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Blogging Tips #6: Photography & Photoshop


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I can’t believe this is our last post in this series! It’s been a fun ride and I hope you have found useful tips for blogging, I know I have.  Today’s topic is all about the pictures…

What tips do you have for taking photos? Camera and lens recommendations? Do you use any products to edit photos or create product collages? Any sites you could recommend for photography or Photoshop help?

I can’t say I’m much of an expert in this area but I have learned along the way and will share what works for me.  I find taking photos of myself to be one of the most challenging parts of blogging and probably the part I least enjoy. I would love to go “on location” for all of my photos but as a working mom of two young girls (who always come with us to take pictures) I simply don’t have the time to do this.  My backyard especially in the colder months is where I take most of my pictures.  Although I used to be worried about this I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t matter all that much to my readers. They want to see everyday outfits for style inspiration and are not coming to see amazing backdrops I’m standing in front of.

One of my main tips when it comes to photography is taking pictures shortly after sunrise or before sunset, what photographers/bloggers call the “golden hour” as this provides the optimal light for pictures.  This time of day is the most flattering and gives you a natural glow.

 I use a Canon Rebel Series DSL camera with a 35mm lens which gives you great depth of field.  This basically means that it keeps you in focus while blurring the background and this provides a nice stylized look.

When it comes to pictures the most important thing is that they are clear, in focus and large enough. You want to avoid tiny or poor quality pictures as having readers strain to look at what you are wearing completely defeats the purpose of fashion blogging.  Of course outdoor photos are ideal and being able to go “on location” somewhere is always a bonus if you can swing it. When working with companies on a campaign or promoting a product I do always make the effort to take pictures on location somewhere.

Photoshop is the industry’s leading application for photo editing which has a huge selection of filters and tools you can choose from depending on what you are trying to achieve or if you have a specific aesthetic you want to maintain. There are free courses you can take online or you can go to YouTube for tutorials. I’m fortunate that my hubby helps me with this as he is very well versed in this area.  He will make minor adjustments to pictures such colour correction, removing any unsightly objects in the background that we didn’t notice and cropping pictures to get the best result.  We also use Photoshop to create collages for posts. I generally don’t photoshop myself unless I have a huge zit or something obviously unappealing.

Be Mindful Of:

As much as I love fashion it has taken courage for me to post pictures and that was one of the reasons I was hesitant to start a fashion blog.  There are plenty of people who are simply not into fashion and don’t have an appreciation for it.  Unfortunately many of these people will interpret posting pictures as self-indulgent, superficial and that perhaps you are doing it for some type of “fame”.  All of these are judgemental and inaccurate assumptions as to why most of us blog about fashion. I have also on a few occasions received offensive comments regarding my appearance.  This is a downfall of posting pictures but I hope this wouldn’t deter anyone from pursuing their passion as hateful people are everywhere and yep it’s so true that “haters gonna’ hate”.

This is a blog-hop so next visit Deena from Shoes To Shiraz for more helpful advice.

If you missed the first five posts in this series check them out here. Thank you so much for joining us!

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20 Comments

  • Reply Tara

    I can’t figure out how to edit in Photoshop…I usually use Lightroom, I find it a lot easier!

    May 31, 2016 at 5:50 am
    • Reply Cutler Bags USA

      In Photoshop everything is in Layers, when you realize it, then it’s simple.

      June 6, 2016 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Jill

    Your photos are always so crisp and clear! I’ve never tried photoshop because of the investment but it seems like it’s a great editing tool. It’s a shame that people spend their time on negativity but you’re right, the haters going to hate and you have to ignore them and follow your passions!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

    May 31, 2016 at 7:09 am
  • Reply Kathrine Eldridge

    Thanks for sharing your process with your blog. I think your pics are wonderful. This has been a wonderful series that has really helped me. I hope you do another in the future. Have a great day Marta!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    May 31, 2016 at 7:13 am
  • Reply Victoria Fox

    I am always such a huge fan of these posts! I feel like they help all of us and we can take something from them to improve our blogs! You all need to continue doing this series!
    xoxo,Victoria
    http://www.coffeenadablonde.blogspot.com

