G’day Beach Cottage ladies, hope your weekend was good…guess what we have a newly painted wall, haha I am not telling you what colour it is yet!
I haven’t blogged any how-to-blog / blog tips lately and I have had quite a few questions about photography & styling vignettes and food in the last few months, so I thought I would tell you what I have learnt along the way…I am no expert, I repeat I am no expert, but I do enjoy it and I have learnt a few things as I have gone along…
Below are the things I have picked up re taking photos for your blog…here I used food styling to illustrate my thoughts but it works exactly the same and can be applied to other areas of blog photography.
The oldie but goodie that everyone talks about as if it is a magical pill that will solve all your photography problems. Guess what? It will!
Natural light is what I do, I don’t know anything about artificial lighting and my guess is I never will…never say never don’t they say ;-)
Where I live, light is mostly, good – bright, crisp clear days in my living room or kitchen means the light is nearly always good to shoot in, at the least it is ok and workable.
The key for me with vignettes and taking photos of food is getting good light, so find out where your good light area is, even if you have a dark home with a different climate to mine, you can find a window where the light will be good.
I have learnt that photos are best for me in the sitting room, which has a big window or the kitchen under the window. Plus because this is separate to the Family Room, it is, most of the time, ahem, pretty tidy so it’s easy to work in, I certainly don’t have the luxury of a studio (hello Summer House) so the Sitting Room works well for me.
I also like to shoot outdoors but not on a super bright, super sunny day…this makes the light too hard…with harsh shadows and very contrast-y…this sounds much more complicated than it is…take a photo outside on a bright day, look at the picture and it won’t need any more explanation.
So find your good spot…it may be a little area under a window or a whole room..it has to work for you and not involve to much stressing
3. Practice Practice Practice and then some
I shudder at some of my early photography, particularly of food, it’s tricky, and I am highly critical of it, at the moment I am heavily into recipes & photography and am not happy with how most of them turn out…I must say I have been bitterly disappointed with some of my results but have blogged them anyway and I guess that is part of it…learning and practicing – that is what floats my boat in life…I love learning new things….
you can see here one of my first food photos of my Go-To Muffin recipe…the light is pretty awful – now I know how to avoid that most of the time!
but here it’s better…it’s because the day was bright and clear, the blinds were pulled up and the table was bathed in nice light….
4. Props & Texture
You don’t need anything fancy, I use mostly just what we have in the house (but I am a serial china collector as you know) but I do now also keep my eye out for things that I wouldn’t normally buy for food styling and vignettes…in particular that would be china with patterns…I love white but often when I am messing around taking photos for a recipe there is nearly always a need for some colour and pattern….see how all these photos are very white, they could do with a bit of colour….but you have to get that right and I think that comes from experimenting…nowadays I am constantly on the lookout for different patterns and colours in a plate, bowl or cup, just to add that little bit of interest to my pictures..best places I have found for this, dollar shops, charity shops and Target (changes up their china range a lot and caters for many different tastes/styles)
Here the overall feeling is white but the pattern from the china adds interest & colour
Texture is big I think, whether you are taking a photo of some butter or a little vignette on your coffee table…I have learnt to add something, whether that be a shell or a piece of ripped baking paper
Here butter looked boring but with a bit of scrunched up paper texture and a bit of interest arrived to the scene…
5. The Overhead Shot
this is the easiest to practice with I think and a lot easier than trying to get the composition right with a shot like the one above…it’s easier to fiddle around looking down ….
6. Different Heights
This can prove to be a difficult one and you have to try a few different shapes and sizes until it feels right…I normally go in a three..so here the sugar in jar is first ‘height’, jug is second and eggshells the lowest are third…
7. The lowdown
This is my favourite photography shot of all, I love it whatever the setting and I love seeing other images like this, I just get down low baby low and shoot and go and hope for the best, often that means it goes wrong and turns out awfully but it’s worth it for me to spend some time lying on the floor with my camera…even better when it’s in the garden taking a photo of a flower
So there are my blog photography / styling tips, let me know yours in the comments if you’d like to share…
oh and re yesterday and the emails I have had regarding blogging exercise plan etc, I will be adding it soon ladies, thanks for the feedback…I haven’t emailed many of you back yet, apologies, on the way