Beauty Blog Photography: Tips&Tricks

Great photography can make or break your blog. A good pic will capture the attention of potential readers, looks great on your social media feeds and can even lift a mediocre post (we all have our less inspired moments every now and then).

I am by no means an expert at photography, but I have picked up some tips and tricks over the past few months that I want to share with you. This post will show you how you can take great photos in a small space for a limited budget.

The Backdrop

I simply do not have space for a permanent photo installation, nor can I easily store big pieces somewhere so I have been a little creative. I use an old laptop box as a support for my background, because it is relatively narrow and can easily be stowed underneath my sofa.

Photography tips and tricks for Blogs

I put in on my dining table and apply a background of choice by using clothespins. These convenient big cardboard sheets come in a multitude of colors and can be bought cheaply from your local art store. As you can see, this creates the perfect infinity background, making your photos look really professional.

Photography tips and tricks for Blogs

Natural light works best, so use any space near a window to set up.

Props

You can keep things clean and simple or go all crazy on props, very much a personal preference. I love the spring and summer months, because I can use my amazing garden to find beautiful flowers for free.

Photography tips and tricks for Blogs

Other perfect props include a selection of other beauty products (I love makeup brushes), jewelry, and magazines. Just be creative with what you have.

Photography tips and tricks for Blogs

Photoshop Magic

Using natural light does have a small downside: if the weather is a bit cloudy or not quite perfect, your photos will not be as crisp. And too much sun shine can make your photos a little washed out. This is where the magic of Photoshop comes in.

I am a total idiot when it comes to photoshopping images, so I use a free website called Picmonkey. Crop your photo and play around with the exposure and colors until you are happy with the result.

Photography tips and tricks for Blogs

Those are my little tricks to take decent pictures. Really curious how other bloggers do this, do share!


Goede foto’s kunnen je blog maken of breken. Een mooie afbeelding zal de aandacht trekken van lezers, ziet er super uit op je sociale media en kan een middelmatige post een handje helpen (we hebben allemaal onze minder geรฏnspireerde momenten).

Ik ben absoluut geen foto expert, maar ik heb de laatste maanden wel wat tips en trucjes opgedaan die ik met jullie wil delen. Deze post zal je laten zien hoe je goede foto’s kunt maken in een kleine ruimte en met een beperkt budget.

De Achtergrond

Ik heb gewoon geen plek voor een permanente foto set up en ik kan grote onderdelen ook niet makkelijk opbergen, dus ik ben een beetje creatief geweest. Ik gebruik een oude laptop doos als ondersteuning voor mijn achtergrond, die is namelijk lekker smal en past makkelijk onder de bank.

Photography tips and tricks for Blogs

Ik zet de doos op mijn eettafel en zet met knijpers een achtergrond naar keuze vast. Deze handige grote kartonnen bladen bestaan in heel veel kleurtjes en kun je goedkoop halen bij de lokale schilderzaak. Door de bladen op deze manier neer te zetten krijg je een doorlopende achtergrond die er professioneel uitziet.

Photography tips and tricks for Blogs

Natuurlijk licht werkt het beste, dus zet je spullen vlakbij een raam neer.

Accessoires

Je kunt je foto’s heel simpel en strak houden of helemaal wild gaan met accessoires, dat ligt er maar net aan wat je zelf mooi vind. Ik ben dol op de lente en zomer, dan gebruik ik mooie bloemen uit mijn tuin voor niks.

Photography tips and tricks for Blogs

Andere zaken die goed werken zijn een selectie van andere producten (ik vind makeup kwasten altijd leuk staan), sieraden, en bladen. Gewoon creatief zijn met wat je hebt.

Photography tips and tricks for Blogs

Photoshop Magie

Het gebruik van natuurlijk licht heeft wel een nadeel: als het weer erg donker is zullen je foto’s er somber uitzien. Teveel zon en alles is weer te fel. Daarom is de magie van photoshop wel erg handig.

Ik ben echt een sukkel op het gebied van foto’s bewerken, dus ik gebruik de gratis websiteย  Picmonkey. Snijd de foto mooi af en speel met de exposure en color totdat je tevreden bent.

Photography tips and tricks for Blogs

Dat waren mijn trucjes voor goede foto’s. Ben heel benieuwd hoe andere bloggers dit doen, dus laat je commentaar achter!

