Blogs are also better for SEO than portfolio sites, since they have frequent updates and lots of tasty content (Google loooooooves tasty content). Another benefit is that blogs are a really great way for your clients to share the images you took of them!
At the core, a blog is going to let you start establishing your personal brand. You can get your unique voice across thanks to the narrative style of a blog. Now, before you starting racing off, we’ll share a few mistakes we’ve made on our blogging journey. We’ve also been terrible about starting a blog, getting it going, and then neglecting to keep up with posting. So now that you know which mistakes to avoid, let’s discuss some super important things to keep in mind on your photography blogging journey. This is things like what city you are located in, details of what type of photography services you offer, prices or price ranges, clear contact information, testimonials of why you rock and a call to action (ie. You can even decide which days of the week you’ll post on, as that can really help keep you on track! If you just blast your blog with bazillions of images, your audience will get overwhelmed and bored. If this is a business blog, you’ll have to think hard about how much of your personal life you want to share with your readers. There are so many things you can blog about, once you start getting in to it, you’ll find yourself always coming up with new topics! Answers to FAQs: help your readers get the information they need with some great FAQ posts!
Adventures: people love to live vicariously through their favourite bloggers, so take them on your adventures!
Promotions at your studio: give you blog readers special discounts, and make sure they know about any promotions, so they feel like following your blog is valuable! Learn how to write for the web: People skim, and you need to be conscious of that when you write!
Install Google Analytics: Knowing where your visitors come from, and how they interact with your site is super valuable. Hopefully by now it’s pretty clear that the answer is a resounding yes, but I’ll sum it up here. Even if you’re just getting started on your way to becoming a professional photographer, creating a blog early will constantly improve your personal brand. Tumblr: A multi-media blogging service, Tumblr is a bit more of a casual option, but if you just want to try out blogging, it has a ton of fun features. WordPress: The grandfather of blogging platforms, WordPress is an open-source option with a ton of customizability, plugins, and themes. Want to see how quick and easy it is to make stunning edits to your photos using Lightroom? But, we definitely think that at this point in the evolution of photography, you have to make time to blog. This works especially well if I am just promoting recent work.I will distribute the new posts over a month and then am able to sit back and let er go.
I’m super excited about starting my photo blog, but need some answers before I go ahead with it.
Thank you Lauren for a great article which further inspired me to not just spam photos but also write more valuable posts.
So, Emily and I set out to the craft store last weekend, and we came up with this fun and inexpensive DIY photo coasters project! Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the front of each tile, making sure to spread it all the way to the edges.
Place a photo on top of the wet coat of Mod Podge from step 1, and let it dry for about 5 minutes.
I love the way these turned out, and they make me smile whenever I see them on my coffee table. Hi Ladies, I used regular printing paper and put the mod podge on the back of the paper and was very careful and it turned out great. Hi I have a problem, is there any way to fix the coasters?, the problem is that they stick to the coffee mug when it’s filled with hot coffee. So I received painted coasters for a gift and liquid has already seeped through the modge podge and the paint has completely peeled off.
Hi Andrea, epoxy fully cured should be able to no problem stand up to the heat of a hot coffee mug.
To give you a little perspective, this photo circa 2012 was taken with the exact same camera as I use now. While Google will forever be my best friend when trying to find an answer, I’ve also had some luck with a few other resources on the interwebs. I first bought Adobe Photoshop Lightroom back in high school at about the same time I got my camera.
If you’re a blogger or photographer, I’d love for you to share your favorite blog photography tips! That would be such a fun “blog room!” I have dreams of one day having a big bright office to shoot in!
Also, I just finished my 30-day free trial of Adobe Lightroom and LOVED that you could re-name, re-size, and add watermarks on Export. For my 9-yo daughter’s Broadway themed birthday party, I was determined to figure out how to make a diy photo booth without a lot of money or effort. Our basement mudroom is a long and narrow space, so we decided to set up the photo booth there.
I wanted  do the backdrop as inexpensively as possible since it was just for a child’s birthday party. I opted to make it from 3 large (9ft) plastic table cloths.  They cost a grand total of $6.
They worked perfectly fine, however the plastic did cast a bit of glare in the photos, so if you have a bigger budget (say, for a wedding), I’d definitely recommend using fabric table cloths instead. Since our daughter has been amassing a collection of costumes since she was little, it wasn’t hard to find a bunch of great stuff around the house. But also purchased a few at the Dollar Store and Michaels, and I couldn’t resist making some mustaches-on-a-stick. I organized everything on a little table so that you could find a prop you liked without too much searching.
I think I read about ways to achieve this while researching diy photo booths, but I decided to keep it simple as I was also running a birthday party at the same time. With the huge increase in popularity towards blogs all over the web, amateurs to professional photographers these days have chosen photoblogs as opposed to static websites which could not be kept up to date in a long time.
