My 7 Best Photography Tips for Beginners

Having eye-catching photos that match your brand is a must if you have a blog or website and social media accounts. While stock photos are great, I love when creatives use their own photography. It gives their platforms a sense of realness and makes me feel more connected to them.

When I really started getting into blogging, I focused mainly on outfit posts. Since I don’t have a tripod, my boyfriend took all my photos of me for my blog and I started experimenting with taking photos for social media (mainly Instagram).

Between the two of us, we’ve figured out some awesome photography tips for beginners!

I recently invested in a DSLR camera and am looking into taking a few lessons to get the hang of everything. But most of the photos on my blog and Instagram have been snapped with our iPhones.

I know the DSLR camera is going to make a big difference and I can’t wait to learn all about it, but it’s also possible to take amazing photos with your phone, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t own a more heavy duty camera.

Whether you’re using your phone or camera, there are certain photography tips to keep in mind when you’re starting out. These are the tips I’ve learned over the past few years and they’ve made a huge difference in my photos from when I began my blogging journey.

Whether you have a Canon, Nikon, or iPhone, learn how to take gorgeous photos for your blog and social media. These photography tips and ideas are perfect for beginners and for bloggers who want to take their photography to the next level! Click through to read the post now and make sure you save this pin for your friends to read too!

Whether you have a Canon, Nikon, or iPhone, learn how to take gorgeous photos for your blog and social media. These photography tips and ideas are perfect for beginners and for bloggers who want to take their photography to the next level! Click through to read the post now and make sure you save this pin for your friends to read too!

1) LIGHTING IS EVERYTHING FOR PHOTOS

I can’t press this enough. Lighting WILL make or break your photos. Different photos require different lighting, but it’s always best to use natural light.

If you’re taking photos inside, make sure to take them in the daytime with the light shining through your window.  Using natural lighting always makes your photos look 1000 times better than if you use indoor lighting.

When you’re taking photos of yourself outside, it’s best not to take them when the sun is directly overhead. You’ll end up squinting and the colours may not be as rich as you’d like.

If it’s the only time you can take them, try going up against a wall for shade and minimal shadows.

I find the best time to take photos outside is early morning before the sun comes all the way up or around dinner time. This way the sun isn’t shining too brightly, yet there is still enough natural light to make your photos look amazing!

2) REARRANGE THINGS


Food photos, coffee table shots, and of course flat lays, always look best when you shoot them from above. But don’t be afraid to rearrange things for the perfect shot!

Sometimes moving even one thing will make a huge difference and get you the photo you want. If you’re out for a meal with friends, bring the plates and drinks closer together (it always looks better). Hopefully they don’t mind waiting a minute or two ;).

3) TAKE MULTIPLE SHOTS

The photos we see on peoples’ blogs and Instagrams are VERY rarely the only photo they took. Take lots of photos!

Play around with angles and lighting. If you’re taking outfit pictures, try different poses, look in different directions, play with your clothes.

If you’re taking food photos, zoom in, zoom out, stand on chairs, have fun with it! Changing your camera angle can make the world of a difference, so always try shooting from different angles.
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I always have tons of photos to choose from and this way I can post my favourites!

Related Post: Instagram Photography Tips for Beginners

4) PHOTO EDITING IS KEY

Editing your photos is a great way to get them exactly how you want, especially if the lighting wasn’t right or if the photo didn’t turn out as sharp as you wanted it. However, make sure you don’t over edit! When I’ve looked back on my photos, I realized how over-contrasted some of them are.

I usually stick to brightening them and enriching the colours with an app. Pic Tap Go also has an editing tool that allows you to make things more crisp, which I love for food and nature photos!

And I’ve just started getting into Lightroom…I edited the photo below with Lightroom and can’t wait to start using it more!

Related Post: How to Take the Perfect Top Down Photo for Instagram

5) CHOOSE A NICE BACKGROUND

The background of your photos is a really important thing to think about. When I’m taking outfit photos, I will usually plan out where I want to go to take them before shooting.

I usually stick to a brick or grey wall as I like the look of a plain background where your outfit can stand out.

However, I also love the look of a cool coffee shop, the beach, vineyards, colourful buildings, the mountains, etc. A nice background can really make your photo pop, so it’s worth putting some thought into it!

6) STAY STEADY AND FOCUSED

This may seem obvious, but I thought I should point it out. Sometimes I’ll take a photo quickly because the only two people in the café are me and the person behind the counter and I feel nervous  LOL.

