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When the I Heart Snapping team attended the BritMums Live conference a few weeks ago, it was definitely fair to say that the session we were most looking forward to was Julia Boggio‘s session on Advanced Blogging Photography. As two enthusiastic amateurs at best, we were hoping to learn some great tips from a proper professional photographer, and the session definitely didn’t disappoint as it was crammed full of useful tips for improving blog photography.
Julia started by talking about the misconceptions that great cameras take great photos; they don’t, its the photographer that does that. Now how many times have you heard those exact words here? She described a photographer as someone who paints with light and that it is light that makes a great photo and gives images interest. She explained that there are three different types of light that you are dealing with when taking photographs, and that how you use these affects the final photograph that you take and the effect it has.
First there is ‘key’ light which is the main and strongest light upon your subject. There is ‘fill’ light which is what lifts shadows and can be created by bouncing ambient light from a reflective surface. And finally there is ‘hair’ light which is an accent or back light which separates a subject from its surrounds and gives an image depth. These different light sources can be differently located for different photos or subjects. Being aware of them and how you use them can be the difference between a great shot, an okay shot and a rubbish shot.
If you’ve been reading the photography posts here on I Heart Snapping then you will have heard us banging on about how photography is generally most attractive in natural sunlight. Sunlight can be your ‘key’ light if if is in front of your subject (and behind you) or your ‘hair’ light if it is behind them (and you are shooting towards the sun). The sun’s rays travel in straight lines, so you do have to be careful about the effect that shadow can have on your photos and Julia suggested that when photographing people in natural light that it’s a good idea to get them to move their face around to make sure you avoid shadows. It can also be a good idea to use a reflector to bounce sunlight so that it also becomes your fill light.
She gave the simple tip of taking a piece of white paper outside using it to gage where the best light is; which is something I’ve tried out since and have found really useful just to bring my attention back to thinking about the best light and best angle for my photo. I definitely take more notice of how shadows affect my photography now and I have found myself repositioning things and using white cushions as reflectors to manipulate the light when I shoot.
Julia showed how she made a simple lighting box or tent using tracing paper, foam board and a ceiling tile, and how she had used it to photograph some garlic. She demonstrated how excluding light and using compact mirrors and carrier bags as diffusers can create a still life full of texture. If you take a lot of still life type photos she also said told us that having your key light come from the side creates far better texture. She also showed us how the position of light in portraiture can completely change the final look; ‘narrow’ shooting means the light comes from the side and you shoot into the shadowed side of the face, whereas with ‘broad’ shooting the light comes from the same direction as the camera and you shoot the lit part of the face. The key with portraits is that ‘narrow’ shooting is far more slimming and flattering on the face. So that’s something to remember next time you have your picture taken; make sure the light is to one side.
The whole talk was crammed full of examples of how to use everyday items like lamps, white cushions and a black dress to play with the light and create different looks with the overriding theme being that you have to play around to find what works. Add light, take it away, move it, bounce it around; it will all affect the resulting photo is different ways and you can’t learn quite how it will unless you try. Oh and demonstrating her opening point perfectly, every single image that Julia had taken and shown us had been taken on her iPhone. I think it would be fair to say that this left everyone feeling pretty impressed and also confident that it really isn’t the kit when it comes to great blog images, but what you do with it that counts.
I often get people asking how to add text to photos. Well today we are going to let you into a little secret and that secret is the Labelbox app.
Labelbox is perhaps the most simple app in the world to use and you can create some really great looking text for your photo captions.
It really is as easy as that. Swipe the tape across the screen to place it where you want, type the text and voila….a really easy way of putting funky text on to photos. Here is us playing around to give you some examples of the labels you can use.
Best of all? Labelbox is completely free. You get eleven free labels with the free version but if you want any of the others you will have to pay for it. However there is a wide range with the free version as shown above.
We would definitely recommend Labelbox as a quick and easy way to write on your photos. As always if you use it on any of your blog posts let us know and we will RT your link.
I stumbled across this app a while ago, and while I was secretly tempted to keep too myself, it is too good not to share!
Meet Cinemagram- quite possibly my most favourite app I have downloaded in a while.
If you follow my personal blog Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three you will know that I am a big fan of GIFs- moving images that can spice up your blog posts. I use Photoshop to make my GIFS but they can be complicated to do if you don’t know how, and also we are aware not everyone can afford the hefty price tag for Adobe Creative Suite- I am lucky I have a designer husband!
However you can make great little GIFS for your blog using Cinemagram.
Here are some examples of some of my Cinemagram’s.
These are just some really quick examples but you can play around for hours making fun little images- there are some really amazing ones on the cinemagram app community. The best ones are the ones that are completely still except for a tiny bit of motion- you will get lots of inspiration on there.
The community side is very much like instagram, although it isn’t quite as popular yet- a quick scan of my friends on twitter revealed there were only 2 using cinemagram.
If you like gimmicky photo app’s then it is definitely worth a look- it is predicted to be the next big thing in the app world.
If you do go on there make sure you follow me so I can see your attempts- I am mummydaddyme.
Next on our iphoneography must have list is the fabulous app PictureShow.
PictureShow is very similar to the typical photo editing apps, but like all the others it has it’s little tricks and functions that mean it is well worth a look. What I love doing is combining all the different apps to make a really great photo- yes it takes some time but the end results are usually worth it.
There are 5 camera lens which are good fun- including Quad, Vertical Quad and Halfshot. There are also 45 Styles as well, and they all add a really different dimension to your photos.
Here is our quick guide to PictureShow below.
As mentioned above if you click the big red button on the top right of the screen it allows you to randomly add effects to your photo- it is really good fun and makes your photos look great. By clicking on the heart on the left it will save it as your own combination if you like it for further pics.
However the best part about PictureShow I think is the fact that you can access all the styles by clicking the words on the middle at the top.
Overall, I really like PictureShow. It has lots of different effects and once you get used to it is quite easy to use. It is up there in the top 5 photo app’s I use and I would recommend it to people who love photo editing. The app does cost £1.49 but in my opinion it is definitely worth the money.