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5 ESSENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR NEW BLOGGERS

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Next to “what are you wearing?” or “where is that from?”, my most asked questions pertain to photography and blogging. I’m happy to finally ease into these topics and resolve your concerns, so ask away – EVERYTHING that you want to know – in the comments down below and let’s turn this into a weekly series. Today, I’ll start off with essential photography tips for new bloggers. I’m extremely lucky to have a creative-minded and talented husband (Dan) who produces my photos. We often work together in making everything that you see on here happen. And with Instagram and Pinterest piquing the attention of every person and brand, we know that stunning photographs is one of the most crucial assets you need to be able to deliver.

But before you start throwing money, time, and energy into an expensive hobby, read our top photography tips for new bloggers here:

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1. Don’t get too bogged down on your camera equipment.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked, “What camera are you using?” So I think it’s extremely important for me to make a point about camera equipment being almost irrelevant to the quality of your photos. Think of your equipment as a tool that enables you to produce something. No matter how expensive your camera is, you won’t be able take beautiful photos if you have no idea how to use it. That being said, almost anything that snaps pictures can become a medium for making amazing photographs, including your iPhone (like the three images above – all came straight from my phone). I do realize that at some point, equipment upgrades do need to happen, so stay tuned for a “What’s in My Camera Bag” post to come!

Key Lesson: When it comes to camera gear, start out with something that you can afford whether it’s an entry-level Canon, Nikon, or Sony – or a DSLR, mirrorless, or point and shoot. Learn how to use it, and make the best of it.

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2. Know the technical basics.

Again, an expensive camera won’t serve you a great purpose unless you know how to use it. Here, I’m referring to the exposure triangle and shooting in manual mode. I won’t dive too deep into what all of that means because a quick Google search will take you a long way. But, take the time to learn how all the elements of the exposure triangle (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO) work together to create an ideal result. Without this critical knowledge, you’ll never be happy with the outcome of your images. You also need to learn how to properly focus a shot, so that you have sharp images to work with.

If you take a look at these two images (above and left), you can easily see the role that manual mode played. Dan used a faster shutter speed in order to capture me in stride. And then, he also used a wider aperture to achieve the dreamy, blurry background. Also, note how both images are sharp – meaning you can see the details, edges, and color in my clothes and face clearly. No one likes out-of-focus photos.

Key Lesson: First and foremost, learn how to shoot in manual mode and perfect your focusing technique.

3. Styling, light, and location make a world of difference.

You’ll often look at a photo on a blog or Instagram without thinking about the styling, lighting condition, and location. However, all are crucial components of photography – and play a huge role in my work. A location has to make sense for a certain outfit and vice versa. Since “lifestyle” is the goal for everyone these days, think about how your outfit falls into the context of a certain location, and how light can magnify it. If you look at my three examples below, notice how the clothes complemented the setting (even in terms of the color) – and also how the lighting changed everything about them – especially the mood.

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Key Lessons:

The light in a particular location can often times make or break a photograph. Pay attention to the shadows and highlights as well as the colors of the surroundings.

Use windows, lightly-colored walls, or even the concrete ground as natural reflectors if there’s too much shadow.

When starting out, practice shooting early in the mornings or evenings before the sun sets so you can avoid harsh light. Once you gain a better understanding of how to use light, you can begin to experiment with the intense sun at noon.

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4. Practice makes perfect.

No one gets better at the photography game without practice. It’s just a rule of the game. You need to shoot A LOT but also honestly critique yourself. Don’t forget to reference photographs you really love and admire so you have a high-quality benchmark to push you to improve. Remember that those who practice the most become the most proficient.

Key Lesson: Practice, practice, practice! And when you’re done practicing, practice some more!

5. No photograph is complete without editing.

Finally, think of photo editing as the cherry on top. Your photos might look stellar straight out of the camera but throw it into Lightroom or Photoshop with some professional edits, and you’re on a whole new level. It’s the same concept as putting filters on an image before you publish it on Instagram. I promise to do an in-depth post on this topic soon, but in the meantime, take look at some of my favorite edits over the last year.

