Photography Tips and Tricks

Photography Tips and Tricks

I thought since I’ve been asked quite a bit about my photography that I’d share some tips and tricks with you all — everything from the camera I use, the way I take my photos and the programs I use to edit my photography. This is an all out guide for you all. 🙂 I’d be lying if I said I had a set way I do things.. I really just fly by the seat of my pants lol. Never-the-less.. here we go!

my-camera

Canon-EOS-Rebel-T3

I use a Canon EOS Rebel t3 DLSR camera. At first I found this camera as a bit overwhelming to use because I was used to point and shoot cameras but with some pretty simple settings it’s not too bad at all.

some-photography-tips

  • I learned to stop using the camera’s automatic setting and played around on manual by changing the ISO and aperture settings. This may sound really confusing and you may think your camera is going to explode, but trust me.. it’s not as bad as it seems. You can find some great YouTube videos that explain how to use each option.
  • I make sure to try to use as much natural light as possible. I don’t always have this option, but when I do I let in light through my bedroom window or use sunlight when I’m outside and it makes such a difference. When it’s not super bright, I sometimes will mess around with my aperture and iso settings to get my pictures to the brightness I am wanting.
  • When I don’t have natural light I sometimes use light I have around my house such as candles and Christmas lights. I really try not to use my flash ever because I don’t think it looks very great in most pictures.
  • Angles are important, too. Not only can you move around the objects you are taking pictures of, but you can move yourself around. Have you ever seen those pictures of people lying on the ground or twisting their necks around like they’re from the movie Poltergeist? Yeah… that’s me. I have learned that angles are super important when taking pictures. You can change the whole dynamic of your photo by using a different angle.
  • You can use a white sheet or blanket which can help reflect light. They also help to add brightness to your photos.

programs-I-use-to-edit-my-photos

Photography-Editing-Programs

  • Canva : A super simple and mostly free program where you can add fonts, graphics, and overlays to your photos. I like to use this every once in a while. http://www.canva.com
  • GIMP: This is like a free version of Photoshop. When I want to brighten my photos I put the “screen” feature over them and duplicate the layer and screen again. I then can mess with the color levels in the picture. I don’t really mess with anything else other than brightness and a little bit with coloring. https://www.gimp.org/
  • PicMonkey: I mostly will use this for social media but I like PicMonkey because I can add fun effects to photos. I also can create buttons and graphics. http://www.picmonkey.com
  • LunaPic: I strongly believe if you’ve taken the time to take great pictures, you should watermark them. I use LunaPic to watermark my photos. I can choose between black and white font and change the transparency of the font. It doesn’t have a huge font selection but I find there are enough I like.:) http://www167.lunapic.com/editor/

That’s honestly really about all I do. I always watermark my photos but, other than that, I sometimes will use a combination of any of these tips. I hope they’ll help you out! If you have any questions I’ll be happy to answer them for you.

*Sources for pictures of photo editing site logos from Google. All other photos are my own.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

signature

61 Comments

  1. fionaswonderland January 5, 2015

    this is really helpful! will definitely be taking some of these into consideration when I next take blog photos xx

    Reply
  2. heydarlinglove January 5, 2015

    Loving this!!! I have really been stumped on how to take great photos for my blog!! Maybe this will help me out A TON! And we just go our DSLR camera not too long ago…I am too scared to try to ISO and aperture settings…why? Because I get frustrated when I can’t do things the right way and I worry I might throw my camera. lol But this is a great post! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 5, 2015

      Hahahah. I always thought I’d completely ruin my camera and wouldn’t be able to figure anything out but honestly just playing with settings has been cool. Of course, YouTube helped a bit lol but I’m very glad I got outside my comfort zone. I think it has paid off! I can’t wait to see what you do 🙂

      Reply
      • heydarlinglove January 5, 2015

        Trust me, it’s going to take some time!!! Or….I will just yell for the hubby. He’s better at that stuff than I am. Maybe someday I can make him part of my blog and we can be a team. Especially after we have the baby. haha. That would be funny!