But guess what? The photo is never good. It’s crooked or out of focus, or both. Take your time and take a steady photo. It will turn out so much better, even if it means a little bit of embarrassment. I’ve come to realize that most places are used to people taking photos for Instagram anyways!

7) ADD LIFE TO YOUR PHOTOS

As a lifestyle blogger, it’s always nice to add a bit of life to your photos. What does that mean exactly? Add in an aspect that makes the photo feel un-staged (even if they are).

This could mean a photo of someone riding a bike in front of a coffee shop, or a photo of your friend’s hand reaching for something on the table like in the photo below.

Another great way to add life is to capture an action shot such as the one below where I’m twirling to look up at the castle. These things give a sense of realness to your photos that will make it more likely for people to connect with them.

I hope these tips helped you as you begin your photography journey, and I’ll make sure to be back with more once I start figuring everything else out with my DLSR camera! Do you guys have anymore tips for photography? Make sure to sound off in the comments below! And if you loved this post, make sure to share it on Pinterest!

Good photography can seriously amp up your blog and social media accounts! Whether you use an iPhone or DSLR camera, these are the best photography tips and ideas for beginners. Click to read the tips or save this post for later!

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45 Comments

  1. Reply

    Victoria

    June 17, 2016

    I love the last tip!! Really helpful! Definitely gives me something to think about 🙂
    Victoria
    http://www.lovehaightblog.com

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      Kate

      June 17, 2016

      Thanks Victoria! I’ve noticed that I’m really drawn to life in photos so thought I should throw it in 🙂 Thanks for stopping by !

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    mallorycanteven

    June 17, 2016

    Great post! This was super helpful!!

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      Kate

      June 17, 2016

      Thanks so much! 🙂

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    Jessie @ Just Jessie

    June 17, 2016

    Love, love, love these tips! Sometimes I get down on myself because I can’t afford a good camera right now, so I only use my iPhone for both photos and videos. I use some of these tips, but thanks for the refresher and new ideas!

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      Kate

      June 17, 2016

      Hey Jessie, definitely don’t feel discouraged! Most of my photos are taken with my iPhone and I actually love the quality! Glad you found the tips helpful 🙂

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    Rachel

    June 17, 2016

    Love all these tips! Every time I take photos for my blog/social media it turns into at least an hour of multiple shots, rearranging things, adding things in/taking things out, etc. It’s a process!

    Rachel / http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

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      Kate

      June 17, 2016

      Hi Rachel, you’re so right, it’s definitely such a process! Thanks for stopping by and glad you liked the tips 🙂

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    Corrie Alexander

    June 18, 2016

    Thanks for the post, great tips! I’ve wanted to start using my own photos on my blog posts for a long time, but since I don’t really know what I’m doing I keep wimping out and using creative commons stock photos. But reading this makes me want to buckle down and start snapping some pics today! I don’t have a proper camera but I can at least get started with my iphone!

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      Kate

      June 18, 2016

      Hi Cory! My best advice is to just get started! You don’t need a fancy camera 🙂 Most of my photos are taken on my iPhone and the more you do it the more comfortable you’ll get and the better your pictures will be 🙂 Good luck and I hope my tips help 😀

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    Desirae@thefullestlifeblog

    June 21, 2016

    I love these tips- you are awesome and I’m so glad I found your blog! Definitely a new reader- I love that you have blog tips mixed with lifestyle posts! 🙂

    -Desirae at thefullestlifeblog.com

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      Kate

      June 21, 2016

      Hi Desirae! Thank you so much, that means a lot! So happy to have you around and I hope you find my posts enjoyable and helpful! xx

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    workingtowardsthedream

    October 25, 2016

    Thanks for the tips I have been trying to take better photos for my blog! I have only just gotten started but I have only used my own photos and these tips should help me improve on that! Thanks so much!

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      Kate

      October 25, 2016

      That’s so great that you take all your own pictures! I’m glad this post is helpful for you, thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

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    ZyraKuma

    December 30, 2016

    Your tips are really helpful! I’ve just recently bought a new camera and I’ve been dying to find out how to approach snapping pictures. Thank you ^-^

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      Kate

      January 2, 2017

      I;m so happy you found the post helpful 🙂 Enjoy your new camera 😀

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    themakeupaficionado

    January 18, 2017

    Good lighting is definitely everything. Not even the best camera equipment can save you if you don’t have good lighting.

