It's crazy how time flies! I've been taking outfit shots for my blog for around two years now, and after seeing discussion on Twitter last weekend about a few of you needing tips on how to get that blurry background in your photos, where you should stand and how some of you were wondering how best to compose the photos, I thought I would share a few tips that i've learned since I started blogging.
Zig Zag Print Dress, Fshion.Me*
Black Lace Trim T-Shirt, Koko Couture* (similar)
Choker, Yoins (similar)
Belt, Primark (similar)
Black Fedora, Primark (similar)
Red Or Dead Sunglasses, Specsavers (similar)
Lace Up Sandals, Ebay (similar)
1. Investing in the right equipment is the best thing you can do for your blog. I bought myself a Canon EOS 700D with a 50mm lens around a year ago and have never looked back. There are tons of different cameras and lenses out there, with loads of mixed reviews, so find one that suits you best, or one that you've been recommended by a friend or family member, that's easy to use and not too expensive. You don't have to break the bank to get amzing photos, trust me!
2. Experiment with different photographers! When a tripod in your garden just doesn't cut it any more, why not reach out to local photographers, graduates, or even a family member? You don't have to be a professional to give directions on how to take photos, simply explain how you would like them to frame the picture, whether youre doing portraits and want some negative space above your head, or if you're doing full length shots and want to be in the center of the image with a couple of centimeters gap at the top and bottom of your image.
3. Find a good backdrop that goes with your outfit. I love finding quirky buildings with interesting windows or colourful walls, and finding a colour of brick or window that matches your outfit is easier than you think! I switch every so often from having a background full of grass and florals, to architecture, and it's all personal preference!
4.Finding your angle can easily be done in front of a mirror, and although it sounds really vein and slightly strange, practicing your poses infront of a full length mirror can really help you to prepare for your blog shoot, and the poses will then stick in your mind so you can take a bunch of great photos real quick! Standing further away from the background is also a really good idea, because depth in an image looks so much better due to the burring effect you get in the background from the 50mm lens.
5. And finally, buying good editing software is a great way to make your images look the best they can be! For mine I use photoshop to brighten colours, blur any skin imperfections and make my images brighter. I also use VSCO for my Instagram which is by far the best free app i've ever used!