I have been working to create better blog photos.
A few months ago I decided to give View From In Here a facelift. Although I had recently changed the design the theme didn’t seem to fit in with purpose of the blog. My old theme was heavy with dark colors, I thought it was arty, but general consensus felt it was moody. I really wanted an uplifting, light, bright appearance. The blog is all about making life better, I want you to feel calm, hopeful and open when you visit.
Choosing a theme for your blog is difficult, focus on the main design points and go from there. I wanted a theme that allowed me to put my sidebar to the left, it’s just a personal preference. A speedy load time was also on the list, so I looked for a Genesis theme. I also wanted the ability to place ads on my site.
But most importantly I looked for one that offered the option of featured photos. I fell in love with this theme with it’s big, impressive images surrounded by white space. The images pop off the page, catching your attention.
Now that I have a theme I love I need to make sure that I’m doing it justice.
I’ve been working to improve my photography skills by utilizing the camera I already own. Like most bloggers, the budget isn’t bottomless, I work with what I have.
As I look back at my older posts I’m amazed (and a bit embarrassed) with the progress I’ve made. One of the biggest issues I have with the images in my older posts was the yellowed appearance, caused by the camera flash when taking the photos. The golden light cast over the pictures make them unattractive and unprofessional. Nothing about these images is bright or vibrant. Imagine a large yellowish image against all that lovely white space. Yuck!
Reading informative aricles about my camera, lighting, styling, and focus reaffirm what I need to work on. But after reading this article: Tips for a Simple DIY Photography Light Box written by my friend Daffny at Don’t Dare Blink, I found Daffny and I were on the same wavelength. We’re both working to improve our images.
I have a huge list of skills to work on, first on the list was a light-box. By using a light-box I can take photos in natural light or with “white” bulbs to emulate natural light, enabling me to take pictures without using a flash! Be gone yellow photos!
Daffny cited a few different tutorials by other bloggers, I chose the light-box crafted by Ninth & Bird. The tutorial is easy to follow and the supplies were cheap. I purchased the poster board and tri-fold boards from the Dollar Store and the fabric from Walmart for less than $2.00 a yard.
The Light-Box is inexpensive to make.
It came together easily and in a short amount of time. I love it. It’s made a huge difference in the quality of my photos. (When I take photos I turn off the chandelier and use a clamp lamp with a “white” light bulb.) Luckily I had 3 of these “clamp lamps” or “shop lights” already, my husband uses them in his work-space, I stole them! Ha! I’m thinking we can share.
I purchased GE Reveal bulbs, they filter out dull yellow rays and bring out colors and patterns that pop. These lights help me to achieve the result I’m looking for, bright and vibrant, without purchasing expensive photography lights.
Check out the GE Reveal site and the blogger reviews.
Not only did I want to replace the yellowed look of my blog images I wanted to take advantage of all the white space of the blog. I love the way it looks to have images photographed with a white background. When I spend hours prepping and cooking a recipe I want the food to look vibrant and delicious. And the colors pop against a white background.
To create the background color of the photo simply slide a piece of poster board into the back of the light-box, you can use any color you choose. The poster board placed under the item being photograaphed and curves up the backside of the light-box, making the background seamless, helping to create a gorgeous photo.
If you are looking for photo tips Pinterest and Google are a great place to find articles about improving your camera skills, lighting, composition, styling. I eat these articles up, absorbing all the advice. By practicing these tips hopefully I will continue to improve.
Do you use a light-box? If so, did you make it yourself? Fill me in!
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