Taking Blog Photos Doesn’t Have To Be Hard. Try These 10 Easy Tips.

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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.

  1. 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.

Blog Photos


  1. 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.

Blog Photos, Blur

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Special Effects in Photos Motion

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Night Photos

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Blog Photo Blur

  1. HDR

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:

  • Landscapes
  • Low-lit areas
  • Portraits in Sunlight, etc.

HDR is mostly used for adventure, traveler and tourist blogs.

Blog Photo Effect Panorama

  1. 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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  1. Charles Roger

    Janic and I discussed th importance of heat photos in blogs. Thank you. c

    • Cristina Nika

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post. And big thanks to Janice for having me on this amazing blog! Nika x

      • Janice Wald

        It was our pleasure to host you. Informative article with amazing photos.

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    • Janice Wald

      Hi Sophia,
      I would love to return the “blog love” and visit your site too, but I am not seeing a site alongside your comment. Do you have a blog?
      At any rate, thank you for visiting my blog today and for your comments. I agree Nika did a great job!

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  4. Kellie Simmons

    I think a good camera should have been on my Christmas wish list. I have always loved photography and back in the dinosaur age, I took photography class and really enjoyed it. I’ll get back there some day. Until then I have my phone and I can edit them. Thanks for the tips.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kellie,
      Great to hear from you. I am glad you found my guest author’s article interesting.
      I am like you. I have been involved in my school’s yearbook class for many years. I have had people show me how to use the bells and whistles that come on the camera, but I keep using the default settings. I am happy with the Iphone too. I’ve started exploring more filters.
      Thanks for visiting me today and for the comments.

    • Crisitna Nika

      Kellie, it’s never too late to make another wish! Maybe go back to the dinosaur age and engage in analogue photography again? Long exposures might seem boring to make but the results are always worth it! 🙂 Most important thing is to have fun!

  5. Melinda

    Janice, thanks for having Nika.
    I had never even heard of smoke art photos!!
    Of course the TAKING of the photos doesn’t have to be hard, pushing the button. It’s the having them turn out to be Pin worthy! lol
    Your BBFF, Melinda

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Melinda,
      I agree. How is the move going? Still thinking of exploring Pinterest? Accept my invitation to pin to the board.

      • Melinda

        Well, I’m all moved! But settled won’t happen for a while! lol
        How do I accept your invite?

        • Janice Wald

          It should be in your email or in your Pinterest notifications. Find it then click accept

    • Crisitna Nika

      Hi Melinda! To quote Ansel Adams “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” 🙂 So have as much fun as you can with making wonderful art and play around with lights, settings and pretty much anything that can come to mind. There are no limits when it comes to expressing yourself through photography!

  6. Danielle

    Thanks for the tips! I have a DSLR and still getting use to using it, especially for pictures on my blog. I’m getting better…it’ll take time. I’m going to really try to get the motion blur. I’ve done that in the past, but by accident LOL!

    Thanks again for the tips!

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  8. Keith Lunt

    Your idea about night photography reminds me of an unusual EU law – it is illegal to publish photos of the Eiffel Tower illuminated at night. It’s confirmed in their FAQs page. Many other items are subject to copyright too, but are usually obvious (works of art in galleries, museums etc).

    But some brilliant photos on display in this post! Well done. I wish I could take photos of half the quality and think they were easy!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Keith,
      I agree. The guest author did a wonderful job with those photos. Mesmerizing! We were fortunate she chose my blog to offer her post to.
      Speaking of guest authors, you are being featured tomorrow. I Emailed you the link, but here it is again: http://wp.me/p6x6vQ-1VS Your wonderful article is timely. I’m predicting much interest.

  9. David

    These are great photo taking tips. I’m so excited to give these tips a try. Next month I’ll travel for 1 month and it’s a good time to learn about these tips. Thanks for this nice share.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi David,
      I’m glad you liked my guest author’s photography tips. Thanks for writing to tell me. Have a good time on your vacation.

  10. Robin Khokhar

    Hi Janice,
    Thanks for sharing this amazing post about photography. And I really appreciate your linking to my new website.
    And have a good week ahead.

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