I receive many emails and comments from lovely readers or people who follow me on Instagram asking how I take a lot of my photos and what I use. So today I thought I would show you my photography set up and share some of my tips on how to take good photos. By all means I'm no photographer, my photo's aren't anything special and they certainly don't have that wow factor but they are my photos and I like them. It's great to have photos for keepsakes too and if I need to print any photos out for example of the kids for photo albums or wall canvas's around the house then I'll use a printing company such as Adoramapix.

When I first started blogging back in 2012 I would take all of my photos on my iPhone until I took the plunge and bought my first DSLR camera later that year and it's been the best investment I've made and it's allowed me to dabble a bit more with my love of photography. I have the Canon 650D SLR which may not be cheap but it's definitely worth it! You don't however need an expensive camera to take photos for your blog. I still use my iPhone a lot of the time if I haven't got time to get out the big camera. It's amazing how well you can edit an image on your phone.

I'll be showing you my blogging equipment over the next few days but today I thought I'd show you my current set up for my flat lay photography with products and items. Please note this is for daytime indoor photography.

(Don't mind the dirty lens! Hard keeping it clean with a toddler about!)

I usually set aside a day for taking all of my review product photos in one go and bulk photograph for example a Sunday where I can then edit them all in the evening and have them ready for individual posts for the following week. I do occasionally take photos of review products when items arrive however for the flat lay images I tend to do a bunch in one go so I can get different angles and ideas for numerous images for different blog posts which I find works well. 

My top tip for indoor photography would be to make sure you are as close to a window as possible even if that means rearrange furniture. I'm often moving furniture in and out of the nursery as that seems to be the room with the most natural light and with the white walls makes it brighter. I take some photos on a large piece of white card stock from the range and others I take on any white furniture I wish to use that day for example, my chest of drawers, the Ikea cube unit in the nursery or Amelia's white toy box in the living room. It just depends what time of day it is and which room has the most light in for taking photos. I have also recently purchased some marble and white wood effect backdrops which I will be using in the future too to switch it up a bit.

It's a good idea to use a tripod too especially as you want to be shooting from above. I don't always do this if I'm in a rush but by using the tripod it ensures that my photos don't turn out blury and are in focus. I use my camera in manual mode and just play around with the ISO, aperture and shutter speed settings until I have it where I want them to be and so it's not too bright. I'm no pro when it comes to using my camera and I couldn't tell you how to use it either I literally just play around with the setting until I'm happy with the overall image. 

I would highly recommend having some blu-tac on standby, a little trick I learnt a few months ago to save items rolling around and to keep everything in place was to place a tiny ball of blue-tac on the base of the product you wish to stick down. 

I usually take anywhere between 10-50 photos for each image "scene" until I am happy with my test shots and have a few decent ones to edit. I also snap one or two on my iPhone just so I can see if it appears differently as the camera on that can often change the appearance of your images and then I can easily edit and upload to Instagram if needed straight away. 

Once I have finished taking photos, I will then upload them to my Macbook and scroll through them then delete any which I know I definitely won't be using. I then edit them using PicMonkey which is completely free! I used to use adobe photoshop but find this much easier to use for quick touch ups. I tend to do a few touch ups such as play around with the brightness, contrast or exposure and that's it my photo is ready to upload.

How do you take and edit your photos? Do you have any tips to share or any questions? Leave them below.

* All of the photos in this post were taken on my iPhone 5s.

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  1. Great tips! I've heard a lot of bloggers use the ikea LACK white table for their photos. I love your pics but I don't think I'd have the patience lol

    1. Thanks Rebecca, ahhhh yes pretty much any of Ikea's white furniture is very useful! i actually have the white coffee table on my wist list but i just don't think it would stay clean with Amelia although it would be the perfect backdrop for photos haha! x

  2. Great tips! I have a white coffee table from Dwell that works really well too! x

  3. These are great tips, thanks!

  4. Fab tips darling, always love your pictures x

  5. I must admit light is the thing I struggle with most in our house. I've been meaning to have a go at taking photos in the new bedrooms as they have much bigger windows.

  6. Great tips. I struggle for natural light

  7. Awesome tips.
    I need to actually get my new camera out and use it

  8. I'm still using my iPhone for ll my blog photo's, I really need to upgrade to a proper camera once I've saved enough pennies!

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  9. Fab tips huni! I need more light! :) xx

  10. Great tips. I should probably make more effort with my pictures. Oops xx

  11. Lots of great tips Kerry, I don't do many product shots so really interesting to see how you do it! x

  12. Love this Kerry, great tips and I have so much to learn to improve my photos on my blog and really trying to do better this year. What do you use to create the nice pin it button in white square on your photos it's lovely. I use picmonkey to edit most of my photos. It's easy to use and navigate. Great post hun!

  13. Such great tips - I tend to take one photo and be done with it - hardly edit either! x

  14. I love this post, I so need a DLSR but would have the first idea how to use it, i love your photography it always looks fantastic x

  15. Great tips, thanks Kerry. That's a good tips to use a piece of stock card for product shots. I sometimes use a roll of lining paper. Also, the blu-tac is also a great tip. I really struggle for natural light in my house- it's north facing and so dark!! x

  16. Love this post. I always find it fascinating learning how other people take photos and their set ups!

  17. I always have always wondered how you take such fab indoor photos - thanks for sharing. :)

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

  18. Thanks for the explanation. I've gotten lazy in the past year and have just been using my iphone instead of my DSLR. Time to kick it up a notch!

  19. Thank you so much for your tips, especially the one where you use blu-tac. I just use a white table cloth for shooting my pics for blogs,

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