How To: Blog Photography

Monday, July 31, 2017

I would not call myself an expert by any means when it comes to photography, or even blog photography. Sure, I took a photography class freshman year of college, but that doesn't mean I know what I'm doing all of the time. Some of the times I have great success with photos. Other times it's a complete fail. And a lot of the time, it's somewhere in between. I do however want to do a post all about how I "prepare" for a blog photoshoot. I'm going to be discussing fashion shoots as well as flatlays. Like I mentioned before, I'm no where near an expert, but I think these are tips that anyone can learn from. For reference, I used a Nikon D3200 with a 50mm lens (99.9999% of the time). This combination will cost you around $500, give or take. Seems expensive, but it's a heck of a deal in comparison to other highend professional DSLR. Which by way, I finally caved and bought the Nikon D610. It's being shipping as I speak, and I cannot wait to experiment with it. Who knows, maybe I'll do another post like this but in regards to the D610. But for now, I'll just be focusing on what I'm doing lately. 

First let's start with fashion posts. Normally I'll have either my mom or my boyfriend be "the one behind the camera". For the most part, I pick out the location unless they have something in mind. I try my best to shoot at "the golden hour". To be honest though, it's incredibly hard to time it because it's different for every season. And if I'm being realistic, our schedules are always so busy, that it always seems to end up being in the middle of the afternoon. Which is not ideal. But as long as you have a shady spot or a cloudy day, it shouldn't matter too much. 

I pretty much set up the "settings" for them. (my boyfriend tweak it a little however if it' too dark. I taught him well). I typically love a nice blurred out background and crisp subject. So I pretty much use f/2.8-3.5. These give awesome portraits! I will say though, the full length shots don't always come out the most crisp. This could be because my mom and my boyfriend prefer to use auto focus. I'm sure it could be adjusted better if manual focus was used. 

My biggest tip after taking photos, is to edit them in photoshop and no I'm not talking about making your waist smaller and your butt bigger. I'm talking about adjusting the brightness, contrasts, blacks, and whites. I know most photographers use lightroom, but I prefer photoshop.  You can edit them in "Camera Raw" in PS, so that's what I use. 

Now lets switch gears a little bit. If I don't have a photographer, then I used my good old trusty tripod and shutter remote. For some reason I always end up losing that d*mn remote or damaging it. So, sometimes I have to do the self-timer. I'll be honest with you, I avoid using the tripod/shutter method at all costs. First of all, it's just awkward when there's alot of people in the area watching you. Second of all, I only have a select few that I can choose from. So, I advice you to take lots and lots and lots. There's nothing more frustrating than realizing you need to re-do a shoot. 

There is one case where I don't mind using a tripod and remote, and that case is when I'm shooting my boyfriend and I. I'm able to  direct my boyfriend where to stand and set up the focus perfectly. Sure there are times when the focus didn't turn out, but the majority of the time, I'm able to nail it in the ball park. I've taken my tripod quite a bit of places we've adventured and I haven't regretted it. I love having that tangible memory. 

Finally, onto the second part of this post: how I photograph flatlays. I'm gonna be honest, this is where I'm least skilled. I envy those people that have flawless ones on Instagram. I try my best though. If I'm wanted a white background, I'll use a sheet of white paper and photograph on that. Other times, I'll use a dress or skirt that I own so that there's a pattern or color to the background. Little props add so much to a flatlay instead of just photographing one or two things ( I hope this is making sense). By little things, I mean bobby pins, bracelets, flower petals, fruit, magazine pages, office supplies, knickknacks...anything really that takes up space. The other tip I have is to not just shoot from above. Try getting down low and up close. Multiple angles and arrangements are necessary. Shoot more than necessary lol!

One last thing before I go, I wanted to mention a camera that just blows my mind! I haven't used this camera but the idea of it, sounds pretty amazing! The camera that I'm referring to is the Light16 Camerait is basically 16 cameras all packed into one. Each time you shoot a photo, 10 of the cameras take a picture, and they get combined together to create a single high quality photo! How cool is that! And it's easy to bring on the go, unlike DSLR cameras. Anyways, just thought I'd share this new technology with you guys. 



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10 comments

  1. Awesome tips! I have no idea what I'm doing when behind the lens, and with editing photos. My husband, bless his heart has been teaching himself photography tips and settings for my blog pics. And ooooh that magical golden hour, when you can catch it - it's the BEST <3
    Green Fashionista

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  2. haha same gurl! I know enough to get at least one good shot! haha yassss golden hour is my favorite hour! <3

    XO, Jessi

    http://www.mywhitet.com/ultimate-romper-shopping-guide/

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  3. Whattttt that new camera looks amazing! I am a photographer/blogger but need to up my game lol. I really want to learn how to do good food photography, ya know? Like when I make things at home!

    xoxo
    www.emmycoletti.com

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  4. Great tips! I use the same settings and my fiance also uses auto focus, I am sure the photos would be better with manual focus but we are still not quite there yet!

    http://www.gloryofthesnow.com/

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  5. Great post!

    https://curlyjosephine.blogspot.ba/2017/08/tropical-vibes-from-shein.html

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  6. Such a great read! I'm definitely a newbie when it comes to photography so I really enjoyed reading your tips :)

    Allie

    www.champagne-tuesdays.com

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  7. Love the tips! Its such a learning process trying to become a better photographer!
    xx
    Courtney || https://courtneylivin.com/

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  8. How exciting that you have a new camera on it's way. I look forward to seeing your photography with it. My next investment is a new camera!

    Kara Aragon
    http://www.thekaragon.com

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  9. This was great to read, I love your tips! I've never taken a photography class in my life but I try really hard to shoot good flat lays!
    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

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  10. These are great tips, Kate! Something I love about social media and blogging is how easy it is to learn basic skills without being a professional. Obviously I'm not a professional photographer, but I know what angles and lighting and poses work for me! My friends will even have me pose them or set up group pictures because they now it's something I'm good at. I love your tips on flat lays too! I could definitely work on those, haha! I use clothes as background patterns too!

    Rebeccaetc.blogspot.com

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