Millions of people write blogs and are using photos. Here are seven tips to make your blog more interesting by processing and using photos effectively. This blog is about writing, blogging, and photography, aimed at helping new and hobby bloggers create great blogs.

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Tip One:  Resize your photos to 800 x 533 or smaller.  They load much faster and take up less storage on wordpress.com sites that have limited space. They load faster on graphic programs like Canva.com as well. Easier still, download the plugin EWWW Image Optimizer if you have a self-hosted site.

Tip Two: Label all your photos so you can locate them later.  Labels like “IMG 296340689” hinder your efforts.  I remember photos and have spent annoying hours thumbing through digital photo files.

Tip Three: Tell your stories around a photo challenge to expand your audience, and learn from others writing about similar themes.

Tip Four: Use the text tool or batch processing in photo processing programs to protect your photos and to develop your brand and give yourself credit with a watermark.

Tip Five: Keep even some of your poor photos. You never know when they might be perfect for a photo challenge.

Tip Six: Use and reuse your photos in new ways. Crop photos to create more focus. You now have a completely different picture. Put a frame around it using the resize canvas menu.

Tip Seven: Try Canva.com. You can upload your photos and set them in frames, graphic shapes, backgrounds, and add text, which is clearer than Photoshop. Canva.com has the correct size template for every kind of graphic you could want from a Facebook header to a logo or business card.

What do you do with photos?  Can we chat about your ideas? We’re all learners here in this blog. Feel free to contact me. Twitter @MarshaIngrao or LIKE my Facebook Page.

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