I’d never describe myself as hugely camera confident but since I started blogging I have become more aware of what does and doesn’t work. I guess you could say my skill set has improved, admittedly from a pretty low base which if you scroll down to my first blog post you will quickly realise (although I’d rather you didn’t).So I thought I would use this post as a way of sharing some tips that I have learned through my blogging journey and pass them with a view of hopefully helping some of you too.
1. Finding your inspiration & setting standards.
When I first started blogging everything was new to me and I had no idea about how to create an attractive image, my only interest was to demonstrate the clothes I was wearing. As time went on I started to look into and discover that there was a world of bloggers doing amazing things and whom I could potentially learn from. I especially spent time researching the top bloggers and appreciating what standards they were at, what they were doing and how they did it. I remember thinking that they made it look all so easy and in comparison, my images were dull and unengaging. Like anything in life, however, it always pays to look at the top to find your inspiration and if you learn from it, in time that that inspiration will show through in your own work. I have actually taken that to the max as I no longer look just at who is doing well in the UK but look at the top bloggers globally. If you aren’t setting yourself high standards it is easy to settle for just any images. Setting the standard high means you will take your own level higher.
2. Plan ahead.
Having a clear idea in your head of the images you want to portray beforehand will make all the difference. There have been times when I haven’t thought ahead and relied on making it up as I’ve gone along only to discover the resulting images confirm exactly that. If you have thought it through and know exactly the kind of images you want to create it will make it that much easier to create them.
As the saying goes ‘practice makes perfect’ and in blogging, it couldn’t be truer. When I started out my blog, there were times when whole looks I would shoot and then not upload – they just weren’t good enough. However, the more time I spent in front of a camera, without even trying lead to better and more natural results. You really can’t not learn from your mistakes. So, it’s sort of learning on the job, practice practice, practice – even if you don’t end up using the images it will never be time wasted.
4. Think bigger than the photo itself.
It’s easy to think in terms of ‘will this make a good photo‘ but for a blog, it has to be more than that. In a way, you have to consider yourself as a brand. It’s not about creating ‘the perfect picture‘ but more are the images representing you? your brand and the ‘story’ it is trying to get across? When considering your images and how they will be perceived make sure you know why you are doing what you’re doing and the importance it has to you and your blog.
Blogging has been a big part of my life over the last year and I’ve had a lot of fun watching some of the progress I’ve made over time. If you are curious about blogging give it a go, you can start with small steps and see where it takes you. Uploading my first blog post was one of the scariest yet best decisions I ever made and it may be the same for you too.