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Taking Blog Pics With Your Phone

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Before I started blogging I assumed you needed a big fancy camera to take pictures for your blog. I wanted to blog but I didn't want or have the money to spend on a expensive camera so I resorted to my phone and you know what I think? It's working out pretty darn well. Since it's worked out for me, I thought I'd share some insider knowledge about what you need to know about taking blog pics with your phone.


Right now I must admit my current phone has a pretty amazing camera. It's a Samsung Galaxy S5 and the camera is as good as you could wish for. It has a 16-megapixel camera which compared to the iPhone, which has 8-megapixels, is quite a difference. Now having a good camera does help my pictures but before this phone I had a HTC and the camera wasn't as good but my pictures still looked okay.

If want to improve your phones camera there some pretty nifty gadgets available out there to help. The Photojojo Store as well as Amazon sell some really cool equipment such as lens and tripods for phones that can really help you get better images. I actually have been weighting up buying a tripod myself as they look pretty amazing.

Although having a decent camera does help in taking a good picture, there is a lot more that contributes to it. I think taking a good picture is something you learn instead of having the lots of equipment.


So what does make a good picture? Here's what I think...

First and most obvious is lighting. So many blog pictures are ruined by rubbish lighting and I have to say it took me a long time to learn that my pictures sucked because of bad lighting. I suggest take pictures all over your house and try and find where the best lighting is, as well the best time of day to take pictures. I take my pictures in my bathroom in the mornings (glamorous, I know!). There is a large window in there and it's really bright and it makes the world of difference to my picture quality.

Second is background. When I started taking pictures I assumed a white background would be best but in actuality it's not. White tends to look grey and dirty most of the time and makes my pictures just look bad. Instead I use magazines, fabrics and anything else I can get my hands on that I think looks good. Doing this makes your pictures look so much prettier and more interesting.

Third, adjust your pictures. It's so easy now to get your hands on some form of photoshop. Most computers have some form of photo altering software and there are also really great free versions online, with my favourite being Pixlr. I don't do crazy things with my pictures. I usually just mess around with the brightness, contrast and shadows and this makes the world of difference as even the dullest of images can be brought to life.

My last piece of advice would be to experiment and mess around. I am by no means an expert and I still find myself not being happy with a lot of my blogs images but my pictures are so much better than they used to be. It's just a case of learning what works, making the most of what camera you have and hopefully you'll end up taking amazing blog pics. Good luck!

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