Everybody takes pictures with their phones but if you want to up your game and use your images in your business, blog posts, or business social networks then check out these six tips. “Practice makes perfect” has never been truer when taking your own images and/or flat lay images for business use.
6 Tips For Taking Your Own Pictures
- Use Natural Light – there really isn’t a good substitute for natural light…unless you are a professional photographer (and I’m not). Play around with taking pictures with light coming in the from the windows.
- Background: I like using my glass table or my black desk. You can also buy large square sheets of wrapping paper and use the white side of the paper or purchase boards from art supply stores for a background.
- Objects: Plants, writing pens, laptops, coffee cups, note cards, small pictures, candles, etc. It’s up to you to find the right objects that speak to your mood and brand. I’m sure you have items at home that you can use.
- Balance: This takes practice and is essential for pictures and flat-lay pictures. You don’t want to clutter the picture with items but you do want to achieve balance. Take a picture and adjust the objects and repeat. I usually take 10-20 pictures.
- The Eye: You can develop an eye for pictures. Look closely to see if anything is out of place. When taking pictures outside look closely at the picture. Is your neighbor walking outside in his pajamas (that would be my neighbor) or did you catch someone’s child in the picture? You might want to retake those pictures!
- Edit: Use the editor on your phone and/or an online editor like PicMonkey. I also use Photoshop. Use the editor to enhance the tone to give it a polished look.
I like to look at various Instagram feeds for technique and inspiration.
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