huge difference in your pictures, so find one you like and learn how to use it.

                          This is how this picture looks unedited - -

 here it is when I brightened it up a little.  Nothing else was changed, just the brightness.

                                                      Huge Difference.  

5. PICTURE SIZE - If you look at the "magazine" shots on your favorite blogs, you will notice that the pictures are large and you can see all the detail really well.

In the editing programs you can resize your pictures, so make sure they are BIG.

This is hard to see any detail at all ---

now you can see everything on the tray so much easier.

                  and even better with it brightened up a little -

 I know you can take some really dramatic shots with some of the fancier cameras, but if you try a few different things, you can take a respectable picture with your Point & Shoot.

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  1. This is great advice.
    I have both kinds of cameras,and I will honestly say that when I take photos with my 'bigger' camera, I can't trust they will turn out.
    It is the single biggest deterrent for me when I am trying to create a blog post.
    That is so frustrating!

    Thank you Marty!

  2. These are some great tips Marty! The lighting really does make a difference and all the free editing software can really help. I use PicMonkey all the time since most of the time I am lazy and just take my pictures with my iphone!

  3. Yes! This is the first time I have seen any blogger talk about using their point & shoot. That's what I use as well! I'm pretty much a part-time (very part-time) blogger so I can't justify spending the money on a nice camera. I have taken clues from other pictures I see as far as the content of the picture and the styling, and I use a free photo editing program called Photoscape to do the brightening and contrasting.. it helps so much! Thanks for a great post!

  4. Great tips! Enjoy your time with your sweet grandsons.

  5. Wow! That picture that you made larger makes such a better impact. I'm going to have to remember that for some of the pictures I post.

  6. Thanks for these great photo shoot tips, Marty!

  7. I love this post. I would have never believed you had a point and shoot camera. I have one and have the worse times getting a good picture. In fact I posted today about the trouble I had taking pictures with so much light coming in the windows, no matter what time of the day.

  8. Great post! Our house has a wall of windows on one side and very few on the other side. This really causes shadows that I have to fight. Thank goodness someone told me about Picmonkey a year or two ago. I brighten almost all of my pictures just a little. :)

  9. Thanks so much Marty for the instructions on taking the best pictures. Yours are always so good.
    Have a great time with your grandchildren.

  10. I appreciate your light and composition tips. They are really useful and simple enough for beginers. You are wonderful teacher.

  11. I remember this but needed to read it again. I'm bad about not cropping.

    Great tips I can understand.

  12. These are great tips, Marty! You taught me a thing or two. My apartment is fairly dark, so I often have to turn on the overhead light. That was one of the reasons I paid to have that front door threshold fixed. So I'd have more natural light. I love your photos!

  13. Super tips Marty! I struggle with lighting. There are so many windows in this house. I always have to time my shots. I have wanted to try Photoshop, but I wouldn't know where to start! I'd need a class!!

  14. Great photo taking tips Marty. I use photoscape for editing and it's relatively simple to use. Thanks for sharing.


  15. Great tips and I enjoyed seeing all of your examples!! Thanks for sharing at The Creative Circle.