Several readers have asked me how to take better photos for blogs. I'm hardly qualified to answer, seeing as how I use Kodak's cheapest digital camera and edit my photos with a one-year-old in my lap.
For specific techniques, don't miss Scribbit's tips for blog photography. (Can I invent a new word? blog-tography?).
Here are my own cheap techniques for taking better blog photos:
- Do not use the flash. Do not use the flash. Do not use the flash.
- Take your photo where the light is coming into the room. Open a door if necessary. If you have a sunny kitchen in the morning, take your morning photos there. If the afternoon sun makes your living room glow, by all means, snap in there!
- Don't shoot head-on. Try a variety of angles.
- Take at least 10 shots to get one decent image. After all, it's FREE!
- Enhance your photos using the handy-dandy enhance button to even out shadows and lighting. I can't justify the expense of Photoshop, but I've found the basic Kodak editing software is more than adequate. (And again, free.)
- Crop till you drop.
- When I'm ready to save an edited image, I do so at the "best for web" resolution. My photos won't be as crisp online, but they load a lot faster for readers.