When it comes to blogging, the visual part is as important as the written words, if not even more. The pictures grab the attention and keep the reader interested, but it all depends on your blog’s topic. Some blogs require more pictures than others.
If you, like me, are not very confident using Photoshop, I here have some suggestions that will quickly and easily let you add the Photoshop magic to your photos. Here’s a look at where and why I edit pictures.
I recently found Picmonkey.com and have used the site almost daily when editing my photos. It’s a great and free photo editing site if you love to take your photos to the next level, put captions in fun fonts onto your pictures, create collages or add an effect to your pictures.
Picture: Food Recipes HQ
I suggest placing fonts on pictures for that modern, graphic touch. It adds the professional magazine feel to your blog in a playful and fun way – and people love to look at stuff like that. From polaroids and traditional museum frames to craft scissors and rounded corners… framing your pictures is a quick and easy feature on Picmonkey, but stick to a theme and don’t over-do it.
Picture: Kuhinjske Price
Picmonkey lets you create collages in a matter of second – they offer pre-designed templates, but you are free to move them around however you like it. You can also make a nice Facebook cover picture in a matter of seconds! Here’s mine:
Snagit is the second photo editing software that I use on a daily basis. You download it to your computer and it gives you the freedom of saving photos, giving you a chance to get back to editing later, as opposed to Picmonkey, where you don’t have your own file of pictures.
Snagit lets you do pretty much the same stuff as Picmokey, however the opportunities when it comes to size is larger with Snagit, making it perfect for making infographics etc.
Pictures from: Tasty Pretty Things
The graphics in these two sets are made on Picmonkey, but the clothes and the fonts are put together in Snagit. This way you get the best of both worlds.
Some tips about pictures
Here are some of my general tips to keep in mind when choosing the pictures for your blog.
- Quality: You don’t have to have a professional camera, to shoot quality images (although it helps). Make sure to train your eye and keep a steady hand. Be aware of light and don’t rush. Take your time. Learn about photo editing. You can remove the blur, the red eyes, you can sharpen the image and you can even it out.
- Motive: When taking food photos for instance, setting up the plate before you take the picture is essential. Think about the colors of the food, the background and the position. Maybe a red tomato will take the image from plain to extra in a matter of second – plus tomatoes are tasty! The two pictures on top of this blog post are from my Instagram (find me there: MilanaFSA) and the picture with the eggs certainly wouldn’t have looked nice without the contrasting background, while the picture of the blueberries becomes more special because of the position and the lighting.
- Picture accessories: When I first started taking food pictures I didn’t have fancy plates, or cute spoons. After I noticed how much impact different accessories have on the food and the pictures, I purchased a few accessories here and there, that could enhance the pictures. Cheap stuff – nothing fancy!
- Practice and learn: I use Pinterest on a daily basis. It’s fun and it’s inspiring. Don’t copy others, but take inspiration from them and interpret the different styles that you see online. Soon enough you’ll have lots of ideas on your own!