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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39 Comments

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Mel

    Awesome tips! Can’t wait to use them!

    http://girlandthepolkadot.blogspot.com/

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Anna

    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

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Chloe

    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

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Dhvani

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

    • Reply December 25, 2014

      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

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Carolina

    Very useful tips.

    { Carrie Diaries }

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Diana

    Great tips, thanks so much for sharing!

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

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Maryshoppings

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

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    ivanasworld

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

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Sonja

    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!

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Emily

    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

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Dominique

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Emilia Leigh

    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.

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Savannah

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    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!

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    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

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    LindaLibraLoca

    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

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Nik Jamess

    Location is definitely key. I love this post,

    Merry Christmas!

    Nik,
    NIKJAMESS | Fashion & Lifestyle

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Peppermint Dolly

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

    Rxx

    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Iris

    Thanks for the tips! xx

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Jeanne

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

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    Trangscorner

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

  • Reply December 24, 2014

    yasmin

    Great tips…Happy Holidays!!!

    http://simpleplaintruth.blogspot.co.uk

  • Reply December 25, 2014

    Kori

    Great tips! Merry Christmas and God bless! Kori xoxo

    http://www.blondeepisodes.com

  • Reply December 25, 2014

    Margery Ho

    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

  • Reply December 25, 2014

    kaye

    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!

  • Reply December 25, 2014

    Grace Cottrell

    Great advice, will definitely try out these tips!

    – Grace xx

    PS. would really appreciate it if you could check out my blog and maybe subscribe if you feel so inclined? <3
    http://voguebeach.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Reply December 25, 2014

    Carina

    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

  • Reply December 25, 2014

    Lillie Mysel

    Thank you for this! xx

    http://lilliemysel.blogspot.com

  • Reply December 26, 2014

    Cheryl

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

    Cheryl
    http://daisycandle.com

  • Reply December 26, 2014

    Daphne Blunt

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

    http://tostylewithlove.com/
    Daphne

  • Reply December 26, 2014

    Monique

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

    Monique
    http://www.theblankmap.com

  • Reply December 27, 2014

    Vesna B.

    Great tips as ALWAYS!

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

  • Reply December 27, 2014

    BrinisFashionBook

    Amazing tips. Really helpfull ideas 🙂

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

  • Reply December 27, 2014

    Kirsten Wick

    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

  • Reply December 28, 2014

    Holly

    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.

  • Reply December 31, 2014

    Olivia

    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.

  • Reply January 1, 2015

    Fashion Party blog

    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/

  • Reply December 2, 2015

    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/

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