Photo tips for bloggers
Both Rebecca and I enjoy taking photos although as you might have gathered, the camera does tend to be in my hand more often than it is in hers. We take our trusty little Canon PowerShot D10 with us pretty much everywhere we go and it is not uncommon for us to come back to the boat with a hundred or more shots if we’ve been out exploring (we took 173 photos during our recent trip to the caves in Barbuda). Because we so often receive compliments on our pics, I thought that I’d share some info on exactly what happens before the shots get posted on this blog or on our Facebook page.
My “amateur” digital photography tips for bloggers:
- Most important… take photos. Lots of them. This isn’t film that you need to pay to develop and pixels are free. If you don’t take photos, you won’t have them to enjoy later.
- Try to pay attention to the lighting. Unless you’re going for a specific effect, or shooting a sunrise/sunset, photos will look much better with the sun or light behind you.
- Learn your camera’s various features. Just the other day I figured out some cool things that our camera can do that I wasn’t aware of.
- Give some thought to the composition of the shot as you are framing it in the camera’s view finder.
- Although most pros shoot digital pics in Raw format, we record them as .jpgs. We do use the highest resolution setting that the camera offers though.
- When we get back to the boat, we download all of the shots onto our computer. We do this daily so that, in the event that the camera gets damaged or lost, we won’t lose precious shots with it. Also, I do not typically delete the shots off the memory card right away. I instead wait until they have been backed up before doing so.
Almost all of the photo editing that we do takes place in Apple’s iPhoto (version 9.1.1 currently). Occasionally I will use Adobe Photoshop if I am trying to do something more complicated but this happens rarely. In iPhoto I will:
- Crop the photo to emphasize the subject (if necessary).
- Straighten the photo if the horizon is not level (unless I tilted it a lot on purpose).
- Occasionally I will use iPhoto’s “Enhance” feature to make the shot more vivid. I will also pay attention to the “Shadows/Highlights” features in case they need to be adjusted.
- Increase the photo’s “Definition.”
All of the above can be done in Photoshop or other image editing software if you don’t use a Mac. Photos are then exported from iPhoto. For web use I set the quality on medium and adjust the size according to where they will be uploaded (for example, all shots on this blog are 596 px wide).
As you might imagine, going through this process for 100 or more shots can take a while. I do think the end result is worth it though.
Rebecca took this shot of s/v Earthling as they passed in front of the rising sun yesterday during our trip from Barbuda to Antigua. It was tweaked in iPhoto as I described above.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Now go take some pics of your loved ones!