My goals for the next year is to continue to step up the photography game around here. I’ve been doing a lot of self learning but have also been try to scope out photography courses. I think the biggest takeaway point I have learned and can instill on others, shoot on manual mode and practice. There are three components of any DSLR camera, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. For a good cheat sheet here you go.
Take these three settings, play around with them and practice, practice, practice. I’ve tried to step up my instagram game. I really like when Instagram profiles have an overall vibe. When you click on a profile, all the pictures are aesthetically pleasing together and paint an overall picture and mood. Everyone seems to be doing that overly white washed brightened theme right now. Don’t get me wrong it looks cohesive but I have been all about the color lately.
Have you signed up for like to know it yet? I always try to preview my fashion blog posts the day before on my instagram. You will get a sneak peek of the looks and an opportunity to get to those sizes before they sell out! I always try to link things on sale, which means sizes are usually limited. The concept is really cool. Like the picture on instagram after you sign up for liketoknowit and you will receive an email with all the links of the pieces to directly buy. I always try to link the exact thing I’m wearing and from multiple sources so it keeps your favorite stores covered.
I’ve been getting a lot questions lately of what camera I use, the lens, settings etc etc. I was thinking of doing a mini series on blogging fashion shot tutorials. Let me start with some very basics. We all know there is a lot of time and effort that goes into taking blog pictures. Also, there is a lot of coercion that goes along with begging someone to take them aka deal with us as we flip the hair, twirl and make them take it again because our “knee looks weird in this one“. So I thought I’d share a few of my blunders that way you will never have to be at the end of a cranky photographer or less than ideal pictures in the end.
My Biggest Fashion Shoot Blunders and How You Can Avoid them.
I know you want to pin that above picture…..just saying ;-)
Forgetting Your Memory Card or Battery
There is nothing worse than planning your outfit and driving to a beautiful location only to realize that you left your memory card plugged into the computer from your last upload. That happened to me when we drove to Sarasota and I had fab outfit planned in a gorgeous setting. I went to check the lighting and realized my memory card was not in my camera. Major bummer. I’ve also left my battery charging before. So do yourself a favor, triple check you always have your battery and memory card. I now keep a spare SD card in my wallet. I will never do that again. It seems simple but it’s happened so I’m passing along that one.
Shooting in the Direct Sunlight
Unless you are a master of white balance, try to avoid shooting in direct sunlight for fashion shots. You will constantly have to be adjusting your settings to avoid your clothes being washed out. Also, it creates such funky shadows. I loved this location but rookie mistake here, see how washed out the colors of this dress are?
Look how my legs are different colors here.
Try to shoot first thing in the morning or when the sun is setting to hit that golden hour. I look at the weather and try to group my shooting when it’s cloudy out. See how much more vibrant the clothes are when you aren’t battling with the sun.
Boots Stuart Weitzman 5050 here || mid range budget finds here and here || budget friendly under 40 here || Dress BB Dakota on sale! here || Purse Tory Burch old similar here || fur vest here || sunnies Karen Walker here|| lipstick c/o Stiks via here
Forgetting to Take Your Camera Off Manual Focus
When I shoot staged shots at home of products, I tend to work with a tripod and a timer. It allows for crisp pictures. When I do that I focus manually to get the most clear shot. Well, the next day I had this fabulous outfit all planned and a happy husband. I looked at the shots when he was taking them and loved them! I got home and put them on the computer only to realize I forgot to take the camera off manual focus. All my shots were slightly blurry and basically unusable. At this time, Mark is a set the camera up for me and I’ll shoot kind of mode. So make sure to have everything completely set so you don’t ruin an hour of your life.
Not Shooting in RAW format
Yes it makes the files that much larger, just buy a larger SD card they are so inexpensive now. The problem when you don’t shoot in RAW and then do any editing to them, every time you make an edit and save it, the file gets compressed and you lose image quality. Also, try to keep the editing to a minimum. The more you edit, the more it compresses and the image quality suffers. I have noticed such a difference in the quality of my pictures by moving to WordPress and shooting in RAW. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, shoot me an email and I’ll tell you how to switch your images over to it when shooting.
Trying to Take Your Pictures on the Way to Something
I think this is the mistake that happens to a lot of people. The only way they can convince their significant other to take blog pictures is to take them when they are out. All that is going to lead to is rushed, uncomfortable looking pictures and an aggravated second party. Set time aside to take pictures. Also, make sure to give whoever is taking your pictures a heads up for the plan. “On Saturday between 8-930 we are going to take blog pictures“. That way they are mentally prepared. Nothing worse then when somebody is trying to get their own work done and you are begging them to take pictures of you in your Winter whites. It’s not going to end well.
Not Having a Fed Photographer
You laugh but it’s true. I always make sure to have a protein bar in my purse for Mark when we are heading out to take pictures. If he is hungry all I’m going to get is a cranky photographer who isn’t willing to take “one more shot because the lighting is just right“. Another side note, if you need men to be in your shots with you like engagement pictures or what have you, make sure they are fed and have a few adult libations. They really loosen up and are more willing to do those cheesy shots with you I promise.
Always Use a Test Subject
I never used to do this but have recently started and it makes such a big difference. I make Mark stand where I want the shot to be and take a few test shots of him. That allows me to check to manual settings and see how the image is going to be captured. It allows for better composition as well so you can figure out where to stand to get that rule of thirds. Perfect color for this one, able to see the contrast of the tights.
Watch Out For Distracting Backgrounds
Street photography is all the rage right now but you know what comes with street photography? Street signs, cars and people. Unless you have photoshop and want to be up till 3 in the morning photoshopping out stop signs behind you…..be aware of your surroundings. Tell me what is distracting about the background of this picture? Ummmm, everything.
The way to help this if you have no way of getting rid of the background is to drop your f stop down (the aperture) and that will blur the background and create that pretty bokeh. Now, you will have to adjust your other setting because the lower the f stop, the more light comes in and you will over expose the shot. See lower f stop = blurry backgrounds.
See how much nicer this one is without all the background distractions and no direct sunlight.
My last word of advice
Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
I know I’m not a model, have no formal photography training, and everything I’ve learned has been by trial and error. Don’t be too hard on yourself but you do have to practice. It takes time to learn cameras and lighting but it is a fun learning curve. I think the best piece of advice I can give you is find someone who is patient and close by. If you have to coordinate someone else’s schedule who doesn’t live close to you, that means it will never get done in a timely manner. I also have been scouring over pinterest and tutorials learning about lens, composition, and how to’s. It takes time but I am really happy with the direction the photography on the site is going and I hope you are to!How to avoid Blogging photo shoot blunders! Tell all today on the blog, a must read if you don't want to make the same mistakes! Click To Tweet
I hope you enjoyed this and took away some points that will hopefully prevent you from a blogging fashion shoot blunder. What advice would you give when it comes to photography? What lens do you like shooting with? If you take pictures for your blog who is the lucky person who gets to capture the fashion blogging photography for you? I you like this post you have to read this one, it’s an oldie but goodie. Also, if you are digging this one, I would love if you would pin it or like it on bloglovin thanks dolls.