I like to think of myself as quite a visual person, and I tend to be drawn towards photos and colour when it comes to magazines and blogs. I’m always far more inclined to read something if it’s got a lush photo featured with it, because usually if the photography is alright then the content will be alright too.
In my 2+ years of blogging, and 3+ years of owning a DSLR, I’ve learnt a thing or two about photography, but in particular, fashion photography and portraits. A few months ago I wrote a post about the basics of your DSLR camera (and what all of those complicated settings mean), but today I’m going to talk about fashion photography and some tips around how to stand, where to stand, and how to get that perfect instagrammable fashion shot. They’re also not just necessarily for posh camera owners!
I went through of a phase of getting my dad to just stand in one place and take a few photos of my outfit. He’d stay at the same height the entire time, and it didn’t give my photos a lot of angle variety. A simple way to switch up your photos (so they’re a bit different each time) is to get your photographer to sit on the floor and shoot ‘upwards’. My dad bloody hates doing it, but those ‘up shots’ – as we call them – are pretty cool. They’re good for elongating the legs too…
The amount of times I used to stand against a plain wall and take outfit shots is unreal (anyone remember those days of mine?!) but now it’s all about DEPTH in your photos. Instead of standing flat against a wall, stand looking down the road with your photographer still on the path (or at more of an angle anyway). The depth means you can get that professional blurred background and also means you have that ‘walking down the street’ candid shot.
HAVE PLENTY OF USELESS SPACE
What I mean by that is make sure your photo isn’t just taken up by you – have some empty space around you so you can rotate your photos a bit without chopping off your head or feet. Rotating to different angles adds a different look to your image, like before, for some variety in your shots. You can always crop the photo if you want it closer up in the end. See the photo below for an example!
IN THE SHADE, OR IN THE SUN?
At this time of year it’s SO tricky to shoot outfits. Basically, the easiest weather to shoot in will always be with light cloud, because a bright sun can over-lighten your photos, and shadows are irritating and hard to get rid of. I prefer staying in the shade and lightening the photos, but you can shoot outfits in the sun if you’re good with aperture/exposure settings (see that other post I linked to in the first paragraph!). If you’re a beginner then stick to the shade and brighten your photos in an editing app or software – it’s easier to lighten images than it is to darken them.
YES, PRACTICE YOUR POSES IN THE MIRROR
I always do weird things with my hands when I’m on outfit shoots, so I genuinely look in the mirror and work out which poses work best for me. It does take confidence to take fashion shots, but you build up your confidence once you start seeing the fab photography you’re producing!
Want a ‘walking down the street’ candid shot? Then candidly walk down the street (a bit slower than you might usually). I used to be so still when taking photos, because we all know it’s a bit cringy, but move your legs into different positions (you know what I mean) and stand differently so it’s less static and forced. Have fun with it! If, unlike me, you have good gnashers, then smile too 😉
IF IN DOUBT, TAKE A BILLION PHOTOS
I usually take about 100 photos per blog post, and narrow them down to 15-20 that I actually use. The majority of my photos end up with me doing some odd facial expression with my tongue poking out of my mouth, so just take a load of pictures so you hopefully have some good’uns in there.
I love a good detail shot. If you’re taking full length photos then by the time you’ve cropped your photo for up-close images, they’re really bad quality. Get right close up to the good stuff and they’ll be much less grainy. They usually perform a lot better on Instagram too!
MIX UP WHERE YOU’RE LOOKING
Look into the camera for a few nice photos, but you don’t want them to look too ‘family photo at a wedding’. Look into the distance, or to the side of you, for that natural oh, are you taking a photo of me? photo.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE IN THE MIDDLE
Often we take photos of us in the middle of the photo, it’s just natural instinct, but it can be different to be off centre with scenery (or whatever) to the side of you.
Top – c/o Jessica Buurman
Skirt – ASOS
Bag – c/o Zatchels
Shoes – New Look
Sunnies – ASOS
Aaaand there you have it! Hopefully you have a few tips to take some FAB fashion street shots. I’m so inspired by other photographers and a few of my favourites at the moment are Kaye from Fordtography (fashion/portraits), Zoe Griffin (fashion/events) and Ami Ford (music/events). Let me know what you think of my tips, and tag me in anything you’re particularly proud of!
** c/o shows items gifted to me to style for an outfit post **