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Common Mistakes in Photo Blogging You Should Avoid

No photographer is perfect, and therefore every one of us make photo blogging mistakes. It’s a simple fact of life, and as long as you learn something from it, then it’s acceptable to say that you are doing a pretty decent job. Here are some of the most common photo blogging mistakes and ways to avoid doing them again.

Mistake No. 1: Choosing The Wrong Blogging For Your Business

There are a few options for making a blog, however, the 2 main contenders both include WordPress, which appear to generate uncertainty for photographers who are not familiar with blogging. The two alternatives include a free blog hosted by WordPress.com or a free installation of the WordPress software on your domain. A lot of individuals use the first option. However, it’s a mistake that you should avoid for several reasons:

  1. You don’t own or directly control over WordPress or the content, which could vanish without any notice.
  2. There is a zero SEO benefit for you since every SEO value from incoming links goes to WordPress and not to your blog.
  3. There are only limited themes and plug-ins.
  4. It’s not easy to install e-mail sign up forms.

How To Fix It?

Install the WordPress software which can be downloaded from their website. After that, you can include the themes and plugins you want. Since the website runs on your domain, you will enjoy every SEO benefit of every incoming link as well as from your own content.

Mistake No. 2: Not Posting Regularly

For your blog to be successful, you’ll have to post regularly. It doesn’t mean that you need to post every day, but you’ll have to give your viewers something new. One of the mistakes photographers make is by just posting when they have photos to show. This habit can make holes on the blog in between short activities.

How To Fix It?

Remove the dates from your posts. This will make it look like your blog is colorful with new posts. You can also easily create a publishing calendar. You can add topics other than your photography and include them in your calendar. What you need to do is follow-up by ensuring you make and publish the content from your calendar at the right time.

Mistake No.3: Failing To Put Enough Text

Opposite to what several photographers think, photography doesn’t sell itself. The truth is, it’s the text or stories behind the photos do the selling. You as the photographer is the only one who knows the real story behind the photo. Sadly, most photographers don’t use enough words to tell their stories, resulting in heavy imagery but really light text content.

How To Fix It?

True, you are a photographer and not a writer. However, you don’t need to be a skilled wordsmith to write a story as amazing as your actual work. All you need to do is type down the same words you would use if you were in a real conversation. It surely is will be awkward at first, but it will get easier with practice.

Beginner Photographer ? Avoid these common mistakes

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Really interesting video on mistakes you want to avoid when starting as a photographer !

Photography tips for better aerial shots

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sydney harbour aerial view

Famous photojournalist suggests that for good photographs, one needs to get close and shoot every day to hone up skills. For better results whether an experienced photographer or a beginner, there are some tips useful to your advantage. Below are some tips and issues to deal with in photography;

Rule of thirds.

the rule of thirdsThis rule imagines of nine squares created by four lines, two lying vertically and two lying across the image horizontally. Often having the subject of the picture of the centre creates a more interesting composed image though other pictures turn out best when focused at the centre square. Using the rule of thirds creates pleasing images.

Avoiding camera shake

Blurry images occur due to camera shake. To prevent blurry pictures, learning how to hold the camera would greatly help whereby one should keep the camera next to the body for support, one hand around the lens with the other hand around the camera’s body. The lens focal length should match the shutter speed as well as stabilise the camera with things like a wall.

Use of polarizer

In case one has one filter for the lens, use it as a polarizer. The filter helps cut on reflections from glass, metals and water, also protect the lens and improves sky and foliage colours. Recommended is a circular polarizer as it allows auto exposure.

Creating a sense of depth

This applies mostly when photographing landscapes; it helps one feel part of the view. Therefore, one should use a small aperture to keep the background and foreground for scale and distance sharp as well as for a panoramic view use a wider lens angle. Due to the small aperture, use slower shutter speed.

Simple backgrounds

dubai view from the skyBefore any photography, it is essential one considers what they would need to be in the shot not to include destructions in the photograph. Plain backgrounds that is simple patterns and simple colours does best as this helps focus the eye to the focal point other than some other odd colours in the background. For models of the centre, this is very vital. Make sure you check the reglementations drone civil !

Avoid flash indoors

For indoor portraits, flash looks unnatural and somehow harsh. For the background not to be blurred and add the sensor to get more light, use the widest aperture. Secondly, push ISO high to allow greater choice of the shutter speed to use.

Right ISO choice

set your iso the right wayISO helps determine camera’s sensitivity to light and fineness of the image. The selection of ISO to use depends on the situation whereby for dark situations, one is advised to push the ISO to a higher number to avoid blurred images and increase camera’s sensitivity to light. For sunny days, pushing the ISO low makes it perfect as there is already plenty of light.

