When I started out blogging, everyone had the same crap photos (no offence to anyone and I say crap in a fond sort of way). But we embraced it because blogging was about the honest writing and not the photography skills.
Fast forward a few years however and photography now plays a major part in the blogging world
Gone are the days of simple photography where you could just shoot, click and upload.
But blogging isn’t the only platform to of upgraded its photography wants though.
Instagram is no longer just the place for random life snapshots but is now a place where hundreds of thousands of budding photographers share their talents.
Or is it?
To succeed you need to be the best.
Or do you?As technology upgrades and cameras become smarter, perhaps it’s just us putting pressure on ourselves to keep up. Just because you have a £400 camera, doesn’t mean that you suddenly need to be taking Rakin-esque type photos on it.
In a saturated market of Insta-famous people, I love to see a raw shot.
I want to see the unedited version of my favourite blogger’s life, the slightly out of focus snapshot of your Boots shopping trip. That sense of realism that unfortunately you don’t really get anymore is something that I miss terribly.
Being a blogger nowadays does feel so much harder than it’s ever been.
But there is room for everyone, even for those of us who will never quite get that perfect shot.
So here’s a couple of tips and equipment recommendations for my fellow crap photographer, perhaps we could do a photography course together?
The Must Haves
This handy little thing reflects light (ten points for stating the obvious Kate) which means that you can manipulate shadows! It won’t completely rid them, but it definitely can help ‘reflect’ them away.
Also popping a golden reflector (its included in this set) underneath your chin/face gives a lovely golden glow to the skin.
Great for if you like to take product shots. The studio is pretty much a box with a bright light in it, so you can be sure to get a bright clean shot, even if its one o’clock in the morning.
Suffers of blurry pictures, suffer no more! Cameras are so sensitive these days that even the tiniest shake can cause a bit of an out of focus blur. Popping your camera on a tripod will stop this from happening. You wouldn’t believe how much clearer your shots can get if you just have a tripod.
Also great for taking OOTDs.
Recently I’ve heard that Instagram favours phone pictures to camera took ones. I’m assuming that they are assuming (and you know what they say about assuming) that camera (professional) taken photos are company’s advertising. Instagrams algorithm is basically there to entice you to pay to advertise, otherwise, it can be a bit hit and miss who will/will not see your photo.
So with that in mind, I think the above rumour could be true.
Definitely one to test out and see what the figures/likes tell you.
Tagging brands is also apparently being looked on by Instagram as advertising. So again, same as above. Is tagging brands worth it, if Instagram is penalising it?
Perhaps another one to test and see.
Side note; some of the big bloggers/YouTubers/Instagrammers have their own photographers/picture editors that they don’t always think to mention.
So the next time you see a perfect flat lay don’t beat yourself up about it.
Practice makes perfect, or win the lotto and hire someone.