One of my favorite things to do is looking back at the early years of my blog and see how much I have improved as a blogger. One way I can do this is to look at the quality of my photos. Not only is the color and clarity better, but you can also see that I am more confident in front of the camera.
That being said, I can still be an awkward turtle when the camera is pointed at me. That’s just something I have to live for the rest of my life.
Anyway, taking awesome fashion photos for your blog isn’t necessarily a science, but there are definitely a few tricks you can use to make your pictures the best they can be!
Use a DSLR
If possible, make sure you can use a DSLR. Yes, you can use other cameras, but the quality just won’t compare. With a DSLR you can change shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and all those other fancy camera features. With a little practice and reading your camera manual, you can learn to use these features to create the best possible photos you can.
Be comfortable with your photographer
Your photos will appear so much more natural when you have a good relationship with your photographer. Your audience will be able to tell if you’re tense or uncomfortable. If you know your photographer well, you’ll be able to relax and have more fun with your photoshoot!
Don’t be afraid to experiment
This applies to pretty much every aspect of taking fashion photos for your blog! Experiment with your poses, the angles of the photos, and even the clothing that you choose to wear.
Of course you’ll want some straight forward shots to showcase the outfit best, but don’t be afraid to get creative. Get closeups of your accessories, ask your photographer if they’ll squat down and take a cool shot of your shoes, do an ~artsy candid~ that isn’t actually a candid. Your blog should not only be a lookbook of your wardrobe, but also an expression of your creativity.
Know which locations work best
Camila and I generally use the same location in our college town because we know we’ll like the photos that we take there. Also, our town isn’t the most exciting place ever and doesn’t really have a good collection of fun murals or interesting nooks. That being said, it is perfectly okay to take pictures in the same place if you know they’ll turn out well. If you live in a more exciting place, go scouting for locations. It’s always nice to have a backup!
Also be aware of your blog or Instagram aesthetic. Ex: If you have a really warm feed, you probably don’t want to take pictures in a cool toned environment. Just something to be aware of!
Don’t over edit your photos
Sometimes we get a little Photoshop happy and edit our photos a little too much. I know I’ve been there! Suddenly the whole background is 80% blurred and the saturation is up way too high. Whoops.
The honest truth is, you don’t really need Photoshop to have great blog photos. Personally, I use the photos app on my Mac to edit my photos. Sure, my edits aren’t too fancy, but I find that tweaking really small things works the best for me.
Again, keep in mind the aesthetic of your blog. It’s best if you edit your photos the same way every time so you have a cohesive blog. For instance, Molly from Trendy Chickadee edits her photos so they appear light and bright!
Here ends my list of tips! Do you have anymore to add to this list? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear your insider fashion blog secrets!
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