If you are a blogger (or just a person who uses the Internet) you probably know that photography is everything. Now, more than ever, people are telling their stories with photos. If you aren’t a blogger, you probably don’t realize that outfit posts are hard. They take a tremendous amount of work (and courage). After all, you are putting a picture of yourself on the Internet and inviting people to judge both you and your outfit. That’s scary — because people can be not-nice online. Fellow bloggers, I salute you.
I am always looking for ways to make the photography on Clarabelle better. Since it is just me and my husband running this site, we have to get creative. I have compiled three fool-proof tips to ensure your outfit posts rock the house everytime.
The photo on the left was shot with my old point and shoot. Seriously, the same camera I used to use in college. I must say, it did a great job! But there are obvious differences between the two photos. While both photos are great, the one on the right that was shot with a DSLR (Canon Rebel XS with a 50 mm 1.8 lens), has a clear, vibrant color and great depth. Also, a DSLR allows for more overall options in a variety of settings which makes shooting outfit posts easier. Check out the difference between the very first outfit post I ever did and the ones from today!
Many fashion bloggers are novice photographers. Taking a great photo indoors requires great skill (or a great lighting kit). The point of an outfit post is to show off clothing. Shooting indoors greatly distorts color — as you can see above, not only are the photos tinted an awkward yellow so that I look like a deranged lemon, but a lot of the detail and texture in what I am wearing is lost. Do yourself a favor and use natural light. It will make everything easier and more beautiful.
This is one piece of advice I definitely need to work on. It is easy to get complacent and shoot in the same location over and over — but shooting in fun, diverse locations makes your photos that much more interesting. No matter where you live, there are tons of amazing places to shoot. Use them and make your photos come alive.