by guest author Cristina Kask
It doesn’t matter whether you run a photo or a regular blog, it is always preferable that you take your own photos, due to harsh copyright laws that can lead to cease-and-desist letters and lawsuits from photographers. Of course there are lots of free stock photos out there, but sometimes bloggers need very specific photos that relate to their posts. By investing money in technology and learning some basics about photography, you will be able to become more independent as a blogger and provide hundreds of free photos that will enhance the messages you are trying to share with your audience. In this article we listed 10 great photo techniques bloggers can use.
- High-Speed Photography
Many ordinary things look completely different from the human eye and the high-speed camera perspective. Breaking glass, spilling liquids or popping balloons looks simple and ordinary in regular speed, but if caught on high-speed camera it creates amazing photo and video structures. We saw some of these videos and photos on Discovery’s “Time Warp” show, but now with special equipment and few tutorials anybody can take this macro slow motions photos or videos.
High-speed photography is great for science blogs.
- Tilt-Shift Photography
This technique also requires special lenses and it got its name from two different types of moves. Tilt movement is relative to the image plane, and it is used for controlling the orientation of the plain focus. It keeps one part of the image looking sharp, while the rest stays blurry. Shift movement changes the line of sight and avoids the convergence of parallel lines. Another great thing about this technique is that photographer is able to make regular size things look like a miniature, with tilt-focusing on one part of the image.
These techniques are often used for automotive blogs, while taking photos of cars in motion, where car stays sharp.
- Black and White Photography
All photographs used to be black and white or sepia and this technique can add a lot of soul to the photograph, as well as sharp contrasts. Black-and-whites can be used on various blogs, especially the ones that want to emphasize their nostalgic feel.
- Motion-Blur Photography
This technique is often used to show the sense of speed and we can find it on various photo blogs as well as the ones that deal with: sports, automotive industry and music and dance. Motion-blur photography is also great for taking photos of cities during night-time when passing cars and light posts imitate the effect of lines of lights stretching through the streets. This effect can be easily achieved with using cameras with low shutter speed, or in Photoshop, but the later ones may look a bit unnatural.
- Infrared Photography
These photographs require a lot of post-processing to show all of the drama and beauty they are known for. Infrared photos can be easily taken by any digital camera or phone and further adjusted with different filters that come with photo-sharing apps such as EyeEm.
- Night Photography
Night scenes are one of the hardest ones to catch and they are an excellent example how hard-working and dedicated photographers can be. They are great for blogs in tourism niche as well as the ones that deal with night life, city life and lots of other niches. Night photos of world’s metropolis are some of the best known night photos ever made.
- Smoke-Art Photography
It is ideal for artistic blogs and it requires some special equipment and sets for making incredible smoke structures and taking their photos at the right moment.
- Macro Photography
Depending on what you are taking a picture of, macro photography can be used on blogs in various niches from biology (photos of insects) to regular literature or news blogs (macro photos of text). Although most digital cameras have the macro mode, the ones with low zoom won’t be able to catch some moments from the miniature world with perfect sharpness, so for making close-up photos of insects for example, you will need more powerful lenses.
Some photographers don’t like these photos because they require a lot reediting, which in most cases is done by the phone or camera itself. If you choose HDR option on your phone, it will take three different photos and merge it into one with highly dynamic range. That’s why phones and cameras with HDR mode on need much more time to take a photo. This type of photography is great for taking pictures of:
- Low-lit areas
- Portraits in Sunlight, etc.
HDR is mostly used for adventure, traveler and tourist blogs.
- Panoramic Photography
Many phones and cameras now come with panoramic photography mode in which we can merge several photos into one to create wide panorama. These are mostly used in landscape photography and therefore they are good for adventure, traveler, real estate and several other blog niches.
Nika is an aspiring blogger from Sydney. Likes to get lost in the world of fashion, beauty and healthy lifestyle. She is a regular guest blogger and writes for the pure pleasure of it. Constantly in search of love and finding it in different places every time. What sets her apart from other bloggers is that she has an insight in variety of subjects and has a strong interest in fashion industry. Using different approach in writing and colouring everything with a sharp sense of humor comes to her advantage when bloggers select her for guest posts on their pages.
Admin blogger’s commentary: We appreciate Nika bringing us her guest post about how you can improve your blog photography. While some of her tips did involve special equipment like lenses, she did make some suggestions that you can use with your phone.
Readers, please share, so other bloggers know about the possibilities for their blog graphics.
Which photo did you think had the most impressive effect? Which tip did you find the most useful? Are there any you think you might use? I look forward to your views.
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