Now I’m not some sort of photography expert, but I do love a good photo taking session and I’ve been doing this for a while now, so I thought it’s only right to share what I’ve learnt (which isn’t that much, but we’ll see how we get on)
I don’t have a fancy camera, so I take all of my photos on my phone and edit them on there too. I have an iPhone 6 and I use Afterlight to edit. I’ve recently took the plunge and bought Face Tune for the whitening feature, and oh my god it has changed the game. If you want a white background then it is definitely worth investing. If you’d like an in-depth: ‘How I edit my photos’, then feel free to let me know.
My approach to blogging photos has been: ‘invest in the editing, and save on props’. You can get some great props for really good prices. This mainly involves shopping around and looking in places like The Range or Primark.
When I was first starting out I had no idea what to use as a background, but I finally learnt what worked for me and what didn’t.
If somewhere sells wallpaper then chances are they’re going to have samples for you to take home. You can get wallpaper in lots of different colours and styles, so you’re bound to find something you like, and best of all; it’s free!
A good way to break your photos up is by adding a little bit of colour, and a good way to do this is by investing in a piece of card and slotting it in the background. Like the wallpaper you can get it in a number of colours, so you’re bound to find something you like.
The lace thing I use in my photos is actually a dress I got from Missguided a while ago, and thought it looked like too much of a nightie to wear out, so it’s now my blogging background. For my photos I used to get another top and put that over it to break it up, so it wasn’t all the same colour. If you have something that you think would look nice in a photo, then experiment with it.
Rugs / Blankets
I feel like a white fluffy background is such a classic, and that’s because it looks so good! There are also plenty of other styles on the market, so if White and Fluffy isn’t your style, I’m sure you can find something.
If cliché blogger is your style then you can’t go wrong with a classic marble background. You can purchase something from somewhere like Amazon. Then stick it to some cardboard and you’re ready to fool everybody into thinking you have a Marble Table.
Props are a great way for you to get creative and put together a set up of things you look great to share with your readers.
Trays and Dishes
These are a fabulous way of adding another layer to your photo, and help to break it up, so you aren’t looking a plain background. I also use a tray when I don’t want to get my background dirty, so there’s another good reason to invest in a good dish. I get all of mine from Ikea, but places like H&M Home and TK Maxx are good too.
I love a good bit of ribbon, I got mine from Hobby-craft for £1, and it’s lasting me ages. If an area looks blank I twist the ribbon and add it in.
Fake Flowers and Plants
Of course real flowers are beautiful to look at, but that is an expensive habit to keep up. If you invest in some fake flowers then you’re good to go and you shouldn’t need to repurchase, plus they also look pretty in your room. Places like The Range, Ikea and Etsy are good places to look.
These are another great way of breaking up the colour and adding an extra layer to your photos. The Lauren Conrad books were massive at one point, and you can get really affordable notebooks with pretty covers.
A Few More Ideas:
Letter Light Box
An electronic device (Laptop, phone, etc)
Yourself! (Hold the product with your hand, or photograph yourself applying it)
That’s it! I hope this post helps you, and if you have anything else to add to either of these lists, be sure to leave it in the comments, so other people can see.
What are your favourite props?
Thank you for reading!