Photography Trials & Tribulations
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Since I started this blog, it has come a looooong way in terms of how I share my photos. I started off just taking snaps of my outfits on an iPhone 4S. I thought I was doing myself a favor when I upgraded to a "better camera" with an iPhone 6. Sometimes I am very impressed with the photography produced from my phone (like cat pictures), but that definitely wasn't cutting it for the blog. I then started using a Canon Powershot ELPH 300. After that, I upgraded to the Canon Rebel EOS T5 using the standard 18-55mm lens. NOW, however, I'm using a 50mm fixed lens for my blog photos. It has been quite a journey! I wanted to share what I've learned in the early stages so you don't make the same mistakes I did!
1) Invest in a good camera
iPhones work for #OOTD pics you snap in your mirror for Instagram, and I think great for selfies, but your outfit photos will look blurry- especially once you re-size them for your website. DSLR cameras obviously work better than point & shoots but require more time to adjust in between shots.
2) Invest in a good lens
What I love about the 50mm fixed lens is its ability to blur anything behind the subject. it creates a dreamy effect!
3) Learn your camera's settings
It all boils down to ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Aperture creates the depth of field, so it’s really important that you always keep that number as low as you can for that blurry/dreamy effect. I have mine set at 1.8. ISO is light that comes from inside your camera and it’s always very tempting to make your ISO higher when it’s a little dark outside. This, however, can make your pictures grainy. Instead, arrange your light by changing the shutter speed. The higher your shutter speed, the darker the pictures.
4) Lighting is everything
I used to shoot in the mid-afternoon since it was the only time I was free, but now I try to push shooting to sunset... or a really foggy day. When the sun is brightest, that is a difficult time to shoot. As always, make sure you are facing the sun, and it isn't behind you.
4) Easy does it on the editing
Sometimes, your pictures won't come out perfect despite following all the rules, so it's a-okay to edit! I generally use "brighten" functions when I am shooting on a foggy day, and may adjust the "contrast" a bit. If you're wearing a really colorful outfit, try playing around with the "saturation". That's all I use. No photoshop on the body or face-- I want my images to accurately reflect how I look in an outfit.