Natural lighting is key, but you have to admit that only being able to take decent photos during the day is pretty inconvenient, right? I have a solution! A while ago I redecorated my bedroom and in doing so I changed my light bulb from your standard interior light to a daylight bulb. It might not look like daylight when you're actually in the room - it just looks normal - but in a photograph you wouldn't know I'd taken it at 1am with my curtains shut unless I told you.
Which of these photos was taken at night with my light on? Picture 1 / Picture 2. I'd be interested to know your guesses!
You can get a daylight bulb for about £2-£3 and it's definitely worth doing if you constantly find yourself wanting to take photos at night. Or if you live in England where it's dull and cloudy 24/7.
Some photographers don't believe in editing a photo after it's taken because "you shouldn't have to." I disagree - even if the photo you've taken is beautiful, there are always improvements you can make. Have a look around for some good editing apps. I almost always use PicMonkey for blog photos, and for Instagram I use VSCOcam, Afterlight and Snapseed. I like VSCOcam for changing lighting, colour and sharpness; Afterlight for an extra filter (always Russ, I hate the others) and Snapseed to fix uneven exposure.
Know when to use the flash, because using it when you don't need to can easily ruin a photo - especially when it's the flash on your phone. On a proper camera you can change how much light emits from the flash so it suits your situation, but on most smartphones it tends to be automatic... and a bit rubbish. Do you really need to use the flash? Can you take the photo when lighting is better? Can you take the photo somewhere else? It's worth considering these things, especially when you're trying to take a photo of something shiny or glossy because if you use the flash it's going to reflect right back at you.
The amount of photos I've seen on Instagram where the photographer's shadow is over the subject they're trying to photograph is ridiculous. It's easy to just point your camera at something and take a snap without really thinking about it, but a few extra seconds of care can make all the difference. Which leads on to my next point...
If you've taken a bunch of photos and they're all blurry, chances are you moved at the last second or your hands were shaking slightly. My best advice here would be... don't upload them. Take another one and keep taking photos until you get a good one. Do you want your Instagram to be full of quick, no-effort photos, or photos you took time over and can be proud of? I used to suck at this - I couldn't be bothered to try again, but it really is worth it.
If you know all of this already and you're looking to get a new camera, I've seen lots of bloggers recommending Panasonic's 4K camera range, so it must be good! I recommend the Fujifilm Finepix T200 and the Canon EOS 600D, both of which I've used for blogging.
Do you have any photography tips?
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