Finally!! The post I keep promising you guys is finally here lol 🙂 thank you so much for your patience!
As I mentioned before, I had the pleasure of enjoying a fun photo shoot with Michelle Hayes Photography when she was visiting Southern California a few weeks back (all you New Yorker’s are lucky to have her!). I’m among the many bloggers that are guilty of taking the same shots, with the same backgrounds and the same poses. It wasn’t until around the time I shot with Michelle when I finally started to get out of my comfort zone (on a regular basis) and try to change things up a bit with every outfit post. While shooting, she shared some fun tips that I wanted to share with all of you! Some of you may already practice a lot of this but hopefully others can learn from these tips, too! I know I sure have 😉
I figured it would be easiest to include the tips in the photo captions so, enjoy!
A couple more tips for those of us that use dSLR cameras (if you’re an amateur like me!):
- Ideal lighting is usually early in the morning, late afternoon before sunset or when it’s overcast out. Direct sunlight when it’s bright out looks great to the naked eye but with photos, especially if you’re a newbie like me, can be a nightmare casting shadows everywhere (around you and on you – there’s nothing more annoying than a dreaded dark shadow under your eyes, nose and neck). Those aforementioned ideal lighting situations create for a great glow in your photos, showing better outfit details and color.
- Aperture – When shooting outfit looks, having your f-stop at 3.5 is probably ideal so that it focuses on your entire outfit, not just a part of it, but still leaves the background out of focused or blurred for better depth of field. For detail shots and accessories, lower the f-stop to 2.5 or 1.8 if your lens allows you to (or as low as it will allow you to). This will focus on your accessory, like just your ring and the background will be completely blurred.
- Shutter Speed – If you’re going to do a shot while moving (walking or jumping) bump your shutter speed to a faster setting like 1/500
- ISO – is my best friend, the darker/shadier it is, the higher I set it to. So when it’s really grey/gloomy or getting dark, my ISO is usually set to 3200 or 6400. Brighter out? Lower your ISO – if we’re at the beach in the middle of the day, my ISO is set to like 100.
Special thanks to Michelle Hayes Photography for such a fun day out, awesome tips and all these great photos!
Hope these tips helped some of you as much as they helped me! Any tips you’d like to share? Leave them below in the comments for us all to read 🙂
Thank you so much for visiting, reading and leaving comments 😀 hope to see you back here again soon.
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