Key Lesson: Photo editing is a great way to bring out vivid colors and contrast. Use this to your advantage.

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If there’s anything you’d love learn about in greater detail, whether it’s blogging or photography, feel free to ask below and I’ll be sure to address them!

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  • I love how you don’t gt into too much details on the topics, but still cover important things. Practice definitely makes perfect!

    xx,
    http://www.thedecemberdame.com

    • Thank you so much! Appreciate that 🙂

  • I love your photos! These are such great tips!

    District of Chic

    • You are welcome! Thanks for always stopping by!!

  • Natali

    Your photos are always on point and I’m always impressed by the content which you provided us on daily basis!

    https://lartoffashion.com

    • Thank you Natali! It’s because of readers, like you, that I strive to always give it my best 🙂

      • Natali

        Thank you! This is so great to read! Keep up the great work beauty!

  • Jessica Broyles

    This is great! Does your husband do your photography? If so, that is absolutely amazing, and the two of you do a great job! I always assumed that you hired a very talented photographer.

    http://www.jessicabroyles.com

    • Yes he does! Thank you Jessica <3

  • Your photos are always so incredible! Thanks for sharing your knowledge – such helpful tips 🙂 <3
    xx
    http://mariannelle.com

    • You’re welcome, Marianne 🙂

  • Kay Nguyen

    Your photos always look amazing! These are very helpful tips, thanks for sharing <3

    https://www.myblackcloset.com/

  • very useful post!1 I would like to know your tips on how to use Lightroom to edit pictures!!
    Miki xx

    https://littletasteofbeauty.blogspot.it/

    • Someday, I’ll find time to dedicate a post on that. 🙂

  • The Gold Lipstick

    Absolutely love it!!

    Mireia from TGL
    https://thegoldlipstick.com/

  • Love these tips! I always love your photos and can’t wait for more from this series!

    Narhee | Made in Mauve

    • So excited too! Glad you are 😉

  • Great tips and advice babe! Love that you shared this because your photos are always SO stunning! <3

    XO, Jessi
    https://jmalay.com/top-7-beauty-trends-2018/

  • All such wonderful tips. I never thought of using things around me as reflectors – that is such a good tip!

    x
    Shloka
    http://www.thesilksneaker.com

    • You’re welcome! I love your photos too!

  • love these tips! thanks for sharing with us.

    xo. SN | http://www.sahonynatasha.com

    • Of course, you’re welcome!!

  • Lauren

    Love you photos and these are such great tips!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com

    • Thank you Lauren. And welcome to my blog! 🙂

  • Perfect post and great tips. I also love your jacket in the first photo! Thanks for sharing love.

    Love,

    Amber | http://www.loveambervictoria.com

    • Thank you Amber! Your photos are GOALS too!!

  • I think I’ve told you how I’ve admired your photos from the beginning. Some days, I just peruse your Instagram feed to see what you’ve done and how your photos look. Always amazing.
    I know my skills have gotten better, but I still have a long way to go.
    I’d love some tips of how to be able to take some of the shots when your back is to the window. Those are the photos that for me are always too shadowy on me (or do you lighten them afterwards?). And I’d love to know tips on taking them in the sun. When I have all three of us, it’s hard to always be in the perfect time of day!!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • So inspired by your comments, Jodie. Thank you so much!!

  • Briana Trevino

    I so needed these tips! I’m never good with the camera, I just like being in front of it haha!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

  • Ah Jess, this is such a great blog post! So many practical tips. You’re so right – location, styling and the LIGHT!!
    I always enjoying stopping by your blog, because the photography is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
    Keep up the great work lady!

    Cheers to a great year ahead
    Lyndi xo

    http://www.stylecalling.com

    • Thank you Lyndi. Always nice to see you here, too!

