One notable feature of my personal blog is the photography; it is about 90% original. Which is to say, on my blog you’re guaranteed to see photos that I’ve taken and edited myself as opposed to a stock image. Featuring original photography has undoubtedly elevated the aesthetic and appeal of my blog so today I’ll talk through some of the benefits of taking your own blog photos or hiring someone to do it for you.
You jump through fewer hoops. When using other people’s photos, there are hoops you’ll have to leap through before you can right click and save the image. Sometimes, you need express permission from the photographer. In other cases, you just have to make sure you’ve accredited the actual owner of the photo and properly linked back to his/her site in your post. And other times, you’re granted permission to use a photo, but you won’t be allowed to manipulate it in any way (i.e. cropping, adding fonts, etc.). When you take your own blog photos, they belong to you and you don’t have to fret about being sued for copyright infringement.
You have creative control. Have you ever come across a stunning photo that you think will be perfect for a blog post, but then you notice something in the photo that you don’t like? Well, when you’re taking your own photos, you don’t have to worry about that. Taking your own blog photos grants you absolute creative control over the subject matter, lighting, composition, angle width, depth of field, etc. of every photo. You can take as many photos as you need to get it right and you can use editing software to enhance your photos until they’re perfect.
You save time. I cannot tell you the number of hours I used to spend sitting at my laptop sifting through multiple blogs, Tumblrs, and Pinterest boards seeking out photos to use for blog posts. Then, once I found a photo I wanted to use, I would have to spend more time tracking down the source so I could properly link back to them. In hindsight, taking my own blog photos has drastically reduced the number of hours I spend worrying about the visual aspect of my content. I typically spend a day taking photos for my blog posts for the upcoming week and less than half an hour editing them all. This does require that I plan my blog’s content far in advance, but it’s worth it to me.
You give your blog a distinctive look. While I’m not against blogs that feature stock images, I do admit to being more attracted to blogs that use original photography. I believe that I’ve been able to draw in more readers and make my blog stand apart from the millions of other lifestyle blogs by using my own photos. I just think there’s something special about visiting a blog and seeing photos that I haven’t seen anywhere else. It gives the blog a much more personal spirit, I suppose.
What are your thoughts on original photography and stock photography? What type of photography, if any, do you use on your blog? Leave a comment below.