So after you’ve caught your reader’s attention with your awesome blog name (see last week’s post), you’ve got to keep them interested. One way to do that – and the most obvious way – is to have good, quality images in every post.
I started this blog with a point and shoot camera, but eventually, I knew it would be wise to invest in a DSLR. I’m not saying you cannot have awesome images with a point and shoot, but if your posts are going to rely heavily on your photography instead of text, it will be largely beneficial to bite the bullet and get yourself a big girl/boy camera.
Whatever camera you decide to use – point and shoot, DSLR or even your phone – learn how to properly use it. Experiment with different settings, apps and angles. Look at other successful bloggers, and note why their images are both noteworthy and pin-worthy. Do you pin from other blogs to Pinterest? You want your readers to do the same from yours. Pins = traffic and new visitors. Readers will only pin from your blog if your images are noteworthy.
One not so obvious tip for blog images: stick with a consistent size. For example, all of your photos should be the same width for every post. Height can change, but your width should all ways stay the same. What happens when you have a post with images of all different widths? It looks disorganized and scattered. You can achieve consistent sizing by resizing your images in a program like Photoshop. In the end, it will make a huge difference in the overall design aesthetic of your site as well.
Last, if possible, seek out some photographer friends for advice. Hey, we can’t all have photographer boyfriends to take outfit photos. For some posts it’s always good to have a helping hand or advice on shooting in low light. (I hate that!) If you don’t know anyone – there are a ton of photography tutorials online to help you out as well!
*I use a Nikon DSLR.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions regarding blog images!