Photo 101: Tips for Taking Better Photos

In my previous Photos 101 article, How to Watermark Photos, I talked about legally protecting your photos when brands/people use them. When it comes to taking photos, no one wants to see blurry, unfocused or awkward positioned photos. here are some tips to taking better photos.

  • Invest in a Tripod

This is a very important aspect of taking better photos. From position to clarity, tripods help tremendously in making your photos better and better. If you are on a tight budget, check out this article about great tripods under $50 here. you can also look through your camera manufacturer to see what they have as well. You should also think about whether or not you want full size, or table between tabletop or full size. I personally only have tabletop, but I recommend getting both, because they can be used in different ways.

  • Choose a Great Location

Location is another very important aspect of taking great photos.
                                                                                            (this photo obtained from google)

When choosing a location, you should have in mind that you want the reader/viewer to be able to focus on what you're taking a photo of, not on the background. Great places to take photos, for example, could be a park, a street, or even your backyard!

  • Adjust your camera settings 

In some cases, using the camera setting according to what you are shooting (portrait, landscape) doesn't always work. When I shoot my photos, I typically use the AUTO setting. Using AUTO can help guarantee proper exposure and quality. Next, don't forget to use zoom! when you move your camera up close to an object, you can throw off the focus. Standing farther away and zooming in can enhance your photos detail and make it more clear. Also, don't forget to use proper orientation. for a head-to-toe shot, turn your camera vertically. for a up close, detailed shot, keep your camera horizontally placed.

  • Don't be afraid to edit your photos!

I personally edit 80% of my photos on my blog to visually enhance detail and add focus. I use the online photo editing program Pic Monkey. Here are some Do's and Don'ts when editing your photos.

  • Don't dramatically change the color of the photo. On Pic Monkey, I use Burst to bring out the colors plus another effect for the scenario. I never suggest to use Black & White or Sepia
  • Do use a shading or focus effect. I use either Focal Soften, Focal B&W or Fancy Focus.
  • Don't add words or arrows to your photos. If you want to showcase something specifically. take another picture or address it in the blog post. Arrows and words are distracting to the readers.
  • Do dress up your edges! adding a rounded or design edge add character to your photos. Just make sure that the background is transparent or matches your blog background.

I hope these tips help you enhance the photos on your blog! stay tuned for more photo and blog tips :)

♥Olivia Smith





  1. I don't know where I'd be today if it wasn't for the tripod I bought! Great tips Livy!


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