    May 31, 2016 at 7:56 am
  • Reply Gina

    What a great post, Marta, and with so much I can relate to. While I also appreciate the beautiful “on location” photos other bloggers take, that is just not something that I can reasonably work into my family life at this point. I’m sure I could force the issue, but like you said that is going to make everyone else (especially the kids!) miserable. So I don’t. 🙂 Also, I’m very sorry to hear that anyone has criticized your appearance at all!! You’re a beautiful person inside and out and it really shows through on your blog.
    Gina || On the Daily Express

    May 31, 2016 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Blaire

    Great post Marta! Great quality pictures that are large enough to see is a must, and I love the part about the haters!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    May 31, 2016 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Laura

    Great post! I need to use editing more. I just use the editing software on my Mac for color correction and the occasional blemish, but I know there is such great editing software out there!

    May 31, 2016 at 10:21 am
  • Reply Shauna

    I loved this series and am sad that it’s over! All such great tips, too. You can never have too much advise from other bloggers, no matter how long you’ve been doing this 🙂

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

    May 31, 2016 at 10:50 am
  • Reply LOLa

    great tips !
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    May 31, 2016 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Cara

    This is so helpful! I completely agree I don’t think the backdrop matters as much as the presentation. The quality of the picture itself is what’s most important. Great tips!

    May 31, 2016 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    The golden hour is where it’s AT, for sure. 🙂

    Hope you had a happy Memorial weekend, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    May 31, 2016 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Deena

    I especially like your point about the naysayers and non fashion bloggers seeing fashion bloggers as superficial. It is so not that at all.

    May 31, 2016 at 11:31 pm
  • Reply Elma Burden

    Thank you for share your ideas here, amazing post!

    June 1, 2016 at 3:36 am
  • Reply KaSonndra

    Hi Marta…these are excellent tips. I shoot more on location during the summer as well. In fact, most of my fashionable posts are done during the warmer months. The cold months are when I focus on lifestyle areas and less on fashion as I don’t like being out in the cold. And you’re right about the backdrop. Readers don’t care as much. They just wanna see what I’m wearing. I have now found a “go-to” spot where I can easily get all my pics done. I choose to leave the background in focus because it looks so darn good with the outfits. LoL

    Have a gorgeous day!
    KaSonndra
    http://livewellbefabulous.com

    June 1, 2016 at 7:21 am
  • Reply Vanessa

    My sweet Marta: I can’t even believe that you have gotten a few negative comments re: your appearance. You are spot on: Haters gonna hate and it should never bring you down. I agree that some people might think that being a blogger means being simply self-indulgent which is, however, NOT the case at all. To me, it started being an creative outlet for me where I can just be Vanessa, not Vanessa the working mother, nor wife, etc. It also let me to meet you! Another mother who has a passion for fashion! I think you are doing so great, and I loved your blogging tips as well! I use a 35mm lens too and I just love it!

    Love you!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

    June 1, 2016 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Shaunacey

    great advice but I can’t help but leave this post feeling frustrated and annoyed that people would say negative things to you. 1. you’re gorgeous 2. you have a great sense of style. 3. you’re sooooooo sweet. UGH. Internet trolls drive me INSANE!!!
    My pics were ALWAYS taken in my poorly light room with my cell phone, people were fine with that. I’ve upgraded somewhat to taking selfies in my backyark lol My husband has no photography or editing skills so it’s just me and my remote 🙂

    June 1, 2016 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I didn’t know you took your own photos! My husband got me a self timer, but I am horrible with it and he still takes all my photos! 😉 Your photos are always great! I too feel awkward sometimes about posting photos of myself on the web and most people I know in the ‘real world’ don’t even know I have a blog, unless they ‘find’ it! lol! And, that is always an interesting conversation when someone says… “Oh hey, I found your blog the other day!”

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    June 2, 2016 at 6:52 am
  • Reply Merel

    I love photoshop!

    X Merel
    http://www.andathousandwords.com

    June 3, 2016 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Filipa Jackson

    Thanks for sharing beautiful, I love reading your tips and tricks

    Filipa xxx
    PlayingWithApparel.com | Instagram

    June 8, 2016 at 5:52 pm
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