Blogger tips: How to get your photos blog ready!

Blogger tips: How to get your photos blog ready!When I started blogging I already had a passion for photography, that image-nazi in me was already vibrant and strived for perfection. Although looking back, even I made a few image boo-boos which is why I’ve put this post together for anyone out there looking to make their images a real focal point in their blog posts. Humans are very visional creatures you know and absolutely love having a good nosy at photographs and having little glimpses through other people’s eyes. It can be a nice getaway! So hopefully this post will help you to get your photos blog ready.

Have a decent camera. It doesn’t have to be a DSLR because there are some point and shoots out there that can rival the earlier SLR models, so as long as you have a decent camera, you’re good. Even a making sure your phone has a good camera too can benefit just as much but just bare in mind the phone photos will not be as crisp as if you were using a point & shoot {or DSLR if you have one}.
camera phone photo DSLR photo
Edit your photos. There are a few really great {and free} photo editing programs out there, such as PicMonkey & BeFunky. But if you want to be a little more hardcore you can get a monthly subscription from Adobe Creative Cloud {like I do} for $10 per month, which works out for about £8.57. This opens up the world of adobe at your fingertips {Photoshop, Illustrator etc} but the program I’ll refer most to is, LightroomBlogger tips; How to get your photos blog ready!Lightroom allows me to import all of my relevant images eg. photos for a review post, into a folder. I can then edit those in bulk {whereas in Picmonkey you can only edit one image at a time – very time-consuming!} and then export those images into a folder ready to upload to my blog. Easy peasy. Lightroom also enables you to watermark your images too {in bulk} which is something I should really start to do. Do you watermark your blog images?

Name your photos! This is important for SEO purposes, but I recently wrote a blog post called Naming your photos and why you should, so you can check that out if you want to know more.

Make your photos BIG! This is a HUGE pet-peeve with me and I’ll be honest if I come across a blog post with dinky little images, I’ll move on. In fact, if I’m brutally honest, they make my eye twitch! Tiny photos just don’t do it for me and I would rather see the image in all of its large and beautiful glory than have to click on it to see it a little bigger. So use the space your blog theme gives you and use it well!

For example, I use the WordPress theme Penscratch and a landscape image in my post measures at 656×439 and a portrait image will go up to 656×981. Some blog themes will allow you to go bigger, so if you have one of those themes use that space to showcase your beautiful photos to the world.

So you have taken your image, you’ve edited it, named it, made it as big as your blog theme will allow for now the only thing left to do is to finish your post and hit publish!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I do hope you found this post helpful!

What do you use to edit your photos? 

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  1. 02/11/2015 / 7:09 AM

    I have to admit I use free (downgraded) versions of Adobe Photoshop and Fotor because I don’t have the money to pay for something more. I chose not to make a penny through my blog so I can’t afford to spend money on it either. It’s just for fun. I have to admit though, sometimes my results are awesome, sometimes not so much. I struggle particularly in artificial light which feels like ALL THE TIME at this time of year!

  2. 02/11/2015 / 10:56 AM

    This is a great post. I need to buy a new camera- but they’re so expensive aren’t they. I am not sure which camera to get either. I need to look around. I use Picmonkey for my photos but really need to start watermarking my photos too.. I only do it on the main photo in my posts… I am going to check out that lightroom now! xx

  3. Janine
    02/11/2015 / 11:22 AM

    Oh my god I never name my images and I never thought this would be an important thing to do. I just upload them when I edited them in picmonkey and leave them the same name as it is on my camera.

  4. 02/11/2015 / 11:46 AM

    These are great tips. I use a DSLR for most of my photos now. I don’t tend to edit much but have been using picmonkey when I do. I plan to get Lightroom though as so many people have raved about it!

