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#bbloggersoz Summary : Photography Tips

The second #bbloggersoz was another success.  Thanks again to co-hosts Celeste and Jade and for everyone else who participated.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion so please do not be afraid to share your views.

To recap, the topic of the night was – Photography tips

There were divided opinions on a number of things so I have grouped them together :-

Type of Camera

DON’T USE A WEBCAM FOR BLOG PHOTOS.

An inexpensive digital camera takes better pics than the phones. Sad but true.

I use a regular digital camera for my blog photos. It would be great to invest in a DSLR but i don’t think it’s that necessary

THE BEST CAMERA is the one you have with you. You don’t need a DSLR to take good pics

You just need to understand the camera you have and how to use it – be that a DSLR, a little camera or an iPhone

Advice on Lighting

The key to good photos – good lighting!! Without lighting, you won’t be able to showcase your items / person perfectly.

For nails, I have a light box. For face, I use light umbrellas. All to replicate natural light.

When I take FOTDs I take a heap, with a few different lighting options. If that doesn’t work I’ll adjust the lighting

Opinions On Photo Editing

Best photo editing tools of the trade , in my opinion – Photoshop and Lightroom.

I’m not a fan of Photoshop just because I find it confusing. I get away with using Gimp, Picasa and Piknik.

I don’t mind Instagram, it has some fun features, but Iike seeing at least 1 non-Instagram, accurate photo in FOTDs

I feel uncomfortable now that I know people are editing lighting, contrast etc.

I don’t agreed with digitally removing blemishes. Everybody should be proud of how they look

I would never airbrush a FOTD pic. I think that’s cheating…

I am not going to let an eyebrow post for example go on there with an oozing yellow head between my brows. Selective editing!

Beauty blogging is about being real.Don’t forget, all beauty mag ads are Photoshopped so it’s up to us to tell it how it is

I personally believe you can enhance photos without changing its true nature.

Sizing – if you have huge photos that take a long time to load, you’ve lost me already. but keep the quality when cropping!

There is nothing sexy about product shots when they’re too closely cropped

I really like adding a little fun caption to each of my pictures for the people who just skim through blogs nowadays.

Practical Photography Tips

Use a tripod where possible. Some of us are blessed with steady hands, but not all of us do.

If you want a close up (lips, eyes, etc) make sure you’re focusing on that item – don’t focus on your face and then crop.  Be in focus

I always have my table mirror behind as I take my picture with one hand so I don’t get “blind” shots and can see how it looks

When I do lipstick posts, I always take one full face shot and one lip shot. Full face gives a better picture of how it looks!!

Taking hundreds of pics also helps, at least a couple will turn out well

The key to better photography – practice, practice, practice. practice taking photos, framing photos and then editing them

To Watermark or Not To Watermark?

I always watermark but that’s because my photos get stolen with alarming regularity.

Definitely watermark

I reckon no watermark because it takes away from the image

Always ask for the permission of the blogger before using their photos even if their watermarked pictures are linked back to them with full disclosure.

Think carefully before you watermark if you intend to move to your own domain name in the future, e.g. from blogspot.com to your own domain.com

Fab Photos But Badly Written Blog vs Bad Photos But Well Written Blog

Try to have both, but great pics have more impact, especially for first-time visitors

I guess great photos will save the day, most people don’t bother to read a whole post and will just look at the pic

For a review, well written, for a swatch, good photos

For me swatch accuracy is important but that’s about it, I go for writing over pics

A picture says a thousand words

Would love to think its good writing but in reality people usually photo skim a post

Photos are the key!

Wise Words

Know your camera, good lighting makes a world of difference, use duckface for all lip photos (ok, maybe not the last tip).

Perfect photos but dull writing don’t maketh the blog

At the end of the day, everyone takes different photos. Photo and blog variety benefits everyone

 

Great discussion ladies.  Whatever works for you, keep doing it!  The next #bbloggersoz topic will be announced on Thursday and if you have any suggestions, please let us know.

10 Comments on #bbloggersoz Summary : Photography Tips

  1. Tine
    07/06/2011 at 10:23 am (3 years ago)

    This was a very good topic of discussion, and it was a pity I missed most of it (only managed to tweet a comment or two during dinner when Tim was in the loo :P). Thought I would also say something here about editing since the discussion on Twitter is now closed.

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with photo editing. I use Photoshop to edit mine all the time. What I edit – to remove the grey cast from photos, to give the product more clarity, especially when it comes to the words and the ingredients list. I edit to make sure the colours in the makeup and nail polishes are as true to the real thing as possible (many a time, due to poor lighting, the camera doesn’t capture the true colours), so editing has to be done. People come to your blog to look for swatches, and you would want to make sure the colours are as accurate as possible. That’s why I never use the mobile phone’s camera to take pictures of swatches, and when I do with a digital camera, I colour-correct to make sure the colours are true. I can’t begin to tell you how many blogs I’ve seen when the swatches don’t match the real thing at all.

    Many a time, photo editing amongst bloggers are lost in translation. People assume that photo editing just means removing blemishes from the skin, or making yourself look like someone you really aren’t. I don’t condone this practice amongst beauty bloggers, but I highly recommend editing when it comes to making the products clearer, the colours more accurate.

    As for Instagram, or any app or software that creates filters for photographs, if it suits the theme of the post, by all means go ahead! Although I do have to say, please don’t use it to review makeup, especially when you want to show the colours.

    And that’s what I wanted to say on Sunday! :P

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    Ling Tung Reply:

    @Tine, Aha, I was wondering how you managed to tweet! LOL.

    I totally understand and agree with your point of view. I believe that some sort of editing must be done to make the photo blog-worthy – whether it is cropping or adjusting lighting. It’s a difficult subject though as some are totally for it whereas a minority are not convinced.

    Maybe there should be more on this topic…I feel it needs further discussion or clarification of some sort…hmm…???

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  2. Marusya V
    07/06/2011 at 12:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Another great recap! Re: Photoshoping. I agree that there should not be airbrushing involved but other simple editing, why not? Good quality pics is a must for a good blog. By adjusting light and exposure you can bring the best out of average shoots. Plus not everybody have light boxes:) Wish you could see my weird constructions I use to take better pics LOL
    Small watermark is ok. But not like massive sign right across photo… thats a no no!
    xoxo
    MV

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    Ling Tung Reply:

    @Marusya V, I think PhotoShop is brilliant – not that I know how to use it myself – but I have seen the magic it can do. I see no wrong in adjusting lighting and cropping photos etc. I wish I did have a DSLR though…

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  3. Jen
    08/06/2011 at 5:17 am (3 years ago)

    These are great tips! What is a light umbrella that you use for face shots? Or a Light box for nails?

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    Ling Tung Reply:

    @Jen, It’s all the professional photo lighting systems…I’m not a pro so I don’t know how it really works…

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