  • Fabulous photography and lessons taught with eloquence and practicality.
    Your photos are stellar. I mostly use my Samsung galaxy phone, but occasionally do professional phtotoshoots. I feel like my camera phone can do everything, except, and this is huge, depth of field…
    I love to edit… it is a calming and creative endeavor for me. I do not use photoshop though, am curious to read your next post.
    Your outfits are chic and on point !
    Happy week beautiful.
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com

    • Thank you Elle! I am glad to share a few tips and pointers 🙂

  • These are really great tips! I love putting my photos into lightroom to edit it and it really makes a difference.

    Vicky
    http://vickysscrapbook.com/

    • Yes it does. Editing is so important!

  • Chenoa Coviare

    LOVED and NEEDED this type of a post! I’m a new blogger who just purchased a Canon T6 and while I’m doing research as I shoot, this was super informative. Your photos are beautiful and I can’t wait to learn more tips from you!
    XO, Chenoa
    http://www.chenoanatani.com

  • This was such a beautiful and EXCELLENT post and such an informative read. For example– your last photo that you took in Chinatown. I have been struggling to get good photographs on that same street and it never turns out right. Then again, I am working from an iPhone 5. Here are my questions:
    1: how do you get all your photos on the blog to be pinnable? I’ve been wanting to do that but I don’t know how.
    2: how could one get a dim, low light shot in China town with an iPhone?
    3: what is an easy starter editing program that you can recommend?
    I hope these aren’t too many questions, lol.

    http://cynicalduchess.com

    • Haha thanks for these questions. I hope to address them throughout this series 🙂

  • Ophelia Tang

    Love this post! Book marking. Your photos truly are stellar and thanks for sharing the tips! You’re lucky to have someone by your side who can take such great photos of you! My other half is a rock in photography skills.

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

    • Thank you Ophelia! Hope you found them useful 🙂

  • Thank you so much for sharing all of these great photography tips, Jess! 🙂 <3 I really want to learn more about photography, and this post definitely helped so much! I agree that a lot of great photos can now be taken on the iPhone now!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • Loving your tips! Can’t wait to see your photo editing process~~

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_

    ~

    • Cool! I hope to work on that in a future post 🙂

  • Violette

    I loved these tips! It’s so interesting! Thank you for sharing!

    http://violettedaily.com

  • Federica Di Nardo

    I love these pictures!!

    Federica
    http://www.federicadinardo.com

  • Such an amazing post and thank you for the tips. Your photos are always amazing Jessica.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Pam Scalfi

    I use an olympus pen but I definitely need a new lens! Love how you edit your shots!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  • Such wonderful tips, Jess! I really need to learn more about the exposure triangle – I don’t really tweak them or understand them! x

    TOUCHOFGS

    • It’s so amazing what you can create when you start to tweak that!

  • theblackblush blog

    Love these tips! Your pictures are just the best here!
    xx

    The Black Blush

  • Oh wow – I thought for sure you had a professional photographer taking your photos, you and your husband are a great team, as your photos are always stunning! 🙂 I really should learn more about how to edit my photos – all I do is crop an resize them to post, that’s the limit of my knowledge, ha! I don’t have lightroom or photoshop though.

    Hope you are having a good week so far, and a lovely start to 2018! We’ve been sick, so not the best start to the year, but it can only get better from here right? haha.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Oh yes, we are a great team, I’d like to believe <3

  • Love your point on lighting and location! So important to have a background that matches your look! Lovely tips!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • Definitely agree with all of these tips! As someone who takes her own photos, they’re especially important!

    Enclothed Cognition

  • I would love to know some more about editing processes on lightroom. I’ve always admired your photography a lot some I’m really excited for this series!

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion & Lifestyle

    • I’ll work on that soon. Thank you Frances <3

  • Fortune Dushey

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. Can you recommend an easy to use camera for a beginner photographer?