Building your website can be complicated sometimes, but knowing first your objectives and what you want to achieve with your website can get you started.
Branding yourself isn’t entirely about who you are as an individual, but mostly as to what style of photography service and goods you can offer. Google will look on your site every couple of weeks to find out what’s new and include it with their search rankings. Aurora Gatbonton and the rest of the WPD Blog Team wants you to get hitched with creativity, style, and technology.
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make use of that empty corner with a corner heart display using iPhone Photo Prints. When I added my pictures after adding the border with camera+ they all say that the resolution is too small. Pingback: The 101 Most Beautiful DIY Projects of All Time - Homesthetics - Inspiring ideas for your home. Either way, let’s start off by talking about the reasons why blogging is so important for photographers. Your clients are letting you into their lives, and trusting you with some pretty big moments.
It gives you the opportunity to show who you are, why you are a photographer, and what value you can provide to a prospective client. When you are just getting started (as in, during you first 5 – 10 years as a shooter) you are probably going to be improving your work at a very rapid rate.
People love seeing their own photos on their photographer’s blog, and will share the link with all their family and friends. This is different than a portfolio, photo-sharing sites like Flickr, or social networking sites like Facebook. A blog is easy to start, easy to maintain, often cheaper than a dedicated website, and more effective in getting sales!
That’s an easy way to disappoint readers, as they get all excited about what you are doing, and then you leave them. When we do that, we end up having only a murky idea of who we’re posting for, and wind up with incohesive content, and getting a totally different audience than we expected.
We’ve just posted to show off what we’re doing, instead of really trying to make it a valuable experience for our readers. Any time you need to make a decision about your blog, you’ll simply think of your purpose and desired outcome, and you’ll know what to do.
Is it for your friends and family, to keep them updated with how your photography is going? If you’re blogging for clients (which is generally the case if you are a professional business), then you will always need to keep that in mind, every single time you post anything on your blog.
It is critical that you are consistent with your posts, but also one of the hardest things to do (we definitely have our share of difficulty with this one!).

The worst thing you could do is start a blog, and have your most recent post be from months (or years!) ago.
Instead, it’s a place to show your very best images from each session, or the very best of your portfolio. It’s great to be yourself, and share who you are as a person, but if you start over-sharing it can make your readers uncomfortable.
Simply think of your audience, and what kind of content they would find interesting, relevant, and valuable, and go for it! If you’re a photographer creating your own photography blog, focus on showing off your work to your clients! You’ll get into the habit of blogging consistently, and you’ll be really awesome at it by the time you’re a full-fledged pro!
Well, there’s nothing better than a blog to share your passion with your friends and family! It’s a service that we’re a small part of, and have been active in providing ideas and feedback on from the beginning.
Clients will be looking to find that connection with their shooters, and eventually they will click on the blog before the portfolio. We'll be writing soon on how to really streamline the process so it's quick and easy, so stay tuned! If something time sensitive comes along I will either delay a post or just have a bit of extra content in a week. All your articles are superb and I like to thank you for your effort to help other photographers…. I have just created a blog about having fun with photography, and it takes a lot of work, even though I think my blog is ok, you can always pick something up that is going to help. I’ve been having photography blog for a while and not realizing many of the important things you wrote!
When you apply your first coat of Mod Podge to the back of the coasters, it may seem like the the tape is starting to unstick from the coaster. Apply each coat as a thin layer, making sure to wrap all the way around to the sides, and smoothing out the front. I made a set with it and one without it – the one without it sealing with several coats of glossy finish spray and much liked that look. I imagine it would be ok, you might just have to be careful that it doesn’t wrinkle when applying the Mod Podge. I was actually looking for the answer to see if I need to seal it after and stumbled across this. One of our earlier readers suggested sealing with several coats of glossy finish spray and found they were happier with how that looked. The felt pads that I used keeps pulling on the paper and if its not doing that, its leaving the fibers on the paper. I don’t have direct experience with high gloss tiles, but I have used it on top of (dried) acrylic paint before to put images down and it worked just fine. The tiles are a little rough on the bottoms, though, so just make sure to put little felt pads on them so they don’t scratch your table :) Hope that helps! My suggestion, if you’re using clear glass, would be to adhere the photo underneath, instead of on top. With tile, you could try cutting a small channel round the edge with a router and very small bit?
It will make a pretty border and the cloth material will absorb most of the sweat and prevent drips. To my disappointment they stick together if a bit humid and stick to the glass if there is condensation. Comments are moderated (everything constructive is approved), so they may take a bit to appear. This is a boring one because it’s a no-brainer that a camera is needed to take the pictures you see on the blog. For those unfamiliar with Lynda, it’s basically a giant library of video tutorials and classes.
For a long time I was just using $1 poster boards & scrap paper to shoot on, and although they worked just fine, I was getting tired of having to buy new posterboard every time I spilled something on it (which was pretty much every day).
