*How To Take Festive Photos

Thursday, December 01, 2016
How To Take Festive Photos
Photography is a massive part of blogging so after blogging for over four years now, bloggers pick up a lot of simple tips and tricks for taking great blog photos and also for social media as well and they definitely come in handy when the festive season come around. The autumn and winter months are awful for bloggers as the darker days make taking blog photos so much harder, especially when it comes to taking food photos! Here are some of my simple photography tips for fantastic festive social media photos:

Use a DSLR
Since I bought my Canon 750D and lenses I've seen a massive improvement in my blog and social media photographs and as it has wifi, I can easily transfer photos from my camera to my phone to edit or share directly on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook - I can't recommend the Canon 750D enough!

Filters & Editing 
However, if you don't have a DSLR, no problem! Filters and editing can make any photo so much better within moments. I love the following apps to edit my social media photos: ColorStory, Afterlight, Polarr and PhotoCollage. I edit or add a filter to every photo I upload to social media, even if it's just to sharpen or brighten. Usually I want bright, white photos but for the festive season I want rich, sumptuous and vivid photos and I find the Clarendon, Lark, Juno and Ludwig filters on Instagram make the colours of my festive photos more intense and richer.
How To Take Festive Photos
Switch up the angles 
I love experimenting with different camera angles for my blog and social media photos as there is more to Instagram and blog photos than flatlays! You can see from the festive table layout photos above, all of the different angles you can approach the same photo - experiment and you'll be surprised by the results.

Don't stick to an Instagram theme
Instagram themes are probably just a blogger or brand phenomenon where you stick to a certain filter and photography style and I've tried to stick to a theme so many times but it's not for me as I want to have the freedom to post what I want on my social media. I need to switch up the filters and style I use otherwise my feed gets really boring and samey; also every photo needs a different filter or style especially at this time of the year so don't restrict yourself or stress yourself out about it.

Add extras & Textures
Adding photo props or extras can make a photo look so much better as there's nothing worse when it comes to blog or social media photos than bare and boring photos. I love adding props and also textures to photos, it makes them more interesting and dimensional, if that makes any sense.

Overall, there are my simple festive photo tips and tricks for the christmas season. It is easy, especially if you are a blogger, to become stuck in a rut with your blog or social media photos but I think the main thing to remember is to keep it simple, experiment with filters, angles and apps and most of all, don't stress out about it - it's your account and your photos! Check out this article from The Furniture Market for more instagram photo tips. This is a collaborative post.

What do you think of my festive photos? Do you have any Instagram tips or tricks? What photo apps do you use? 


  1. These are great tips! Thank you for sharing :)

    xo, Liz

  2. i am definitely not sticking to an instagram theme...i just do whatever I want to do! taking pics from diff angles is a great tip!
    am xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  3. Love your tips, I'll try to include them to my festive photography this year ;)
    Nati xx


  4. Loving the warm candlelit glow :D -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  5. These are brilliant tips, I need all the help I can get with photography! Inta themes are not for me either, I get bored too easily x

    Sick Chick Chic

  6. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

  7. This is a great post - I need all the photography tips I can get right now - the dull, grey days are killing my photos! I agree with you on Instagram themes - I totally haven't got time for that!

    Gemma x | www.flutterandsparkle.com

  8. Love these tips although I can't bring myself not to fit to my instagram theme ahaha
    it's like an addiction

    Creepers & Cupcakes


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