Daily Archives: May 30, 2011

SkinnyRunner’s Photography Tips

Hey kids, while Leslie’s off consummating her marriage, she asked me to guest post.  Since I know pretty much nothing about blogging, I decided that it was only fitting that I gave out blogging tips, specifically photography ones.  So here’s the absolutely useless, SR guide to blogography:

1. When in doubt, take a picture.

A good post needs lots of pictures.  Mainly because the more pictures there are, the less you have to write.  Always a plus in my book. 

Seriously though, pictures can help to tell a story and keep your readers interested at the same time so don’t be afraid to liberally use pictures.

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2. The very best camera is the one that you use.

If you won’t use a big, expensive, professional camera then don’t spend 4 mortgage payments on it.  The best camera is the one you have on you because it’s pretty darn hard to take a picture without one.  And reversely, if photography is a passion of yours, invest in a quality camera or photography classes and showcase that on your blog.  (Somehow my passion for celebrity gossip and candy haven’t quite come in as handy….)

I use a small point-and-shoot, nothing fancy or expensive, but I almost always have it in my purse with me.  I’ll never win a photography contest, but when someone craps their pants in a race, I’ll be there to memorialize it.  And that, my friends, is priceless.

PICTURE #2 – runner pooping

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3.Don’t worry about what other people are thinking.

At first you might feel awkward always whipping your camera out and taking random pictures,(What are people thinking of me?!) but you’ll get over it and start to accept it as normal.  I’ve never had anyone say anything to me, and trust me, I take pictures in some weird places…. hello, bathroom self portraits.

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And if someone does say something, it’s an opportunity to talk about your blog.  Self promotion, baby!

3.  Don’t take it too seriously.

Try to focus… and maybe even on the right subject.  But if not, just joke about it.

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Thank you, oh so dumb camera for focusing oh so perfectly on that dumb branch.  Priorities are clearly not in the right order.

If you don’t always take great or even decent pictures (like me) at least you can make fun of them.  No one expects you to be Annie Leibovitz so have some fun with it.  Sometimes the best pictures are the funny outtakes.

4. Don’t be afraid to take pictures of yourself!

Unless you have a supremely boring life, and we all have something interesting about us, people want to know about you!  You are what makes your blog unique.  So take pictures and put yourself out there because your readers want to see you.  (I’ve obviously got this tip down pat)

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What are some of your favorite photography tips?

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