5 Tips For Shooting Your Own Blog Photographs

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, do you find that to be true? Sometimes words inspire a picture that is just begging to be taken; however, sometimes the reverse is true.

Canon 5D/2 | 16mm f/22 @ 1/13 | ISO 100
Canon 5D/2 | 16mm f/22 @ 1/13 | ISO 100

A year ago, I went on two mission trips to Eastern Europe with the expressed purpose of telling the story for all those who were not able to go with us. While on these trips, I wrote over 40 blog posts and took nearly 5,000 pictures. The shear magnitude of writing this statistic nearly cause me to lose my breath when I think about it, considering I still haven’t really gone through all the pictures that were taken.

For some, they choose to find pictures for their blog via stock houses or through Creative Commons. Although, I have utilized the former before, recently I have begun shooting my own photographs for the the blog posts.

Here are five tips for shooting your own blog photographs:

  1. Shoot what peaks your interest – I shoot a wide variety of subject matter from graffiti to nature / landscapes to walls / doors / other objects. I had A.D.D. when it comes to writing, and by shooting multiple subjects (mostly while traveling), I can better find a photograph that will support my writings.
  1. Quality matters – The quality of the photograph matters. If your photograph is fuzzy then that photograph has lost its meaning in support of your message. Shoot with clarity whether it is in color or converted to black & white or some other variation.
  1. Write first, shoot second – Most of the time I am inspired to write about the story that is shown in the photograph; however, sometimes I have an idea for a blog post that I will write and then go take the picture.
  1. Listen to music – This one may sound fluffy, but it isn't. When I am having a hard time focusing on finding the right shot or several right shots, I put in my earbuds and flip on the music for creative inspiration. My iPhone has a wide range of music from opera to instrumental to hip hop. When set to random, it really helps to get the juices flowing.
  1. Take a break – Sometimes you just need to step back & and take a break. If you are so focused on looking for the right shot, you may need to step back and look for a new perspective. Go ahead, put down your camera and rest awhile. In a few minutes, pick up your camera and the elusive image may show itself.

I hope these tips will serve you well as you explore shooting your own photographs for your posts.

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