Monday, 2 October 2017

A simple achievable guide to visionary photography

The art and practise of taking and processing images, photography. It's not as easy as it looks but it's not as hard as you might think. I get a lot of compliments on the photographs I take which means an awful lot to me. It's something I've put a lot of time and practise into. I am in no way the best at it but I'm not to bad, sometimes it takes one shot sometimes it takes a couple of days.

I think mind set has a lot to do with producing something great. if you're in the zone and really enjoying something, good things will come from it.

I wanted to give some tips on how you can easily improve your photography. I am the worst when it comes to technology so for me taking a really clean good quality image that isn't to busy makes editing a breeze. I use photo shop to edit my blog images. I simply use the basics. By adjusting the clarity of images, brightening them a lot but not so much that the image becomes too foggy otherwise you are unable to see the image as clear. Brightening to much can also make the quality of an image look poor. Or if you over do it on the contrasting it can look a bit over the top and cartoon-ish. 

Finding the correct balance of light helps. I do mine in front of a floor to ceiling window I much prefer photographing on partly cloudy days as sometimes the sun is too overpowering and the image looks over exposed especially when white products are being photographed. 

You can use artificial lighting sometimes I use it because I want to create shadows and can't always achieve a shadow with natural light. Though at times you will find natural light is your best friend. 

I try to do photography bulk days where I photograph lots in one day. You all know how dull it gets here in the UK. Unless of course you are reading this from a place that's always bright and sunny in which case I am very jealous. 

My next advise would be keep it simple. Props are great but sometimes they can overpower a product. Too many can make an image look messy. 

Study angles just like you do with your selfies! (that's a thing right?)Photographing a product at the wrong angle can ruin the entire image. I take a lot of test shots just to see if I like the layouts and then go back over to pick out the best layout. 

Use practical props nobody wants to see a chocolate bar when you're talking about highlighter... etc etc! Flowers are my go to because you can use local seasonal blooms that compliment your images as well as the current season.

A good camera helps but its not the most important thing in the world I know bloggers that use their smart phone's and actually some smart phone"s have really fantastic cameras. 

If photo shop scares you try using the adobe photo shop app its free and very simple to use (I use this for instagram editing) and it works great!

I still have so much more to learn about photography but my skills have improved so much. When I look back to my first ever blog image its almost cringe-worthy that I had the confidence to share that around! But like everything else in life practise makes perfect. 

If you have any other tips please leave them in the comments below!

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