Working Girl How To: Shooting for Your Blog

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When it comes to successful blogging, eye-catching and crisp images to run along with posts are nearly as important as the content itself! If you're unsure of where to start with shooting excellent photos for your blog, we have a few tips below that might help. The header image for this post is a setup of a recent shoot we did for a collaborative blog project!

Arm yourself with a great camera - Although iPhone photography has definitely stepped up its game over the last few years thanks to great applications like Afterlight and VSCO, investing in a high-quality DSLR camera is the first step to owning your photography game. I've owned a Canon Rebel XS for nearly six years now, and it has been a wonderful, reliable camera. Even using the lens that the camera came with, I've been able to capture great images.

Count on natural lighting - Bloggers everywhere will agree: avoid using your flash at all costs! There's nothing worse than a washed-out photo thanks to flash. I prefer to count on natural lighting when shooting for my blog and personal projects and it has never failed me. Early morning or early afternoon seems to be the best time to shoot in natural lighting.

Have a reliable backdrop - I can't speak enough to having a reliable "backdrop" that you return to time and time again for great photos. For me, it's my white built-in shelf in my kitchen. With the right amount of natural light pouring through the windows, the white backdrop becomes absolutely seamless.

Don't fall victim to over-editing We all remember the Myspace and early Facebook days, when editing your photos to a fault was the "it" thing do to. However, those days are long gone! Creating crisp, clean and minimal images for your blog should be your aim. Focus on adjusting the brightness, contrast and saturation of your photos to get them up to par rather than taking the easy route with a filter. You'll be impressed with the results!

What are your best tips for capturing elegant, quality images for your blog? Share your advice with us in a comment below or tweet us at @HeyWorkingGirl