Flash, Flash Flash, Pose for the camera!
I’ve been getting asked a lot recently about who takes my photography for my blog and Instagram. The simple answer is… Little old me. I used to have help from my siblings, but when I lived back at home and they both went off to university I had to teach myself to be able to take a blog and Instagram worthy photographs on my own. So I’m going to let you into some of my top secrets to get the best photography for your blog or Instagram.
Before You Start…
Making sure you feel comfortable standing in front of a camera is detrimental to taking a good photo. If you feel comfortable then you will relax more and enjoy having the photo taken. So put on your favourite outfit and slay the camera. Do a little fashion show in front of your mirror till you get the perfect outfit. Feeling good in your outfit will give you more time to focus on the lighting and other aspects of the photograph.
The Set Up
For me, my tripod is my best friend when it comes to photography. If I’m doing any kind of photography my tripod comes with me. It keeps your camera stable and keeps you from getting blurry photographs. In addition to my tripod, I have a shutter release which can help with the focus on your photo. As you’re on you’re own this will be so helpful when you’re trying to get those perfect lighting and shallow depth of fields with your aperture. This article here tells you a little information about Aperture, How to change aperture with Lumix. The lighting is key. I have big photography lights that I use if I’m photographing for a brand that I use with my backdrop setup inside. But if you don’t have this all you need to do is make sure both sides of your face are lit up. So if you’re inside, stand by a window and put your tripod in front of the window to maximise the light. If you’re outside try not to stand in the shade as this will create shadows on your face. I have a motto which I’ve taken from America’s Next Top Model which is “Look for the Light” telling yourself this you will always make sure you’re looking for your light.
The Creative Direction
It may seem weird to think up a concept in your head for a photograph. But this is what I do in general to know what kind of photograph I want. I’ll always have some kind of image in my head how I want a photo to look. So I don’t stop till I get that photo. Knowing what you want it to look like gives you the drive not to give up. Do you want to add props to your photo? Do you want the backdrop to be simple? If I’m doing a blog photograph then I want it to look a certain way to fit with my blog, again the same with Instagram. However, on the other hand, some of my best photos are those that weren’t meant to be a “good photo” laughing shots are examples of this.
Have fun and pose!
I love taking photos. But it can be a little nerving when you’re outside on your own in front of a camera with people around. I pretend they’re not there and just roll with what I have come to do. I try all sorts of different poses to try to keep the photo appear to have movement. If you’re photographing clothes then this is something that’s so important. The clothes need to have movement in them to try and entice others to want them. I will always walk towards the camera at a slow pace to give the clothes a little breeze to move. I also walk away from the camera but turn around at the last second to capture a moody photo. However, it captures movement within the clothes. If you’re just taking headshots then just keep moving at every shot. Try different angles, just remember “Look for the light”. You’re the only person who will edit the photos so it doesn’t matter whether there are some funny ones in there. Just have fun and pretend no one is watching. I love taking silly photos as well as serious ones for my blog. But just go out and have fun. Enjoy it!