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Blog Photography Hacks by Rose Clearfield

Blog Photography Hacks by Rose ClearfieldBlog Photography Hacks by Rose Cleafield

The author of Blog Photography Hacks, Rose Clearfield, is a freelance photographer who aims to take the complexities and expense out of taking photos for your own blog. In this comprehensive book, you'll learn how to create magazine-worthy shoots with your current equipment.

In the opening paragraphs, Rose discusses the background and the equipment she uses, and we learn that she really has a keen passion for the subject.

I am particularly impressed with the first chapter, which features some quite brilliant ideas for low-cost or free items you can use as backdrops - these are ideas I've never thought of, but will certainly be using in the future.

Indeed, the book is particularly focused on backdrops and lighting, and you'll find a huge amount of advice, such as creating a low-cost reflector, and creating light by simply using daylight light bulbs.

Tips on making the move from auto mode to manual mode are also provided and will help to make you become a much better photographer in the process. There is also info on the difference between shooting in RAW and JPeg, and how shooting in RAW and self-editing could also improve your photos.

Although some advice is given for using a smartphone camera, I would like to have seen more on the subject, particularly as so many people are using them these days.

Rose ends her book with some useful links to online photo editors and helpful posts on her own blog.

What I really like about this book is that it takes a unique and thrifty approach to professional photography. She proves that you really don't need to spend a fortune, and you can save quite a hefty sum by simply using everyday items for props, backdrops and lighting.

The writing style is clear and jargon-free, and each section is clearly titled. However, only one font size is used for titles, and a larger font could be used for the chapter titles, making them quicker to find.

The fourth chapter was slightly disappointing in that it is aimed at an American audience. However, some of these stores can be found in the UK, too.

Mark's rating:


Unique lighting and backdrop tips.
Packed with Great ideas for anyone on a tight budget.
Easy to understand.
Low-cost guide.


Aimed at an American audience, but it's a minor issue.
More advice on using smartphone cameras would be useful.

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1. Items You Already Have at Home or Can Get for Free or Next to Nothing.

2. The Best Inexpensive Blog Photography Backdrops and Props to Buy.

3. DIY Blog Photography Hacks.

4. Where to Shop.

5. What About Etsy and Ebay?

6. General Tips.

7. Lighting.

8. The 40mm Lens.

9. Shooting in Manual Mode.

10. Shooting in RAW.

11. Resources.

12. Contact the Author.

Book Details

Title: Blog Photography Hacks
Author: Rose Clearfield
Publication Date: 1 May 2019
Formats: Kindle edition
Print Length: 64 pages
Publisher: Independent


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