Saturday, February 12, 2011

Blogging Tips ~*~ Photo Tips ~*~

Today I want to share just a couple tips on posting better photos to your blog.

Tip #1 starts off with a little quiz...

Can you tell me what the following photos have in common?
Mug Rug

Besides the fact that they are all photos I've posted on my blog...
Orange Brownies

And the answer I'm looking for isn't necessarily that they all have white backgrounds...


Have you figured it out yet?


What about now?
Carrots

Notice anything similar in all these photos yet?
Costco Cupcake

O.K. If you haven't guessed yet. Here's a really big clue...
Beautiful Bouquet

The answer? All the objects in these photos were taken here:
Chair

You don't need a fancy camera or expensive equipment to take better quality photos for your blog. Almost any photo you see on my blog with a white background, has been taken here. It's one of the chairs to our dining room table, sitting in front of our sliding glass doors.

Turn the flash OFF on your camera. Set a chair, table, box, stool, anything in front of a window and click away.

If you live in a sunny place where the light might be a little harsh coming through your window. Tape a piece of tissue paper on the window beside/behind the object you're photographing. {so wish I had this problem} ;o)

This is just one easy way to improve the quality of your photos. I'll talk about other ways in another post.

But take a look at these three different photos.

#1 taken in the dark with a flash


#2 taken on the table with the dining room light fixtures on...


#3 taken on the chair in front of the window

I don't think any of these photos are "bad". But personally #3; the photo taken of the vase on the chair, is crisp, clear and more true to color. And would definitely look better in the blog post. And it didn't require any special lighting or equipment.

Tip #2

The size of your photos...

Here is a small photo. {I see a lot of bloggers posting small photos}
Mug Rug

Here is a medium to large photo. Which one do you prefer looking at?
Mug Rug

Did you know that probably 60% or more of your readers are visual learners. Did you know that on average your reader is reading 50 blogs a day.

You need to ask yourself if your blog post is visually appealing to your readers. Do you have a good photo to help support the text in your post?

How often have you popped over to one of the blogs on your reading list and didn't stay because the photos didn't grab your attention?


Here is a easy fix if you have a blogger blog.

1.. Posting

2. Add Image

3. Image Size: (click the little circle that say's LARGE)

Add and Upload your image and be prepared to be amazed! ;o)

How bout some homework?

Try these two tips, come back and leave a comment letting me know how it worked for you, what you think, and any questions you might have.
I may not answer you personally, but I'm hoping to post Blogging tips every Saturday. I have a running list of topics and questions, and I will get to your questions, eventually.

Happy Saturday! ooxx`jodi

54 comments:

Denise :) said...

Nicely done! I loved that all of those initial photos were taken in the chair! I struggle with that sometimes, in my brown, brown, BROWN living space -- I think I may just get a snowy white throw to use! :)

grammy and papi said...

Thank you for the tips and I look forward to Saturday and your tips again.

Have a God Filled Day
Shirley

AninaSmiles said...

I love this and will be back for more advice! Thanks.

Denise said...

Great tips! The tissue paper tip intrigues me, I'll have to give it a try.
Denise
http://perchedonapincushion.blogspot.com/

Coisas da Laura said...

Thank you for the tips and for your time!
Hugs from Brasil!

Drucilla's Stitches said...

Thanks so much for sharing your photo tips!! We have very little natural light coming in....so I take many of my photos outside. Love the cute potholder....do you have a pattern?
God Bless,
Tina

Carina said...

That was a good tip. I have try you can see on my blog ! from holland bye Carina

Angie said...

Thank you so much for this! I have been struggling with the lighting in my photos - to the point of considering buying a new camera! I'm definitely going to try the by-a-window trick. You probably just saved me several hundred dollars!! :)

Kirie said...

I always admire the background on other people's photos. My whole house is dark, brown, with lots of wood and huge dark leather couches... And outside is also dark, cloudy and rainy... blah. Can't wait for spring, so I can go out to make some photos.

CatNCartCrafts said...

Thank you for the tips, I will cetainly come back to get more help. I really struggle with my photos, and I have just gone back into my blog and changed the size of some of my photos, and they do look better. Now to try in front of the window!
Thanks again
Judy

Sonia B said...

