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Sunday Tips: Composition & Cropping Better Blog Photos

Composition and Cropping for Better Blog PhotosI’m back with a few more tips this Sunday for those of you who blog out there (though, this is applicable to any photography really). Today I’ll be talking all about Composition and Cropping, or how to take into consideration where things are in the photo – and how to fix it if you hadn’t thought about it before hand. You’ll need a camera (for those photos), photos and any editing software that has a crop tool (all of them). Got all of these? Good, let’s get started. I use Adobe Lightroom to do cropping and other photo adjustments, but free tools like Windows Photo Editor and Photos (RIP iPhoto) will let you crop just the same. Now, I’ll be focusing on product shots in this post and not on people – but in general the rules apply the same.

Cropping

Ever taken a picture and just gone – “uhhhhh what happened?” I have. Many times. That’s exactly what the cropping is for, getting out awkward angles and unwanted objects or persons. It’s pretty simple, click on the crop tool in you editor of choice and crop as you wish. Sometime you don’t have that much choice in cropping but do your best.

cropping 1
cropping 1 original

L-R: after cropping, before cropping

Angles

These are pretty important, as it can really make or break your photo. I’ll talk about flatlys in a different post, but when taking a photo of anything (and people especially) it’s important to consider the angle, from down below will make the subject seem taller (it can also create a double chin) but it makes the perspective strange since we usually don’t see things from below other than the sky or buildings. Consider how strange it looks in the photo, a lip balm tube just makes no sense shot from below. You can shoot things at eye level, which is great for products since we usually observe them from eye level or from above.

angle 2
angle 3
angle 1

L-R: from below, at eye level, from above (excuse the blue tack)

Composition

You’re probably familiar with the rule of thirds, basically split your frame into 9 squares with 3 horizontal lines and 2 vertical ones and place the subject either on those lines or between them etc. This can really change the image, it can help draw the focus to the subject or create a more “airy” feel in the image.

comp left
comp centre
comp right

Annnnnnd that’s kind of all there is to it, just take some time to consider where things are in your frame it makes a difference.

Any tips for great blog photos? Let me know!

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