5 Tips For Taking Better Pictures For Your Blog

taking better picturesI love taking pictures of my boys. LOVE. I love taking shots of my food! I love recording my life on Instagram. But I’m definitely not a professional. I have picked up a thing or two along the way, but I have a long way to go.

Good thing I like to learn new things!

For the past few years, I’ve been playing around with my camera (I have a Canon Rebel), and I’ve found that I fare better when I follow a few simple rules:

Reasonable Expectations

Yup. You’re not Annie Leibovitz, and neither am I. If I expect to take magazine-worthy pictures as an amateur, then I’m just lining myself up to have massive disappointment. I started taking better pictures when I stopped trying to be a professional.

I’d rather lower my expectations a bit, and take a few extra photos so that I am blown away by the few that turn out well. Not expecting perfection also lets you have a little fun while you’re taking pictures-and you’re more likely to get a good shot when you’re trying new things.

taking better picturesUse Natural Light

I used to rely on my flash, but when I look back at my older photos, they all have this glaring, unflattering quality. I started using natural light when I got my “forever” camera, and holy moly has it made a difference.

You don’t necessarily have to be outside-I actually take my food photos right next to the window to get the best lighting possible.

Pay Attention To What’s Around You

If you want to get a great shot of your lunch, or your kid, or a product, make sure that you’ve picked up your laundry, tidied the table, and removed any distractions. Once I started cleaning up what was behind my focal point, my pictures improved tremendously. 

Don’t Be Afraid Of A Different Angletaking better pictures

Some of my favorite pictures are either from above or below my boys. My absolute favorite picture of Smalls is actually a picture I took of his feet as he lay in bed at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City.

I love pictures where the focus isn’t the face-I love the intensity of this picture, where Smalls is learning about chemical reactions (don’t worry-it was safe) by making “elephant toothpaste”.

And quite honestly, in today’s world of blogging, not showing your child’s face is kind of trendy.

Take Advantage Of Tutorials And Classes

My number one rule is that I never stop learning. Tutorials, classes, especially when they don’t cost anything, can teach you volumes. There are lots of great blogs, but sometimes it’s nice to have it all in one place (like on my Kindle!).

In fact, for a limited time, you can get this free download (seriously, it’s free!):

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  1. leanne on June 16, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Great tips!

    • Brea on June 16, 2015 at 8:55 am


  2. Anya on June 16, 2015 at 9:02 am

    great tips! I can get pretty creative myself with just my iPhone. I imagine going crazy when we get a new camera soon 🙂

    • Brea on June 16, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Awesome! I take a lot of iphone pics too

  3. Christal on June 16, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Awesome tips! I’ve actually been looking to learn more about photography while I save up for my forever camera. Hopefully, when I’m eventually able to afford it, I’ll know how to use it…maybe lol!

    • Brea on June 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

      It will be an adventure!

  4. christine on June 16, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I am in so need of this right now. I always have my iPhone with me and that is the only way I take pictures. Therefore I get them printed out they are fine. Then I go to use them on my blog and stretch them a tiny bit and the image gets blurry. I am using pic monkey all the time. Thanks for the great tips.

    • Brea on June 16, 2015 at 10:21 am

      I love pic monkey!

  5. The Unperfect Family on June 16, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Thank you!! I take horrible pictures, and my husband and I agree we wouldn’t shell out for a nice camera until I got better. I just use a digital point-and-shoot camera, which is great for carrying around and getting pictures often. But my blog photos are less than amazing. I just haven’t figured out how to get them quite right. Thanks for all the tips!

  6. Daria on June 16, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Thanks for sharing….I’ve been looking around for a nice camera, so I can better perfect my picture taking with a quality camera….

    • Brea on June 16, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Having a quality camera makes a big difference!

  7. Homestead Wishing on June 16, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful tips!

    • Brea on June 16, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      You’re welcome!

  8. Sue on June 16, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    good tips – I figured out recently myself getting rid of all the clutter in the background helps lol

  9. Tiffany on July 5, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Great Tips!! I love going in for different angles…sometimes that subtle change can make an okay picture awesome!

    • Brea on July 5, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Thank you!

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