To create motion pan

Panning technique is essential for capturing subjects in motion. The methods involves choosing a shutter speed lower than the necessary, keeping the camera on the subject with your finger on the shutter when ready to lock the focus and take the photo keeping in mind when they move. To avoid blurry shots and for precise movement lines, use either monopod or tripod.

night shots in the outback

Drone photography is aerial photography which requires some tips such as, first to avoid the wind from knocking your camera round, use a shorter lens on your camera. Also to ensure sharp footage, use faster shutter speeds.

A few people reached out to me lately asking for a resource regarding drone laws and some insights on the current state of the drone market in the world. Here are a few links you might find useful !

http://blogs.ionis-group.com/iseg/mcs/lyon/marketing-marques-innovation/2017/01/lexpansion-du-marche-des-drones.html

Benefits of Setting Up a Blog

Friends or fellow bloggers might have advised you at one point to create a photo blog. And as you check the internet, the population of photographers having photo blogs have grown. You might have already a blog, or might be considering to make one. Either way, let’s understand why blogging is important for photographers like you.

Photography is a personal service. Clients are allowing you to enter their lives, and trusting you some of the most significant moments. The more you can give them a good reason to feel comfortable with employing you, the better.

A blog website is the best tool for doing just that. It provides you the chance to exhibit yourself, why you’re a photographer, and the value you can give to a potential client. It shows them a sneak peak into your motive and how you handle your clients. This will become a crucial part of their decision.

Another reason is that it allows potential clients see your most current and best oeuvre. When you’re still a starter, you might be refining your work at a very fast pace. Portfolio websites have the propensity to become inactive, and several photographers fail to update them regularly. A photo blog makes sure that potential clients are seeing your newest photos. This guarantees that they get familiar with your current photography style, which also can evolve in time!

Blogs are also good for SEO rather than portfolio websites. This is because of constant updates and several tasty contents. A well-maintained and constantly updated blog can surely advance in the search rankings!

Another advantage of blogs is that they are really great method for your clients to share the photos you captured of them. Individuals like seeing their own photos on their photographer’s blog site. They will surely share the link to their family and friends. Your clients will probably ask you if their photos will be uploaded to your website.

Most importantly, a photo blog will allow you to start making your personal brand. Your personal brand is what makes you unique, and this is very important.

A blog is not difficult to begin or maintain. Not only that, it’s usually cheaper than websites and more dedicated in getting sales. But before making a photo blog, make sure you’re aware of some common mistakes so you won’t repeat them.

 

A Guide to Photo Blogging

Step 1: Pick Your Niche

There are thousands of photography blogs out there, and to be able to stand out from them, you’ll have to focus on a specific niche. How to choose your niche area? You’ll have to consider the following:

  1. Does the subject excite me?

If the topic you’ve picked doesn’t give you excitement, it might not excite your audience as well.

  1. Do you have any idea of the subject?

Don’t expect people to respect your authority on a specific topic if you aren’t exactly an authority.

  1. Are other individuals engrossed in this topic?

If your focus is too insufficient, you probably won’t gain a large enough audience

  1. What makes you unique?

You are unique, and your blog should not be any different. Exploit on your strengths, whether that is your work, writing style, or technical capacities.

There are several photography niches to take into consideration. Some of the most popular in Australia include food, special events, weather, sports, and travel.

These are just three Australian photographers who have excelled in their own niches:

  1. Justin Khamara

Ms. Khamara’s oeuvre uses thinly sliced photos and images of one subject taken from several different angles.

  1. Bill Henson

In order to create a type of ‘modern mythology’, Bill Henson uses a specific time of the day- twilight- to take photos of landscapes and the teen youth.

  1. Tracey Moffatt

She creates thought-provoking oeuvres that explore world issues, including race, media, gender stereotypes and class division.

Step 2: What Should Be In A Blog Name?

  1. The domain name must be short but memorable and catchy.
  2. In order to create a unique blog name, you must use your creativity. You can make a list of words that is closely related to your future blog. Some of the most memorable and catchy Australian photoblogs include 1000 Bedrooms, Coast to Coast, The Room Illuminated, and Snappy Street.
  3. You have to ensure that your name is unique. You can check various social medias (or simply google it and hope it doesn’t show hits).
  4. Stay away from hyphens! They can diminish your credibility as a photographer since arguably, they indicate spam.

Step 3: Set Up Your Website

As soon as you’ve already chosen a name for your blog, now it’s time to make it. You will require a hosting company, a blogging platform, and a domain name.

Step 4: Knowing The Do’s And Don’ts Of Uploading Photos

There are only two don’ts you should not forget, uploading your originals to your site and forgetting to save the original versions before editing them. Here are the following do’s you should remember:

  1. Upload your photos as JPEG files
  2. Edit the photos prior to uploading. Don’t forget to resize the images so they’ll fit the page.

Step 5: Do Not Forget The Content

Since search engines like Google use the words on your site to know what it’s all about, utilize your heading, title, meta-description, and alt tags in a logical, descriptive manner. To increase your rankings, don’t forget to assign alt-text to your photos. Generally speaking, text pertinent can increase your rankings in search results.