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How to get the perfect images for your website

How to get the perfect images for your website

A brilliant photographer isn't enough. Find out why...

There are so many talented photographers out there. You may have fallen in love with the images on their social accounts, or they've taken great family images your friends, or a cute baby, or they took your wedding photos and you think they're the greatest – and I bet they are! I follow many photographers and I am mesmerised by their talents and great eye.

However, taking images for websites is a different ballgame. Here I will explain why.

Your website images need room to breath!

Images for websites are a lot different than images for your wall.

When having a photoshoot intended for your walls or picture frames, cropping is a huge part of the artistic process. Close-up baby faces, pets, a lovers embrace... they all look wonderful when cropped correctly.

BUT ≈ if you place a cropped image on your website I can assure you that heads will be missing and people will be cut in half! Websites are like elastic – they need to be adaptable for viewing on an extremely large screen (or even projector screen) but also on the smallest of mobiles. This means the images you use need a lot of space around them to adapt for their different uses.

Framed Portrait Photograph
THIS IMAGE WORKS PERFECTLY FOR A FRAMED IMAGE ON THE WALL, BUT IS NO GOOD FOR YOUR WEBSITE

Branding Photography for Websites
AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF A PROFILE IMAGE WITH 'ROOM TO BREATH'

Because this photographer has so much blank space around her it means that the image can adapt to different sizes without cutting any parts of her body off.

Wide images are important!

Most websites utilise the full screen width for full visual impact. The best way to have impactful images is to ensure they are very wide, but not too high (you don't want the entire screen to be all image (ok sometimes you do, but not every image!).

Sometimes it's not possible for your photographer to take a wide shot, so a good way around this is to make sure what's behind you is easy to photoshop into being wide.

Below is an example of this, the top one shows that the busy background does not work well, as it is obviously photoshopped!

The second image is better – it works because the brick wall is even, and the photoshopping isn't obvious.

Wide images for websites are important
LOOK BEHIND YOU!

Sometimes it's not possible for your photographer to take a wide shot, so a good way around this is to make sure what's behind you is easy to photoshop into being wide.

Great example of website imagery
A GREAT EXAMPLE!

This image has such a light background which can be washed out to a gradient easily, and makes for an excellent blank space to add a Call-To-Action message!

Choose your backgrounds wisely!

Below is another example where close up images are not ideal for website. The lovely cat becomes too cropped and because there's no breathing room around the original photo it makes photoshopping in ears too difficult. The same goes for the angled brick wall.

The man on the steps works well because the steps are very evenly coloured, which means when they're photoshopped wider it's almost impossible to tell it's not real. 

CROPPED IMAGERY IS HARD TO WORK WITH FOR WEB. IF YOU HAVE A BACKGROUND MAKE SURE IT'S EVEN - THIS WILL MAKE IT EASY TO PHOTOSHOP
CROPPED IMAGERY IS HARD TO WORK WITH FOR WEB. IF YOU HAVE A BACKGROUND MAKE SURE IT'S EVEN - THIS WILL MAKE IT EASY TO PHOTOSHOP

Website Images Yes and No
BEFORE AND AFTER EXAMPLES

Sometimes an image will look great in it's original format, and when forced into a wide format. However the bottom image of the lady using her laptop isn't ideal, because you risk cutting off too much of her head.

Brand photoshoot - 10 steps to getting the most out of yours

Now that you know more about what images will work best for your website, check out the below Blog about choosing the right branding photographer for your business.



 

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