It’s unarguable that my photos started to improve when I bought my first tripod from Best buy about two years ago. I had been using it at a portrait photography studio I was working at and loved its ease of use. I find that everyone has their own favorites and it’s always fun and informative to hear how others operate.
I actually just set up this curtain rod method a few weeks ago, and before this, I was just taping a white poster board to the wall behind the table. The roll I linked to above just fit when I first got it, but now that some of the paper is gone, it isn’t as snug.
I had never heard of these training courses, but I’m going to put them on my list to check out. However, keeping the tween party confined to the basement far outweighed my need for perfect photos!
There are literally a tonne of places to find printable, free diy photo booth props on the Internet.
But for some reason every time I click on click here, part two or step 6 it just brings me back to step one. Keeping a photoblog is an excellent means by which to improve connection with users and prospective clients through comments and reviews.
Here are 7 tips to building your website wherein I included an in depth infographic summary for further improvements. But if your preferred business name was already taken online, you may have to modify your chosen name to benefit from the best title. Most photographers use their names as their brand, together with a logo that is either off-the-peg or created by a designer. This Content Management System like WordPress is where you actually manage everything and upload your latest blog post. Think about what you want the site to do, then reduce any sort of text that doesn’t perform that task.
If nothing changes and you haven’t producing any fresh content lately, their visit get less frequent and your site drops down the list. You can just eyeball to make sure the space between are even, but if you’re a stickler for accuracy, you can definitely use a ruler for this part. It gives them a look into your motivations and how you treat your clients—info that will be important to their decision. Portfolio sites have a tendency to get stagnant, and many photographers neglect to update them regularly.
See, when you have too many blogs, you don’t have enough energy to put into each one, and they all end up being so-so.
It takes people time to read your blog, so you want to make sure that is time well spent for them.
It’s easy to forget who you are writing for, and start blogging for other shooters, your friends and family, or wedding blogs. So you have to make sure you have all the information on your blog that will convert readers into clients.
If you are part-time or a hobbyist shooter wanting to blog, one a week is probably very doable.
Clients will be scrutinizing each of those images when they are deciding to book you or not!
It’s also great for SEO, marketing, encouraging word of mouth, engaging your past, present and future clients, and sharing your work. No-brainer.
It’s the first blog platform built specifically for photographers, and makes blogging lots of images mega quick and easy! I’m downright obsessed with photography, and love sharing it with super cool folks like yourself. I have even bookmarked this page as it will be useful to comeback and reread if I have covered most important areas. I have scoured the web for useful tips on the issue and this post was exactly what I was looking for. What I’m not so great at is actually getting them off my phone and doing something with them! Just wait about 5 minutes until the first coat of Mod Podge has started to dry and become tacky, and press the washi tape down with your finger. Was looking for a handmade idea to add to my niece’s house warming gift that is getting married next week. Each will give the finished product a slightly different feel, but they will all seal the photo the same. It sounds like you are having problems with the felt pads Jessica suggested applying to the bottom so you don’t scratch your table. I’ve heard it works best on porous surfaces and paper, but I think the picture would count as that surface! Mod Podge Dimensional Magic or a clear acrylic sealer), hot beverages can actually ruin the photo on the coaster.
If I’m not using the washy tape, do I need to put the Mod Podge on the back of the tile? If you want to guarantee liquid won’t seep through the modge podge, I would recommend trying to seal the coasters with an epoxy.

So made more with school students and bought small plate easels from Dollar Tree so they could be for display rather than coasters. When you are putting the numbers on your collage be sure to open a new layer for each number. Before I had a tablet to draw arrows I made dotted lines on my collages using periods (or dashes). I shoot with a Canon Rebel XSi that I got back in high school, so it’s about 7-8 years old already.
I like to call this a glorified user manual that, unlike boring manuals, actually includes pretty visuals and real-person lingo. Also, because posterboard is only so big, I was having a hard time fitting everything into the shot. The white wood background that you see in the milk photo below is actually just a old cabinet door that I got for $2. But as my needs changed, I realized I needed something that could handle more overhead shots. While I could dive deeper into each of these tools, I hope this answers some of the surface-level questions that you may have had about my photo setup.
I was intimidated by the idea of tethering too, but it really is super easy if you have Lightroom. Big windows with light were one of my top priorities when searching for apartments (#bloggerprobs). It made me so happy to know that when I learn more about how to use my camera I’ll be able to take shots (almost) as good as yours!
By continuing to keep a gallery of recently captured photographs, a photographer’s vision is shared together with the rest of the world online.
Narrow down your domain name lookup into 5 words or phrases which will describe your market.
