My Tips for Better Blog Photos

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I get a lot of emails from my readers asking how I take my blog photos and whether I can share any tips. Its also the thing I get the most compliments about which is so flattering as I certainly don't consider myself a photography pro. I often look at other blogs in total awe of their photography so trust me when I say, we're never happy with our own photography! However, I know when I first started out, and even now, how useful photography tips posts can be so I thought I'd put one together and hopefully offer a bit of inspiration. With this being said, I hope you enjoy reading ...

Equipment  
Before you start taking any photographs for your blog, you're going to need a camera. I feel like one of the biggest misconceptions about blogging is that you need a big fancy pants DSLR to take good photographs or to be considered a 'proper' blogger. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not denying the fact that DSLR's are amazing - I use mine daily and can't imagine blogging without it. However, I didn't start blogging with the intention to get a DSLR or buy one specifically for blogging. I was actually very lucky and my dad managed to get me the Canon eos 600d through his business while I was visiting him in Australia a couple of years ago. However, before receiving the camera, I'd been blogging for almost a year and not doing a bad job with the Canon IXUS HS 115 - a standard digital camera. Yes my technique was a bit dodgy looking back at older posts but the image quality itself was perfectly acceptable for someone starting out in the blogging world. I've even used my Iphone for quite a few posts (the main photo in this post was taken with my Iphone) and as long as you get some decent lighting (which I'll talk about soon) and focus, it works perfectly fine. I also don't think there's a huge need for fancy lenses - yes they can help add a different look to your images but other than the 50mm lens which I use for outfit photos, I manage just fine with the basic kit lens.

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Look at your settings
The biggest photography game changer for me was working out how to actually use my camera and how to achieve the kind of photos I want - light, bright and clear. Although the auto settings on a DSLR work perfectly fine, they won't create the light and bright images you want, despite the lighting / equipment you have. To really get a control on the lighting, you need to change your settings. I always take my photos on the AV setting and then use the AV button on the back of the camera to up the lighting. All you need to do is turn the dial on top of the camera to AV, hold in the AV button of the right hand side next to the main camera screen and then scroll up or down with the thumbwheel on top of the camera until the lighting is to your liking. I usually set the lighting to around 1 (on that dial in the right image) so my images come out lovely and bright. I know lots of bloggers take their pictures in the manual setting but that's just far too complicated for me and AV seems to work just fine!


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Take your own photographs 
This may seem like a fairly obvious one but I still see a lot of blogs using stock photos (images that can be found via google) instead of photographs they've taken themselves. For me personally, this is an instant turn-off as it looks lazy and it isn't personable. The only time I would ever use a stock photo is for a wish list post as I clearly don't have the products infront of me to take the photos. Lets face it - anyone can go online and search for an image but it shows you've put effort in and your personality if you take your own. Even if you put a lot of effort into the written content of your posts, a lack of images will reflect badly. Just something to think about!

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Lighting & Exposure
Its probably the most obvious photography tips of all but natural light is your best friend when taking photos as it allows your camera to pick up more detail and make images appear crisp. Take photos by a window or outside if the weather is nice! I take my images on my dressing table as its right next to a window and allows me to create bright and detailed images. Admittedly its harder in Winter when the weather is dreary but a bit of editing can solve that which I'll talk about shortly. Its also important to ensure your images have the right amount of light - you don't want them to be over exposed or under exposed like the images above. You can usually adjust the amount of light your camera lets in on the settings.I do this using the AV setting as I mentioned above.

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Don't shoot into the light
Its important to remember that when you're taking photos you should always shoot away from the light and not into it. What I mean by this is make sure the light is in front of the object you're shooting and not behind it. As you can see in the photos I've taken above, when the light is behind the object, all the camera will pick up is the light behind and not the product itself. However, when the light is in front of the object, it will ensure the product is the focal point and all of the necessary details will be picked up.


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Avoid Flash
Unless you really need to use it, try to avoid flash at all costs. Flash has a habit of washing things out or reflecting off surfaces and creating an unattractive glare. If you want your photos to be really crisp and pick up the true colour/detail of a product, natural lighting is key! As you can see in the example above, whilst the left image isn't bad, the flash has created a glare on the bottom half of the lipstick and reflected onto my dressing table. Its also created a reflection off my lipstick holder in the background. In the right photo, the focus is completely on the lipstick and the packaging looks nice and even in tone.