        Reply
        • prettyloved January 5, 2015

          Lol yes it would! No shame in that. I’ve seen bloggers have their hubby help them with photography and other things 🙂 So excited for your baby!

          Reply
          • heydarlinglove January 5, 2015

            Me too! 😀 I feel like I talk about the baby WAYYYYYY too much already! just wait until he is out! lol


          • prettyloved January 5, 2015

            Nooo not at all haha!!


  3. rachelellisfashionandbeauty January 5, 2015

    Great tips! I have the Canon EOS 100D and I love it! I haven’t discovered all the different settings yet because there’s so many! 🙂 xxx

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 5, 2015

      Ahh I know! It can get overwhelming trying to figure everything out. Youtube videos helped me a ton. Some people will completely walk you through everything and spell out/review every ABC and 123 lol which is what I need in a tutorial. Canons are the best! 🙂 I have seen pics from the 70D and they’re gorgeous. You should def experiment with your settings.

      Reply
      • rachelellisfashionandbeauty January 5, 2015

        I will have to watch some videos then I think! I never thought of youtube tutorials to be honest. They sound perfect for me too! 🙂 xx

        Reply
  4. bflyrenee January 5, 2015

    Great tips how do you add your signature to the end of your blog? Thx

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 5, 2015

      Hey! 🙂 I actually just made a signature with an online signature maker using a font they already had and uploaded it through a media file.

      Reply
      • bflyrenee January 5, 2015

        Interesting like a free signature maker? Then do you insert it like a picture?

        Reply
        • prettyloved January 5, 2015

          Yeah a free signature maker or you can use canva and make a signature that way, then save it as a jpeg or similar file and insert like a pic 🙂

          Reply
  5. Jasmine January 5, 2015

    These are great tips!!!! Ever since I was blessed to be upgraded to a DSLR I’ve been really loving taking pictures and really making them look very high quality, even with my older camera which is also a canon I always worked really hard to make them look really high quality…or the best that it could get haha! And I love using blankets and guilty even curtains to make my background look flawless, lol you should see my set up, A MESS I need to try out some of these internet picture websites I usually just use picmonkey or fotor! Thanks again for the great post and tips!

    Jasmine 🙂
    colorubold.blogspot.com

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 5, 2015

      Haha I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your pictures. You take such beautiful pictures. My setup is sooo unprofessional looking haha! I will totally use anything I have laying around : sheets, blankets, curtains, etc. But honestly there is a genius in the madness lol. I need to try fotor! That’s an excellent idea. Thanks so much for reading my post <33

      Reply
  6. Ana January 5, 2015

    Awesome post and very helpful.

    Reply
  7. allisgoodblog January 5, 2015

    Thanks for this, I will definitely be trying out some of those photo editing programs 🙂

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 6, 2015

      So glad it could help you. 🙂 Let me know if you have questions about any of them.

      Reply
  8. plus+beauty27 January 6, 2015

    Thanks for sharing! You always take such great photos! 🙂

    Reply
  9. Jacklyn January 6, 2015

    Great tips! I own a Rebel T3i, and I am also learning to take photos with it. I’m getting better! I really want to purchase a new lens. Do you have an suggestions?

    jacklynv.blogspot.com

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 6, 2015

      When I had first started looking at cameras I really wanted the t3 or t3i! Such great cameras. The only lenses I own are currently the 18-55 mm for my up close pics and 55-250 for pictures at the zoo etc. I find those two to be perfect for what I use them for so far but I have never researched into more, sorry :/

      Reply
  10. Neesha Rees (@NeeshaRees) January 6, 2015

    Great post! I definitely need to get myself a good camera asap to try these tips & techniques out
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 6, 2015

      Let me know if you do. You won’t regret it. 🙂 I hope they help you.

      Reply
  11. Let me try this for you January 6, 2015

    I just had my bf buy me a new camera for Christmas. It’s a smaller one but it still takes good pictures. I cant wait to use it for my blog because that’s the basic reason I needed one. My makeup pictures come out so bad with an iphone. This is very helpful especially with the links you gave us!

