I started blogging in 2009 as a way to share my more fashionable thoughts with a wider audience. The words have always come easily to me, but capturing images for a highly visual medium like a blog has proven more difficult. My earlier posts feature dark, dingy photos and although they’ve improved dramatically since then, I’m still no match for Carrie. Any photography skill I possess is instantly lost when there’s no natural light.
I’ve always operated under the assumption that outdoor photography on blogs is better than indoor. It’s definitely easier – there’s so much light, brick walls make great backgrounds and I don’t have to move two tables and an armchair to get a good spot. So I was surprised by the commenter on this post who said they much preferred my indoor shots.
The commenter mentioned that they liked the lifestyle/home decor element of indoor blog photography, which is an angle I’ve never considered. By far, my favourite posts on fashion blogs are those that give the reader an insight into the blogger’s life – I am terribly nosy and love seeing other people’s bedrooms/kitchens/closets. So do photographs that combine outfits with a more personal touch work better than generic outdoor scenes?
One thing’s for sure – it is much, MUCH less embarrassing to take photos indoors. I don’t have anyone to take my photos so it’s just me and the tripod trotting down the street and setting up among postmen, passersby and and once, a curious policeman. And maybe if I could master the ISO setting on my camera, my indoor shots could be light and airy. It’s definitely something I’ll be thinking about, and I’m really glad the commenter provided an alternative point of view to consider.
What about you – do you take indoor or outdoor shots? Which do you prefer, and why? Do you enjoy taking photos for your blog or do you, like me, find it a bit of a struggle? I’d love to hear your thoughts.