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Focus, Focus, Focus!
Another obvious one but I still see a lot of blurred/out of focus images on blogs and like the stock photos, its an instant turn off. As you can see in the example above, the out of focus image just doesn't look appealing - you can't see the detail of the product and it looks sloppy. I guess the reason out of focus images are such a turn off is because it comes across like you've not put any effort in. I always try to take at least ten photos of the same product just to make sure I've got one that's nice and crisp. It takes a bit more time but it will pay off!

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Angles & Composition
I'm a very creative person and love photography so playing around with different angles is something I enjoy. However, if this isn't your thing it can be easy to fall into a trap of plonking a product on to a plain surface with no thought put into the angles or composition of the image. Its so important to remember that a photo speaks a thousand words so let it tell a story. Add props (flowers, candles, ornaments) into the surrounding areas and take your images from various angles - a birds eye view shot, one straight on and a close up are always good ones to go for. A range of images will make your blog post a lot more interesting! This also brings me on to composition which basically means how much space there is around your image. As you can see in the photos above, the left picture isn't focused on the product - there's too much space and distraction around it whereas the right image is focused in on the product which is what my blog post is about.

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Background & Props 
Its important to think about the background you're taking your photos on as this is the basis for the whole photo and will give your images a personal touch. I've done a lot of experimenting with image backgrounds since I started blogging as I often like to change things up and make my images more interesting. A few backgrounds I'd recommend include a glass or plain white surface, a wooden floor or some pretty bedding. I used to take my photos of the TV stand in my living room because its glass and I now take them on my white dressing table. I find glass or white backgrounds look lovely and bright which makes the overall image more pleasing to the eye. Bedding, wallpaper and tile samples, fluffy rugs, flowers and cute items blurred in background all look lovely too!

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De-Clutter
As I mentioned in my previous point, its sometimes nice to add some pretty accessories in the background of your photos but there's a huge difference between strategically placed accessories and clutter. By clutter I mean general mess that we don't really need to see in the background of an image. You can see what I mean by the photo above. Make sure you find somewhere clutter-free or have a tidy up before you start snapping. For example, the dressing table I take my photos on is often covered with makeup, perfume bottles, cotton pads and what not but I make sure I tidy most of that away before one of my photo taking sessions.

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Resize 
Most of my favourite blogs have one thing in common - large images. Images are one of the main features of a blog and the first thing our eye is drawn to so make sure they're large and clear. You can resize images using the standard 'Large' 'X Large' tabs when you hover over a photo but the way I increase the size of my images is by flicking over to the HTML tab when composing a post and changing the 'widths' and 'heights' of my photos. Its best to have a play around until you find a size that suits you and the design of your blog. For reference, the width of my photos is 765 as this matches the width of my post header. 

Keep it Consistent
I also think its important to ensure all images are the same width. I'm not sure why but I find it really off putting when reading a blog if the images aren't lined up nicely. What I mean by this is that some of the images will be wide and line up with the font and others will be tall and skinny so they don't match up with the others. If you look at my posts you'll see that all of the images are the same width across as I find it makes my blog look more symmetrical and pleasing to the eye.

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Editing 
After you've taken your photographs, the next step is to edit them! I don't spend a great deal of time editing but I do make a few basic changes such as cropping, brightness, contrast, shadows and highlights. I do most of these thing on iPhoto but I also use PicMonkey as I find I can get my pictures nice and bright without over exposing them. I also use PicMonkey if I want to add text / a shape to my image or make a collage. I edited all of the images in this post using PicMonkey. Its super simple to use and does the job well. 


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Renaming
Not a lot of people realise how important it is to rename images. I never used to do this when I first started blogging but I read a post about SEO and it mentioned that search engines won't find or list your images if it has a name like 'D54802' which is standard with most cameras. If you want someone to find your post about a MAC lipstick, rename your images 'MAC lipstick Review' so google and its little spiders that crawl our blogs for info will know what the image is. I also like to add a little summary of what my post is about into the 'properties' section of my images too. I've popped an example from this post above!


So there we have a few of my photography tips! I know most of them are fairly simple but sometimes its the simple things that really do make all the difference. Let me know your top tips in the comments below :)

90 comments

  1. Some truly great tips :) I often struggle to take good photos of products as I don't really have a white workspace which I can use as a background but going to use your idea of a pretty plate (as seen in your photo) so thanks for the tip X

    THEFASHION-JUNKIE

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  2. Great tips, I couldn't agree with more! For me editing is like 50% of the job for a good photo and I have to thank photoshop for that because not always the lighting in my room is the ideal for a photo. The main problem for me is the Blogger itself because no matter what I do it keeps ruining my pictures and I don't know why this is happening, it's just frustrating!

