Friday, May 13, 2016

BTS: Taking Better Blog Photos

I'm thinking of starting a new series on the behind the scenes of blogging, where I'll share some of my blogging tips & tricks as well as what happens behind the scenes to create both this website and it's blog posts. Do me a favor and let me know in the comments if this is a series you'll enjoy.

In this first (and hopefully not last) post in this series I wanted to share with you how I ended up with the photos that I did on My Minimalist Skincare blogpost. The thought to share this process actually popped in my mind when I was taking the last set of pictures... you'll understand when you see the very last photo. 


Behind the blog scenes: how I upgraded my blog post photos with a few tips & tricks


Disclaimer: I'm not a professional photographer, I don't even own an actual camera. I don't claim to take amazing photos. But when you see what could have ended up on the blog post, I think we'll all agree that the end results are a huge improvement from where they started.


This first picture is what ended up on the Minimalist Skincare blogpost as a visual representation of the skincare supplements I take daily. It was a pretty simple setup. I used a couple ramekins to hold the collagen and chlorophyll, pulled a teabag out of it's packaging and staged it all along with six of the skin supplement capsules to get this flatlay.

Pretty simple, right?
Behind the blog scenes: how I upgraded my blog post photos with a few tips & tricks


Well, the below photo is what I started out with and what could have ended up on the blog post...  honestly, I would've just went without.

Behind the blog scenes: how I upgraded my blog post photos with a few tips & tricks

(non)PRO TIP: Don't be afraid to take items out of their original packaging. Especially when the packaging is not very attractive.

This next photo is one of the two skincare photos that made the cut for the actual blogpost. I was really happy with how this one turned out, as it went thru several iterations before I was able to get this shot.  You'll see shortly.

Behind the blog scenes: how I upgraded my blog post photos with a few tips & tricks


I originally tried this flatlay with a black background, but ehhh... I wasn't feeling the black on black with the cleansing brush.

Behind the blog scenes: how I upgraded my blog post photos with a few tips & tricks

So, white it is was.

But when I laid the products on my white bedspread, well, that's exactly what it looked like. Products on a bedspread. Not cute. Not blogworthy.

Behind the blog scenes: how I upgraded my blog post photos with a few tips & tricks


So, I changed the background. A little outside the box thinking saved this picture.

Behind the blog scenes: how I upgraded my blog post photos with a few tips & tricks


By the way, that new background...

Behind the blog scenes: how I upgraded my blog post photos with a few tips & tricks


(non)PRO TIP: Don't be afraid to get a little creative with backgrounds, with a good crop no one will ever know. Unless you blog about it.

Note: All photos were taken with an iPhone 6S and edited with the Snapseed application.

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