So you've started a website and now you need website photos.
Don't turn to stock photos. You want your photos and website to be unique! Right?
I've put together a synopsis of the important points you need to know to take great website photos, regardless of the type of camera you're using.
So keep reading!
For a long time, I couldn't figure out why my photos didn't look as good as I had envisioned them in my head.
I had the fancy, DSLR camera.
Did I need a different lens?
Was I missing some other fancy equipment to make my photos look better?
I knew what I wanted and yet, the photo just never looked the same when it was in front of me.
Finally, I decided I needed to learn how to actually take control of the camera settings and not rely on "Auto" mode.
So, I did just that! I signed up for a course and followed along...
and ya know what?
It didn't take long for me to realize that it isn't all about the fancy equipment!
Once you know the principles behind great photos, you can use any camera and a little editing know-how to make them great!
Great website photos don't have to start with fancy equipment.
When you see an ultimately good photo, potentially a great photo, but it still looks like a snapshot; more than likely the reason is poor lighting.
Yep, lighting is one of the things you need to think about first!
Usually, the go to lighting style for photos is soft light.
If you need a refresher on the difference between soft and hard light read this first.
Not only do you need soft light, but you'll want your light to create depth and interest within your photos.
Therefore, you 'll want directional lighting as well.
You can follow this link if you're unfamiliar with directional lighting.
If you keep the light at the same angle and height as your subject, you will lose all sense of depth and your subject will appear 2D instead of their normal 3D appearance.
The last thing I plan to talk about (today) in reference to light is that light has different colors, or temperatures, and sticking to 1 color temp is highly important.
If you're unfamiliar with this concept, I highly recommend you take a look at this article talking all about lighting and color temps.
Bonus: I've packaged all the information here into a FREE 5 Day Photo Challenge.
Consider it a 5 day video tutorial.
I promised we'd move along to another topic so next, let's look at your website photo's actual subject.
This topic can include props, people, scenery, etc.
Next your website photos are going to need a great composition!
There are many different types of composition rules, but for the sake of ease you should start with the Rule of Thirds and Leading lines.
But, a very important thing to consider is negative space, which will allow space for titles on your blog posts.
If you need more assistance with any of these principles, check out this post on composition.
So once you have the proper lighting setup, your subject, and good composition; you'll want to consider your backdrop.
Your backdrop is part of the photo and a very important part of it.
You'll want to make sure that it's appealing to the viewer and yet make sure it isn't too distracting either.
Try to remove any miscellaneous items or debride from the area whenever possible.
For additional information on the types of backdrops you can and should use, check out this post on backdrops.
I realize your photos are going into your website and I don't know your niche. If you'll be using people in your photos, you'll want to know how to pose them. If not, then no need to worry about it. If you'd like some tips on posing, check out this blog post.
Make sure you take the information supplied here and apply it to your niche and you will be on your way to taking great website photos with your phone!!
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them for me in the comments section! I respond to each one!
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Amy is the owner extraordinaire at Learn Blog Photography and Amy Paris Photography. She's a single mom to an amazing teenage son. She's passionate about photography and skiing (downhill), the faster the better! Sign up for a FREE 30-min call to light up your photos & biz! bit.ly/2udzBXB