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 6, 2015

      Ahh yes!! When I take pics on my iphone or android they never come out exactly how I want. I think with where the lens is I can never figure out how to use the angles I want to take pics of the products lol. Can’t wait to see your pics with your new camera 🙂 Def experiment a bit and play with the settings.

      Reply
  12. Alexis Ruiz January 6, 2015

    Wow I was actually looking for more free programs to use besides monkeypic and picasa to edit my photos! This is an awesome post thanks a bunch 😊👏

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 6, 2015

      You’re very welcome. 😊 I need to try out picasa. I have heard that fotor is great, too. Glad I could help!!

      Reply
  13. Thank you for this post – it’s really helpful as I just got a bridge camera for christmas and it’s all quite over whelming! xx

    Magpie Jasmine || Palette Giveaway: Urban Decay, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 6, 2015

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad I could be of help. 🙂

      Reply
  14. Lynne January 6, 2015

    This is such a great article! I am really into my photography and I always learn from everyone 🙂 I love your camera! I also have a Canon and it works so well.

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 6, 2015

      Your pictures are seriously so beautiful, Lynne. I need some of your tips as well.

      Reply
      • Lynne January 7, 2015

        Thank you so much hun! I would love to share with you so you can as any time 🙂

        Reply
  15. Areeba January 8, 2015

    White sheets and extra light ALWAYS help. Love this post, so helpful, I’m just trying to learn to take more better photographs and make my blog a little bit Tumblry or Pinteresty haha!

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 8, 2015

      Haha agreed!! If it looks great on those then that’s awesome :))

      Reply
  16. knottymarie January 8, 2015

    awesome tips! Thank you!

    Reply
  17. Cassandra January 8, 2015

    Thank you for sharing these. I like to think I can take a picture, but I really can’t. Thank you for the tips 🙂

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 8, 2015

      Hahah oh hush. Anyone can take a pic lol. I hope this helps you!!! :)) Thank you so much for reading

      Reply
  18. cassandrassirensong January 8, 2015

    I’m not sure if my comment when through my internet closed 🙁 I just wanted to say thank you for the tips. I like to think I know what I am doing but I really don’t. I will have to use some of these

    Reply
  19. heatherjoie January 8, 2015

    great info! it really is all about just going outside of your comfort zone and using the manual setting

    Reply
  20. hiddenfashionsecrets January 11, 2015

    It is really helpful

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 11, 2015

      Good to hear that! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

      Reply
  21. Ana January 13, 2015

    Very helpful. The photography always concern me

    Reply
  22. Mikéla Davelyn January 15, 2015

    I can’t wait to get a good camera! That would help my photography so much 🙂

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 15, 2015

      You can do pretty good with some point and shoots but a good cam def helps. Hope this helped!

      Reply
  23. Natasha Ann January 17, 2015

    I have just bought my first DSLR camera, in a nut shell I’m scared of it, or scared of changing settings. i.e from automatic. Your pictures are great; it’s given me a push to look into it further. Great tip about the candle light and white reflection, this time of year it’s so hard to capture the sun light. Xx

    http://natashaann.blogspot.co.uk

    Reply
    • prettyloved January 17, 2015

      How awesome! :)) Don’t be afraid to play around with them. If you change settings in manual, they don’t stick in automatic mode or one that’s already on there lol so you won’t mess up your picture taking. I would look up a photography channel on youtube. They’re super informative and some people can show you the settings they use in real time so as they mess with buttons on their camera, you actually get to see what they’re doing in the video. 🙂 Good luck!

      Reply
  24. Enjoyfreebies October 19, 2015

    Great tips. I am looking for a new camera and ways to take better pictures. I’m going to check out the one you use.

    Reply
    • prettylovedx@yahoo.com October 21, 2015

      Awesome! 🙂 I really love my Canon. Everyone goes in between Nikon and Cannons but I think they’re both great. They’re pretty easy to use but you may want to watch some YouTube videos if you get stuck. It’s sooo much easier checking out YouTube videos about different subjects like aperture, etc where you can see what they’re talking about changing on screen.

      Reply

Leave a Reply