The picture above is a caption photo. I use these at the start of every post on my blog because it makes the post look neat, pretty and also reinforces what the blog post is about. It is also proven that photos with captions increase engagement with the post as well as conversation within the post. What I want to do is show you how I edit my caption photos.
First, I purchased and downloaded this app called Font Candy+. This app allows you to edit your own photos with provided filters, access free picture websites like pixabay, and caption these photos with tons of different font options.
I then choose and upload a photo from the camera roll or pixabay to edit and caption! It’s all about choosing the right picture, it has to be somewhat relevant to your post and appealing to the eye. Also, some advice I give is if you can take a photo of what you’re talking about without giving away the conclusion of the post, then use that photo as the caption picture.
Afterwards I choose what size photo I want. I like 4:3 or 16:9 if I can get the picture cropped down to that size. I find landscape photos are nicer in my opinion so I use it as much as possible. I also try my best to keep everything consistent if I can, so if I have one landscape photo I will try to make the whole post have landscape photos.
I then choose what caption to write. I make sure this is going to be the same as the title of the blog post, choosing two different things may confuse readers. I also try to put my writers hat on and pick a caption with the least amount of words, this helps get he point across concisely.
Next, I choose whether or not I want to apply a shadow to the text and also what size I want it. I would suggest keeping the title in the middle of the photo so it isn’t cut off in the sample view of the post. Also, not all text will require a shadow behind it but when you can’t really see what the text says it’s best to add a shadow to help distinguish the word from the background.
Then I choose to either filter, brighten, blur or leave the picture alone. This is definitely the trial and error step because you have to see what makes the picture look best and most appealing.
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