  • Such a useful post!! I think the higher quality images, the better and I’m definitely going to employ your tips! Thanks for writing this Xx

    asplashofsharan.com

    • Cool! I’m excited to see how it turns out 🙂

  • This is so useful, Jess! Photography is so important, especially as bloggers and your tips are fantastic! Thank-you so much for these!

    I hope you have a great Thursday,
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.com

    • You’re welcome, Michael! <3

  • Brilliant tips – bookmarking for future use.

    xx Bry Jaimea

  • Really useful tips and I agree with everything you have written.
    Beautiful outfits, pictures and locations!

    jointyicroissanty

  • Awesome tips! I really need to up my editing game, I just need to take the time to apply myself <3

    Green Fashionista

    • Thanks Kate! Have fun with it <3

  • ɐllǝq

    This post is so helpful xx

    http://www.isabellazogheib.com

    • Aww glad to hear that! xx

  • The editing for me is definitely the best bit, it transforms photos to no end! Sometimes I dislike what is showing on the SLR screen after we shoot them, but once I visualize how it will look after editing the colours, cleaning things up, darkening the shadows etc, it comes to life more. For blog photos I definitely prefer the SLR as the quality is much better for larger photos on the blog, but Instagram it’s hard to tell sometimes as iPhone does a good job!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • I agree. Editing is where the real magic happens! xx

  • Jane xxx

    I’d love to know what type of editing you used to achieve the effect in your “Gorgeous in Green” post. Is it a Lightroom preset? Thanks!

  • Your imagery is always so on point darling! Completely agree with your tips too!

    x Kristjaana
    http://www.kristjaana.com

    • Thank you! Have a great day, gorgeous!

  • this is GOLD! I especially loved your recommendation that expesive geer won’t help if you don’t know how to use the camera. so true!

    Hadas | The Fashion Matters – Luxury Blog

  • I completely agree with these tips! I would love if you could tell us more about editing process!

    Mihaailo / mihaailo.blogspot.com

    • Yes, will have that covered in a separate post soon 🙂

  • I’m so pleased you’ve put together some of your photography tips and I’m really looking forward to your post on editing, as I’ve been rapidly falling in love with editing lately! You work so, so well with your husband and once again, gotta reiterate HOW much I love that shot of you sitting down in the yellow suit and pink stilettos. Flawless.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Thank you so much Gabrielle! I am glad to share these tips with my readers 🙂

  • This is such a great post. Your photos look absolutely stunning and I can tell that you know more than enough things about photography, backgrounds and editing. Gorgeous!
    http://www.kmeetsstyle.com

  • I can’t agree with all the subjects you mentioned above!!! It’s very true and you are the perfect example. All your work are so perfect. Very inspiring!!! 🙂 Can’t wait to read the next one…
    xoxo…
    Ming
    http://www.mingalings.com

    • Wow thank you Ming! You are too sweet 🙂

      • Hehe…just realize that I had a missing word in my comment. I meant to say “ I can’t agree with you MORE on the subjects you mention above!” But I guess you figured it. 😉 Great posting and I really enjoyed reading it!!! 🙂

  • Great post! Your hubby is a very talented photographer! I always think that about your photos! Great outfits and great photography!

    Virginia
    More to Mrs. E

    • Yes he is. I’m so lucky!!

  • Naty Diaw

    thanks for the tips!
    xx
    https://CLOSETTOSTREET.COM/

  • These are all great tips, especially the equipment one. Sometimes the best camera isn’t the best for you, especially just starting out. Great photos!

    • I agree – it’s the photographer, not the camera. So they say!

  • Thanks for all these amazing tips! I definitely agree that knowing how to use your camera makes all the difference. I’ve had a DSLR for years, but the quality of my photography has improved so much since I started learning how to use it in manual mode.

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

    • Thanks Helen. It’s fun to experiment too!

