HOW TO TAKE OUTFIT PHOTOS ALONE



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 Okay so I'm no expert, but I seem to really enjoy taking outfit photos in my garden alone recently and sharing them on my blog. So for those who want to give it a try, for those who are just starting out or for those who don't want to rely on a photographer all the time, here's how I do it.

First of all, I bought a tripod from Ebay. It was only around £15 and looks something like this (click here). It's pretty simple to fix your tripod to the stand, there's a detatchable part which you can remove from the tripod, twist onto the hole with a thread in your camera, then fasten back onto the tripod. Finding your angle in your garden or place you take the tripod to may take a good few tries. I have two places in my garden which I like to take photos in. As it's a shared garden and I don't really like to be watched, I just usually pick the place where I feel most comfortable in that day. When taking outfit photos with a photographer I use a Canon EF 50MM f/1.8 II lense, but for taking photos on my own, I use the standard lense my camera came with which is the Canon EFS 18-55mm, it isn't the best but does allow you to take full length photos without putting the tripod too far away from you if you get my drift. I'm sure there's a far more technical term, but as I said I'm not an expert.

I put the camera on a 10 second timer, move away from the shot and press the button, I then stand infront of the camera and pose. I also have a little screen which I can un-fold and see myself in when i'm standing infront of the camera, making sure I can see exactly what is in the frame. I start with full-length photos fully zoomed out, then move to half-length photos just by stepping closer. For portraits I either sit, bend down or if I have lots of time I tend to shorten the legs and fully fit on the floor. I do this with my back to a wall and feel like it does give me really great portraits. I have heard of lots of people using remotes and I do think if you have one, it's a great tool to have, I just personally don't like to buy things that aren't 100% necessary. The one issue I have had to try and work past is getting photos in focus. At first when I started taking outfit photos in my garden, I found the camera focussed on the background when I pressed the 'take photo' button, then when I stood infront of the background it didn't get me in focus at all. I overcame this by standing infront of the background in these photos - half of the photo is set more forward than the rest, meaning I can stand right next to the wall and it will get me in focus too, rather than focusing on something behind me.

So that's it. Pretty easy really! I always find sun makes the photos better to edit, and wind makes my photos look a bit more interesting. In this shoot I had neither, but still love the outcome. Thanks for reading!


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