Ever feel like you can’t get on schedule with your blog? That’s me lately. Ever since I moved, my life has been pretty chaotic, so I apologize for not sticking to my normal Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule the past few weeks. Anyway, today I wanted write something just for the bloggers: my tips on photographing for your beauty blog.
You don’t have to buy an expensive camera. Sometimes when I look at other people’s blogs and the quality of their photography, I get a little bummed. No matter how good of a photographer you are, it’s hard for your iPhone pictures to compete with someone who took their photos on a DSLR. The good news is, you don’t have to compete. I use a mix of iPhone and the digital camera I’ve gotten from 2008 and I’ve still gotten compliments. As long as your pictures are good otherwise, and not in completely flip phone photo quality resolution, readers will forgive you. Which brings me to my other tips for how to take a good picture.
Lighting is key. Above are examples of good and bad lighting, but you probably don’t need the caption to tell you which is which. Lighting has this unique ability to make your pictures look either clear or grainy. In dim light, color fades away and shapes become fuzzy. Ironically, this doesn’t mean that bright sunlight is any better. Bright sunshine can also wash out color. Just imagine taking a selfie on a bright, cloudless day and turning your face directly toward the sun. If you’re like me, your eyebrows will completely disappear on screen. The best lighting, in my experience, has been a sunny day with a few fluffy clouds when indoors, and more fluffy clouds when outdoors. The sun should be high enough in the sky that it doesn’t cast harsh shadows on your face from odd angles. And yes, if you don’t have a professional camera, natural lighting is your friend.
Keep backgrounds simple. I generally prefer to keep backgrounds completely plain, but due to the lighting situation described above, that’s not always possible. Sometimes catching that great lighting means I can’t photograph against that plain, white wall I want to. It’s not a big deal if you can’t get a completely blank background, as long as you remember not to make the background distracting. We’ve all seen the pictures of the girls on the internet who look super cute, but left a pile of laundry in the corner and made us think “clean your room!” Some people will also use props, but I’m not at that level yet, so if you have experience using props, leave me your tips in the comments below!
Products look better on than off. This is a simple one, but it goes far. Chances are, I’ve seen your lipstick in the tube before. If I’m checking out your blog, it’s because I want to see how it looks on you. You don’t have to do full face swatches (I don’t) but I think it’s important to remember that people want to see how the product will look.
Thank you so much for reading! These are my tips so far, but I wouldn’t consider myself an expert, so please tell me your tips in the comments below and have a fantastic day!
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