When starting out, bloggers are spending way more than they are making. I was lucky enough to have a sister that is a professional photographer, so it really cut down on my costs. People have lives though, and her distance and schedule were both just too hard to work around. My boyfriend and I decided to just buy our own and figure things out from there! Here are some great photography tips to get the same photo quality I have without spending hundreds on a photographer.
1. Buy your own camera. I have a Canon T5i and every time we use it we are getting better and better at taking photos with it. We just had to learn a little about it (via Google). You can also get a tripod for the times when you can’t find someone to take it! There is a remote you can get so that you can just click a button from far away and the camera will take the picture! iPhone photos are good and all… but having this camera can also up your Instagram game!
2. Find someone to take your photos. Do you have a friend that is trying to learn photography? I am sure they would love to take your photos for you. I am lucky enough to have a boyfriend that wants to be a part of this crazy ride I am on. We drive around Dallas looking for great spots so he also likes that we get to explore the city.
3. Work the angles. Once you get a camera and find someone to take your photos, you will start getting familiar with your best angles. I like shots head on, but T likes to take shots at an angle. This allows me to have a variety of great shots!
4. Find great backgrounds. Backgrounds MAKE or break your shot. Your outfit can only be as chic as what is behind it. You can’t wear a glamorous dress and be taking photos walking down the street in a neighborhood. That is just my belief (feel free to disagree). It is so easy to drive around and find some vines or a cool mural.
5. Learn your camera. There are so many youtube videos and tutorials available for whatever camera you are using. We first had a really hard time getting to know ISO and shutter speed. Eventually, T read that you can just put it on auto and the camera takes care of it for you. You can also put it on sports mode when jumping or running. Then, I can just go in and edit the lighting on my computer, which brings me to the next step!
6. Know when to shoot. Shooting in the middle of the day is extremely difficult. Shooting in direct sun never works. You need to wait until the golden hour. Look up to see when the sunrise or sunset time is in your city, and shoot right around that time. If you do have to shoot in the middle of the day, make sure you find shade for your photos!
7. Download Lightroom. After you have the photos, don’t just put them from the camera to your website. They need to be edited. Lightroom is super easy to use, and there are tons of tutorials online. I increase the exposure to make it nice and bright, and then increase the contrast some. I also sometimes mess with the vibrance to make the colors really pop. These are three easy things that can make a HUGE difference in the quality of your photos. IT’S ONLY $8 per month and can help you gain hundreds in sponsorships.
Hope this helps! I will definitely answer any questions you have and would love to hear how this improves your photos and ultimately your blog! Of course, we are amateurs trying to take great photos, so these photography tips are my own. If you are a professional and do not agree, please comment below with some tips! We can all use them. This is just what I have been doing, and it has been working for me!
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