Feb 22 2015
Are you struggling to manage time to take photos for your blog? Here are 5 easy time saving tips for your blog photography!
Tim Ferris, author of the Four-hour work week says “Focus on being productive, instead of being busy“. For those of us who blog, striking a balance between work, blogging and social life is a big challenge that even a minute saved is a blessing. Photography consumes a big chunk of blogging time, so here are a few time saving tips to help you.
1. Plan with the weather: Most of us live in places with limited hours of sunshine, so it is very important to make the best use of natural light. The ideal condition of us being free and the weather being sunny is a rarity. Check the weather forecast and schedule your photography session accordingly. Charge your camera batteries and clean up your SD card the previous day of your photo session so you have everything ready when its time to take the photos.
2. Tether camera to laptopGood news! You don’t have to shoot in bulk anymore. This time saving trick is new for me, but oh boy! it has changed my life. Its hard to accurately assess the quality of the photo on the small LCD screen of the camera, which is why we often shoot in bulk. By tethering the camera to the laptop, I can check my photos on the big screen right away without having to wait until editing. This helps me instantly adjust the composition, lighting, etc., thereby saving me a lot of time. Here is a guide to tether your camera to the laptop.
3. Mobile photography set-up: Create a photography set-up that you can easily move around. While shooting, you might want to try a few different positions to decide which one is the best for lighting. For eg., I decide whether I want to shoot near the window in my living room or outside in the patio depending on the amount of light I need. If I decide to move, I can easily shift from one place to another with a mobile set-up as opposed to a fixed set-up. A light-weight ikea coffee table or this DIY table top are ideal for a movable photography setup.
4. Store accessories & props in one place: I have all the props I use for my photos in a single box so I find everything easily when I am setting up the scene for photography. The tripod, remote and props like flowers, potpourri etc. are all within an arm’s reach when I shoot. This saves me a lot of time compared to when I have to fetch each thing from a different place in the house.5. Shoot for multiple blog posts: While you are at it, take as many photos as you can.  Depending on my editorial calendar, I decide in advance the photos I need for each post. I then shoot photos for multiple posts at once so I have a ready repository and don’t have to worry about running out of photos for a while. This saves the set-up time when compared to shooting separately for each post.

These are small things, but go a long way in saving time. Hope you find them useful!

What are your time-saving blogging tips? 

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  • Thanks for these tips, any time saved is worth the bit of forward planning. I'm going to try tethering my camera today! x

  • Cool tips! I love your blog!

  • Such useful tips! I'm a first time reader, I think I followed you from a chat last night, and I'm glad I did!

    average adventures

  • I kinda wish my camera could tether to my laptop, it would save so much time! And agreed about shooting for multiple posts, gotta take advantage of that good lighting!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  • Su

    These are such great tips! esp chucking everything you want to shoot in a box.

  • holly.sibley

    Great tips, will have to look at how to tether my camera to laptop as I generally have a problem with blur. Thanks for sharing. Love your blog


  • I am definitely going to try tethering my camera to my laptop – so often I think I've got the perfect shot, I put everything away and when I actually go through my photos, they're out of focus/not right! x

  • Thanks for the tips! Really Helpful!


  • These are such useful tips, thanks a lot for sharing!! And thanks for sharing that DIY table top as well, I've been thinking about doing something like that for a while, it's such a great back set-up for photos! 🙂 x

  • ninegrandstudent

    I definitely need to have a look at tethering, though my camera has a massive LCD screen anyway! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • I also just recently learned about tethering my camera to the computer, while I was in a shoot and the photographer showed me how I could do that. Shooting multiple pictures for my blog post is a life saviour. Loved the post!

    Debasree // ALL SHE NEEDS

  • This post has been bookmarked! So useful and I'll definitely be coming back to it later 🙂

    Bea x

    As Seen By Bea

  • Bunch-O-Tech

    Great post. I will have to try out some of the tips. I have taken photos for my wife's blog http://www.amysfashionblog.com for years. Now I decided to start writing my own blog http://www.bunchotech.com time has become much more of a factor.

  • Amazing tips right there! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    hannie | chapters like this

  • great tips as usual

  • great tips! definitely going to keep them in mind, thanks for sharing. 🙂
    xo, cheyenne

  • 🙂 Yup, let me know how it goes laura! I am curious! xx

  • Thanks Anna 🙂 x

  • 🙂 Aw thanks a lot hunni! glad you like it xx

  • 🙂 Yup if you get a chance to try tethering do it sheri, its great ! 🙂 xx

  • Ha ha you bet, especially for messy people like me, it really helps! x

  • 🙂 Thanks a lot holly 🙂 Yup, hope it works well for you! x

  • Hey isobel! Exactly what i was talking about, tethering is a life saver 🙂 x

  • Thanks marjorie for reading 🙂 x

  • 🙂 Great to hear that maddy! x

  • Hi joana! Yup I love my white board, it has really helped my photography! 🙂 x

  • 🙂 Yup tethering is still useful and fun 🙂 x

  • Thanks debasree! Its so useful right? And also so much fun x

  • Thanks Brittany, great to hear that! x

  • Wow, good luck with your new blog 🙂 x

  • You bet it does 🙂 Thanks gyudy! xx

  • Welcome hannie 🙂 x

  • Thanks 🙂 x

  • Welcome cheyenne! 🙂 Let me know how it works for you! x

  • It is! 🙂

  • Oh K.

    I definitely need to work on shooting pictures in advance and working on my editorial calendar. Something I'll start to do after #Fembruary ends this week!


  • It's amazing how much of a pro and a source for information you have become in such a short time! Great tips again, Chaitra.

  • 🙂 Ha ha! Yup good luck with it all 🙂 x

  • thank you so much melissa, that really means a lot 🙂 xx

  • Great post! I always forget to plan for the weather!

    Jenn from jenniferjayne.blogspot.co.uk

  • Very nice tips, Chaitra! I'm still thinking about doing a wooden background for my pictures, but never get decided to buy the mats and get at it, lol. Lazy Carla.

  • These are great tips Chaitra! I need to definitely get on purchasing the tethering equipment! I have used that before, and it does make SUCH a difference!

  • That tethering trick is genius Chaitra! Thanks for sharing! <3 🙂

  • these are great tips, we'll be sure to use these tips while we are shooting, thanks again 🙂

  • How glad I am to come across your blog! You have some ahh-mazing tips here.
    Thank you for sharing them with us. I am stuck with my photography for years. It seems like I have no idea how to take proper photograph for blog.

  • I always shoot for multiple things at once, so I can blog in the evenings during the week, and take photos at the weekend.

  • Amore Vita Photos