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  3. Amazing post! This is just what I need ;)

    Love, Charline
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  4. I found this post so helpful, thank you! Will definitely take all of this on board!
    sonitaprinjha.blogspot.co.uk Xx

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  5. this was really helpful. I started re-naming my photos a few posts ago and I think it is a really important step. xx

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  6. Thank you for posting this, it was really helpful and you had some great tips!

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  7. This ia really helpful as I find it hard to get my photos looking nice. I will definitely try to use mote props :)

    Sarah | Sarahanne14

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  8. Thank you for such a helpful post!

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  9. This is so helpful! Will definitely be using these tips!

    Becca x

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  10. Really helpful tips! I never known about renaming photo name. Thank you so much

    Kiss me Sunday // Bloglovin

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  11. Amazing post! I'm going to look into getting a better camera for my posts! :)
    Jennaloves3.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. Lovely tips, I always forget to rename my photos! going to start doing it again :) thanks for sharing

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  13. I LOVE photography tips post, I feel I learn something new from everyone. Thank you for the post! :)

    Geneviève | gendotss.blogspot.ca

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  14. Great tips, I'm always looking to improve my photos x
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  15. Thank goodness you have done a post like this one! I love your photography for your blog so im definately going to be using these tips for my own blog and photographs! Thank you again! X x

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  16. This was so helpful! :) Than you so much :)

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  17. Great post with great tips! Photography posts are one of my favourites to read, I'm always trying to up my game with taking photos. I definitely need to try out AV mode on my DSLR, I use Manual at the mo.

    alice x | beautybyalicee

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  18. Thanks for this very detailed post! There are so many things to consider when we take photos for a blog, and I think I really need to improve mine. This was truly helpful, thanks again for the tips!

    Julia x
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  19. Thanks so much for this post! So helpful! :)

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  20. Fantastic post! great tips :)

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  21. Brilliant post with some brilliant tips! Thank you!

    Maff.x

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  22. Thank you a lot for this great post, I think it is very helpful for me :)

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  23. This was so so helpful, can't even tell you how helpful.
    Thanks a million, I've taken this whole post onboard!
    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp

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  24. Posts like this one are very helpful for me!! One of my blogging goals is to improve my photography skills, and you've helped me a lot! Thanks for sharing! x

    Fabi | www.agirlandherstripes.com

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  25. I love this! Great tips!

    Annie | www.drugstoredreamer.blogspot.com

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  26. Love this post, very helpful =]

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  27. Great tips! Thank you so much!
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  28. Great tips! I've been really focusing on improving my camera skills especially blog wise x

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  29. Thanks for the amazing tips! I just found your blog and I really love it :)!

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  30. This is something I really need to start working on. I see so many beautiful images taken by bloggers and I'd love to be up to scratch. Thank you for sharing.

    Jess X

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  31. This is such a great post - thank you! Will be referring to this non-stop for a while, no doubt! My New Years blogging resolution was to improve my photography... So fingers crossed this helps me improve even more! Xx

    Becky

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  32. Great tips! These are such helpful and amazing tips :)

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  33. that s its very helpful post , great !

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  34. This was very helpful and a lovely read and always my fave to read because there is always room for improvement. Your pictures are amazing and glad you worked hard to come this far.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

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  35. Fantastic tips! Loving these tip posts at the moment Kayleigh x
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  36. Thank you so much for sharing these amazing tips!!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves
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  37. Such a useful post! I am guilty of doing quite a few of these wrong... but doing your alternatives makes such a difference!

    Thanks for sharing :)
    Charlotte xxx
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  38. Such a useful post! I am guilty of doing quite a few of these wrong... but doing your alternatives makes such a difference!

    Thanks for sharing :)
    Charlotte xxx
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  39. Amazing post. I have been trying to improve my blog photography this year and will certainly be using some of these tips x

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  40. Such a great post! I'd never even considered the importance of naming my photos but I'll definitely be doing it properly from now on :)

    Nikki x
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  41. How pretty! Great tips :)

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  42. Those are really good tips! Although I try to keep them in mind when I shoot, it's good to have posts like this that remind them all!

