Upgrade Your Photography Game

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Taking snaps of anything and errythang is one of my fave hobbies. Which is lucky seeing as it pretty much takes up my entire life, hullo all time basic-blogger-instagram-snapchat lass. 

I am no profesh photographer, I just really love capturing little snippets of life, food (mostly food) and people. Having photos to look back on has always been something that I have cherished, one of the many reasons I am so fond of this little plot of internet.

When it comes to blogging, decent photography is the one. Nicely shot, crisp and beautiful images make the world of difference. A few (very kind) folks have asked me for tips so thought I’d round up a few nuggets of shutterbug wisdom to share with you!

Before I start, don’t worry about what camera you use. Ain’t gon’ lie, some of my fave photos have come from my phone camera, of course a jazzy new snapper would be amaze (how U doooin’ Olympus PEN) but I just don’t have the pennies, so we gotta make do. Enjoy!

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LIGHTING

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Having aaall the natural daylight flooding in is the dream when taking snaps. It gives your images beautiful clarity, highlighting the natural colours and just generally sits much nicer on any blog / Insta grid.

For foodie photos especially, I push my kitchen table right over to my window to get as much light in as possible. The kitchen looks h e c t i c when I am getting my shots, but it is so worth it. Find all the places around your house with the most light, grab ya tables / chairs / ironing boards and whatever props you need to soak all the light into your images.

If you are shooting on out and about, try to find that light that doesn’t bleach ya out (peak midday sunlight) or create odd shadows (grim over cast grey days). My favourite kinda outdoor light is golden hour, that small window of time where the light is that soft burnt orange, making you feel *a bit* like a goddess.

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When it comes to selfies (usually only for Instagram purposes) I stand in front of my curtain, if someone strolled on into my room at this moment, they would think that I have gone mad (I have) but the lighting is so SO good.

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lol, what is my life?

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EXPERIMENT WITH BACKGROUNDS

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This goes hand in hand with lighting. Having a corker of a background really helps compliment the light and object you are shooting. You also have more freedom to be experimental with your colours, this can also be a great and cheap way to stick to your colour theme if you have one!

I like to use wrapping paper as backgrounds, there are always so many lovely options that can slot right into what kinda thing you want to shoot. I would recommend nipping over to Kikki.K (all time fave) or Paperchase and grab a few different options.

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You will probs also see a plain white tea towel in a lot of my shots, it helps create consistency and is a really quick way of making a brighter, clearer image. It was only a couple of squid from Saino’s, I would definitely recommend!

I know of others who buy an array of different backgrounds from hardware stores. I haven’t actually got round to this yet, one of these weekends! These usually give the impression that all bloggers have marble work surfaces, it is all an illusion (but a pretty one so it’s ok).

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TAKE YOUR TIME

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There is no need to rush blog snaps, or any snaps for that matter! I used to rush them either because I felt bad for hungry people waiting at the dinner table, or was feeling impatient, then not have the outcome I wanted, by that time the dee-lish food is long gone, or the moment has passed.

I have learnt over time that it is much better to stop, relax and make sure you get all the images just the way you would like. Adjusting and re-shooting as you go along, nothing is perfect first time, don’t let people rush you either (I know this far too well especially restaurants) you will thank yourself later!

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BE CONFIDENT

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This one is much easier said than done, I still massively struggle with it!

One of the many joys of blogging is having to get decent images of yourself which ain’t selfies. This is where the #InstagramHusband comes out to play.

It is quite hilarious really, for example the below picture. We strolled up and down the beach finding a spot I was happy with, I am pretty sure he was almost dying with embarrassment taking pictures of me in ma bikini. Try your best to not worry of what others think. They probably ain’t even batted an eyelid, but even if they did – who currrs?

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It is funny chatting to fellow bloggers about this exact situation, sorry naaat sorry!

My snaps are usually taken by Matt, bloggy friends and my brother Oscar. Who FYI is the bomb.com, you should check him out.

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S’ALL ABOUT LOCATION

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Location is such a game changer but does require some effort and planning (especially when it looks so casual in your pictures) oh haiii I’m just chillin’ here in the parc with my Starbs, or the classic lurk around lush houses in Notting Hill, bloggers lavvv it.

It is pretty fun planning shots, I love getting mi creative juices flowing and feeling proud of a blog post. Considering a location that will compliment your blog makes such a huge difference. It doesn’t have to be all fancy pants, sometimes I just stroll around Tooting with my bro and take pictures in front of walls. Yup, sounds crazy but looks pretty decent and always looks great on the ole blawg.

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What are your top photography tips, I wanna hear ’em!

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