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Anyone who follows me closely on Periscope knows I have a hard time NOT saying the words “Pinterest”. The reason is that the social media site has been very generous when it comes to traffic to my blog. With minimal output (I schedule out the majority of my pins through Tailwind), Pinterest drives the majority of the traffic to my blog. The thing with Pinterest is, like other forms of social media, in order to do well on the platform, one must optimise their content for the site. The most egregious error anyone can make on the sleek, beautiful Pinterest is to have bad pictures. And sadly, so many blogs and businesses think their content will get them by. Not only does this go directly against what Pinterest recommends, it makes people who want to share your content and support you not want to pin your stuff. Not good. I have yet to buy a DSLR. And I know everyone who with a proper camera and every professional photographer is probably thinking I’m misleading the masses by recommending taking photos with a smartphone. I apologise to the Photo Gods. A smartphone is in no way a replacement for a real camera. But if you’re like me and don’t have it in the budget for a real camera quite yet, then this post is for you! Here are 8 tips to take better blog pictures with your iPhone
8 Tips To Take Better Blog Pictures With Your iPhone
1. Take your pictures with LOTS of natural light. Think your kitchen lighting is enough? Look at the difference below.
2. Clear out the background of your photos. Sadly, unless you’re writing a post about Pinterest fails, no one wants to see REAL real life on Pinterest. Your cluttered counter or a busy background do not make a Pinterest-worthy pic at all.
3. Consider using white poster or foam boards to make the background irrelevant and the subject of your photos shine. If you’re not sure if white is right on Pinterest, scroll down your feed 🙂
4. Get in nice and close. Most photos of crafts or food are up close so they can be appreciated for what they are. Don’t zoom use zoom on your iPhone, especially if you’ll end up cropping your photos later, it won’t look good.
5. Press the centre of the phone to focus. Every time I see a blurry photo on social media, admittedly, I cringe. All it takes is tapping the middle of your screen once, and your iPhone will focus.
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6. Switch your phone to HDR: While the iPhones High Dynamic Range is nothing to write home about, it will help you see a little more detail in some instances and helps balance the exposure of light.
7. CROP your pics: Centre your photo better than you did when you took it, get rid of something that doesn’t totally work, or if you’re making a pinnable image (which all blog posts should have if you’re using Pinterest), don’t forget to crop! The ideal size for images on Pinterest is said to be 736 x 1128 pixels. There IS playing room with the size. But your images MUST, MUST, MUST be vertical. In a book I read on social media it said, To not cater your content to the social media platform it’s on “…is the equivalent of the tourist (in Norway) deciding that since he can’t speak Norwegian he’ll just speak Icelandic and it will do. That’s stupid.” (Gary Vaynerchuck, Jab Jab Jab Right Hook).
8. Edit your images: PicMonkey, the iPhone app Tadaa, and Canva are free examples of places you can edit your content and get good results.
While it may be nice to think good content should suffice, a beautiful image will make an enormous difference in the appeal of your content.
What are some of your photo tips? I’m always looking for advice to make my own photos better!
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