That is a great tip! I'm usually sewing, photographing, and blogging late at night after the kiddos are in bed, but I've noticed the daytime photos looks SO much better. Thanks for all your inspiring ideas!

Jojo said...

Thank you for encouraging larger photos! Even with my bi-focals I can't see those little pictures!

Dora, the Quilter said...

Thank you for posting this. The little bitty photos on so many blogs (some by people with a bit of fame, even) make me crazy. While light and bright has been the theme of most of the homes I've lived in, I love your sunny window and your white chair tips.

Rhonda said...

great post! I always post my pics at medium or large; they just look nicer in a blog post. nothing is more annoying than trying to see detail on a small picture.

thanx for the tips with lighting. I mostly blog at night and if I've forgotten to take a picture earlier in the day, I have a horrible time getting a good picture at night.

Diane H said...

Thanks very much for this. I've been really discouraged lately about my blog because my pictures are so bad. When the sun comes out I'll give this a try. Keep the tips coming - I'm ready to learn.

Betty Lou said...

Thank you Jodi-------what a difference. I have been trying to take my pictures in the moring, but still using a flash. Will try getting closer to the windows.

Question----how do I add someone elses blogger button? Everytime I see html I freak.

Elly D said...

Thank you so much for these blogging tips :) I'm always struggling to find the right place to take photos. Really hard on a dreich day when there is poor natural light. I think about your tips next time I post. I always love your bright photos :) Cheers Elly

CJ said...

Thank you! I try to take pictures by the window but ...sometimes light is too harsh, sometimes I get shadows, sometimes I wait too late in the day. I'll try some more. I never noticed that SIZE button on blogger...go figure!

Kerri said...

Thank you for these awesome tips...I sometimes feel I'm the only person in blogland with a point and shoot camera! I look forward to checking back in!

Sew Many Ways... said...

Fabulous tips! I have a small window of time in my sewing room to take pictures and the best place for some reason is the corner of my desk. I always love your photos...so crisp and bright.
love ya blogging sis,
~Karen~

marilyn said...

Does making your photos large take up more space? I always worry that I'm going to run out of memory space on my blog.

Grandmasewnsew said...

Aha! I always thought my photo problem was lack of light so I always put on all lights and flashed away. Could not understand why my photos looked washed out, not nice and crisp. Always thought it was the quality of my camera (or lack there of). Now that I see that this works, I'll be able to take and post better photos- AND have the incentive to do it.

Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life said...

Thank you for the tips. I really struggle with photos for my blog. I try to set things up in my living room which gets the morning sun, but it's sometimes hard to get enough light without actually being IN the light (with all the resulting shadows and glare). To make it even more challenging, my toddler or one of the cats will inevitably want to get into the picture as well. LOL

Off topic - love, love, love the heart mug rug!

QuilterMary said...

With a lot of us doing the "trial and error" thing, I'm sure there's lots of stuff we (I) don't know about blogger ... helpful tips are ... helpful! Do you know- is there a way to move or rearrange pictures once they've been loaded, while typing the post?

teresamnj said...

Thanks so much for those tips. I'm definitely going to give it a try, although I'm not very hopeful, as I live in a log cabin, and there's not much sunlight coming in, especially since I'm in a wooded area. Maybe I'll try taking my pics outside.

Becky said...

You so smart! I need a white chair now;)

Tammy said...

I don't have a blog (yet), but I am bookmarking your site because these tips are great. Looking forward to more. Thanks!
Tammy

Kathy said...

Thank you Jodi for these helpful tips about photography. I will be trying the window trick very soon.

regan said...

These are great tips.....can't wait for more! It's funny, the 3 pics of the flowers in vases had me really looking....and then I realized....it's the same vase and same flowers! What difference those 3 pics made in the look of them. Amazing!

Anxiously awaiting more tips!

Kathryn said...

Great tip!! Now I just need to find a white chair. Kathie L in Allentown

moosestashquilting said...

Your photos sure make me want to look at them! :-) Thanks for sharing those tips, I can sure learn from them.

Kim's Treasures said...