  5. 02/11/2015 / 5:36 PM

    Great post! I have always been a fan of photography, I have a DSLR I got a few years back (Nikon d3100) which I love but it’s so big to carry around so recently got a canon g7x which is great to have in my bag! To edit my photos I use either photoshop or I have found the app after light on my iPhone is good too! I’ve never tried Lightroom I might have a look at it 🙂 x

  6. 02/11/2015 / 8:32 PM

    I cringe when I look back at the images from my first months of blogging! I am loving getting to grips with photography, although I still take a lot on my phone too. Great tips and I definitely agree that images should be large!

  7. 02/11/2015 / 8:57 PM

    Great tips, im exactly the same when i land on a blog with small or bad images, i’ll leave. I also didn’t know about naming images when i first started and when i found out i was so annoyed as i had to go back through and edit them all haha! x

  8. 02/11/2015 / 10:47 PM

    I’m about to get Lightroom as have heard so many great things about it. Big photos is the thing for me – I hope people read this and listen! x

  9. 02/11/2015 / 11:02 PM

    Everywhere I’m reading at the moment people are mentioning Lightroom I think I’m going to have to look at getting it as it sounds so great. Some really useful tips and advice here, thanks for sharing!x

  10. 03/11/2015 / 9:32 PM

    Great tips – I have been hearing so much about Lightroom, I currently use Picmonkey and various phone apps. Kaz x

  11. 04/11/2015 / 7:11 AM

    I really need to do more of this. I usually use pic monkey or some apps on my phone if I’m feeling extra lazy, which is a lot 🙂

  12. 04/11/2015 / 9:29 AM

    I read this earlier in the week and it really got me thinking. I’m currently using my camera phone and although the pictures are good, I’m aware they could be so much better. I’m going to check out that software though ! #MMWBH

  13. Mum in Brum
    04/11/2015 / 9:39 AM

    Great tips! I use Pic Monkey but didn’t realise that you can do everything in bulk with Lightroom – I really need to start using that as it would save sooo much time! I agree about small photos, the bigger the better. I really need to start watermarking my photos too, I always forget xx #MMWBH

  14. 04/11/2015 / 9:45 AM

    Great tips. I use pic monkey, but I do find it very time consuming, so I might have to look into lightroom. #MMWBH

  15. 04/11/2015 / 1:24 PM

    Lovely tips, Debs! I too cringe (and eye-twitch) at poorly rendered and sized photos in a blog. Part of the reading experience when visiting any website the visuals of it all, and if your visual is poor, the reader is more than likely not going to come back.

    I’m a fan of Photoshop, but have yet to dabble with lightroom. It sounds like such a great and convenient program to keep your blog images organized. I’ll have to give it a try!

    Thanks for sharing and for hosting us on MMWBH! Hoping you’re having a fantastic week so far 🙂

  16. 04/11/2015 / 2:30 PM

    Wow! I would never have thought about naming my photos, will be checking your other post now. Thanks for sharing these tips! #MMWBH

  17. 04/11/2015 / 3:33 PM

    Wow I didn’t properly think about either naming my pics OR water marking. Such a good idea. Imma do that right now! (although I am not really sure how…) x

  18. becca farrelly
    04/11/2015 / 9:37 PM

    Really useful as I don’t pay any attention to my photos at all when I know I should! I just use my iPhone to take snaps, I don’t edit them and I don’t name them! I have recently started making them bigger on my blog posts so that’s one tick! I must add sorting through my photos to my to-do list 🙂

    #MMWBH

  19. 08/11/2015 / 11:54 AM

    Good post and some useful info – I’ll be honest, I know my photos are pretty crap. I take everything on my phone and barely edit anything. I also tend to put two photos side by side, which automatically makes the images smaller and less quality. I tend to just make pictures a bit lighter on PowerPoint or very occasionally use Canva. I’d like to get a good camera and spend ages doing photos, but I just don’t have the time, money or inclination! The fact that you still read and comment on my blog must mean it’s not too bad haha 🙂

  20. Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    10/11/2015 / 11:18 PM

    I’ve been focusing on my images, making them better and attempting to brand them. Thank goodness for PicMonkey. Now that I found out that Pinterest pulls the ALT I need to go back and change all my ALT tags to make them Pinterest worthy. It never ends, does it? LOL Great tips.

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