Saturday, December 12, 2015

How Learning and Improving on Digital Photography Has Helped My Blog

About three years ago, I created a blog called From a blog where I used to share only life updates, it has transformed into a food and lifestyle blog where I share experiences and reviews with readers with regard to restaurants I visit and places I travel. As an amateur blogger, I had a lot to learn. 

I was using my iPhone 4 camera to take pictures and happily post them on the blog. After a year, I decided to level up my photography and bought a DSLR camera, which was the Nikon D3100. To have better close-up food shots, I also invested in a prime lens. Research took some time and finally I got the 50mm f/1.8 G

As time went on, I started to get more comfortable with using the manual settings on the DSLR. I still remember how thrilled I was the first time I received a comment on how beautiful my photos have turned out to be when using my upgraded photography gear. This fueled my desire to keep learning. Photoshop and Lightroom are the photo editing software I use.

As my photos continued to get better, I saw an immense increase in my blog readership. I once thought that only helpful and useful content would lead people to read blogs. Now I know that really good and high quality photos are as important.

How Learning and Improving on Digital Photography Has Helped My Blog

My average number of unique visitors went from 100 a day to 1,000 a day–and now about 2,000 a day. This led to lots of opportunities for monetizing and growing my blog. I’ve had the honor of being pursued by the marketing arm of companies, PRs, researchers of TV programs, and more prominent brands and businesses. 

There’s no doubt in my mind that these opportunities were presented to me not only because of textual content but also because of the photos in my blog. 

To learn more about digital photography success and advanced digital photography, I've read lots of articles for tips and suggestions. 

Here's a listing of my recommended resources: 

After about a year and a half, mirrorless cameras sparked an interest in me. I got the Samsung NX300 with 18-55mm kit lens and the 30mm f/2.0 pancake lens. Photos were okay but were not satisfying. So after another six months, I sold my NX camera and purchased the Fujifilm XT10 with 16-50mm kit lens. So far, learning continues and I have to practice taking pictures on Manual mode more often. :)

Wrap Up

Having great photos on your blog can really be a great way to increase readership. Digital photography can have a significant impact on the life of your blog or website. I’ve learned a lot of things in the last few years. This post is just a way for me to tell about my experience and remind myself as well on the things I've done to take food photos that make people say, “I am dying to eat that from my screen right now!” :)