Today’s Friday Favorites is going to be a little bit different this week. I posted a photo on Instagram and I shared that it was taken with a tripod. I posted a poll and asked if you guys wanted to know my tips and tricks for taking your own photos. 100% of you all voted yes! Now that we’re doing social distancing practices and staying at home, as a creative most of us have had to shift our content. I wanted to dig deeper to see what content I could create to help my community. Other creators and digital entrepreneurs.
When I started my blog almost four years ago, I knew one of things I needed to do was to get a photographer or ask someone to take outfit photos for me. Well one, photographers can be expensive and two, I didn’t want to have to always ask a friend or family member to take photos for me. Yes, it’s easier to get someone else to do it but I like to work on my own schedule. Most of the time you can have a quick turn around sponsored post or want to take a quick flick and no one can help you.
In the almost four years of doing trial and error, I have cultivated some tips and tricks that have really helped with blog and Instagram photos. Also, this post isn’t just for bloggers/content creators. If you’re sitting at home during quarantine and want to learn some tips, it’s for you as well! If you’re like me and subscribe to the “if you want something done, do it yourself” mentality and want to release your Instagram boyfriend, then check out my tips!
Tripod: You don’t have to spend $100s’s of dollars. I have been using this one from Amazon. I love it because it’s adjustable, easy to travel with, and it has the phone attachment for iPhone photos.
Camera: When I started my blog, purchasing a camera was one of my first investments. Make sure you are using a camera with Wifi capabilities. It will make your life so much easier when taking your own photos. I love my Canon T6! It’s the perfect starter camera and once you learn the functions it’s a really great camera. It’s also pretty affordable for a DSLR. I use the 18-55mm lens that comes with and I purchased an EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. For the WiFi enabled Canon models, you can download the Canon Camera Connect app and you can use your phone as a remote.
SHOOTING IN PUBLIC
In the beginning, I hated shooting in public. All of the weird stares (which I still get till this day), people asking you random questions, etc., It can be very annoying. To be honest, I still have a little bit of anxiety when I shoot in public.
Shoot during unpopular times: Living in Atlanta, it’s always busy. Usually early mornings are the best time to shoot. You also get the best lighting. If I wanted to shoot in a certain area/neighborhood, a few days before I would drive around to scope out the area. It’s best to be prepared and know your surroundings.
Be aware of your surroundings: Speaking of being prepared, please be aware of your surroundings especially since you’ll be shooting alone. Be mindful of people’s private property as well. There has been times where I would shoot in a shopping center and security will tell me I can’t shoot in the area unless I have a permit. Just be mindful and aware!
Get over it: I hate to be so harsh, but it’s the truth. People are gonna stare, people are gonna ask questions. You’re not committing a murder or doing anything illegal. You will learn to ignore it once you get used to it.
Figure out your do to poses: This is key when you want to take a quick photo and get the hell out of dodge. When you know what poses work for you, you’ll be in and out in no time. Experiment, and practice!
Shooting your own photos can be a challenge and it’s even more of a challenge if you don’t know the basics. I’m not an expert but these are things I have learned.
Lighting: When shooting in public, I like to shoot in the mornings around 7:30-9am. I found that during this is time is the best lighting and easy to edit. At home, I like to use natural lighting as much as possible.
Movement: Fake laughing, pretending to walk, playing with your hair, will make the photo look more dynamic than standing still. Yeah it looks weird to mimic these movements, but it’s fun to move around and have fun.
Self Timer and Remotes: Using the Canon Camera Connect app has been a huge lifesaver. It allows you to use your phone as a remote. I can use my phone as a viewfinder to see how I’m looking and it allows me to adjust the zoom and utilize other settings as well. I have seen other bloggers use remotes for their iPhone photos and they have seen great results.
For the self timer, if you’re taking photos at home you can set up a mirror behind the camera/phone to make sure everything is in order. I have also used pillows as stand in’s to make sure my camera is in focus.
I hope this was helpful. I’m not an expert but, I’m always learning new tips and tricks to help me out! Especially since we are social distancing and on stay at home orders, a lot of us have had to do our own photos. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment or hit me in the DM on Instagram.
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