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      Kate

      January 18, 2017

      It’s so true, isn’t it! Thanks fore reading 🙂

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    fehintolaogunye

    January 28, 2017

    Great tips Kate as always. I don’t own an iPhone but my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 does a pretty good job of taking pictures and making videos.
    I hope to get a DSLR soon too and read your tips for using it.

    http://www.fehintolaogunye.com

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      Kate

      January 29, 2017

      Thank you so much! I’ve heard great things about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, so I’m glad it’s working well for you for your photos and videos 🙂 Xx

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    niicolee00

    February 25, 2017

    I’m so happy I stumbled across your blog and these tips! Photography is my least favorite part of blogging because I feel like my pictures are never good enough. I’ve thought about hiring one of my photographer friends on several occasions, but I don’t have the budget for that 😛 Thanks for all the help!

    -Nicole
    myuninspiredblog.com

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      Kate

      February 27, 2017

      Hi Nicole! So happy I could provide you with some help in the photography realm! Just keep practicing and practicing! Your pictures will evolve (I giggle when I look back on my old photos!). XO

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    Nisha

    March 2, 2017

    helpfull

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      Kate

      March 3, 2017

      Thanks Nisha 🙂

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    Kelly

    April 18, 2017

    Thank you for the tips! I’m a new blogger and currently just take pictures with my phone (insert various frowny emojis). Do you have any tips for when you’re shooting indoors and can’t be near a window? My kitchen is completely blocked off from natural light which makes it hard to take decent food pictures. Thanks!

    Kelly
    http://www.aboveaverageadulting.com/

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      Kate

      April 24, 2017

      Hi Kelly, thanks for stopping by and you’re very welcome for the tips! Hmm that’s a great question. I’ve always been able to use natural light so I can’t say from experience, but perhaps you could create a set up near a window to take your photos on. Before we redid our kitchen, I used to take food photos on a white desk near a window! You could also invest in a marble slab to make it look like a countertop, etc. 🙂

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    Kristi S

    May 7, 2017

    Thank you this help me get a better​ understanding..

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      Kate

      May 10, 2017

      You’re welcome Kristi! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    studioloicbisoli

    July 5, 2017

    I found your blog on Pinterest, so I came to give it a look. I’m enjoying the information. I’m bookmarking and will be share this to my Friends! Wonderful blog and amazing design and style.

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      Kate

      July 12, 2017

      Wow, thank you so much for your comment! I’m so glad you find my blog so helpful, and I’m very happy to have you and your friends around 🙂

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    ERIN MCDONALD

    October 22, 2017

    Loved these tips! lighting is so important and I am so not proficient in editing yet!

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      Kate

      October 23, 2017

      Thanks Erin!! Yes, natural lighting is so key and editing makes all the difference! Practice makes perfect 😉

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    Masha Popova

    January 10, 2018

    I just started photography and I was looking for something good. I really thank full to you for sharing this amazing tips. In the start, I was not taking multiple shots but now I will definitely take some multi-clicks. Thanks again @Katebialowas for your help.

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      Kate

      January 18, 2018

      You’re so welcome, Masha! I’m so glad this post was helpful for you! Good luck with your photography!

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    aemtz

    March 30, 2018

    Love all of these tips!

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    Melliana Mulugeta

    April 28, 2018

    These seriously are such helpful tips, love it! I also just got a DSLR but have definitely gotten great photos from my iPhone with some of the same tips I’ve picked up. (:

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      Kate

      May 21, 2018

      So happy you found the tips helpful!! Thanks for stopping by xoxo

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    Ryan @ Photography

    June 26, 2018

    Perfect tips about photography.It’s not only for beginners.I hope your 7 amazing tips is for intermediate photographer.

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    rodolfho a chona

    July 3, 2018

    thanks a lot. I almost started

  22. Reply

    Heidi Vagle

    September 19, 2018

    Great tips! Excited to improve my pictures for my blog and instagram!

    • Reply

      Kate

      September 25, 2018

      YAY! Thanks Heidi, glad you enjoyed the post!

  23. Reply

    Rashi

    October 2, 2018

    Love all the tips! Definitely learned a lot more than expected in this field since I’m a beginner. These tips seems super helpful and really can’t wait to try all of them!

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      Kate

      October 8, 2018

      Thanks for stopping by, Rashi! Glad you got some great tips from the post 🙂

  24. Reply

    Goldie

    October 16, 2018

    Love all your tips! Such a big help for beginners like me! I just got my DSLR camera and barely used it except auto mode. Now I need to get out and try snapping!

  25. Reply

    Daniella

    January 24, 2019

    This is really helpful and you do take great photos. Great blog!!

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