Photography and aesthetics is something deeply personal/subjective for everyone, and while I've never taken a photography class before, it makes me incredibly happy to receive positive feedback over the past few months regarding the blog photos. At the same time though, I'm kinda like 'QURL U NEED UR EYES FIXED' because I feel like I'm a bit undeserving, but what do I know, eh??
Anyways, I thought I'd share my own photography setup + some things/tips I've picked up over the course of blogging.
(Oh yeah, some people might find this post useless/common sense, [-coughcough- the photography mavens], so I don't mind if you jump ship on this post c: )
1. Posterboard/various magazine pages/background - Not everyone has ~beautiful~ mujis/white background you see in some bloggers' backgrounds (-coughcough- you know who y'all are). White posterboard/cardstock is ridiculously cheap, and bam, you've got yourself a classic white background to draw focus to the subject.
Sure, posterboards are fun, but when you want to experiment and add interest, feel free to use magazine/catalogs pages or print your own backgrounds onto cardstock!
(P.S.- My favourite magazines to use are the home style/improvement ones BECAUSE UGH, HOUSE INSPIRATION)
2. Tape - for those items inclined to roll off the table into the sunset, loop some tape on them to crush their rebellion.
3. Subject - Pretty obvious!
4. Decorations - When your background just doesn't cut it, add interest with decorations ranging from jewelry to ribbons. See anything else that's pretty + shiny? Add it on your background.
5. Terry cloth/microfibre cloth - YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE HOW DUSTY SOME CASES CAN GET. I feel like the packaging of the higher end products just seem to attract dust and fingerprints like nobody's business. Tissues don't always manage to clear that off, so the microfibre cloth is a savior.
6. Tripod - #SELFIESTATUS (that's all I use it for, tbh)
The BasicsI sound like a broken record, but SERIOUSLY, natural light is an invaluable resource. If I can't convince you, let these unedited pictures do the talking.
Find Your Light
Considering one's aesthetics in photography is probably the most important step in unifying all photos taken. There are so many styles, as each person's photography is as unique as themselves. This isn't one of those bullsht "u are ~*~UNIQUE~*~" moments. If you've been around various blogs, you'll recognize how different everyone's photographs are.
I'm not going to lie, emulating another person's style is where we all start off, but along the way, we progressively change up the elements to create our own style.
ENOUGH RAMBLING, HERE ARE MY TIPS:
Plus, having good lighting just makes it so much easier to edit photos after.
P.S. - This is my favourite window to photograph in my house.
Speaking of lighting, if you're using a DSLR, make sure you're on the right camera white balance for the effect you want. (I won't judge if you use 'auto'...)
Play With Arrangement, Shooting Angles and BackgroundsThinking of how you're going to arrange your subjects, in my opinion, is the hardest part of this process. ~ENVISION UR SUBJECTS~
Play around with the arrangement of the products and background in your head. If you're planning on adding large text in your photos, make sure you leave a bit of room in the arrangement to do so, otherwise you'll be struggling to make fonts visible on a busy background.
Don't forget to mess with decorations!
Flowers = instant ~femininity~, and mess around with colours, textures and finishes of decorations to add ~interest~.
Also, group similar or contrasting colours together!
Mmmm, different shooting angles.
Oh, and don't worry too much about being precise with the edges when shooting...(sounds weird), because you can easily crop out the ~unruly~ edges.
The key to getting ~da money shot~, I think, is to think about the arrangement in relation to what you envision the final product to be. If you're adding text, make sure it's ~harmonious~ with the rest of the arrangement, because ain't nobody likes the blending options>stroke function....
(...stroke function is basically the white outline to make the text standout)(...it just looks tacky, but you can use it if you want, I guess??)
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Any photography setup tips you swear by?
(Sorry if this was a useless post, I didn't feel like putting up a review today...to be honest, all I really wanted to put up was a bunch of photographs, but that would have been seriously lazy...so photography setup post it was!)