Tips for Beauty Blog Photography Beginners

Photography tips for beauty blogging beginners
Photography tips for beauty blogging beginners

Since I’ve started blogging I’ve learned that it isn’t just about writing helpful reviews or articles anymore. Visual content is a huge part of blogging now and having images that really catch people’s attention is extremely important if you want to keep them coming back for more so here are some tips for anyone new to beauty blogging photography that is really useful for anyone!

Tips for Beauty Blog Photography Beginners

 Invest in editing

I’ve spoken about some free editing (and graphic designing!) tools here, but let me just stress the importance of editing. It can make a world of difference. I hardly get any natural lighting in my house (so bummed), but I try to make do and then edit my photos so I can at least fake it. There have been plenty of times where I take a photo and think it’s amazing and that it doesn’t need a boost, but even a tiny bit of editing can really improve your photos. I’ve realized that editing tools are even more important than having a fancy camera so definitely play around with editing to up your photography game. If you’d like to learn more about how I edit my photos then let me know! Call me, beep me, gram me, whatever..

Tips for beauty blog photography beginners

Tips for beauty blog photography beginners

Use natural light

I am a stubborn person. If someone gives me advice, it tends to go in one ear and out the other (sorry mom), but I’ve gotten better at listening to, and implementing, the advice I am given. I never used to believe everyone when they said that natural light was everything, but after being a strictly artificial light girl and then playing with natural light, I can tell you that nothing beats natural light so if you can, take advantage of it! Artificial light isn’t badthis post was completely done with artificial light— but, natural light just can’t be beat.

YSL Rose Stiletto lipstick

YSL Rose Stiletto lipstick on left in artificial light

YSL Rose Stiletto lipstick

YSL Rose Stiletto lipstick in natural light

Figure out your aesthetic

This is really important simply because you want your photographs to be cohesive and flow with your brand. This has also been one of the hardest parts about photography for me because I love so many different styles of photography–minimal, colorful, pastel, etc. So, play around and figure out your aesthetic. Personally, I just like to keep my photographs bright and love white space (am I basic or what?)

Tripod, tripod, tripod

Regardless of whether you’re using a swanky DSLR camera or your good old smart phone, invest in a tripod! I have pretty shaky hands (thank god I didn’t pursue the medical field!) and shaky hands can cause your photographs to be blurry. Invest in a tripod that fits your budget and really take advantage of it so your photos are crisp and clear.

Play around with props

Props really upped my photographs because it makes them more aesthetically pleasing. I love lifestyle product flatlays and photos because they really give the image more depth and personality, and that is what will keep people coming back for more. You don’t need to use a ton of props to make a photo better. Personally, I don’t like to use a lot of props–just one or two– but do what you like! If you need some prop ideas and inspiration, I gotchu.

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Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

Lastly, don’t be afraid to make mistakes! We all have to start somewhere and just remember that you can only get better with your skills the more you practice and make mistakes. I’m no photography expert. In fact, I still get extremely frustrated at time, and maybe even shed a few tears when I can’t get my photographs to look just right. But, it’s all about livin’ and learnin’– right? So do not be afraid to make mistakes; you’ll grow from them!

Photography tips for beauty blogging beginners

Photography tips for beauty blogging beginners

I MEAN… if the example above is anything… practice will definitely help and if I can do it YOU definitely can too!

 

Would you like to see how I edit my photos? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Claire Cavanagh

    This is such a handy post; I’m still constantly trying to improve my photos and yours are such inspo :)

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

    • Aww thanks, girl! But I’ve seen your pictures and they’re beautiful!!

  • Great post lovely! Photography is definitely something I want to improve on. I would love to hear how you edit. xx

    themakeupartistschoice.com

    • Thanks Kate! I’ll definitely do a post on that :). I feel you, though! I’m always trying to improve my photography as well :)

      • Excellant! I shall keep a eye out then x

  • Isabelle Collins

    This was so helpful, I’ve been making the mistake of using softboxes for all my photos yet natural light actually does look SO much better x

    http://www.taintedblues.co.uk

    • I used soft boxes as well, which isn’t bad, but have definitely noticed an improvement since switching to natural light :)

  • Great Post! Your photography is beautiful, definitely taking notes from this
    Thanks for sharing :)

    Sarah xo // See The Stars

  • Ajla

    Great post !
    Beautiful blog .
    I have also : http://herecomesajla.blogspot.ba/

  • These are fabulous tips! I’m still working on my photography skills. It’s been trial and error that’s for sure.

