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How to improve your blog photography

As with most bloggers, I receive quite a lot of media & press drops, all kinds of gorgeous goodies that I never quite felt I could do justice to with my poor photography skills. While I love taking photo’s, I’m simply not very good at it. I’m also quite lazy, I want to quickly and easily, snap a pic using my iPhone and share it, without having to go through the hassle of hauling out my camera, making sure it’s charged, taking the images, transferring them to my laptop and then to my phone in order to share them. I want, quick, easy, pretty pictures.

And that’s how I stumbled across the home made photo light box. It makes the world of difference to the quality and professional look of the images I can share, that and a few amazing photo editing apps, Instagram aside.

The photo light box will revolutionize your pictures and seriously, if I can make one and I’m the complete opposite of crafty, then really anyone can!

I used this video to teach myself how to make a light box:

And aside from a cut on my thumb from the stupid box cutters, it turned out perfectly! It’s not a pretty light box like some of the others I’ll show you, but it works and it took my product images from amateurish to something that is a lot more professional looking!

Check out these two images I took this evening using my light box:

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They’re still not perfect, and I’m still learning but they’re a hell of a lot better than previous product shots I’d tried to take.

What got me thinking about this was recent blogger drop that a large percentage of bloggers received, the  and as I watched everyone share the images to social media, I couldn’t help thinking that this little light box trick of mine was a tip that I needed to share with other bloggers. Be gone, dark, shadowed product photo’s and welcome to light, beautiful product pics for your blog!

I also found some great ideas on Pinterest too! Follow Sharon’s board Blog Photography on Pinterest.

The other tip that I picked up along the way was to use photo editing apps before sharing to Instagram, my favorite one is SnapSeed, so easy to use and it can totally change the look of your images from ordinary to amazing with just a couple of swipes!

I’m still learning but I’m having so much fun taking my photo’s lately, between my lens attachments for my phone, my photo light box and the editing apps, it really excites me to see what I can create!

Happy snapping!

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18 Comments

  • Reply Sharon

    Cheap! Easy! Winning!

    October 7, 2015 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply catjuggles

    Great idea Sharon! Thanks for sharing

    October 7, 2015 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Jozi Wahm

    Thanks for sharing this, I look forward to trying it! My pics are not the greatest.

    October 7, 2015 at 12:27 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      I was blown away by the difference it made! Totally worth trying and playing around with!

      October 7, 2015 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Heather

    Thanks Sharon this is really useful. I tried to do something like this recently with paper (well it was a big lot of stuff so a small box wouldn’t have worked) but I think this idea will work well for small stuff.

    October 7, 2015 at 8:30 pm
  • Reply MeeA

    This is awesome, super useful stuff – thank you!

    October 7, 2015 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply SA Mom Blogs October Roundup and Linky - South African Mom Blogs

    […] If you’re wondering how to best present those blog drops, Sharon has a useful post on how to build a light box.  How to Improve Your Blog Photography. […]

    November 4, 2015 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Momma Jo

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

    June 17, 2016 at 10:36 am
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