My Photography Tips

Hello my friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Today I’m going to share a few tips that I have learned in the past year to wrap up the Photography series. I look at some of my first blog posts and cringe at my pictures. Sometimes I’m tempted to delete them… but I remember those posts are what brought me where I am today. While I’m no where near a professional photographer I think my photos have improved ten fold over the past year.

If you missed the Photography series you can start here:

  1. Basics to Photography
  2. Aperture Photography
  3. Learn about your ISO setting
  4. Shutter Speed Photography
  5. The Exposure Triangle
  6. Photo Composition
  7. Capturing the every day moments
  8. 10 Photography tips to help you edit your pictures
  9. Some more  Photography tips
  10. My Photography Tips

Okay let’s get started…

See this picture below? This is the kind of picture you will see throughout my posts the first year of blogging. Sad I know. This picture is taken late at night with the flash. eeekk! It’s also very small as well. BIG pictures are more inviting. I now size mine at 650 pixels. You can re-size your images using Picassa or Photobucket.

Now this is how I would take it today…
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See how much more inviting this version looks? That picture is much more likely to get pinned. The thing I never realized was how important pictures really are. I would spend hours and hours on a project and then snap the picture in 30 seconds late at night. After investing so much time into a project, I realized that I really need to spend more time into styling my pictures. That could possibly be THE most important time you spend on your project. It is worth it to WAIT until the morning to take a picture. ;) Keep in mind I’m still FAR from perfect… but I am learning and striving to take better pictures.

One of the things I have learned is to add layers and texture. I usually use wrapping paper as my base. See my nifty set up below. Professional right?! ;) A roll of white butcher paper is usually my go to.

SO once you have your whole set up outside or by a window (this is key to great pictures) take tons of different angles of the shot. Don’t just tale one picture. Also, get down on the same level for a few. One time I was found by the UPS man lying down taking a picture of a smoothie on the porch. He was probably thinking what the?! lol!

I also love to take a picture from a side or angled view. It gives a whole different perspective. Think about taking your pictures from a 90 degree angle, a 45 degree angle and straight on.

You can see in this pic I used my  Canon 50mm f/1.8 Lens to really focus in on what I’m capturing.  However, if you don’t have a DSLR… no worries! You can still achieve great pictures by using natural light and the portrait mode.

Here’s another picture (of the best chocolate chip cookies) taken on wrapping paper. Scrapbook paper works great  too.

Another great CHEAP thing I use in pictures is white foam board. You can notice in this homemade granola picture I used the foam board behind the yogurt parfait I was photographing. It not only served as a great backdrop, but it also helped to bounce the light back ,creating a more even glow over the picture.

I also love using bead board as a back drop. For example, here with lace flowers.

I also used the bead board with my Halloween desserts /chocolate dipped ice cream cones. mmm…

One last thing I wanted to mention is incorporating pieces from your recipe into your final picture. For example with this cinnamon chip banana bread I spread the chinnamon chips onto the place mat. If you made a button card you could spread some buttons, or display a jar of buttons. Textures and layers make a great photo! I {heart} bakers twine.

Again I’m not a professional, but these are just a few things that have worked for me. I really hope that you have enjoyed this series and learned something new.

Come back tomorrow to see what’s in my camera bag and for a SUPER fun giveaway! :)

 

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Jamielyn Nye

Lifestyle expert, Pinterest tastemaker and blogger at iheartnaptime.com. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.