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Top 5 Photography Tips for Blogging

April 29, 2014 0 Comments

Top 5 Photography TipsMy guest author today is Deborah Habora from Deborah Habora Photography. Today, she is going to share with us her photography tips that will make our blog photos stand out above the rest.

Photography and blogging go together like peanut butter and jelly. A photo is generally used on a blog to grab the readers’ attention – think of it as the visual representation of the blog post. The image that is included with your blog post will give the reader a quick sense of what the accompanying article is about.

In today’s post, I am going to touch upon the best ways to achieve an eye-catching image – both for blogging and general purposes.

1. Focus. Focus and clarity is important, as it helps distinguish between the subject of the photograph and the background. In order to achieve proper focus, you can either use your camera’s auto-focus mode or manual mode. Generally, depending on the subject matter, the auto-focus mode should work just fine for you. If it does not, you may need to change your background (more on that below) or reposition yourself to get a better angle.

2. Background. Even though the background of an image is usually blurred, choosing a proper background is important when separating your subject matter from the background. To do this, it is best to choose a solid background. Even if the background will be blurred, a busy background can still be distracting. It should also be noted that the distance between your subject matter and the background is important. If possible, in order to blur the background, the subject should be a few feet away from your background. By moving your subject a few feet away from the background, it will also help with the focus mentioned in Step 1.

3. Lighting. While photographing, proper lighting is very important. Your lighting will depend heavily upon where you are taking your photograph. If you are photographing outdoors, it is best to shoot during the “magic hour”, which is usually any time between about 4-7pm, depending on the time of year. If you cannot shoot towards the end of the day, it is best to photograph during an overcast/cloudy day and/or under a shaded tree. Overcast days will give you a nice diffused lighting, as opposed to the harsh lighting of the mid-day sun.

4. Composition. Composition plays a big part in the success of an image. Most new photographers usually place the subject in the middle of the frame. While this is acceptable, it doesn’t always make for an interesting photograph. Next time you’re out photographing, try placing the subject to the left or the right of the frame – it will add dimension.

5. Angle. The angle you choose goes along with the composition mentioned in Step 4. Most photographs are taken at eye-level. While this is okay, if you want to make the image more interesting, try bending down to get lower or using a step-stool to get higher than your subject matter. Either of these positions should make for a more interesting image.

I hope you enjoyed the suggestions mentioned above and I hope they come in handy next time you’re out photographing. Good luck in your photography and blogging journey!

Biography:

Deborah Habora, PhotographerDeborah Habora is a photographer, blogger, and social media enthusiast. You can view Deborah’s photography and blog at deborahhabora.com. Also, feel free to reach out to her on Twitter at @deblovesphotos.

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