Taking Good Photos For Blogs & Social Media

Photography Resources

Photos, graphics and illustrations are what make your content REALLY stand out. Whether it's your blog content, Facebook updates or your Pinterest images... great images are what grab people's attention.

May is Photo Month, and I've been working on setting up a Food Photography corner in my home office. This is a great opportunity to share some cool resources & apps with you, and also hear YOUR favorite gadgets for taking good photos and video. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Fun Apps To Easily Enhance Your Photos

I take the majority of my photos with my mobile phone while I'm out & about. You can find great landscapes, beautiful skies, and endless ideas for gorgeous backgrounds. These are great for illustrations, or to add quotes as an overlay to use for engaging social media updates.

Apps I like to use to add text & quotes include:

  • Phonto for Android
  • WordSwag for iPhone
  • Canva

You can also create beautiful quote graphics using BrainyQuote.

I used the Phonto App to add text to this picture to illustrate a blog post:

Phonto App

Canva has a lot of free images you can use to create quote graphics and blog post illustrations. I used Canva to create this image:

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Make Your Content POP With Great Graphics

Even if you don't take a lot of your own photos, you can still create awesome graphics & illustrations to make your content stand out. I use a number of resources for quick & easy graphics - including several graphics templates:

All three of those are super easy to use!

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Little Photography Accessories...
That Make A BIG Difference

This "selfie stick" is currently on sale for $4.15 with free shipping (usually $15.99):

This reflective photography table, with both a black and white surface, is GREAT for food photography or for smaller items like jewelry or other things you sell online:

You can also get awesome backdrops for your photos & videos on Amazon, along with stands to create "stand out" backgrounds:

Photography Backdrops

 

Lighting Is The REAL Key To Great Photos!

No matter what kind of camera you use, from high end professional camera equipment to a simple mobile phone camera, the real key to any great photo is the lighting. Natural light is ideal for the best turnout so you want to take your photos outdoors when you can. But that's not always possible, which is where lighting kits come into play.

Here's my continuous lighting kit setup. It's easy to set up, works great, and it's very affordable. Highly recommended! This is PERFECT for shooting quality video and taking great photos indoors.

At that link, I also share the web cam I'm using for quick web video - which is the best one I've found in regards to quality & clarity of video images. It has GREAT audio quality too. ๐Ÿ™‚

For smaller items, a lightbox is a great solution:

 

Looking For A Great Camera?

Check out the Amazon Warehouse Deals: Cameras & Accessories to score great equipment at good prices.

You can click here to see my video editing software & camera equipment. That's the setup I use to do my own videos, plus the continuous lighting kit I mentioned above.

Camera Deals

I would love to hear the apps, cameras, props & accessories YOU use for taking or creating great photos & graphics. ๐Ÿ™‚ Leave a comment & let's share resources!

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Discussion

  1. Ah, social media... Great suggestions and tools as always, thank you.

    My daughter uses Iphone for photos as you mention, and for short videos, of kids and pets... and immediately posts them to Facebook! The quality really amazes me.
    (Didn't know there was a "selfie stick"... lol; "selfies" ...and self defence!)

    Paul

    • Hi Paul ๐Ÿ™‚

      It's smart to upload video directly to Facebook. Native video tends to do much better on Facebook in regards to exposure / reach and engagement, as they favor it over YouTube links.

      The selfie sticks are VERY handy for self-video via mobile devices!

  2. Thanks For your suggestion, Actually i am running a business of Gemstones and for this i have to capture photos of different gemstones for uploading it on social media . I take the majority of my photos with my mobile phone (iPhone). i had never listen about these little photography accessories "selfie stick" . Thanks a lot again and keep sharing these articles.

    • Ahh - the lightbox and the reflective table would be GREAT for your gemstone photos! The better the photos, the more your products will sell- and the more they may go for, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hey Lynn, great post, I have to confess, people say that I take great pictures but I really don't have a clue about after that lol. . editing them and such I really lack the knowledge and experience, but now I have a great camera, I aim to improve that fast ๐Ÿ˜‰

    One great tool I like to use is pixlr.com they got a great tool you can add to the bookmark on top of browser. Handy for resising fast online, and stuff like that.

    It's strange cos I love taking the pics. Just the work after that I get lost on. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I got lots to learn but the key i already have is I take good pics anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now, I got over 500 pics on the camera to sort! lol

    I am going to ramp it up.

    You got a neat set up there, so how are you enjoying the actual photo taking experience?

    • I love Pixlr! That's SUCH a great (free) resource. ๐Ÿ™‚ I use it a lot for quick photo editing. It's very similar to photoshop, but a web based tool and super fast to do quick edit jobs, or work with layers.

      I really enjoy taking photos. The lighting is the key of course, so I'm still working on rearranging to be able to capture the right light at the right time of day. My deck and two rooms of my house are having to be rearranged just for this purpose, lol.

      • I agree Lynn,

        It is a great tool. Layers, sommat else I need to learn :/ ๐Ÿ˜†

        You are right about the light though, so important, I do prefer natural light as much as possible, I really don't like taking pics indoors much, that may explain why I take ace landscape pics and terrible people pics. ๐Ÿ˜€

        You can see the proof of that in the new portland site I set up ๐Ÿ™‚ No pics of people, yet!

  4. Anna Roulette says:

    thanks is a lot of useful information. My son dreams to become a photographer.

    Lynn Terry thanks!

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