BLOGTIPS: 7 SIMPLE TIPS TO SHOOT AMAZING BLOG PICTURES

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I think one thing everyone is always interested in is to get the best possible pictures. I knew a little bit about photography when I started blogging but I’ve learned so, so much these last years. I’m still learning everyday but since so many people always ask questions about my pictures I decided to write down 7 tips for taking blog pictures which you can all implement right away. I’m not an expert, I’m just sharing my experience and I hope it helps you all :-). For those of you asking, I mostly use my Canon 7D with a 85 mm 1.4 lens for pictures on the blog!

1. Always use daylight: I think for us bloggers its nice to come across in a natural way when we’re sharing our outfit pictures. I guess most of you all look for inspiration on a fashion blogger website and want to feel like they can relate to your style (although a little editorial from time to time doesn’t hurt) I think it’s the nicest to just shoot your outfits in the streets when the light is bright and shiny. Your outfit will most likely look the most true to the actual item when you use the daylight as well, plus plus plus.

2. Take a picture with your phone of your outfit before you shoot the actual outfit: this may sound so stupid to a lot of people but trust me, experience taught me this is one of the best tips I can ever give you. I can’t recall how many times I absolutely loved an outfit in the office (for example) and got so comfortable with it that I was convinced the outfit must be looking good on camera as well but truth be told, not every outfit is photogenic. Whenever I feel like shooting an outfit I just use my Iphone in my closet to take a mirror picture to see how the look and feel of the outfit is on camera, this way I usually get a good idea whether it will work or not.

3. Location: How do I start on this one.. I can’t give you one specific tip on which location you need to pick for a shoot but do always think of the location and take this into consideration when you go and shoot an outfit or a product. To me it’s one of the most, if not the most, important aspect of a shoot as it can really make or break the post. I think you guys can figure that shooting an outfit in busy streets usually will look better than shooting in the barn of your garden.

4. Use real life props to make your pictures more vibey: Having someone take your pictures as  a fashion blogger can be somewhat nerve wrecking as it’s quite unnatural and a little  awkward and (sometimes) gets a little boring, especially when you’re doing the same type of shoots everyday. I always try to find real life props like leaves, water, bicycles, basically anything to make it part of the pictures and give it a cooler vibe. It’s also a fun challenge for yourself!

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5. Learn about your camera settings: In the beginning I wanted to learn way to quickly and just wanted to get started with taking pictures. As you will find out later along the way you actually need to take some time to learn about your settings. Google, check the Q&A’s on your favorite blogs and educate yourself before you’re going to take awesome pictures!

6. Plan ahead: Planning is key and I’m being honest now, I suck at it. However every time I get around to planning my outfits ahead before shooting, I think of which location the outfit will look good at and check the weather reports and make sure to go out and shoot around the best possible time I get the best shoots done.

7. Turn something that appears to be negative into something positive: We all (especially us Nordic and UK bloggers) have days when it just won’t stop raining, when the wind is making your eyes cry or when the light is just one big grey mess. Instead of getting upset about try to turn it into something positive and be creative and inventive about it. Shooting with an umbrella can be super nice and will also be very relate-able to most of your readers. Windy days can either mess up your hair completely but can also give you the perfect editorial picture. Just go for it and don’t let Mother Nature stop you :-)!

I hope these tips helps guys! If you have some good tips to ask, don’t forget to leave them in the comments. I will do a Q&A in the new year so I can answer a lot more of your questions!

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  • Mel

    Awesome tips! Can’t wait to use them!

    http://girlandthepolkadot.blogspot.com/

  • Such a well written post, very pleasant to read! The tip to take a quick shot with a phone before going for an actual shooting is great, as really, not every outfit is photogenic. I will start checking it this way as from now. Thanks! x

    http://www.anyaofficiel.com

  • These are great tips! I agree, sometimes I am so in love with an outfit but then I try to shoot it and I look a mess haha!
    xx beautyybychloe.blogspot.com

  • These are great tips. One quick question: what lens and f stop do you use? I love how deep your bokeh effect is!

    • Queen of Jet Lags

      Thanks! I use an 85 mm 1.4 lens and usually have my setting between 1.4 and 2.0! x

  • Very useful tips.

    { Carrie Diaries }

  • Great tips, thanks so much for sharing!

