I don’t claim to be an expert in blogging, on the contrary – there is so much I need to learn. However, the following tips on photographs are some of the things that I wish I had known when I was just starting out.
Please, please, please have a decent sized picture of the thing you are blogging about, especially if it is a review of a product. We need to SEE it! Too many blogs insert tiny photos and if I have to squint at the screen to try and make out the image then I quickly move on to another blog.
What looks better?
It’s a scary world out there with copyright and what not. It is not OK to post a photo onto your blog you find on Google. I got myself in a bit of hot water when I “borrowed” a professional photographers picture and he tracked me down! He was really nice about the whole thing, as he could tell I was a newbie and wasn’t actually making any money from using his photo (otherwise I would have to pay him royalties). Always link back your photos to the source and ask for permission to reproduce if possible.
On the other side of the coin is the possibility of somebody stealing your work! It happens a lot in the blogging community believe it or not. An easy way around this is to tag your blog in the photo. You can do this subtly and it usually doesn’t affect the photo in anyway.
When you upload a photo to your blog, the filename will automatically be the name of the file on your camera – e.g 003JPG. This is not going to get you any hits whatsoever related to your product. Simply rename the file before uploading to something such as “Sun Putty Blog Review” and voila.
What do you think about my bloggy tips on photographs?