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Monday, 5 June 2017

Blogging 101: How To Teach Others To Take Your Photos.

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Blogging 101: How To Teach Others To Take Your Photos. 

One of the biggest challenges as a fashion blogger is to have high-quality photos. Platforms such as Instagram would be lost without them and this blog post would be anything but exciting to read; visual content is what pulls everything together. But not everyone has access to a photographer all the time or even at all and therefore need to find alternatives. Alternatives like your friends, family or even your boyfriend (who has probably never used a camera before). 

Desperation is high when you need those photos; I once even asked my 9-year old sister to take a photo of me. Few minutes later, bit of direction and I had a Instagram worthy photo. So get yourself a cup of tea and be prepared for some ultimate tips that can teach anyone to take good photos of you. 

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Before you can teach anyone to take photos of you it's important that you understand your camera and know how it works. A photography course isn't necessary, but some one-to-one sessions with your camera and maybe some YouTube videos will be just fine. Go out and explore your city with your camera and get to know all the features. Once you've completed that you can start to teach others to take your blog photos.


1. Try out, test and experiment
What I always do with my boyfriend is to make him stand where I will be and take a photo of him of how I want my photo taken. I will then show him the photo as an example and hope he can recreate it.

That test photo also helps with knowing what the lighting is like and if the background is okay - nothing more annoying than taking 2000 photos and you then realise that they are all too dark or there is a dog in the background doing it's business.


2. Manual vs Automatic Focus
When I take photos myself I will always take them with the manual focus. However, when I ask someone else to take photos of me I will always switch to automatic. For someone who doesn't use a camera on a regular basis the manual focus can be a bit tricky and there is nothing more annoying than unsharp photos - bad lighting could be fixed, but a blurry face in a photo is for the trash.


3. The multiple photo optionEvery camera has it and it can be a lifesaver when it comes to taking action photos, doing those hair flips or trying to capture a perfect walking one. I often just let my friends click away whilst I do my thing and with the multiple photo option it's also much easier. I personally love candid photos and the ones that show a bit of movement instead of me just standing there, posing away.


4. There is no such thing as a quick photo
You are on the way to the cinema or have dinner reservations and fancy a quick photo - Well, there is no such thing as a quick photo. Especially not when the one taking them isn't that great at taking photos. Not everyone can just pick up a camera and take excellent photos, it takes time and practice.

Make sure to leave earlier if you do want that photo because if not it's just gonna end up in a disaster and a probably a argument.


5. Tell them what you wantThe person taking the photo won't know what to do if you don't tell them. Give them directions into what angle you want or tell them to come closer for a close-up shoot. Be polite and don't shout at them or get annoyed if they don't get the photo you want immediately. Whenever they take a photo I will say what I like and what could be done better, like a higher or lower angle or maybe from a different side. Like that they 'learn' and understand better what you want. 

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What I use to take my photos


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Outfit Details


Skirt: Boohoo
Top:  Outrove
Shoes: Boohoo
Blazer: Bershka
Belt: Gucci
Necklaces: H&M
Watch: Daniel Wellington (use code shelleyannem for 15% off)





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4 comments

  1. This is exactly the post I needed! My friend is okay at taking the photos and getting them sharp but sometimes not from the angle I wanted. Making pictures first and showing them how I want it is definitely something I will do next time! Thanks for sharing!
    Lea, xx
    www.asnippetoflife.com

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  2. Loved this! It took me so long to teach my mum how to use my camera and how to take some good shots for my blog. I think she's mastered it now though :)

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  3. I love the outfit. I think is quiet difficult to guide someone on taking my pictures, I am not photogenic! R

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  4. Very good points here. I can totally relate with the statement "There is no such thing as a quick photo".
    I also find it very good to have direction when I take photos for others bloggers. Simply because I may have one vision, but the person who is in front of the lenses wants something else.

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