Taking your photographs can be a pleasure or a task to bloggers , for me it's a pleasure but then I don't fully enjoy the writing part of blogging. I think there is so many amazing blogs out there that content is amazing and if you feel you don't live up to it then it can be hard to keep up with the standard. Photography in blogging is a major factor apart from your blog design it's the first thing that your readers will see and as hard as it sounds that first photo will be how they judge your blog and could be the make or break of a new follower. If your on a budget like me you may be thinking but I can't afford to make my photographs the standard I want them to be but you would be surprised what you can do with a simple background change that costs less than fiver!
1. Buy magazines and don't throw them out! I am a hoarder when it comes to magazines I can't bear to throw them out unless they were seriously cheap and don't have the best images in them. A magazine cover or page can change your image dramatically. If you are capturing a image of a product that is quite bright chose a black and white magazine and it will make the product pop.
2. Don't freak out if you don't have a white background. I don't have a white background apart from my desk and it's not the best to take photographs on. Improvise and use things like wooden floors , different wood textures or colours and fabrics.
3. Use different textures. The image I took for this post reflects this tip the best. I used three textures in this photo using a magazine and a piece of fabric which I think gives the image more character and also makes the products in focus pop. You could buy rugs or just use items of clothing which I tend to do as it is cheaper.
4. Lights. Fairy lights used in the background of an image can give it a dreamy , soft feel. Lights work well when a photos field of depth is low letting the lights be slightly out of focus but still letting there be a glow in the background.
So now you have everything you need to create the perfect photo regardless of the camera you use or how much money you have and that it's not necessary to have that crisp white background that every blogger wants. I personally find it can be very generic and lacks personality.
How do you make your photograph backgrounds better ?