Well, there’s a sad and depressing title if I’ve ever seen one – how much of a loser am I?
In all seriousness: I’m a solo blogger. I don’t have a photographer, or an Instagram pod, or even an Instagram husband (genuinely think my boyfriend would dump me if I got him to take my #ootd shots – seriously, how do I win him over?); I just do it on my Jack Jones, how and when I can. Over the last few years of going solo, I’ve learnt some tips and tricks (I’m saying that in its loosest sense – no splitting the atom here, kids) which help me take okay-ish blog photography all by myself – so if you need some inspo, read on…
INVEST IN A GREAT CAMERA
When you’ve got someone taking photos for you, everything is a lot more controlled; you’ve got more time to practice posing, advice from behind the lens, and as much time in the world to get that perfect image. When you’re by yourself, chances are you’re using self-timer (see my second point – told you this wasn’t rocket science), which can be a lot more unpredictable and chaotic than a careful photographer – we’re talking out of focus images, blurry shots, grainy exposure, fuzzy zoom, blah blah blah. The chances are: the better the camera, the better the images you take will be, so you won’t end up wasting time (or looking like a plonker having to retake that shot OVER AND OVER again).
SELF TIMER IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
Cos unless you’ve got freakishly long arms, manual just ain’t gonna work, right?
Self-timer is THE ONE, and getting a camera which has a variety of countdown settings is a must – different second intervals, number of shots, etc. If you can get a camera that has a remote, so you can set up and discreetly take the photos when and where you like, that’s a plus – otherwise, working with a rapid-fire burst of snaps is the best way. I tend to get my blog photos done in about a minute, as I just whack it on timer, do 10 different poses in 30 seconds, and Bob’s your uncle. #themagicofblogging
TAKE YOUR PHOTOS INSIDE
Right, I get it: standing in the street with a tripod and flailing around is mega cringe. I feel you. I’ve started using my house to shoot my photos; my bedroom is white, and my dressing room has a wall of wardrobes and a full-length mirror, so I just use these to my advantage. Admittedly, the photos aren’t as slick as they would be out in the street (all about that natural lighting), but sometimes you’ve just got to suck it up and do it for the ’Gram…
LEARN YOUR ANGLES, TIMES, AND TECHNIQUES
Using self-timer means that your posing time is massively cut short, so learning what angles suit you is a must. For example: straight-on is NOT MY FRIEND, because hello chins, but sideways – facing away – works for me. It goes without saying, but shooting in natural light gives you way better images, so early morning shots are ideal – especially if shooting inside. I’ve also had to learn how to angle the camera: without a tripod, learn what sort of things work for you: resting on shelves, propped up on books, and even (when I’m shooting outdoors) on the parcel-shelf of my car. Honestly, it works like a dream…
FILTER THAT SHIT
If all else fails? Filters. Okay, your images may not be as sharp or as profesh as if you had a rag-tag band of blogging buddies to fluff your hair, but with a tweak of exposure and whack of saturation they’ll look the bomb. I’m always playing around with how I edit my Instagram and blog photos, so find what works for you and edit your pictures uniformly: then your feeds will flow nicely and look on point errrrrryday.