Alright, let’s cut straight to the chase. We’re bloggers, not photographers – at least the majority of us aren’t. However, there are many top blogging tools available to help us fake it till we make it.
And for some blog niches, taking our own photography is critical to our blogging business success. Just to name a few, these niches include travel, food, fashion and some others.
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But in addition to taking our own photos, we also need to use these images to create graphics for our blog and promotional efforts. So all of this combined, along with blogging, can get pretty time consuming and stressful.
So to eliminate some of the extra effort, I will be sharing some tools to help us bloggers take our own professional and unique images along with the best photo editing tools for bloggers.
Benefits To Using Your Own Photos
Using your own photos sounds like a lot of work but in many cases, it’s worth it! There are tons of reasons why you should actually try to take as many pictures yourself, but here, we’re only going to focus on the main ones.
I mean don’t get me wrong, stock photo sites are a great option. In fact, for some niches, it might be an even better option! But then there are those who should gravitate more towards taking their own images.
I personally do both. Primarily because I cover a range of blog niches but either way, let’s dive into the benefits!
1) Your own unique style
We’ve seen it with all the different stock photo site options that each and every photographer has their own unique style. In some cases, your style may be so unique, that people may notice your pictures without it even needing your logo.
Having your own unique style can also help with landing more sponsored opportunities if it’s compatible with what the brand wants.
2) You will be the only person using them
If you’re taking your own pictures, then of course you’ll be the only person who has the authority to use them. This is especially great if you use Pinterest (or are interested in) as a way to generate blog traffic.
Why? Well because Pinterest has said that they want fresh content always. New images means fresh content. And if you’re the only one with access to these photos, then your pins could potentially ALWAYS be 100% fresh. And again, this also helps with sponsored opportunities.
3) Multiple angles decided by you
You know what you write about and what images to take that will fit your blog brand. And since you’re a blogger, you know that multiple angles of the same scene can make a huge difference. So if you are taking your own pictures, you can easily take multiple angles and then decide which ones to use later. Plus, knowing how to control and use your camera can really help with the angles you take.
4) You can take pictures to match your upcoming content
Very similarly to the point above, you know your content plan. This means, you can also plan out which images to use or take to promote your blog posts. You know what to keep your eye out for and understand the value of always having a camera with you (even if it’s just your phone camera).
You are also the visualizer and the photo taker. This means you have the liberty of trial and error to see which photo types appeal the most to you and your readers.
5) Your image options are endless
In my last post, we learned the value of using stock photo sites. So if you now combine your own personal gallery to the number of images these stock photo sites provide, your options are literally endless. Taking your own pictures has only added more image content for you to select and use.
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Photo Capturing & Editing Like a Pro
I said it earlier but I’ll say it again. There’s only a handful of us that are born with the talents of both blogging and photography. Even if we think our own images look good, sometimes Pinterest or our readers may think differently.
So how can we ensure that all our photos appeal to the search engines, readers and brands?
The tools below will help you edit and make your images look like they were taken by a pro. And instead of working harder, you will learn how to work smarter.
Okay so this one is my absolute favorite site to use. I’m seriously in Canva at least an hour each day. There are so many features and tools you can use to help your images and graphics stand out. And no, you don’t have to sign up to Canva Pro to use all of the features. It actually took me quite a few months to upgrade as I was able to get by without it.
However, there are many features that Canva Pro allows that are totally worth it if it’s within your budget. So once I was able to fit it in, I totally did and is now one of my favorite blogging tools.
Here are some of my favorite Canva Pro features:
– Multiple templates for just about anything (pins, Instagram posts, flyers etc.)
– Unlimited stock photo options and elements for any niche
– Easily resize any image or graphic to fit the recommend sizes for each platform
– Easy to edit graphic colors, filters and more to make each image unique
– Remove background, alter transparency, flip image and so much more!
If I went through everything they have, we would literally be here all day. Just know that it’s totally worth at least testing it out for yourself as it could do wonders for all the pictures you take.
Now this one is on a whole other level and will require lots of training to be able to navigate through this bad boy. Adobe Lightoom is the king of photo editing and has multiple features specifically to help you edit your image.
Unlike Canva, this editing software is exactly that, a high-tech editing software. It allows you to change the lighting, color, effects, detail, opics (whatever that is) and so much more! I’m not going to lie here, I hardly know what I’m doing in this yet LOL. The main reason why I chose to invest in Adobe Lightroom is for the simple reason of Presets and Instagram.
…I sense confusion. Perhaps you’re not familiar with what presets are and why I paired it up with Instagram so let me explain. Presets are pre-created “editing templates” with specific adjustments already made. For example, have you ever gone to an Instagram and noticed that their entire feed has the same color tone?
Here’s an example:
See how somehow, the color scheme seems to be the same? To get their images and Instagram feed to all look well coordinated, she used a preset to get it that way.
But don’t worry, this is the easy part of Adobe Lightroom and just this alone made it worth it for me as one of the much needed blogging tools.
Presets can be either made or purchased (I prefer purchased because I’m not about to figure out how to create my own 藍). Plus, they are extremely affordable and many times come in bundles or special seals. My favorite place to purchase presets is from Etsy. Take a look at some here.
Now Go Take Those Awesome Shots!
Whoa, you’ll be a pro blogger and photographer with these photography blogging tools in no time! So go put those new skills to work and capture some amazing shots. I myself am looking forward to my next travel adventure where I can practice my landscaping images. But for now, pictures on my mom blog and Instagram will do haha!
Have you used any of these photography blogging tools? Which resource are you most excited to try next? Do you have any other benefits to share? Please comment below as i would love to hear from you!
And remember, there is always something to be happy for… Cheers to blogging! What are you cheering to today?Lucy