Hej ya’all! Hope you guys are having a beautiful day so far. Today I’d like to touch upon a bunch of things which I find very important when it comes to creating great outfit content. Integral to any outfit post is, of course, photography. Below I’ve listed a bunch of things that worked for me so far, within the years of sharing content on my blog and Instagram.. So keep your eyes peeled and let’s get started!
1. First of all, when it comes to photography: make sure you have good camera. If you really want to bring your blog to the next level and are serious about it, go get yourself a digital SLR or a mirrorless camera and make sure you know how to use it. When it comes to mirror or mirrorless, you can get great photos with either, but each has its pros and cons. I’m currently using a mirrorless camera (Panasonic DMC-G6) with an interchangeable lens from Olympus. I know a lot of fashion bloggers are swearing by Canon and Nikon (uh, Canon versus Nikon actually) and I do not decline to use one of those two, it’s just that I wanted to get myself a mirrorless cam and brands such as Sony and Panasonic had more mirrorless variety. I did quite a lot of research before purchasing my camera and the main reason why I decided to purchase a mirrorless camera, was because of the simpler mechanics inside which allows you to shoot more photos per second, at higher shutter speeds. Other advantages of going mirrorless is the more compact size and lighter weight of it and the better quality in terms of making videos. Last but not least the WIFI aspect was really important to me, which comes in really handy for Instagramming my day away.
2. Besides your camera, a good lens is incredibly important. And I’m telling you, in the end the quality of the lens is even more important than the quality of the camera body. Although DSLRs are more complex to use and bulkier, they do have the advantage in a larger variety of lenses you can purchase. So that’s a pre for getting yourself a DSLR. But if you want to keep it more simple and lower all the lens options you have, going mirrorless might be your thing. Before I got myself the Panasonic mirrorless body with the kit lens that comes with it, I looked into the lenses that were available for that camera and I noticed also micro 4/3 Olympus lenses are compatible with these mirrorless Panasonic bodies. Thus I got a wider range of lenses to choose from and decided to give the mirrorless thing a try. Over the years, I got myself a micro 4/3 Olympus 35mm 1.4 lens and a micro 4/3 Panasonic 25mm 1.4 lens. These work great for outfit photos and are pretty much the equivalent of a normal 50-70mm lens. I really like the bokeh effect of both lenses, I have to say I like the Olympus bokeh even more than the background blur my Panasonic lens gives me. But again, that’s all personal preference.
3. So in this ideal situation you have yourself the best camera as possible (#lol – I’m joking, it’s not all about equipment you guys), it’s time to find a location that fits your outfit and has that Instagram worthy vibe you’re looking for. Over the years I’ve learned that besides the background, it’s very important to look for a place that isn’t super crowded and does not have anything too disturbing, like a lamppost sticking out of your shoulder or a sign with ‘fuck you’ on your left (yes, I once had that and noticed it after my shoot while I was editing, haha!). So always ask your photographer if it’s ok and check the background of your look during the shoot.
4. When you got your location, your pose is the next thing to work on. 🙂 What works best for me is to just go with the flow and start moving, walking, jumping, to get the most spontaneous photos. I always really like those images. I also try different poses, go sit on stairs, lean on a wall, casually taking my dog for a walk, you name it. I mean, it’s important to get a good shot of your full look, to get all the items you’re wearing featured in the best way as possible, but you also want to tell a story with your photo. You want to make it a photo that’ll be unique and show your style, which is – in my opinion – not only your outfit but also your personality.
5. When you’re done with your shoot, the next step is to go and edit your masterpieces. For blog photography I always upload my pictures to my computer and edit them in Picmonkey or just within the ‘Pictures’ application of my Mac. I then ‘sharpen’ them, add some ‘definition’ to the photo and add some extra light when needed. That’s all. Personally, I don’t use Photoshop or other more advanced editing software. That’s again just personal preference. When it comes to Instagram editing, I do use more applications, phone apps so to say, and I want to dig further into that in a next blog post. So stay tuned for Instagram editing tips and my tips and tricks to create a feed that fits your personality and style.
Hope this post was helpful for you guys. Just let me know if you have any questions, comments or maybe tips for me. I’m her to have a chat with you! Big kiss and talk again soon!