Terri inspires the reader with this wonderful quote right at the beginning setting the tone for her clear, concise and friendly little book:
‘Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.’ Bruno Barley.
Isn’t that the absolute truth? It’s remarkable how the medium of photography can draw people together from different cultural backgrounds in a common moment of wonder. Curious, I googled Bruno Barley and found these stunning examples of his work: Pinterest examples of Bruno Barley’s photography. Wow, I just love photography!
Terri kicks off her book with a simple premise – Why? Why use photography on your blog? The answer, is of course, simple – images draw attention, interest, break up text, make your blog post more interesting and memorable.
She adds tips on how to –
- Create an engaging profile.
- Ways to make your sidebar design attractive.
- How to design a defining header.
- Adding widgets and not overloading your posts with too many images.
Terri warns about the dangers of using images without consent on your blog even if the images happen to be from friends, and particularly if the photos are randomly found on google. The Rule is: Always get written consent – though an email will do.
There’s an interesting section on how to use old images and give them a new lease of life. I read this part with great interest. Recently, I created a scrapbook of images for my dad for his birthday, (the first few photos you can see here,): My Instagram page Kyrosmagica
Then Terri mentions how to find free images for your blog via sites such as Canva and Picmonkey, both of which I have used, and recommend.
There are chapters on how to:
- Crop your photos, edit, add captions, size and add watermarks. Again, I was particularly interested in the section on watermarks as this is something I still have to try… Terri suggests using tutorials on Pinterest and picmonkey.
- Organising images, in storage solutions such as Dropbox, which I still have to investigate.
- Participating in or holding photography link parties and joining in photo challenges, such as Norm’s Thursday Doors. I enjoy taking part time permitting…
- Using quotes to inspire, creating blog banners or blog badges. Here’s the link to the tutorial and other excellent blogging suggestions via Diana’s Adventures: Dianas Adventures – Tips for new bloggers
- A section on photo-friendly social networking sites such as Instagram and Pinterest, plus a fantastic resources page.
Would I recommend it? Are you kidding? Most definitely. I just wished I’d read this book years ago when I started blogging – it would have helped me so much. I found out the hard way how to do much of what Terri mentions, but I still have a lot to learn.
Don’t forget to follow Terri on Instagram: Terri Webster Schrandt – Instagram
If you’d like to follow me on Instagram too, LOL… (cheeky personal plug,) – find me here: My Instagram Page: Kyrosmagica
A richly deserved 5 stars.. 🙂
Before I fly off to take some photos to add to my Instagram feed let me point you in the direction of this wonderful free resource from Terri: Second Wind Leisure – How To Get Hundreds of Free Photos for Your Blog
Bye for now, photo enthusiasts!