  • Loving your photography tips and all of your photos look amazing! Your outfits are fab in every one too!

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

  • Roxanne

    Love this post, thanks so much !! I can’t wait to read the post about editing too. Do you use presets? If so please could you include which presets you use.
    Would you say a canon 5 or 70d is a good camera for a beginner?

    Thanks Hun, looking forward to the next post! Xx

    http://www.roxannemariecarr.com

    • Great! I will hope to answer all of these questions in future posts in this series 🙂

  • Great tips babe! This would be so useful to me if I wasn’t dating a professional photographer LOL. I seriously know nothing about cameras and how to take pictures not on my iPhone >_< haha thanks for sharing babe! xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/beauty/diy-perfect-gel-nails-home/

  • Lauren Oliver

    Love, love, loved this post! So glad you’re diving into more blogging tips & can’t wait for the rest of the posts! I really appreciated all of these tips, and it’s definitely reminded me to practice with my camera more often. I’ve noticed that when I take the time to experiment with different things, I learn so much more! And completely agree that editing is the icing on the cake!

    Lauren
    http://oliverstwistblog.com

    • Thank you Lauren! Your photos are already amazing, but it’s great to strive to be better <3

  • Annette

    Your outfits seriously look so great! Brown boots with coat look stellar 🙂
    http://www.fashiontrendforward.com

  • Anaelle Claudet

    Great post! Would love to know more about your editing 🙂

    http://dearvogue.com

    • Thank you dear! I’ll add that to my list of topics in the future 🙂

  • Ellese Launer

    Thank you so much for this guide on photography! I am always on the search to up my game and the quality of my photos. I guess a big follow up question would be, what are your tips for posing in photos. I definitely need some help when it comes to poses and added a few new ways to model accessories. Thank you again, dear! XO, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

    • Ah yes, good one! I’ll think of covering that in another post 🙂

    • Thank you Gemma! And welcome here 🙂

  • Very useful post. Great tips! I adore your photos. 🙂 Quality is so good!

    • Aww thank you so much Monika 🙂

  • This is so useful! Amazing tips!

    xo, Joling
    lovejoling.com

    • You’re welcome, Joling!!

  • Thank you Mia! I appreciate your comments 🙂

  • Thank you Krystal! xx

  • I love this so much and can’t wait to learn more about how you give your photos that ‘HD’ look! Thanks for sharing your tips with us ^^

    Diana | http://thechicdiary.com/blog/1/11/2018-new-year-new-look-ashy-blonde-hair-color-and-process

  • shanaz hosany

    How do you use the iPhone to its best potential?

    • I hope to cover that soon.. do wait up!!

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    Thanks for the tips, I definitely need them and I’m not a new blogger!
    Have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Rosanna x
    http://www.rosesrooftop.co.uk/

    • You too Rosanna! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Dear Jessica,
    Thank you for the great tips! I’ve been a fan of your blog and its photography for a while now and being able to know how you do it is very important to me! I’m a newbie, so I can learn a lot from these series! I just can’t wait!

    xoxo
    Kate | https://sparkleandthecity.com/

    • Thank you so much Kate! I am pleased to hear that 🙂

  • So good to read this post, I’m a complete beginner to photography and blogging really so this is really helpful thank you! 🙂

    KMales

    • So glad that this post was timely for you! You’re welcome!

  • Maureen O

    These are awesome tips and are very helpful. I always admired your photos as each one is just fantastic and like you said practice makes perfect. Hope you are having a great weekend!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    • Thank you so much for your sweet compliments, Maureen 🙂

  • Noelle Marotta

    These were great tips! I completely agree lighting is key!
    Noelle
    http://elle-no.com

    • Thanks Noelle! It really is – it can make a world of difference when your photos come out 🙂

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    This is very helpful! Wow, thank you for sharing it! These are amazing tips! I need this! :=)
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com
    XO

    • Oh you really don’t – your photography is already so beautiful! XO