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Bookstagram Photography Tips

Good afternoon, all! We’re back with some more bookstagram tips! This time, we’re going to focus on photography. Last time, we shared some tips on how to start a bookstagram and featured some of our favorite pictures! If you haven’t had a chance to read the post yet, then you can access it here. Below, are tips on how to get your perfect picture!

  1. Utilize props. We can’t stress this enough. In our opinion, props tend to make pictures look better than just a book featured against a white wall. Props can be anything you have around your house. Some of our most used props are often items that are typically found in a home, such as recycled yogurt containers, fairy lights/tea lights, blankets, and shells. The Dollar Store (or someplace similar) has tons of shells and rocks that can be used as props. Craft stores, when you can find things on sale, are another great place to buy props. Below, is a picture of just some of our commonly used props. Since the photo has been taken, we’ve started to experiment with other props and backgrounds.
  2. Experiment with backgrounds. If you browse our Instagram account, then you’ll see that we tend to experiment with different backgrounds. For past photos, we’ve utilized book shelves, an ottoman, an entertainment center, a dog bed (yes, we’ve used our dog’s bed), the outdoors, and so much more. We find that it is less stressful when there is not an established theme because we can use whatever background we like and still get a great picture. If you’re a person who likes having a theme, then by all means, create a theme. Before you select your theme, however, we suggest that you experiment with some different backgrounds and see what fits your style best.
  3. Lighting is important! Lighting is probably one of the most important aspects of a great picture. Natural light is always better than artificial light. We don’t like darker photos, so we tend to enhance the lighting in our pictures.
  4. Take multiple shots. Take several shots of the same picture. Not only do the multiple shots give you several options to choose from, but you can always take more if you find that none of photos turned out how you would have liked. Rachael cannot tell you how many times she’s taken the same photo over and over again because the angle wasn’t right, the dust jacket of a book was crooked, or some prop was out of place. Sometimes taking multiple shots can even give you a better idea of where props should be placed. Keep taking photos until you know that you have the right picture.
  5. Ask for feedback from family members and/or friends. When taking pictures, Rachael tends to ask her mother and sister (Danielle!) for feedback about the photos. Sometimes, they even give better ideas on how to take the picture or which props to use! Asking friends and family for feedback can be helpful because they are providing an outsider’s perspective about your photo. They will definitely be looking at photo differently than you.

Do you have any tips for someone who is struggling with taking photos for bookstagram? What is one photography tip that you would have liked to know when you started your bookstagram? Let us know in the comments! In the near future, we’ll be sharing some more bookstagram tips. Some of the upcoming posts will discuss how to edit pictures for bookstagram (i.e. our preferred apps and Rachael’s editing process) and how to create graphics for Instagram. Be on the lookout for those posts!

Published by Rachael

Hello, all! I'm 1/3 of Always, Bookish Lovers. Currently, I will be starting work in October at a public library in my area. In the near future, I plan to go back to school to get a Masters in Library and Information Science so I can become a librarian. Along with the blog, I'm pretty active on Instagram. If you'd like to check out our Instagram, it is linked below for you.

2 thoughts on “Bookstagram Photography Tips

  1. Re: backgrounds. If people want a consistent background and don’t had a great space at home, I highly recommend bulletin board paper. Your local craft store, teacher store, or even Amazon will have it. It rolls up just like wrapping paper so it’s easy to store and you can do photos anywhere: bedroom floor, living room, kitchen, deck, etc and there’s easy & beautiful consistency.


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