I think one of the best feelings in the world is when people compliment my photography. It’s always been a bit of a sore spot for me because I’m by no means a professional and it seems like everyone is better than me, but I’m trying. I’m trying really hard and I feel like I’m improving, and even though I’m not the best out there, I’m better than I was at the start of my blogging career.
I loved writing and planning for my Week in the Life post, so I thought I’d do a similar sort of behind-the-scenes type thing to show you how I take and edit my photos and get them perfect for my posts and Instagram!
The camera that I use is the beloved Olympus Pen E-PL7, and I swap between the 14-42mm kit lens and the 45mm lens. The kit lens is really good for flatlays because with the 45mm, you’d have to be on the ceiling to get a good shot.The 45mm is good for outfit photos and portrait shots, and for creating that well loved blurry background.
I actually don’t use natural lighting most of the time; I take all my product photos in my room and I don’t get much natural light at all – it’s the coldest room in the house and also the worst for photography. So I bought a softbox, it’s massive, takes up too much room in my bedroom, but I could not be without it. I seem to get a surge of motivation in the evenings, so having the softbox is perfect because I can literally take photos whenever I want. I bought mine from Amazon, the link to my specific one is now gone, but I’m sure they all do the trick!
I have a few backdrops that I use – the classic marble, a white wood background, and just plain white. I usually opt for marble, because I’m a blogger and we’re like moths when we see it. I don’t always use backdrops, sometimes I’ll use the bottom pink box from a glossybox or my copper baskets and they do the trick.
My current photo theme is pink, so I try to make sure there’s something pink in any photo I take or post on Instagram. My favourite at the moment is this pink cushion from Matalan, it looks amazing just peeking in the corner of photos with my white fluffy blanket. Could I be anymore of a blogger? Other pink things I use include the glossybox box or my pink notebook. If it’s an outfit shot, I’ll try to make sure I’m wearing pink!
In terms of props I use, if you actually look at my photos you’ll see that there’s not many, other than the already mentioned things. I struggle to make random props look good in photos and my fairy lights are slightly too warm toned for me to put in. I have a few wall art prints I could use, a ring holder, my rings, fake flowers – but I just don’t. I tend to go for simplicity over anything else.
I take the majority of my photos on my bed – I clear an area and either lay out my backdrop or my blanket and arrange the products. Sometimes I’ll take photos on my floor; I find it easier to balance the backdrop against the wardrobe and it gives me a better angle for flatlays.
I briefly ran through most of my photo editing apps in THIS post – but I’ll go over it again here just because. I use Facetune to whiten backgrounds, and then ColorStory to brighten and add a little filter. I use the Curves feature, then use the Everyday filter. Sometimes I lessen the filter, depending on the photo.
And then that’s it! A somewhat lengthy and tiring photography process. I’m still trying to improve my photography, and it’s a long road but I’m getting there!
How do you take your blog photos?