As I start to blog more and find my true blogging voice, I have learned that good photos matter. I love photography and I find it hard to look through someone's blog that has bad photos. This is sad because a person could have a really good idea, but because of the photos, could lose traffic to his/her blog or website. In this post, I want to share a few tips that I've learned about using good photos in your blog posts.
Take the time to edit your photos. Editing is a great way to bring your photos to life. Every photo that gets put on my blog, I have edited in some way or another. Photos are an important part of blogging and I think taking the extra time to edit your photos is wroth it and will make your blog look 10x better.
To change the image size of your photo, you will need to click "image" in your top tool bar and click "image size." Once you clicked image size a dialog box will appear.
The first thing that we are going to look at it the resolution. The maxim pixel a computer monitor can read is 72 (remember this number.) For great high resolution photos for printing the maxim pixel is 300 (remember this number too.)
The fist thing you want to do is un-check "resample image" in the lower left side of the dialog box. This is going to allow you to change the image resolution while leaving your pixels the same. We will talk about pixels in a minute.
After you un-check the resample image you want to change your image resolution to 72 pixels per inch. You will notice that the width and height will change-- that is ok. Please note that you DO NOT want to print your photos at a 72 resolution.
You can now check the "resample image" box.
It is important to know your maxim width on your blog and or website for photos. Once you have determine what your maxim width for you blog is you can change your "width" to that number, Mine is 600. You will notice that my height change as well. I normally just leave the height box alone.
Once you save your new image size your photo will shrink really small. This is not how it will look on your blog and/or website.
If you zoom in on the photo you will see that your image still looks great. It is now ready to be saved and uploaded to you blog and or website. For a better understanding of pixels or pixels per inch check out this article.
- Here are a few more tips for better blog photos.
Add text to your photos
Make a photo collage
Pugly Pixel makes really great blog templates.
This is the end of part one for Photography for Blogging. I will be back next week with the second part.
Have a wonderful weekend!