Some rules I always stick too when taking photos are:
1. Use natural light, or a lighting kit.
Use an area of your house that gets natural light. I use my living room floor in front of a main window. Artificial lights will give your photos an awful tinge.
You can use lighting kits, too. But of course, these cost money and take up space.
2. Keep the background clear.
Don’t take photos with a messy background. If you’re setting something on your desk, clear it beforehand.
You don’t want your background to distract from your product or point of the photo.
3. Add a few props in the background.
This leads me to the point of todays post. Add a few props to the background of your photos. Most of these you can find around the house. Here are some of the props I use:
While real flowers work just as well, they don’t last as long as fake ones. I’ve got a selection that I keep by my bed that I bought specifically for photos.
I bought a small Christmas tree last December and it came with these fairy lights.
I sometimes use these lights in the background of photos as they give a lovely glow if I’m using the right settings.
I also use the fairy lights I have wrapped around the headstand of my bed in some cases.
Example: Me Me Me Beat The Blues
Candles and tea lights.
Candles were the first prop I bought for taking blog photos. They look great in the background and I usually use a couple together and blur the background out.
Home decor items.
I was sent this heart made of tiny bells as a valentines surprise. It’s intended to decorate your home but also makes a fantastic background item.
Technology and notebooks.
Using your tech items, camera items and notebooks can make great props for posts where you’re talking about blogging, social media or life in general. I’ve put my phone and Macbook in my photos many times!
Example: 7 ways to leave great blog comments
What props do you use for blog photos?