I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a photography wizard. My pictures aren’t always fire, and I only know how to use my $70 Kodak because I’ve 4+ years of play around with it. This being said, I have come a long way from my first beauty product pictures! While I’m not spending a lot more money on my photos, I am investing more time into them and really thinking about how to finesse these angles and lighting! Here’s how I do it!
I tried really hard with my lighting back in the day! I knew that natural lighting would be at my best advantage, but I wasn’t aware that all natural lighting is not created equal. Previously, I thought that I had to take my photos as close to the window as possible. In fact, I would literally take my pictures in my window sill. Now, I take my photos between 10 AM – 3 PM with my blinds drawn open and ceiling light on. I do it on the floor about 3 or 4 feet away from the window, so the light gets in, but isn’t overwhelming. What really helped was taking a lot of photos in different places at different times of day until I finally began to get it right. Time consuming? Yes, but it’s cheaper than buying lights!
The “backgrounds” I previously used were either my window sill, my comforter, or my laptop case. I give myself a pat on the back for using what I had on hand, but there are definitely more aesthetically pleasing mini backgrounds that are easier to manipulate and also free. Right now, I’m using my scarves. When spread out on the floor and cropped so you can’t see the ends, they look pretty good and cover up all the cracks and waxed over hair in the tile of my dorm room floor. When I’m at home, though, I usually just keep the floor bare, because hardwoods always look very clean in photos.
I don’t think I ever used to use props, but I use them in almost every photo now. In the winter time, I love a good pine-cone or candle stripped from my normal Christmas decorations. In the summer, I love bright flowers. They add a nice pop of color, and I already own tons of them! My rule of thumb is that no one should ever mistake a prop for the centerpiece of the photo. A good way to keep this from happening is to use props in the same color family that are either all neutrals or offer some contrast with the main item. Also, center the main item in the photo. Either place your props behind the main item or on the outside edges of your shot.
I currently use BeFunky to edit my photos, because it’s free and you don’t need an account. The first thing I always do is crop my photos. Sometimes I just want to be more zoomed in on the product I’m showing, but most of the time I’m trying to crop out the most revealing parts of my picture, like where my scarf ends or scuff marks on my floor. Next, I change the exposure. I typically raise the highlight to banish darkness, because the brightness module can easily make your photo look dusty. Lastly, I cool things down, because the ceiling lights in my room often make my photos look too orange or yellow.
Sometimes I take trash photos. It’s a fact of life. I’ve never even taken a photography class. I don’t even watch YouTube tutorials. I’m simply getting better through a long process of trial and error, which is why I look at every horrendous photo I take as lesson for my own improvement. My biggest tip for your blogging photos is to shoot them often and with kindness toward yourself!
What’s your best blog photo trick? Honestly, I still need help!
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