Set Up | If you're shooting a flatlay and you're using a background such as a blanket, marble board or a DIY white floor wood, then rather than placing it on a table, I would recommend placing it on the floor in front of a window to make the most of the light, whilst also reducing shadows. Whilst you're setting up an image it is important to consider what background you're using. On low light days I like to opt for darker backgrounds such as pink card or marble and on lighter days it's easier to shoot from the side with prints or mirrors in the background. When shooting flatlays, I would recommend either using a tripod or propping yourself up on a wall so you have a steady hand.
Lighting | Don't get me wrong; there's many aspects of blog photography to consider, but I think it's lighting that is one of, if not the most, important. When shooting bulk photographs or when you're just starting out trying to get the hang of things, I would recommend opting for a cloudy day when photographing, as this will give your photographs a more neutral tone and reduce the risk of the dreaded blue tint.
Composition | When you're starting out or you're struggling, composition can be one of the hardest things to get your head around; ultimately composition affects the outcome of the final image the most. Filling the space with props such as throws, eyelash curlers, other beauty products and flowers are great ways to keep your photography interesting. My fail safe composition is having several blushers open, a textured item of clothing or blanket in the corner and then scattering around either copper bells or sequins.
Editing | Although editing isn't essential if you've got the perfect set up, I find that every photograph I take needs some sort of editing. Whether it's removing a speck of fluff or brightening up the image as a whole, keeping the products in focus without over or under exposing the image is something you've got to experiment with. Personally I love using curves on Photoshop to help perfect my photographs easily and quickly.
What are your blog photography top tips?