Professional photographer Manon was a guest speaker at House 21’s Blogging Workshop & Brunch in Cardiff in March where she treated all the brunchers to an insight into what she does as a photographer to ensure her picture pop. Here are her go-to starting points to help you amplify your blog photos for that professional, sharp style:
- Always use good light. Natural light is best whenever possible. If it’s dark, try to only use good white light, especially for food photographs)
- Keep everything clean and simple. Really think about what’s in the shot and in the background.
- Use clean backgrounds and clear walls for good backdrops. You can’t go wrong with white.
- When arranging a composition, remove any unwanted details. For example, if you’re out for lunch and want to photograph your food, remove things such as empty sugar packets which will clutter the photo. Watch out for details like rubbish on the floor or cars in the background when taking fashion photographs. When doing a beauty shot of some products, polish the object before so that it doesn’t look like it’s been sat at the bottom of your handbag.
- Use a reflector. They come in all shapes and sizes for different subject matters. For best results use in daylight. You can get ones that unzip and become a white mesh light diffuser too, ideal for blocking out strong sunlight. The bigger the reflector the better for fashion photographs. Here are some reflectors I recommend.
- For smaller products, if you can’t get your hands on a reflector then a compact mirror can work well.
- Buy interesting backgrounds for photographing with. I often head to John Lewis for linen napkins and beautiful wrapping papers. Remember to iron out any creases!
- Use the grid on a mobile phone to really get your shots square and straight. It will really help with consistency on your Instagram grid.
And there you have it, a primary check-list to get you on your way to Insta-worthy shots. If you’d like to attend a brunch where Manon is providing another hands-on tutorial, let us know!
Melanie & Donna | House 21