Advertisements

40 thoughts on “Beauty Blog Photography: Tips&Tricks

  1. anastasiias June 16, 2015 / 6:56 pm

    Your installation is very good. Even professional photographers use materials like simple boxes to imitate table or wall behind:)
    I also use picmonkey but for making collages and putting my name on photos. I don’t use editing there but before I had fun editing photos for my personal album in picmonkey.:)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne June 17, 2015 / 8:29 am

      Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€ The Picmonkey collages are just the best. Such an easy system to use ๐Ÿ˜€
      xxx Anne

      Liked by 1 person

      • anastasiias June 17, 2015 / 10:40 am

        And no need to install anything! Big plus:)

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Karen Rees June 16, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    Anne this is fabulous!!! I know why I missed it – I’m not on over the weekend – well at least until Sunday afternoon… do you know what’s even stranger – we both used Glamour mag in our pics too. I swear there’s higher powers at work here lol!!!!! X

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne June 16, 2015 / 1:37 pm

      Of course we both used Glamour magazine! We are a little too in sync ๐Ÿ˜‰
      xx Anne

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Sanae June 15, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    Handige tips! ik heb zelf een mini fotostudio en ik gebruik photoshop om een klein beetje na te bewerken.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne June 16, 2015 / 8:27 am

      Oh ik ben wel een klein beetje jaloers: ik wil ook graag een mini fotostudio ๐Ÿ˜€

      Like

  4. Alyssa K. June 14, 2015 / 11:43 pm

    This is a great post. I often come up with little make-shift ideas to set up for my posts and think to myself “Am I being totally tacky right now? Should I just invest in the proper tools for some of this stuff?” But then someone that I know will compliment me on a post or something and I’m like, no! I don’t HAVE to get fancy right now because these kinds of little tips and tricks really DO help the vibes of a blog. There isn’t really a “right or wrong” if you ask me. As long as it yields your desired result then it’s a win, no matter how you’ve concocted it! I love the idea of doing a back drop like this. I use white paper but it’s much smaller so I have to focus in way closer on the items! Thanks again for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne June 15, 2015 / 8:06 am

      Thanks! You are so true: photography isn’t about wrong or right, but about your personal aesthetic. No need to be fancy, just be creative.
      I would get a bigger white paper though, so much easier to shoot pic’s on and really cheap.
      xx Anne

      Like

  5. plus+beauty27 June 14, 2015 / 5:50 am

    Great tips! I just got myself a couple of huge white poster boards from Walmart for 88 cents each! I now have a designated area to take my pictures. I just need more ideas for different props to include and this post was very helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne June 14, 2015 / 10:03 am

      I wish we had a Walmart ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sounds like that will work very well.
      xxx

      Liked by 1 person

      • plus+beauty27 June 14, 2015 / 8:37 pm

        Walmart is great for it’s low prices and I do quite a bit of shopping there. ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

        Liked by 1 person

    • Anne June 14, 2015 / 10:05 am

      Thanks so much Sophie.
      Summer is so much better for photographs. I hate winter time. I might make a more permanent set-up once I move and have a bit more space.
      xxx Anne

      Like

    • Anne June 14, 2015 / 10:08 am

      Thanks for stopping by Amy ๐Ÿ˜€
      xxx Anne

      Like

    • Anne June 14, 2015 / 10:09 am

      Thanks, let me know how it works out for you ๐Ÿ™‚
      xxx Anne

      Like

  6. Talking About Beauty June 13, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Great tips!! I agree, photos are so powerful, yet they take quite a big of time! Unfortunately i have a Chromebook and can’t manage to edit photos well ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I have problems with saving images on picmonkey for some reason. I hope to get a proper laptop some time!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne June 14, 2015 / 10:09 am

      Oh no, that sounds horrible. I love picmonkey to adjust the exposure and light balance, especially on dark wintery days ๐Ÿ™‚
      xxx Anne

      Liked by 1 person

  7. robin June 13, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    handige tips! ik vind props altijd zo leuk staan, maakt de foto toch extra speciaal ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne June 14, 2015 / 10:10 am

      Dank je wel! Helemaal waar, leuke props maken een foto net iets meer eigen ๐Ÿ™‚

      Like

  8. shayfabs June 13, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    Great post! Thank you so much for these tips, they will certainly come in handy!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne June 14, 2015 / 10:12 am

      Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€ Glad to have been a little useful.
      xxx Anne

      Like

    • Anne June 14, 2015 / 10:13 am

      Thanks so much.
      Same here, yesterday was so cloudy and it is just the worst ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Like

    • Anne June 14, 2015 / 10:14 am

      Thanks for the link, I love seeing how other bloggers do this ๐Ÿ˜€
      Studio lights are more convenient though, they always work. Cloudy and rainy days are the worst for photos. When I get a little more space, I might just go for a permanent set up like that.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. kateylucilleh June 13, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Fantastic tips! I need to improve my photography, so I’m going to use some of these tips!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Rachel Marie June 13, 2015 / 11:23 am

    This is such a useful post! I’m always trying to improve my photography!
    Rachel Coco

    Liked by 1 person

    • Anne June 14, 2015 / 10:18 am

      Thanks Rachel ๐Ÿ˜€

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s