    ~~~Diana~~~
    http://www.TheNeonFactor.com

  • Thank u so much for these nice tips! Especially for nr 2 and nr 7!
    #haveaniceday

  • Great post 🙂 I love these kind of post and enjoy reading them 🙂

  • Heel leuk om weer te lezen! Het kan heel erg balen zijn als het regent of hard waait inderdaad, maar het geeft ook inderdaad weer iets echts aan je foto’s! Heb van de week ook in de hele harde wind gewoon foto’s gemaakt, haha!

  • Great tips! Your photography is beautiful 🙂 I really want to improve my photography for my blog, so I will definitely be trying these tips!
    Emily xx
    Emily May- Interior Design

  • Hi, and thank you for another great post, I completely agree about the daylight tip. I know it can be frustrating for us living in the UK, but I’ve been in a position where I’d be checking the weather forecast and making plans accordingly, so I get the most of the sunshine. Hope you have a lovely time over the holidays.

  • Savannah
  • Yi

    My favourite tip is the last one – the one about turning something negative into one that is positive. While I’m from Singapore where we have a year long summer, when it rains I feel annoyed because I can’t shoot outdoors that freely any longer. A great tip to keep in mind!

  • Prudence Yeo

    Great tips especially the one about shooting under sunlight! I have done some indoor shots before but I have to admit that the overall result is usually more ideal outdoors!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.wordpress.com

  • Thanks for the tips. I struggle greatly when taking outfit pictures, because the posing feels so awkward, but I think practice makes perfect…

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Location is definitely key. I love this post,

    Merry Christmas!

    Nik,
    NIKJAMESS | Fashion & Lifestyle

  • Totally agree with you – great tips as always, thank you!

    Rxx

    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

  • Thanks for the tips! xx

  • How cool! I wish you a merry Christmas!
    ♥♥♥
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.com

  • Such a cool post!
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com – a lifestyle, cooking, fashion blog

  • yasmin

    Great tips…Happy Holidays!!!

    http://simpleplaintruth.blogspot.co.uk

  • Great tips! Merry Christmas and God bless! Kori xoxo

    http://www.blondeepisodes.com

  • Thank you for these! New tips are always appreciated and if they aren’t new, it’s great to know others use the same tips! x

    Blog Marjorie

  • thank you! i really needed this. unfortunately, i dont have a great camera [yet], so i’m having to learn to work with a digital camera. dont get me wrong, it’s a GREAT digital camera, but i know in some rare occasions, a digital just wont cut it. but, i have to work with it. your tips really helped me just focus on the best that i can do even if i may not have a dslr. i think it’s still possible to take great pictures with the camera i have now, and you’ve really inspired me to do my best anyhow!

    merry Christmas!

  • Great advice, will definitely try out these tips!

    – Grace xx

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  • So true! These are such good tips especially number 7!
    Plus an umbrella doubles up as an extra “prop” when shooting! Fun! 🙂

    X, Carina
    Running White Horses

  • Thank you for this! xx

    http://lilliemysel.blogspot.com

  • Great tips, I think photography is my weak point. Thanks for sharing 🙂 xx

    Cheryl
    http://daisycandle.com

  • Thank you so much for these! I love getting tips from more expirienced bloggers!

    http://tostylewithlove.com/
    Daphne

  • Even though I don’t do fasion photography I still find your tips very useful! Thanks 🙂

    Monique
    http://www.theblankmap.com

  • Great tips as ALWAYS!

    http://www.trendyvee.com/?p=319

  • Amazing tips. Really helpfull ideas 🙂

    Brini
    http://brinisfashionbook.com/2014/12/22/winterlook-graue-jacke/

  • Great tips, as always! Yes, I’ve also come to take pics of my outfits before I got out for a shooting with my husband. Lots of love, Kirsten xx

    http://www.thelifbissue.com

  • Such great tips. Not a lot of natural light in most areas of my house so I need to work harder to improve my photos in the new year.

  • I find it difficult to always take good photographs so these tips are definitely for me! I have to work harder on using actual daylight, that’s for sure. I think therein lies my problem.

  • Great post and very helpful advice! My problem is that I don’t have anyone that would take photos of me.. or at least not anyone that I’d be comfortable with working.. any advice on that?

    http://www.fashionpartyblog.com/

  • nihancik

    Thanks for the tips! Question: Do you ask your photographer to use your camera? Normally photographers have their cameras and would prefer to use them so I’m just curious.

    StylewithNihan.com – http://www.stylewithnihan.com/