But if you do have a talent with a few CSS codes, you are better off choosing Thesis theme like what we are using on our website. Every page should contain relevant link and describe who you are, your expertise and experience. If you are offering videography service, you may add those cinematic videos as well and link them to various social media sites.
Simply follow our photo as a guide on where to put the prints to get the corner heart look. But do you know why that blog is so critical, and the most important things you need to do to make sure it’s worth the time? Your clients might even ask you if they’ll make the blog, they’re so excited to be featured. Try to give them value of some sort, whether it’s through entertainment, education, or inspiration. Without knowing this, you will be directionless and all the time you spend blogging can really amount to nothing.
When I’m not shooting, or writing, you can find me cooking (and eating!), traveling, and hanging out with wonderful people. These should be applied directly to the bottom of the coaster, not to a surface with paper or picture. It seems you’re not the only one having this problem, so you’re not doing anything wrong! Collages are really fun to make and the more you practice, the more creative you will become! Then, move your item with the arrows on your keypad until you are happy with it's placement. Other than the crack in the screen (caused by user mishandling while studying abroad) the camera is in perfect condition.
I have a hard time even linking to that photo because the lighting is so off, but it’s also kind of fun to see how things have progressed in the past few years. I was having to do a lot of editing to hide where the posterboard stopped and I was getting tired of spending time on fixing something that could be prevented.
While it has a lot of the same editing features as Photoshop, Lightroom allows you to store all those images in one place so you’re not having to open tons of Photoshop windows when editing a large batch of photos.
Hope you’re able to find somewhere nice and bright with your next move – it makes all the difference! The turning point for me was when I got a tripod, because I could finally get a sharp focus with manual mode! All the other ones I found had me setting up an umbrella and a flash–WAY to complicated! For example, if you are into shooting events, you might start with words and phrases like wedding photography, bride and groom portrait. You can use wordpress to build your website and use the blogging part of the software for your latest news update section.
If possible, use only sans-serifs like Arial or Verdana, since they are easier to read online. Alternately, you may choose to put a video slideshow of your images you created with Animoto.
That ensures that they are familiar with your current shooting style, which also has a tendency to evolve!
Take the time to make great posts for your clients, share why you enjoyed working with them, and they’ll love the experience, and spread the word about you. Win-win!! You don’t need to make all your posts like this, as likely a good portion of a photography blog is sharing your latest work, portfolio style, but make sure you’re still taking care of your readers with useful content!
It takes longer to dry, but you won’t have to worry about any liquids ruining the coasters! So today, I’m spilling the beans sprinkles and diving into my favorite blog photography tips & tools that help me produce the images you see on this blog! It has tons of tutorials from web design, photography, and development and your membership allows you access to all the hundreds of courses they offer. So about a month ago I gave in and bought a large roll of white seamless background paper off of Amazon, and it truly has been a game changer. The center bar has the option to extend up and out so that you can get a steady overhead shot without having to stand on top of a kitchen chair. When I first upload my photoshoot to Lightroom, I usually have 50-100 images that I need to weed down.
Once you hook up your USB cable from your camera to the computer, you basically just have to go into File > Start Tethered Capture and it will take you from there! The other tutorials I read were very complicated and had you making an actual, physical photo booth..what the heck would I do with it afterwards?! Then consider merging all of them with certain prefixes or suffixes to come up with an awesome idea. Don't worry, you can erase the background if you need to it's just a little bit more time consuming.
But I will say that when I bought my first DSLR, I had expected it to magically take perfect shots right away. I’m able to take larger shots and if it gets dirty, I can just tear it off and start fresh. Not only has it decreased my chances of breaking my leg by falling of a chair (trust me, there have been some close calls!), but it has also allowed me to focus more on the styling of the image because I’m not having to constantly be at my camera. A lot of these tools are things I have slowly gotten over the years, and as I continue to learn, I’m sure more things will be added to this list. Store it in the garage and tick my husband off with yet another fun little tool taking up valuable car space?! I highly recommend this e-book if you’re looking to learn the ropes of your DSLR, or even just pick up some tips on composition and editing. If you’re a student, some universities include free memberships by logging in with your university credentials. I have it hung on a curtain rod that I got at Target (for $3!) above my table so that I can quickly pull it down to shoot on. With my wireless remote control and tethering USB cable, I can see the image big and bad on the computer, and also see the details that I wouldn’t have been able to see on my small viewfinder. But because user manuals are boring and basically written in another language, I turned to the internet (of course) to help me understand how this dang camera worked. I also recently bit the bullet and purchased their Food Blogger Pro e-courses, so I’m excited to see how that goes. So it would be worth hunting your university website to see if this is something you can take advantage of while you’re a student! I still use Photoshop for text overlays & spot removals, but only after editing the photo first in Lightroom.
I’ll probably write another post after completing some of the lessons to report back how I like it!
I use a very large brush to erase most of the background and then switch to a small brush to clean up the edges around a product.

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