#socialbloggers – Photography and Blogging

  Hi #socialbloggers!   Can you believe this is the 18th chat? Mental, eh?    So, this week we were talking about photography and how important it…

Hi #socialbloggers!
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. 
Photos matter. 

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

@bloggerforums for me hugely! I always have to have good pictures or I don’t want to post #socialbloggers
— danniannie (@danniannie) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums I think that photos are very important to go with content! It shows what your talking about #socialbloggers
— Emily (@emyleyblog) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums I suppose we follow so many these days we like to scroll through photos to break it up! #socialbloggers
— danniannie (@danniannie) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums I think they’re super important, it helps you to get a fuller idea of a product or outfit or life event #socialbloggers
— Laura (@lisforladybird) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums really important, it’s what makes me click read on the bloglovin app #socialbloggers
— Alice Anne (@alicespake) June 28, 2014

@danniannie me too. Even if I am doing an all text post I still like to add a picture of something #socialbloggers
— Laura O (@LollyLovesx) June 28, 2014

Q2: Does the quality of photographs influence how ‘good’ your view a blog? #socialbloggers

@bloggerforums No! :)Alot of blogs can have low quality pictures but great posts….It kind of depends on the person I think #socialbloggers
— Ambe? ? (@AmbiiSmiley) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums you don’t need HD photos but your picture must be clear & neat & colours stand out then it should be fine! #socialbloggers
— Eesha (@EeshasGlam) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums Yes, bad photos usually put me off it can make a blogger seem lazy or if they don’t really care much about they content.
— SAFashionista (@TroubledFred) June 28, 2014

@AmbiiSmiley @bloggerforums #socialbloggers Agreed, I like the photos to see what they see. They don’t have to look pro, just genuine.
— Kerri (@bluehair_Be) June 28, 2014

@serpentineshore @bloggerforums Top images reel me in and good words keep me hooked.. #socialbloggers
— Helen (@_pierrelecat) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums Honestly speaking, good quality photographs are the first thing that attracts me to a blog! #socialbloggers
— Sarmistha Goswami (@sarmistha_LBF) June 28, 2014

Q3: What’s the best tip you’ve learnt about photos since starting blogging? #socialbloggers

@bloggerforums having a background that’s clear but with little props! #socialbloggers
— danniannie (@danniannie) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums Put flowers obscurely in the background to make anything prettier 😛 #socialbloggers
— Jordan (@hellomissjordan) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums when there’s good lightning take photos in bulk! #socialbloggers
— Eesha (@EeshasGlam) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums Natural light enhances a photo dramatically i love when the sun comes out. I grab a camera and run outside #socialbloggers
— Nicole Ranger (@Nikki_Ranger) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums Sunlight is your friend! No clutter or background distractions. Patience is virtue! #socialbloggers
— SAFashionista (@TroubledFred) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums Not to over edit the photographs and use natural light as much as possible #socialbloggers
— Sarmistha Goswami (@sarmistha_LBF) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums Clean all surfaces before the picture! I forgot once and BLAH! it was horrible! #socialbloggers
— SAFashionista (@TroubledFred) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums avoid flash if possible, definitely! #socialbloggers
— Laura (@lisforladybird) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums If you want to take great photos observe great photos + question what gives them their greatness – apply this #socialbloggers
— Alex Barker (@serpentineshore) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums A3. Wallpapers make a great background for pictures as you can mix it up often! #socialbloggers
— Jessiekins?? (@Jessiekinsxo) June 28, 2014

Q4: What makes it hard to take good blog photos? #socialbloggers

@bloggerforums winter 😉
— Sirenne (@SirenneSays) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums Mood swings 😉 #socialbloggers
— Ur Bubbly Butterfly (@UrBubblyButter) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums Finding a nice background 🙁 #socialbloggers
— Jordan (@hellomissjordan) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums lighting and possibly the shape of the product when you want to get it just right in the frame! #socialbloggers
— danniannie (@danniannie) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums not having much time, and if you work, natural lighting before and after is never good #socialbloggers
— Laura (@lisforladybird) June 28, 2014

