How To Take Better Farm Photos

 

The photos you post on your website, Facebook, and Instagram can have a huge impact on how people view your Farm. A trusted brand is proven to increase customer loyalty, which directly impacts how often customers purchase. With a few simple practices, you can improve the quality of your photos. In no time you’ll know how to enhance your Farm’s brand image, encourage customer interactions, and generate more frequent orders.

Here are 7 quick photo tips to ensure higher quality photos:

1. Clean your lens

This simple fix can actually make a huge difference. No one likes looking at blurry photos. For that matter, make sure your thumb isn’t the lens!

 
See what we mean?

See what we mean?

 

2. Never use digital zoom

Zoom compromises the quality of a photo. Instead, take the photo at a normal distance and crop it later on your computer or phone. (Note: If you happen to have a camera with an adjustable lens—zoom all you want!)

 
Too close for comfort!

Too close for comfort!

 

3. Pay attention to lighting

Take advantage of unique, natural lighting like early mornings, sunsets or storm clouds. As a general rule of thumb, make sure the primary source of light is behind you (i.e. the sun or light is shining on the back of your head, toward the object in your photo). And avoid using flash if possible!

 
Beautiful, right?

Beautiful, right?

 

4. Find NEW perspectives

Try getting low or higher (from the ground up, or using a “bird’s eye view” perspective), turn your camera on its side, or move around your subject as you shoot. Try getting closer, backing away—get creative with your approaches! Unique angles make photos more interesting and memorable.

Hmm…

Hmm…

That’s better.

That’s better.

5. Focus on one subject

Even if there are multiple subjects in your frame, trying focusing on just one. This creates a focal point within the image you are capturing.

 
He smiled for the camera.

He smiled for the camera.

 

6. use negative space

The subject shouldn’t fill the entire frame. Another best practice is to save about 2/3 of your photo for negative space. Believe it or not, this ensures that what you are intending to photograph is emphasized. The space around the subject of your photo will highlight it.

Additionally, negative space is often uniform and not busy (e.g. white space, green grass, cityscape, dirt field) so this makes the photo much easier on the eyes.

 
The 2/3 rule in action.

The 2/3 rule in action.

 

7. Keep it simple

We love this advice across the board for your marketing materials. We get more into why “keep it simple” leads to increasing your orders in our free eBook, How to Avoid a Terrible Farm Website with No Sales. People want to get the information they need quickly, and they can’t very well do that if encumbered with unnecessary details.

Example of a baaad photo.

Example of a baaad photo.

So avoid using decorative borders or overdoing your photo edits. People want to see what the image actually looks like, not an over-styled version.

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These best practices really do make a difference as far as the impression your Farm makes on visitors to your website and social media pages. If you need some help revamping your Farm’s website and social presence, give us a call at 1-833-9-BARN2DOOR or request a demo today. We’ll help you put your best foot forward.