Great tips! Our old apartment windows are so nasty in between the panes we don't get good light even by the doorwall! I cannot wait until we have a place with lots of light for good pictures!!! You did a beautiful job with this post!

Patchwork and Play said...

I always try to use a large photo and I always try to not to make my posts 'wordy'! Now to find a white chair! The harsh Australian light is a problem, the English artists noticed this when they first set foot on Australian soil 200+ years ago. Thanks for the tips!

Jood said...

I am totally new to writing a blog so need all the advice I can get.... lol !
I'm still learning how to do the page set up..

Will be watching your blog for all the tips...Thank you.

Farah Muzaffar said...

First of all your heart shaped cup mat is very lovely ... your tips are very useful and I am sure they help me a lot...
Happy Valentine’s Day … hope you spare a little bit of your valuable time for me …
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Love
Farah

Dorian said...

Thank you!! I have wondered and wondered how to make my pictures bigger. I NEVER noticed that place where you can pick the size!! Excellent!!

Teri said...

I would love for you to keep posting blogger tips. I struggle with blogger and how it arranges things with a mind of it's own. Even though I select large, my pictures aren't as large as yours. I would love to know how to get the text to be posted next to the photo it goes with. Thanks!

zarina said...

Since now I do small projects, I use my marble top (white) dining table for the background.

For the larger photo, I found that its much easier (lesser step in Photoshop) to load into WordPress (before this I use FreeWebs which I had difficulty in the beginning of the year).

Cindy said...

Thanks so much for your tips! Unfortunately my sewing room has limited light so photos down there don't come out as well. I have excellent light in my living room so now I'll be on the lookout for an area where I can stage things...that and looking for a white chair!

Marcia said...

Thanks for the photo tips! I like to take photos of my quilts in my living room were there is lots of light! I usually put medium photos up on my blog, but next time I will try a large photo or two!

Thanks!

jerry jinnett said...

Thank you so much for these tips; they were forwarded to me by a friend who is a quilter. I have a site on RedBubble.com (photography and art); love the tips about the tissue paper and the lighting.
Jerry Ann Jinnett

scrappyjacky said...

Some great tips here....and so agree about having large photos on blogs.

eamylove said...

I am soooooo looking forward to this series. I have no blog at the moment, but have guest posted a few times. I think I'll do my future blog in blogger, but if not, can you tell me about how large, in pixels, your photos are? Thanks so much! I'm super excited that I have a very similar setup in my own kitchen with a glass door. I can't take everything outside like so many others suggest.

Indianna said...

How true - I read blogs now instead of buying magazines - it is always the photos that I look for first. Haven't started a blog yet though.

texasdaisey said...

Great post! Thanks for the tips.
Debbie

OmMama & KraftyKatina said...

Thanks so much for this post! I already knew the better light part (though not all of my pics are taken in good light) but I didn't think about always using big pictures. I'm going to try this now!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

White always works as a background. Amazing isn't it.

Anonymous said...

Great tips for bloggers. How does one put their pictures from flicker on to their blog?

Sharrieboberry said...

I like your white chair. My kitchen table chairs are going kaput! Did you buy them separate from your table?

Shasta said...

These are wonderful tips. I definitely need to get myself something white for a backdrop. I agree that bigger pictures are better.

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said...

Thanks for the terrific tips. I'm considering you my new photo guru.

The blogging world certainly needs you, so keep up the good work.

Question: I too like to use large photos on my blog. I worry that they will take too much of the screen and hide caption info. I like a reader to be able to see both the caption or text at the same time most of the photo is visible. Is that just something I need to get over?

Pat said...

Thanks for the tips...I agree with you...size matters...larger pics are better...except my blog template has exploded my header pic and won't let me shrink it...very frustrating.

marble top dining table said...

Thank you for the tips, I will cetainly come back to get more help. I really struggle with my photos, and I have just gone back into my blog and changed the size of some of my photos, and they do look better. Now to try in front of the window!
Thanks again

Amy DeCesare said...

I finally took the plunge and started my very own blog last week! I'm keeping YOUR blog in mind for what I want to work toward...someday. I'm learning soooo much, and have taken a lot of information from your posts, such as this one. They are really very helpful to "plain folks" like me. Please continue your blogging tips from time to time, if you can!

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