I’ve been a bit out of touch with blogging recently for many reasons, but one of the main ones has just been a lack of ideas. Whilst flicking through my bullet journal the other day I found this post on an ideas page and thought I’d just roll with the inspiration. I did touch upon my blog photography process briefly in my blogging routine post, but I thought it would be nice to go into a little more detail.
When do I take my photos?
To be honest I don’t have a set time for taking photos, but during the winter it is very much weekends or nothing. I tend to just take photos in bulk of varying setups rather than taking photos specifically with posts in mind but this does depend on what my schedule looks like.
Which camera do I use to take my blog photos?
Most of my photos are taken with my Olympus PEN E-PL7 as they can be transferred to my laptop over wifi and the quality and controls are good and easy to use. Recently I have also been falling back in love with my DSLR (mainly my 50mm lens) so my Sony a58 is another photography essential. I have taken photos on my phone before, but tend to try and avoid it. Some people rock iPhone photography, I am not one of them.
How do I edit my blog photos?
I am a firm Photoshop lover, though I understand not everybody is. My Adobe subscription costs less than £10 a month though and to me it is worth every penny! I start by resizing my photos. With my current theme, the main images on my homepage are 1200 pixels wide, so I resize all my blog photos to be the same. They’ll load quicker than if I leave them at 2000+ so to me it’s worth doing. Then I increase brightness/contrast as necessary and sometimes add filters if I want to go for a particular style. I’ll save one copy like this to use on the blog, and then I’ll add text to another copy for Twitter. I used to use the text version everywhere, but with my new theme I like having a text-free image.
Saving and naming blog photos
I never used to put a lot of thought into this, but having learned a little about SEO it’s something I’m much more conscious of now. All my images have the post name in the title, so for example the main image in this post is called ‘blog-photography-process’. I save my images as high-quality PNGs, but I couldn’t really tell you why I don’t save JPEGs.
When it comes to uploading my photos, the name stays the same but I do add in an alt tag. This is where I usually pop in the title of the post along with my blog url. This should probably be done in more detail, but I will admit that I often can’t be bothered.
What about Pinterest?
I am incredibly lazy when creating Pinterest-optimised images. I always forget to take portrait photos when I’m doing shoots, so I tend to just opt for recycling a graphic I made a while ago. It has my blog logo on it, and then just simple text with the post title. I do see people pinning these lazy graphics though so it must work! In an ideal world though, I would have a portrait version of the main landscape photo used in the blog post, though I might just start using portrait for both…
That’s pretty much it for this post! If you have any questions about my blog photography process I’d be happy to answer either in the comments or on Twitter, so go ahead and ask!