It may often be one of the last things on your mind when it comes to a blog posting or setting up a website, but photos are an important part of the internet world.
Photos are a great way to show people what you are talking about since they do speak a thousand words. However, you also want to make sure the photos you are using are safe for use, and won’t get you sued.
One of the best ways to avoid issues with royalties and rights when it comes to photos is to simply take your own. It’s not that difficult, and with smartphones, you don’t even need an actual camera to take great photos, although it does help.
Getting Great Shots
You want to always make sure that your photos are clear and of a good resolution. Too high of resolution may make your web page load slower, so take time to do some research on what will work best for online photos. There is a big difference between what works online and what looks better as a printed photo.
You also want to make sure that you have the right settings on your camera. Take some time to learn about shutter speed, and to learn about lighting too. Lighting can make all the difference, whether you are using a real camera or the camera your cell phone is equipped with. It’s a matter of controlling glare and shadows.
Setting Up The Photo
Your camera settings and lighting aren’t the only important things when it comes to photos you will use online. If you are taking photos of products to sell you will want to make sure that they are clear photos, but you may want to make sure they have some good placement. Boring photos of the cover of a book are less likely to catch someone’s eye than a photo of your children’s book in the hands of an actual child.
It can help to also have a white box that you can do photos of products in. You can get more clear shots that focus strictly on your item. This is great for things that will be posted on a sales page or seller website.
If you are taking photos of something or someone in their natural habitat it’s better to not stage the photos. With something like a sports photo there is no way for staging, you get what you get. Learn how to capture moments as they happen to add authenticity to your photos.
It’s easy to add photos to your website and blog. Make sure you know how to properly resize them, and also check that they look good both on a standard computer, as well as mobile devices.