Taking Better Blog Photos: Lighting (& announcement)

Better Lighting

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If you have caught my last two weeks of Blog Tip Tuesday, you can read about the backdrops I use for photos and the props I have. Today’s post is all about taking better blog photos with good lighting! Lighting is a huge problem for me when I am trying to take better blog photos, because our house majorly lacks natural light. The only place in the house to take good natural light photos is the bay window in the front of the house. While I don’t mind taking photos there, most of the time, there isn’t enough space. Because of the absence of natural light, I have had to figure out new methods of taking photos.

I have come to realize that I will likely never post a step-by-step recipe with photos because there is just no avoiding the yellow kitchen we have. The walls are avocado green (which I love) but the wood is just not a pretty color and makes the lighting even worse. Sorry if you ever wanted to see my kitchen. For example, the photos I took in my post about almond french toast were all in front of the door because that was the only place that had good lighting when I was making the recipe. But most of the time, because of the lack of light, I try to take all of my photos on the front or back porch. This becomes a problem when it is rainy, windy, or dark outside though.

With all of those possible problems,  I have found out how to make most of the other areas of the house work. With some help from a few awesome products, I can take photos of almost anything, wherever and whenever I need to (but still not in the kitchen, womp womp).


The best product I have found are natural light lightbulbs. Since my office has no access to natural light whatsoever, these have been a lifesaver. They are even energy efficient and will last about 3 years. I wouldn’t say they look exactly like natural light, but they are bright and white, not blue or yellow. They are well worth the money, and I am slowly putting them in every room of our house. They have helped immensely with the lighting of my photos, even in the middle of the night!

Another big help has been this reflector. I couldn’t believe how cheap it was, and with so many options. It came with a small carrying case, and I somehow never have problems fitting it back into the case. I use this to deflect shadows, soften light, and absorb light when it’s too bright. It has been a help more times than you can imagine, and I don’t know how I lived without it for so long!

I have also heard great things about this portable LED light for taking photos in low-light. I haven’t needed to use it yet, but others reported that it works really well for evening pictures. I’ll check back once I have used it myself!

Do you use any specific items to take better photos in rough lighting?


I’m really excited to announce FOUR new things for this little blog of mine. First, I am starting a newsletter! For now it will only be sent once or twice a month, but it will include some extra details that you won’t see on the blog. AND you will have access to my first mini ebook! It includes tips & tricks all about Instagram, and how to use it for your blog. Some of the content is pulled from previous posts, with the idea of having it all in one spot. While other things are totally new and I will likely never talk about them on the blog. So how do you get it? From the third new thing from To Travel & Beyond…a resource page!

On my site I now have a password protected page with all kinds of resources for all of you! You can get the password by signing up for the TTAB newsletter! There will be ebooks, educational pages, printable’s and other downloads. For the time being, everything is free, and everything that is now offered, will always be free! In the future, I may decide to add some super awesome crazy wonderful even better than the best content and put a small price tag on it, but that is a long ways away. For now I enjoy sharing great information with fellow bloggers because this is all about community!

The forth and final new thing for the time being is the addition of Sponsorships! To start things off, I am giving away 6 sponsorship sign-ups for this month, as long as you agree to give me honest feedback once it is over. There are three levels of sponsorship, Euro Trip, Weekend Getaway and Day Trip. All of the details for each package are available on the Sponsorship page. If you are interested in one of these free spots, please sign-up through PassionFruit using promo code “TTABNewsletter and we can get started! I can’t wait to have you hanging out on TTAB!

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  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    I never thought to have a portable LED light when taking blog pictures! Definitely a great idea when there isn’t enough natural light.
    And I hear you on the kitchen lighting! I think that the granite in our kitchen along with the tile just makes everything in our kitchen have a yellowish tint.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It’s crazy how such a small thing can help SO much. It is about to get so much worse with daylight savings time.
      UGH I think we need new blog-photo friendly kitchens 😉

  • http://www.VeroSays.com/ Veronica Vargas

    It’s so hard for me come winter time as it gets so dark out before I am off work.. Any photos I want I usually have to take durin twirl hours or weekends when I’m off… Thank for sharing your solution to this problem! Xo

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I feel your pain, especially for the photos I need to take outside of outfits and stuff. So now I need a solution to the dark outdoors 😉

  • Lauren

    I can’t WAIT for the newsletter! And I’m so excited to be a part of the TTAB sidebar :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I am SO excited to have you!! :)

  • http://enjoythisbeautifulseason.blogspot.com/ Danielle

    So exciting for a newsletter to come out!! It’s going to be awesome!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Yay!! I hope you enjoy it :) thank you!

  • http://www.whimsicalwanderingsblog.com/ Audrey White

    I can’t believe how cheap that reflector is! I definitely need that in my life. The lighting in my house is horrible too so this was super helpful! And the newsletter, resources, and sponsorships are such exciting news! You go girl!!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I know!! I couldn’t believe it when it popped up on my recommendations! It isn’t huge, but it totally gets the job done. Thank you so much!

  • http://anchoredtosunshine.com/ Amanda Brooks

    This is so helpful! I just posted that I needed photography tips haha I really need to practice!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I am so glad you found it helpful!!

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