Photography is something that we want to leverage in our blogging and presentation work for our business. Do you carry your camera with you wherever you go? Do you let photo ops pass you by because you weren't prepared to capture the moment?
Having imagery in our our blogs makes our posts much more interesting! Can you imagine a magazine where every page was only words. Do you think you would subscribe?
Before we take a photo, we should give some thought to the composition. Do you use the rule of thirds? Do you move about the scene a little looking for the best angle and lighting? You should. A few moments of prep can go a long ways! However, sometimes you have to snap a shot quickly before a key moment is past (hint: photography of children or pets!)
Also sometimes when we take a shot, there is something in the frame we somehow overlooked and we see it later when reviewing the photo shoot. The photo would be so much better, "if only that part was cut off." Well, post-production is a wonderful thing. Working digitally as we do these days, it is easier than ever. Are you looking at your photos and asking yourself, would a few seconds with the crop tool make this photo better?
Take a look at the photo below. We were on a boat and passing by the lighthouse. I didn't have much time to compose the shot, so I just took it -- knowing I could work on it after for a better composition.
Every photo editing app will have a crop tool and it is very easy to use. You can simply modify a bounding box that defines how you want to cut down your photo. In Picasa and in Picnik, you will find the crop tool under the Basic Fixes/Basic Edits tab. (both excellent photo apps are free BTW)
Another type of crop, besides the typical rectangular shape, is a square crop. When we are creating images to add to our blog posts, the square crop is especially interesting because once we put it in, there is plenty of room that we can put text along side it. This is what we call "floating" a graphic when we wrap text around it. You can see what I mean if you look at the top graphic in this post.
So that hopefully gives you some ideas for the next time you are looking at graphics to put into your blog posts! If you are interested to learn more about graphics, read about my upcoming online course "Graphics For Bloggers 101" (to be released later in November). I am now about halfway through in preparing the recordings!
This is part 7 in my series of articles
"Graphics For Bloggers" -
you can see that link for the other articles in the series