If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I’ve been playing around with photography a bit lately. Well, there’s actually a reason for this. I recently read a post called “You Asked: Thoughts and Tips on Blogging” on one of my favorite blogs by Jen Jones:
I heart iheart organizing. It’s an awesome blog about… yup… organizing.
One of the things she mentions in her post on blogging tips is photography and how it can make or break a post. One of the main things I learned is that bigger is actually better. I know, weird right?
I used to put pictures on the side of my posts and let the text wrap around, but I looked through her blog, and several others (like Dooce, and the Bloggess, you know the ones who are actually really successful and make a living blogging) and I found that all of their pictures are huge, and crystal clear.
Or Even This:
So, if you plan on becoming a blogger, or have just started blogging, I recommend you start practicing photography. I did the above pictures with just an older 5mp Olympus point and shoot, so it can be done. But I plan on upgrading to a bigger, better camera when we get our tax refund (come on IRS!!). I’ve found photography is really a lot of fun, but it does require practice.
I can definitely see the benefit of having large, clear pictures on your blog. It really catches the eye, and adds interest to the actual content. In fact, when I thought about it, I realized I love looking at blogs with beautiful pictures, and my favorite blogs all have large, clear, beautiful photographs and quite a few of them. I also noticed that when I look at a new blog, if it doesn’t have a lot of pretty pictures, I’m more likely to dismiss it rather than follow it.
If you do invest in a camera – and if you plan on making blogging a career or business you should – keep in mind that it could be a tax deduction, so save the receipt and get a warranty!! These things ain’t cheap!!
What kind of camera do you use for your blogging photography? Let me know in the comments!