So after several lovely and flattering comments about my photos I have decided to write a post with some tips and tricks on how I achieve them. The equipment you use is important and it’s good to have a quality camera, I highly recommend you get the best CSC camera* for you and your needs. But there are also several other factors that are important to achieving good pictures and here are just some of them…
There is endless inspiration out there nowadays. You just have to look on Instagram or Pinterest and you get lost in a world of creativity. If I am planning content then I always start by gathering inspiration across the social channels. Pay attention to what gets good engagement, what people like the most and what fits in with your other content. I could (ok, I do) lose hours scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest on a regular basis.
Lighting is key! You want your pictures to be light and airy, not dull and gloomy. Natural light will be your best friend when you are trying to take good pictures. Take pictures away from direct sunlight but make sure there is still plenty of natural light around. If you want to do flat lays, taking them by windows or outside is best and make use of golden hour if you want to take landscape pictures.
Play around with angles
Sometimes pictures don’t look as good as what you think they will so play around with angles to find the best perspective for your photos. Move around and you’ll discover different shadows and you’ll soon know when you’ve found the right angle.
When you’ve taken the pictures you are satisfied with its then time to edit if needed. I don’t mean plastering on filter after filter but sometimes you can subtly enhance photos to improve them. There are a huge amount of apps out there that can help you with this. I generally stick to the iPhone or Instagram photo editing tools but I also occasionally use VSCO and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. These apps allow you to slightly amend anything from lighting, exposure or colouring.
So there you have it, these are my main recommendations for achieving quality pictures. I am still learning every day and feel photography improves over time but I’ve learnt a lot already. Anyone else have any recommendations?
*This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.