Youth.SG Campus Spy Session 1: Using Pictures and Videos to Spice Up Your Blog
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By Youth.SG Campus Spy Blogger Mentor, Luke Phang

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  • Hi my name is Luke and today I’ll be speaking on using pictures and videos to spice up your blogWill be touching more on pictures and little bit on videoSome of you might think that blog is everything about writingHowever, if you have skills in pictures, you can have an edge
  • Before we know how, we must know the why
  • Help to bring your point acrossThere are things that you can only say using a pictureThe ice-cream for example (food, pretty girls – Megan Fox)For example, Megan FoxYou all know how hot she is right? But what if you never see her before and I were to intro her in my blog? No matter what I say, you can’t get the idea of her hotness
  • No matter how hot I say she is, without a picture, it wouldn’t do her any justiceLanguage is somehow limited
  • As the saying goes, we humans are visual creaturesNot everyone can stand long lengthy word posts Like what I said in the previous slides (which you might have not been able to catch)…Pictures give a break and keeps readers interested
  • Now that we know the why, let me talk about the how of using pictures in blogBasically the things you need to know about regarding pictorial usage in blogs
  • Basically there are many sources where you can get pictures for your blogFirst, of course is for you to produce the pictures yourselfSecondly, you can use the world wide web
  • If you’re good at drawing, you can draw.. Draw using paper or a software then upload to your blog, doesn’t have to be good as long as you’re able to use it to convey what your messageAlternatively, if you have a camera, you can snap pictures tooChoice depends on what you want to convey and your preference
  • This is one of the example of a blog that uses drawing (comic) Not exactly the manga or professional comic style but sufficient enough to entertain
  • - Another example, better drawing. If you love drawing, designing or a comic style of blog, maybe you could do something like this- It takes some talent and some software and hardware to draw like this
  • But of course, not everyone can draw, people like me for example. Can’t even draw a stickman properlyWhich is why I prefer to take photos
  • This is an example of a photoblog
  • -If you have been to a blogger’s outing before, you would see almost all bloggers holding oneFor the image, look more high class and professional (imagine going to an event)Undeniably, it takes better quality photos under almost all conditionsAnd it gives you the ability to take almost all kind of photos, as long as you have the money (lens, body)
  • But everyone can afford a DLSR. Lots of money, a steeper learning curve (too many things regarding the skills) and not everyone can master itAnd you can still take good photos when you have a decent enough camera and sufficient know how
  • These are the example of things you need to know when it comes to taking pictures for your blogKnow your subject: Plan your post with the photos, what you want to write, relevant to postLighting: What to see if there’s no light, light must always be from the backComposition: When people look at your picture, they know what is your focusThis is for when taking photo
  • Example of bad lighting photoLighting is at the back
  • Example of a poor composition photoToo scattered, no real focus
  • And if you have some photoshop skills, these are the extra stuff you can doMake your photos stand outI choose to be funny, you chance choose to enhance your photo or make yourself look prettier
  • But of course,photoshop is expensive, also steep learning curve, for professionalsThere are other more user friendly and easier to learn applicationsGives your photos effects and feel
  • When you don’t want to draw or take pictures, you can use pictures already on the web Photos, cartoons or demotivational posters are among the examples you can findI use Google images the most, easiest and fastestHowever, there are some copyright issues to be concerned about, if you’re afraid, give credit to where you’ve taken the picture from (but normally won’t have problem, I’m still talking in front of you)
  • however, never copy the url of the image because if the url is changed, the image is gone. And it will redirect away from your blogDownload to your computer and re-upload it if canBlogger and Wordpress have uploading servicesGive credits if the owner of the website you’ve gotten the picture from requires it
  • Ultimately, it’s really up you on what you want to useThe entire area of imagery for blogging is huge, different types of images (pictures, drawings, photos) suit different types of blogsYou can choose to be serious or you can just include relevant imagesAs long as your images are able to support ur blog, it is enoughYou’re not a comic drawer or photographer

Youth.SG Campus Spy Session 1: Using Pictures and Videos to Spice Up Your Blog Youth.SG Campus Spy Session 1: Using Pictures and Videos to Spice Up Your Blog Presentation Transcript

  • Using Pictures and Videos to Spice Up Your Blog
    Luke Phang
    lukeyishandsome.com
  • Why pictures and videos?
  • “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words”
  • The risk of boringness
    Using too much text can overwhelm your readers. Something like a word overdose
    Imagine reading your textbook or LOTR without stop for one whole day, you can just quickly tire out and feel bored
    Pictures between lengthy posts give your readers a subconscious mind break
    If you just keep spamming words, your readers would eventually associate your blog with boringness and leave your blog
    And I would I have probably lost you by now…
  • That, just now, was a example of what you should not do
  • The art of using pictures in your blog
  • 2 Sources
    Self
    The web
  • Self
    Drawings
    Paint, Illustrator , other drawing tools
    Photos
    Camera, photoshop
  • Source: http://little-nini.blogspot.com/
  • Source:
    http://www.cheechingy.com/
  • But if you do not like to draw like me…
  • Source:
    Your World Pixelated
    http://standwithgiants89.blogspot.com/
  • The DSLR
    Definitely the best choice
    Most adjustable settings, under most conditions
    Look better too
  • I DON’t have DSLR!!!
    But…
  • When taking photos
    Know your subject
    Lighting
    Composition
  • And if you have some photoshop skills…
  • Others
  • The Web
  • Pointers
    Never copy paste URL
    Download and re-upload
    Credits?
  • VIDEO
  • Just some pointers
    Most bloggers use them sparingly
    To produce a good video, at least some editing must be involved
    Movie maker (basic), iMovie (basic), Premiere pro (advanced)
    Vlogger (Youtube)
    Dance moves
  • Conclusion
  • Your choice
    As long as it’s relevant