Can you believe this is the 18th chat? Mental, eh?
So, this week we were talking about photography and how important it is for blogging. I think most bloggers would agree, and it was very evident in within this weeks #socialbloggers Twitter chat, that the quality of photography can really change peoples perception on how good a blog is.
Another thing that everyone agrees on, is that you don’t need a fancy, top of the range DSLR with 50 different lenses to get great pictures.
The quality of phone cameras nowadays are really good. The quality of bridge cameras and point and shoot cameras are also great and you can bag yerself a fab camera for around £100, if you’re not able to invest in a more expensive one.
Top photo tips for bloggers
- Size – try to make it the same width as the text.
- Background – the simpler the better.
- Lighting – use natural sunlight.
- Editing – don’t over edit or distort the colours.
Photographs are a great way to show what you mean, as well as break up text.
Most internet users are skim readers. We want information fast. Huge chunks of texts can be off putting and there are a few ways of breaking the text up. Photographs are one of them.
Photography can also play a vital roll in the 7 seconds or so you have to impress a new viewer before they decide whether to read your blog and subscribe, or click off and move on to the next blog or Google search result.
They pull people in. Content is king and blah blah, yes, we know that. Content is important and is king, but good photography and images are a way to get people to give that content a chance!
How much do photographs impact the way you view a blog?
Q1: How important are photographs alongside your content? #socialbloggers
Q2: Does the quality of photographs influence how ‘good’ your view a blog? #socialbloggers
Q3: What’s the best tip you’ve learnt about photos since starting blogging? #socialbloggers
Q4: What makes it hard to take good blog photos? #socialbloggers
@bloggerforums winter 😉
— Sirenne (@SirenneSays) June 28, 2014
Q5: Do you find people tend to skip text and just look at/comment on photos? #socialbloggers