    Elena | glowingfair.wordpress.com

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  43. These are such helpful tips! Thank you so much! I'm always struggling with my photography but I think these will really help me to get to grips with it!
    Em x
    Life of Em www.lifeofem.co.uk

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  44. This post is so perfectly timed, I really needed this advice! Thank you for it!!!
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  45. Those are some great tips! I've always loved how light & bright your photos are, it is really appealing to the eye!
    -Monica
    Shimmering Image

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  46. Thanks so much for this article! I really needed these tips! I have got two questions: For my fashion and travel blog I take a lot of pictures outside. Especially in Germany where I live the weather is very grey and cloudy right now. Do you have any tips for bad conditions when it comes to natural lighting? Additionally, I really like your Instagram feed. Do you have any tips on how to create and maintain a color themed Instagram feed?

    Lisa from www.lisasmirror.com

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  47. Great post. For someone who is just starting out this is really useful. Now to go out and buy an actual camera and stop using my phone;)

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  48. I found this incredibly helpful, I will deffo be saving this post and referring to it for future reference :) xx

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  49. These tips are great! I used to not take my own pictures and settled for the stock images, but I've seen how much better it is to take my own pictures and put more effort into my blog. Now that I have tips to make the pictures better, my blog is really going to go to the next level. Thank you so much for this post.

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  50. These are terrific tips, I really need to get better about not using the flash and working on more natural lighting and I completely agree, pictures all sized to the same amount is key!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  51. Hi Kayleigh, thank you for this detailed and useful post. Looking forward to putting these in practice however I don't agree with you saying being lazy or not making an effort. It's all clearly down to lack of knowledge about photography in general. Most of us(especially) spend hours trying to take pics as good as yours for our blogs so an out of focus picture might the best out of a 100 others that we took. That's not being lazy but clearly clueless into what good photography really is. But once again, thank you for this insightful tips.
    Liza | www.yaalia.com

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  52. thankyou so much for posting this!! i saw it on bloglovin' and found it really helpful!!

    xx Anna
    loveheartsandprettyflowers.blogspot.com

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  53. Great tips! Loved this post and is one I'll keep going back to. Love your photography so hopefully your tips will work for me too! :)

    Paula ♥ | http://www.la-vida-fresa.com xo

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  54. Great tips xox

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  55. Great tips hun I really do need a good camera!!!

    Leslie xoxo

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  56. This was so helpful, especially the part about photo re-naming and re-sizing; I've never known how to make my photos larger than 'x-large'! Thank you!! xx

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  57. These were such great tips and tips ill definitely take with me from now on when taking photos for future posts!
    Thanks for sharing.

    xx

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  58. Really great post. So useful. You really do take incredible pics. Opening your blog posts always brings such a smile to my face, as I know I'm about to get some gorgeous images x

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  59. Hey!

    Sehr schöner Post und ich werd auf jeden Fall öfters auf deinem Blog vorbeischauen!
    Würde mich sehr freuen, wenn du mal bei mir vorbei siehst!


    Liebe Grüße,

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  60. These are great tips hun thank you, and have made me re think how I take my blog pics xxx

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  61. This is so helpful, thanks very much!

    Kirsty | www.kirsty.ws

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  62. thank you very much for this, your photos are gorgeous too! reminded me to change my camera settings tonight! x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

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  63. These are amazing tops! Thank you for sharing!! ♡♡ New follower ♡♡

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  64. Really awesome tips! My biggest blog goal this year is to improve my photos, and I really appreciate posts like these!

    www.kaylahutchison.wordpress.com

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  65. Thanks for sharing these: some great tips :) Wendy xx
    Scottish Wendy | Wendy's World

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  66. These are excellent tips!! I have been struggling so much to compose my photos nicely and get the lighting right since I started, but I think it's just a matter of keep on trying and getting practice. Happy Sunday!

    Jill
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  67. This actually helped me so much the other day! I was browsing how to use a dslr properly when you popped it up on social media! xx

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  68. love this! so helpful xx

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  69. Such a great post! Really helpful :) I didn't know about naming photographs so i'll definitely be doing that from now on!

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    xx

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  70. Thank you so much for these photo tips! I just started my blog and need all the tips I can gather for photo-taking. Love your blog name too ; )

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  71. All your posts are wonderful! This one is extremely helpful! xx

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  72. i might see in picmonkey! i need a new way of editing pictures!

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  73. Thank you for the helpful tips! Your photos are wonderful and inspiring :) xx

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  74. Really helpful, thank you :) x

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  75. Loved this post! Thank you for all the tips, really helpful.

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  76. Love this post!! I love how you described the tips and tricks with pictures and past experiences. This is definitely the most helpful photo tips post I've ever read

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  77. Oh, it's amazing! Thank's for sharing! You're really charming girl! Keep up working!
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  78. Loved reading this!!! Thank you so much for sharing!! xx

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