    JennyLovesBeauty♥

    • Girl, I completely understand! I think trial and error is really how we grow and learn!

  • Agree with everything you said! Natural light is the best light source and tripod it a must-have especially when you’re planning to take in a gloomy days. My hands are also shaky and when I have the exposure high, photos turn out so blurry. Practice makes perfect, it is the key of improving and I need to spend some time on it!

    Ela BellaWorld

    • It’s amazing the difference some natural light and a tripod can make! Practice definitely does make perfect :)

  • Charlotte Lane

    Love this post! Some great tips – thanks for sharing! I would also love to see a post on how you edit your photo’s :) xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

    • I’m glad you found it helpful :). I’ll definitely do a post on that!

  • I have yet to invest in artificial lights for the sake of blogging and that means I seriously suffer once Winter arrives. I also have yet to invest in editing tools because so far my Macbook is doing a great job with what I need. So far I am using natural light for all my photography but ask me again in Winter, Autumn. LOL! Shamefully I need to start using my camera properly instead of relying on auto. :-(

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Haha I feel you! Shooting in gloomy weather is difficult, but editing helps ;)

  • Great tips! Your photos always turn out beautiful!

    Nicole | In The Life of NM

  • Great tips !! Love it. I’d love to see how you edit your photos, and what app you use

    Charming Coco

  • Good tips. I completely agree with the natural light comment. I find even with editing, artificial light isn’t as good. I cringe at some of my old photos.

    Batty4Beauty.com

    • Haha girl I cringe at some of my photos from just a couple months ago :P

  • Jennifer

    beautiful photos and fab tips! Definitely need to take heed of your tripod tip, I never use mine!! I’d actually love to see your setup using artificial light for when it’s crappy weather and dark!

    http://www.barelytherebeauty.com

    xx

    • I never used to use mine either, but it makes a world of difference! I will do a post on that, thanks!!

  • Francisca

    Absolutely love your photos! And YES, please, I’d love to see a tutorial on your editing process ???? Lovely blog girl! x

    ~ http://www.franciscamay.blogspot.com

    • Thank you so much! I will definitely work on a post about my editing process :)

  • Great blog post that I can fully relate to and you made great pointers for people that may want to get into blogging! I think its important to learn from our mistakes as we look back then realise how far we have come and improved which is so satisfying I find! Great ;-) Kelly xx

    http://www.kelliash.com

    • It’s so satisfying to see how we have gotten better haha! Thanks for stopping by :)

  • Taking photos for my blog posts takes 10 times longer because the photos all come out blurry due to my unsteady hands haha! I defs need to get me a tripod :)
    Kathy x
    http://www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

  • The Sunday Mode

    Such brilliant tips here, I think I definitely need to start whipping out my tripod and using it more often! My problem is I just take photos from so many different angles that it’s usually easier to hold the camera myself.

    http://www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

    • I feel you! A tripod is kind of restricting, which is why I didn’t use one for the longest time, but now I love it!

  • Yiotou_La

    I agree, natural light is the best. Thank god I live in Cyprus where we have a summer weather for 8 months in a row and it helps me a lot with my pictures. I am still learning and sometimes I am not satisfied with the end result but I know it takes time and practise.

    Yiota
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

    • Haha I feel you! I live in Texas so it’s always sunny here as well. It definitely takes time and practice. I’m still not completely satisfied with my end photos, but the more you take photos, the better you get :)

  • Samileen

    Great tips, natural light is the best. And editing makes a world of a difference. I had my husband once saying to me what a sad and a dull picture that is, and I was like wait until I edit it. He was surprised!! haha and now he tries to edit all pictures he clicks lol.

    Sam || Beautydetour

  • you can still use artificial light, it’s harder and you have to know how to deal with it but it is possible. plus a lot of editing for sureXD

    xx from Brighton
    Cate ღ kate/idoscope | | Enter my Charlotte Tilbury GIVEAWAY here

  • Great tips, natural light is definitely best. I would love to see a tutorial on your editing process. Great post! x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

  • Such a great post hun, I totally agree with you, editing is everything! I do have a problem with getting my images to look as sharp and crisp after reducing the size though :( I know theres that awesome site tinyjpeg, but something even that fails me!

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

    • Ugh tell me about it! Resizing my images always causes some quality loss and I hate it!

  • Bernadette

    Loved reading this post, anything to do with improving photo quality is always an interesting read.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

  • Susan

    Great ideas!!
    Must try a tripod.

    http://a-woman-of-a-certain-age.com/

  • Siffat Haider

    These are such great tips, nothing is more important than natural light!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com