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How to Take Your Own Fashion Blog Photos



For the entire time that I've been running this blog, I've been taking my own photos. Over the past few years, I've gotten a lot of questions regarding my process on how to I take them. So, I thought today I'd share my secrets! 

If you're more of a video watcher, I've made a youtube video you can watch HERE


 EQUIPMENT I USE

I use the Nikon D3100 camera. It's a pretty good DSLR. It doesn't have wifi capabilities but I've never felt like I was missing anything. With that, I mostly use the Nikon 35mm lens when taking blog photos. It's got a great depth of field and you don't have to be as far away from the camera when shooting yourself! 

My tripod is fairly expensive and bulky so I don't want to promote it (lol) but Amazon has got some great tripods! For example, here. I do think it is important to get a good and study tripod so your DSLR camera doesn't make it fall over! But needless to say, you don't need a fancy camera to take blog photos either! I've used my iphone 6 before as well, which I just used to prop up on something and use the self-timer mode. 

I used to use the self-timer mode on my camera but everything changed when I got a remote control! I use the Neweer Camera Remote, which is fairly reliable. I do have to change the batteries more than I would like but it's a pretty good remote. And they have a great return policy! Mine broke when I first got it and they replaced it immediately. 




WHERE TO SHOOT

I've discovered a lot of shooting locations over the years. My favorites have been parks, parking lots, and backs of office buildings. These photos were taken in the very back of office buildings in some woods. A lot of times finding quiet places just calls for some creative and scouting. I have spent so many hours wandering my streets looking for good blog photo locations. 

All of the places I've shot have been places I can walk (as I can't drive) so you really don't need to go far to find creative places to shoot. Also, if you can't find a place you can always start shooting in your apartment/house. I used to do that a lot when I living with my parents and I still do it from time to time in my apartment. I think it is all about finding the beauty in where you are. 


GENERAL TIPS

I find the best time to shoot is early in the morning. There aren't as many people out. And, the light is so much better! I actually took these photos around 10am last Saturday but the light was still nice for shooting (but make sure you shoot in the shade!)

It takes a LOT of practice. I've had about 7 years of self-portrait practice and I'm still not totally comfortable in front of the camera. I'm also not all that comfortable posing with a tripod if there are people around or cars driving by but sometimes you just have to go for it! 

I like to get a ton of different angles when I shoot. I'll move my tripod all over the place, move the legs up and down, and just keep shooting until I get tired. Once you get the hang of it, it won't take as long. But I still like to take my time and make sure all my settings are perfect and that I'm in focus. 



Dress & Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Target (old)

Have you tried to shoot any of your blog photos? 
Let me know in the comments! 


  

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