I am doing a presentation for WordPress Perth on hobby blogging… There are SO many aspects to blogging it is hard to know where to start and I do feel a bit like Jen on the IT Crowd when Moss and Roy lend her the internet, but I have learnt a bit over the years.
One of the things I’ve struggled with most as a blogger is photography and for me, photos are the make-or-break element of craft blogging. A text-heavy post without photos loses my attention FAST. But how do you take a good photo for your blog?
I am absolutely not going to try to tell you how to use a camera (Katy at The Littlest Thistle has done a great series on photography which is definitely worth checking out). I have a DSLR which has improved my photos no end, but I’m a photo dunce. However there are some things I think make a good photo and, just like quilting, there are some ‘design’ aspects I lean towards.
I love using a rough texture behind my photos – be it natural or man-made. My house has some very ugly brick pavers, concrete and bricks but also some nice limestone and raw stone happening. All of these have turned out to be great backgrounds for photos, especially for my smaller projects.
The ugly 70s pavers add a nice textural background.
The BBQ raw stone table…
I very rarely do a ‘person holding up a quilt’ shot. I take a few on the washing line because that’s the easiest place for me to get a full shot, but they rarely turn out well. But I do like quilts on bed shots, especially if there is a feature giving a glimpse into the person’s life or something else of interest. Is it voyeurism or is it a preference to connect with a person, not just a quilt? Those are the photos I like so those are the photos I try to take. There’s more happening in this photo than ‘quilt on bed’. Even if I did have to get into the cupboard to take it.
In process and in detail
I like to see how people have done things, and I confess, I like to know other people aren’t perfect in their process. The finished product of this earpod purse looks lovely – it didn’t look so neat mid-project. And I have that tape on my sewing machine as a guide.
I mentioned the personal touch before. Your written ‘voice’ as a blogger is important and helps people to connect to you, but your photos also reveal bits of your life. A craft blog is a craft blog and not a family/holiday/recipe blog, so strike a balance. Reveal a little bit of your life here and there, predominantly as a backdrop or a feature to your main photos. Yes a holiday snap and a photo of your child now and then is fine! But that’s not why people follow you, so strike a balance.
I know a lot of my followers are outside Australia. Blue skies in winter is unheard of to many in the world so this gives a little away (hello Canadian friends! Mid winter here!).
Here are my little neighbours who are now back in Japan playing on my Plum Crazy quilt.
I love humour and making people laugh. Sometimes I go for quirky, weird or funny photos just because that’s who I am and what I like…
I hope that has been helpful! It has helped me clarify my thoughts about how I choose to take my photos. Stay tuned for a bit more about my post-production process!