As a blogger, I always get so many questions about my blog photography and what equipment I'm using, how to style a flatlay, editing software etc; And only after looking through my blog did I realise, I actually have never done on a post on my blog photo process, let alone photography as a whole! Seeing as we are in the beautiful season known as Autumn, I thought what could be better than a 'How To Bring Autumn Into Your Blog Photography' post, especially for all those lovers of Autumn out there who like to embrace the season with open arms (like myself).
I currently use the Canon 650D DSLR with a 50mm & a 20-35mm for my main blog shots and for social media I use a mix of my DSLR and my Samsung S6. I do love my DSLR but it's getting on a little now (gm, and as I've dabbled in freelance photography and my blog is expanding so I've been looking into upgrades which I can pop into my bag but would still give me high-quality photos perfect for my blog. I love the look of the new Panasonic Compact System Camera's as not only are they 20.33MP which is perfect for high - quality images, along with 4K video for when I (finally) decide to start Youtube; For now though I use my trusty DSLR! For today's post I'm going to be looking at a few points to help your bring this beautiful season into your photography!
When I first think about Autumn, I think of brisk cold mornings, fiery red's, burnt oranges, rustic browns and crispy leaves; this is something I'm always very conscious of when I go out for a photography session. I try to pick out colours that resignate with Autumn (like the ones mentioned above) and bring them into a photo, whether that be through the background, subject or through a post-editing session.
For background's I find that places that have a lot of nature, such as woodland's serve as perfect backgrounds for Tumblr' style images, alternatively if you live in a city, the warm textured brick of buildings can bring this warmth to an image as well. Another great place to take photos is your own living room (although make sure you clean before!); I must admit I do love a 'cosy fireplace and mug of hot chocolate' photo, however, if like me your living room is your not your stylistic choice you can still make your own little section of Autumn just for your photos (we'll get onto that later).
For texture, look for leaves, tree bark & fallen pinecones (See below Image. 2 in the middle); you can use these instead of your marble dresser as a good easy autumnal background for your beauty flatlays. These objects can also be used as a background (See below Image. 3 on the far right) which brings in not only texture but a burst of colour as well. Alternatively, you can use these with the subject (See below Image 1. on the far left) to bring out more of the texture and lift an otherwise quite simple '2D' style image making it almost leap out the screen.
Now, onto the crowd favourite.... Flatlays! If you have a consistent blog theme of a marble background or a coloured background, there is no need to fret; there are plenty of ways for you to bring Autumn to your blog without breaking the bank or hanging up your marble obsession. Going back to the texture pieces I mentioned earlier you can collect and utilise these as props in your flatlays. Items such as conkers, leaves, pinecones and tree/flower branches are a great way to bring the outside in without making too much of a mess, and luckily they don't cost a thing! If you're looking to add a touch of 'cosy' into your photography, you could use beanies, gloves or scarves in your blog's colour scheme (see example here), these not only add some 'cosy' to your photo but also colour and texture.
And last but not least, comes the editing process; I personally use Lightroom (as I am also a freelance photographer), but there are a variety of free programs online and off for editing your blog photos. For Autumn filters I am loving the Phil Chester presets, along with a few preset's I've made myself which tend to either bring a moody green-y style preset (which brings out green's, oranges and yellow's) or a more contrasted preset (that brings out more red and orange tones making the picture appear lightly warm toned). As for flatlay's I use my own presets however with Autumn Flatlays I like to keep the photo light and bright with the saturation slightly up to bring out the rich colour in the products I'm showing, I also sometimes lighten/whiten the marble background (to keep the colour neutral) or saturate/darken the objects (to bring out their colours).