If you’re a blogger, then you know that sometimes pictures can make or break your posts. Great pictures not only enhance an article, but they can make that first impression that will keep a would-be reader reading til the end. Feeling pressure to take better photos? The good news is that you don’t have to be a professional photographer or even own a fancy camera to get good photos. Follow these simple tips to get better results.

  1.  Take more pictures. My first tip is pretty simple. Not only does practice make perfect (or at least better), but the more pictures you take, the greater the chance that a few of those pictures will be keepers.
  2. Do some reading. Whether its picking up your camera’s manual, checking out a photography book from the library, or (better yet) reading some photography tutorials online, learning how to use your camera will make a huge difference.
  3. Keep it simple. Be aware of what is going in the background of your photo. A messy room or a poorly placed sign behind your subject can ruin a nice shot. Move your subject, move the angle of the camera, or simply zoom in to eliminate the distractions.
  4. Change it up! An entire “roll” of pictures that are all taken in landscape mode with the subject in the center is boring! Rotate your camera every once in a while and take a vertical shot (if you tend to always shoot landscape….or vice versa). Try taking photos from above (I love getting up on chairs) or get down on the ground and take some shots from below. You might discover a new perspective on an old subject and fall in love!
  5. Be a copy cat. Study your favorite photographers and try to recreate their style. I love getting ideas from other photographers, and I love hearing that I have inspired other would-be photographers to try something new!

 

Meet Our Guest Writer!

Laura (aka Lolli) is a mom of 5, the author of Better in bulk (http://betterinbulk.net/), an avid reader of books, a lover of techy gadgets, and a professional photographer in her spare time. You can follow her on twitter @1momof5 and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BetterinBullk).

 

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May 7, 2012

5 Tips to Improve Your Photo

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  1. Rose Powell

    May 7th, 2012 at 11:19 am

    My favorite tip is Keep It Simple. I find myself struggling to find that spot in the house where there are no distractions for my photographs, I realize that it can make or break a photograph’s quality.

  2. rferucci

    May 7th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Great point Rose! I walk around my house over and over 🙂

  3. Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things)

    May 7th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    These are excellent tips! I am TERRIBLE about using my auto setting too much. i need to READ.

  4. Kate, aka guavalicious

    May 7th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Love this! I will be taking these to heart.