Monday, 11 July 2016

Upping Your Fashion Photography Game







Taking outfit photos for your blog can be so difficult and it's easy to think about throwing the towel in when you're feeling so frustrated - trust me, I've been there. However, I've gone from standing in my not so photogenic back garden with my old camera balanced on an ironing board with it on self-timer, to standing in the middle of streets, taking professional looking outfit shots that both Karl and I are super proud of. I thought I'd just share some of my top tips for getting yourself photo happy - I know many people on Twitter have mentioned they just don't know how to take outfit photos! 



*VERO MODA LONG SLEEVE TOP: c/o BRAND ATTIC / *STRAW HAT: c/o BECKSONDERGAARD / BLACK SKINNY JEANS: ASOS / *MICHAEL KORS MIRABEL SANDALS: c/o ALL SOLE / BLACK BAG: ZARA / *ROSE GOLD NECKLACE: c/o LILY AND ROSE 


WEAR SOMETHING YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE IN

What I've found over the past two years is that I automatically like my photos more if I'm wearing something I really love. If I'm wearing an outfit that I'm not really feeling or if I feel like it doesn't really suit me, I just know from the get go that I'm not going to be a fan of the photos, no matter how good they are.  This style of outfit is one that I feel most comfortable in. The top is by Vero Moda from website Brand Attic, a website which stocks a huge variety of amazing clothes from a huge variety of brands and there's bound to be things you fall in love with no matter your style. This off the shoulder top is right up my street. It's chic, simple, casual but looks so fabulous with my classic black skinnies and simple lace-up sandals. I just think if you feel good about your outfit, you feel much better about yourself in general!

A GOOD CAMERA IS NOT ESSENTIAL, BUT IT HELPS!

I see some people taking amazing blogging photos simply on their iPhones but there's no denying that having a good camera helps immensely. You just can't get the depth of field, the lighting, the sharpness or the general quality from a phone the way you can from a camera. I like my shots to be really bright and professional looking with a really blurred out background and my Canon 700d is perfect for it. It's also not just the camera that you want to think about but the lens as buying the 50mm lens for mine is the best thing I ever did for my outfit photos!






EXPERIMENT WITH POSES, LOCATIONS AND EVERYTHING ELSE

It's taken me years to perfect my outfit shots and get them exactly how I want them. I now know my good angles, the way I like to stand, how to show off the pieces I'm wearing and not only that but Karl also knows. We work well together and he now knows where to stand, how to position the camera and how to move around and capture the images. There have been times over the years that I have absolutely hated my blog photos and have felt really disheartened about them but in the end I realised it's all about experimentation. You just have to work out what the right settings, locations and style of photos are for you.

DON'T PULL YOURSELF TO PIECES

I've been guilty of this so many times and it's nothing but detrimental. I've sat for hours editing my photos, only to zoom in on my face and think "ewwww" and delete them all. Trust me, no one who walks this earth looks good when you make their face fill your whole laptop screen (nope, no one) and when you're getting 100+ photos taken of you, there are going to be some photos that you just don't like. Don't ruin the photos for yourself by focusing on the parts of you that you feel self-conscious about. Instead, think about what you could change about the photos to make you feel better next time.

FIND SOMEONE YOU WORK WELL WITH TO TAKE YOUR PHOTOS

There's no doubt that photos that have been take by someone else turn out better than when you're fumbling around trying to take them yourself with a tripod and remote. Karl started taking my photos about two years ago after watching me struggle and although he'd never picked up a DSLR in his life, he managed to learn all about photography and is now simply excellent. He's kind of the unsung hero of Salt and Chic and doesn't really get enough credit for how much work he puts into my outfit shots! I know not everyone has a partner willing to take their photos and not everyone can afford to pay a professional every time (I definitely couldn't!) but you can always ask a friend, a relative, a parent or anyone who you feel comfortable with because that's the key - if you feel comfortable and confident in front of the photographer it can make all the difference.

What are your top tips for taking good outfit photos?

Amy x
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18 comments

  1. Great tips, and your outfit is gorgeous!

    https://emilymillerloves.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. Great tips, completely agree with choosing an outfit you feel comfortable in. I feel confident in what I'm wearing then it's bound to show through my photos!

    Toni x
    www.clarkecouture.co.uk

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  3. I am still learning with this! Confidence in your poses is definitely key and my boyfriend takes my shots and I have to patient with him as he is still learning- it's all about practice!!

    http://www.thebutter.co.uk/

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  4. You look gorgeous in the white off the shoulder top! Your photos always look amazing Amy!

    www.duchessoffashion.co.uk

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  5. La Bijoux Bella | by mia11 July 2016 at 13:07

    Wonderful tips! I love fotografie, the best thing ever invented! Having beautiful photos for the blog is not an easy task, but with passion and a desire to photograph better, and a willing partner to help is everything anyone can dream of! :)

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

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  6. Hi, just discovered your blog and I'm loving it :)
    I would definitely agree on finding someone you work well with and who relaxes you as it really shows in pics. Also asking to see the pictures taken so yo can have another go at posing is important :)

    http://www.marisathorne.com/

    xxx

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  7. Great tips my hubby takes my pic's for me and we are learning all the time what works and what doesn't xoxo
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  8. These tips are so helpful! I'm stuck with using my iPhone still, but I'm going to upgrade to a real digital camera soon, and I can't wait!
    xx Alyssa
    VISIONS OF NYC // @alyszsa

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  9. This is such a pretty outfit - and your tips are so good. I think practising different angles/shots is where I fall down but I find it so cringey haha, I need to get over it! xxx

    Sam // What I Know Now

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  10. Great Tips Amy! I definitely agree with the last one! xxx

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  11. Find someone who takes your photos well. AKA your boyfriend who won't complain but still will! Hahaha! I really want to up my photography game so thanks so much for the tips <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

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  12. Posing is seriously not my thing, although you're right, practice makes perfect, and it definitely helps if you have someone you're comfortable with and wearing something you're comfortable in :) <3

    x, Carina | YouTube

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  13. Your blog photos are literally goals, I do beat myself up sometimes about my photos but I work with what I've got and do the best I can so I should probably cut myself some slack as I know they'll improve eventually!
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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  14. Totally agree that being comfortable, both in what you're wearing and who you're with, definitely helps. I still need to improve for sure, but there's a bunch of cool locations next to my new flat, so fingers crossed!

    Also, loving the top.

    Tie-dye-eyes

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  15. Loving your photography tips! I'm lucky to share a blog with my twin so we automatically shoot eachother- but there will always be moments where we're not happy with our pictures. It's always a good idea to plan your shoot a little beforehand, after that you've just got to keep going!
    I love your blog layout by the way!
    Holly x
    The Twins' Wardrobe

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  16. Really helpful post! Having a sister who takes my pictures and vise-versa is great, and over time your pictures will inevitably improve as you practice and know what works and what doesn't! I agree that you need to feel comfortable, both physically and mentally when you take pictures! If you're not feeling it then it's not worth taking the pictures as it usually shows. I've been hoping to get the 50mm 1.4G lens for a while now, even though like you say having a good camera doesn't guarantee good pictures it certainly helps, especially if you make an effort to understand how the camera works!

    Love your outfit too and once again great post!

    Summer, The Twins Wardrobe

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  17. These were such amazing tips babes thanks!
    I feel I am overcoming these to show my confidence through the camera.
    Such a great read ,
    Natasha

    Love-laughter-fashion.blogspot.co.uk X

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