@AmbiiSmiley @bloggerforums Exactly! I keep thinking mine are rubbish compared to others. x
— Silke Laura (@LauraLondonBlog) June 28, 2014

@serpentineshore yes that’s why mine tend to me in the same place.. On the coffee table haha #socialbloggers
— danniannie (@danniannie) June 28, 2014

Q5: Do you find people tend to skip text and just look at/comment on photos? #socialbloggers

@bloggerforums a5. I’ve heard contradictory things, I always read first, check out pics later. Others do the opposite! #socialbloggers
— inher30s (@inher30s) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums I think so because people have said things like ‘I love it too’ about a product I’ve said I really don’t like #socialbloggers
— Laura (@lisforladybird) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums sometimes I believe they do but I couldn’t be sure #socialbloggers
— Laura O (@LollyLovesx) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums I usually avoid text when it’s in big chunks. I prefer when its scattered between photos #socialbloggers
— Jordan (@hellomissjordan) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums I ALWAYS read the text. I proper inhale all the information. Particularly for beauty blogging. #socialbloggers
— Erin Louise Hunt (@erinlouisehunt) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums I think some people do, I’ve had people comment on my posts saying “great review will try this” when I say not to try it…
— Ambe? ? (@AmbiiSmiley) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums If ur writing style is engaging people will read It all, If not they’ll get bored and just look at the pics #socialbloggers
— Ameera J. (@talkbeautyblog) June 28, 2014

I tend to do this myself sometimes, or at least just skim read @bloggerforums #socialbloggers
— Jemma l (@dreamsofnyorkx) June 28, 2014

@bloggerforums I don’t really mind if they do – there’s no obligation! My blog is there for people to enjoy how they choose #socialbloggers
— Alex Barker (@serpentineshore) June 28, 2014

@somemoredunsmor @bloggerforums yea a good writer will draw out ur emotions and influence opinions, u can’t always do that with a pic
— Ameera J. (@talkbeautyblog) June 28, 2014

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  1. I think it’s good to have good quality photos, though I understand that not everyone has a great camera and just wants to share, so I don’t make much fuss on that. Having them all the same size or a size at least that fits in your blog nicely is always great to do as well and not having too many of the same either, that always drives me bonkers when a blogger has like the same pose in each photo and there is like 20 of them, make each different, so keep interest. Happy Monday doll xx

  2. What a great bloggers chat. I always end up catching the tail-end of the conversation due to working late. All really good comments, pictures join a blog together for me but the text is just as important. Lucy x

  3. I definitely think that it is important to have nice quality photos. But that can be hard so I’m not usually turned completely away from blogs who don’t. Text is definitely important too and I’d rather hear about something going on in their lives rather than just what they are wearing. It is important to be relatable-that is why fashion bloggers are significant, because unlike the models in the magazines, people can related to them. Anyway, hope one day I can participate in your session! Sounds like a lot of fun:)
    xo Olivia

  4. There are so many really good cameras. A photographer once said there’s not one camera that can do everything 🙂

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  6. Those were great questions you asked in that #SocialBloggers chat!
    A1: I think it’s very important to have at least one photograph in most posts, because it instantly grabs peoples’ attention as they skim through blog posts deciding which ones to look at and maybe comment on. As you can see from this comment I can be overly wordy, so photos help.
    A2: To me, the quality of the photos is less important than what’s in them. Though I do like seeing the detail in photos I like I have skipped over looking at blog posts when too many large photos caused them to take too much time to load. I guess it depends how good the internet connections are.
    A3: Sadly, though I’ve heard much good advice, I haven’t taken much of it. Suggestions like different poses, different backgrounds, and natural light are all good suggestions I haven’t taken yet.
    A4: What makes it hard for me to take good photos are poor lighting, too much dust in the air, and a super-cheap point-and-shoot camera. It made it much harder when it broke.
    A5: Yes, but not always. Some bloggers do stop to read and check some of the links. I’ve been including the links of my commenters from each previous post in the text of the new posts so bloggers can get leads on other bloggers there – but yes. Photos get attention.
    I’m in desperate need of a new camera to take selfie videos for YouTube with. I don’t know cameras well and have been looking something with remote on and off, or at the very least, a timer delaying the start of a video.

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