Last month I did a blog post all about general fashion photography tips for beginners who are looking to get that ideal street style shot. If you didn’t catch it then have a read here, but I talked about certain ways to stand and different ways to angle the camera and things like that. I had quite a goodie response from the post and after a few questions/DM’s I thought I’d do a secondary post surrounding two things – the first being what camera and lens I use for my fashion photography, and the second being my editing tips.
Naturally I can’t talk fashion photography without a summery look to get you in the Z O N E for outfit shooting, so you’ll be spotting this cute Sugarhill Boutique jumpsuit throughout!
WHAT CAMERA DO YOU USE?
I use an Olympus Pen EPL-7. This isn’t the newest Olympus Pen (that’s the 8), but after comparing them I decided the 7 would be perfect for what I needed, as well as saving me roughly £100 at the time. I bought the camera from Park Cameras for £400, but this also included a 14-42mm standard lens (this is basically a pretty bog-standard lens which can be used for everyday kinda photos. Blurry/professional backgrounds will be difficult to create, but it’ll take a nice crisp shot!).
BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHAT LENS DO YOU USE FOR YOUR FASHION SHOTS?
I use the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens for ALL of my fashion photography on my blog. In case some of you are thinking what does all that f/1.8 stuff mean, I wrote a blog post about it which you can read here!
In layman’s terms, this lens has a low f-stop of 1.8 which means less of the photo is in focus. It’s really handy to look for lenses with a low f-stop if you want that blurry background (which I personally LOVE) and I’d recommend the 45mm Olympus one to anybody!
WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND LENS WISE?
I always love the lenses like the one I mentioned above, but they are very pricey. I’ve been blogging for over two years and only bought the Olympus camera + lenses about a year ago. I think it’s always good to experiment with normal lenses and get a feel for fashion blogging before going all out with uber expensive kit – that Olympus camera and standard 14-42mm lens is an amazing place to start if you’re not sure!
DO YOU NEED A POSH CAMERA TO GET GOOD FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY?
UH HELL NO! I started out on an iPhone, and if any of you have a new-ish iPhone then you’ll know that the Portrait mode is a fab alternative to the fancy cameras and lenses! I also used a Canon 500D for a while with a standard lens which served me VERY well, and so many good second hand cameras are up for sale these days!
WHAT PROGRAM DO YOU USE TO EDIT YOUR PHOTOS?
I know a lot of people are against Photoshop and Lightroom because you have to pay, but I do find it SO worth it (and unbelievably fun to use, once you get the hang of it). To give you an idea, it costs me £8.50 per month – I spoke to someone recently who thought it was about £300 per year… noooowhere near! There are really good free alternatives though and if you’re still finding your feet with fashion photography then stick to those. I did a post about the Photoshop & Lightroom subscription last year if any of you aren’t sure whether to take the plunge – read here (& forgive me, it’s a totally old and awful post).
Once I’ve transferred my blog photos to my phone, I occasionally give them a little edit in either Facetune or Whitagram (both are apps) so that they match with my Instagram theme. I like my Instagram to have a similar brightness throughout so I might lighten them or use the ‘whiten’ tool in Facetune to brighten up the background if it needs it (which I 100% recommend!).
AND FINALLY, WHAT ARE YOUR BIGGEST EDITING TIPS?
- Don’t over-edit. If you try and do too much your photo will end up grainy!
- Try and solve your editing problems with your CAMERA so you have less issues post-process
- Find your own style, take a few sets of photos and find your vibe
- Don’t settle on editing a photo once (if you don’t have a way yet) – edit it and reopen the same photo separately and try a different process, you might prefer the results!
- Spend time doing it and enjoy the fun aspect of it, occasionally people can feel bogged down with how long it can take but think of how exciting a project it can be!!
- See if your editing program can use ‘presets’ – basically, you edit one photo, save the process as a preset (the amounts of brightness/contrast/saturation you’ve put on it) and then just go through the rest of the photos and add the preset. It’ll save you SO much time
Jumpsuit – c/o Sugarhill Boutique
Bag – c/o Zatchels (now half price!)
Shoes – M&S
Necklace – Topshop
I think sometimes the taking of the photos can be the scary part (I mean who wants to stand in a street and have a gang of 16 year old lads walk past them mid-shoot?? I do not volunteer) but the second part of the process, the editing, can be that point where you realise how fun and exciting it all is. Seeing those final images is literally what keeps me going every day because I love creating content!
I hope this post gave you a little helping hand with cameras/lenses and editing tips. Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like me to cover – or just ping me a tweet with any questions!
** c/o shows items gifted to me for the purpose of the post, but all items are chosen and styled by me! **