Although most of my older posts are no longer up, I’ve been taking outfit photos for over a year now. Since most people are not born with the natural ability to know what to do in front of a camera, it took me a while to figure out how to pose my body and get more comfortable. Over the course of a year my fashion photography skills have improved, and yours can too! I thought I would share with you some tips to help improve your outfit photos and get more comfortable in front of the camera!
Now you don’t need to have the fanciest of cameras, you just need to know how to use the one you have! Before you even start taking photos, knowing all the ins and outs for your camera can really help with improving them. Most photography books look extremely intimidating with lots of technical terms and figures, but this summer I discovered the book “Read This if You want to Take Great Photographs” by Henry Carroll and it explains everything on a less complex level! This book breaks down photography into 6 different categories: composition, exposure, light, lenses, and seeing. It explains everything from what settings are best to what exposure and lens to use. If your looking to learn more about your camera I would definitely pick up this book! One thing I learned from the book is if you have a DSLR camera and want to use one of the automated settings, use P. Once you know how to properly use your camera, you can start working on taking great photos.
When I first started posting outfits on my blog I would always be in front of my garage. For some reason it never occurred to me that I should just get in the car and explore to find new places. You don’t even have to travel far, just walk around your closest town or city to find new spots. There’s a whole post on Tips for Location Scouting for Outfit Photos on my blog, so give it a read before you go exploring. Having a variety of backgrounds to choose from can make your outfit posts more interesting and keep people coming back for more!
I know, there’s nothing more distracting or uncomfortable than someone staring at you when your trying to pose for photos. I’ve had my fair share of these uncomfortable moments, and although it will probably never not occur, the more you do it the less you’ll even notice them. Simply ignore the people around you and put yourself in a zone of just focusing on the camera. If someone is continuously staring at you, simply turn your head the other way and focus on something else. Although in those 10 minutes it may be a bit uncomfortable, it will be worth it when you look at the shots you took.
It’s taken me many outfit shots to know what poses look good and which ones to avoid. Take a friend or family member and spend the day taking some practice shots to figure out what you like and don’t like. Just like everything in life, it’s all trial and error! Just be as natural as possible and the rest will come easy. Try focusing on something to the side, figuring out where to put your hands and arms, and play around with different angles!
Having someone you know on a personal level take your photos can help make the experience more fun and comfortable! My mom takes all my photos, and it’s nice to have someone I know and love to focus on. She even makes the occasionally jokes which results in some laughing shots. If you do hire a photographer, get to know them first by going out for some coffee or a simple phone call.
At the end of the day the most important thing to remember is to just have fun! If your enjoying yourself it will show through your photos. There will be times when the photos didn’t turn out the way you wanted them too, but just relax and know that just like everything in life- practice make perfect!
And thats it! Hope you found these tips helpful, and now go out and snap away!