Having a website is important, but since there are so many other websites on the web, and so many that are probably similar to yours, it’s important that you do whatever you can to make your website stand out. A great way to add some flair to your website is to add professional quality photos to your site. Photos can be a great way to separate your site from other sites and give your audience something to admire and remember. The following are six tips to help you make your website pop with professional quality photos.
1. Get close
Far too often we try to take pictures of subjects that are too far away. Don’t do this. If you want professional-looking photos, you need to get up close and personal with your subjects. The closer you are to the subject, the better it will appear in the photos and the more details your photo will have. This provides a certain focal point to your photos too and eliminates you from having to crop or blur out a background.
2. Learn about your camera
Your camera has a great deal of functionality, and it’s important that you learn as much about your camera as you can. Make sure to read through the manual to learn about all the different settings and modes for your camera. Then, before you start taking the photos you want to use for your site, get out there and take some practice shots. Use this time to play around with the different settings and modes and try the tips and tricks you learned from the manual. This will help you become more comfortable with your camera and allow you to take better photographs in the long run.
3. Get creative with your angles
Taking a photo ‘head on’ can provide you with a great image, but there’s no rule that says this is the only way to take pictures. If you want to create a truly unique picture to place on your website, you need to get creative with your angles. Don’t be afraid to take some shots from above or below your subject. You can also play with taking them from a certain side or another creative angle in order to get the best possible shot for your site.
4. Don’t be afraid to use flash outside
Some people think that flash is only reserved for indoor photos, but this isn’t true. Yes, the sun provides you with great natural light for your outdoor photos, but it can also provide natural contrast and shadows. Using a flash when taking outdoor photos will keep you from having these unwanted shadows and contrasts in your photos and make them look more professional.
5. Don’t forget to edit
In most cases, you are not going to get the best possible photo for your site without having to edit or retouch certain areas. Make sure to invest in a trustworthy and effective photo editing software, such as Photoshop. This will allow you to edit and retouch your photos professionally to get them looking exactly how you want them to look for your website.
6. Hire a professional photographer
Sometimes no matter how hard you try, trying to get professional quality photos can be too challenging for you to handle. If this is the case, it’s always a good idea to hire a professional photographer to take the photos for you. This way, you don’t have to worry about finding the time to take the photos, edit the photos, and even learn how to correctly use your camera. Instead, you’ll know that you will have great photos to use for your company’s website the minute they’re taken.
Guest Author: Meyling Lau is a freelance writer with an ability to combine her opinion and knack for research to create informative articles.