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5 Ways to Take Stunning Photos

I fell hopelessly in love with photography when I started blogging in 2012. I knew I had to make Fashion and Style Police stand out, and I knew one way to stand out was to take stunning photos. Photos are usually the first thing blog readers notice, so I knew I had to brush my photography skills up.

 

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I have come a long way from the girl with the Fujifilm point and shoot camera to where I am today. I am not quite where I want to be as far as my blog photos are concerned but I am gradually getting to that sweet spot. It has taken a lot of practice, many trials and errors, many props and lighting and many cameras to get to where I am now in 2017. So I thought to share some tips and tricks I picked up along the way. And some photography tools that help create these photos.

 

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Camera

I currently use a Canon EOS 1200D, and it is the best camera I have ever used. It is my first Canon, and first DSLR. I got an extra 50mm lens to go with it, and together we are magical. I really couldn’t ask for a better camera.

The camera plays a major role in how the photos look in the end, so pay attention when selecting one. I would strongly recommend a Canon DSLR above all others because my experience with mine has been amazing. The fact that I can take stunning photos regardless of the time of the day with no flash, says it all.

Pro Tip: Go for a DSLR and get a 50mm Lens.

 

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Lightning

I recently got these 2 Continuous Lighting Kit 50 x70cm Softbox Photo Studio Set Light Bulbs Lamp 500K from Amazon, and it has literally changed my photography game. I can take photos any time in the day, even at night, which is amazing especially for this winter season with darkness starting at 3pm sometimes.

They brighten my photos leaving room for little or no editing. They are a must-have photography tool for every blogger.

Pro Tip: Get a Lightning Kit.

 

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Natural Lighting

Natural lighting is the best if you have enough of it. I get all my outfit photos taken outside, I think they would appear best with natural lighting.

Pro Tip: Take as many photos as you can take in the natural light especially the outfit photos.

 

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Location/Props

The right location/props could make the photos very beautiful. I am not as adventurous as I should be with my outfit photos. I just take my photos when and where is convenient. I am hoping to step it up a little this year, and go fishing for amazing locations around me.

As for my photo props, I have a few wall paper samples I go from B&Q, and a white fluffy rug from IKEA that does the trick. I also make use of magazine pages, worktops, regular tables, and the couch sometimes. It all depends on what I am photographing and where I am.

Pro Tip: Pay attention to the location and props you use.

 

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Editing

For my photo editing, I make use of Lightroom and Photoshop. I do minimal editing, so I may play around with the exposure, contrast, vibrance and saturation of the photo on Lightroom. I usually just crop and save on Photoshop. I am currently taking an online Lightroom course too. I am learning so much and I am enjoying it.

Pro Tip: The more amazing the photos are, the less editing you have to do. Pay attention to the photographing.

 

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Do you have any photography tips or tricks to share?

 

 

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How to Make Your Blog Stand Out

I read hundreds of blogs a week.. So trust me when I say I have seen them all. The good, the not so good, the bad, the ugly, and the very ugly. My blog isn’t perfect. In fact it is nowhere near perfect. I still have a lot of work to do on it, but it is where I need it to be for now. I go on so many blogs on a daily basis, many of them I won’t visit again unless I have to. So I thought I should share some tips on how to make your blog stand out from the rest.

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Here are some features my favourite blogs have:

 

Have a Sleek Design

My definition of a sleek design is simple, chic, easy to navigate, and not overloaded with ads or unnecessary widgets in the sidebar. I like to be able to comment on a blog post easily and quickly too.

 

Mobile Friendly & Quick to Load

I like mobile friendly blogs and I like blogs that are quick to load, because I usually browse through my favourite blogs on my iPhone. Some blogs are painfully slow, it takes ages for a post to load, and I find it so frustrating. You having a mobile friendly quick to load blog is an easy way to stand out as a blogger.

 

Regular Posting

I like blogs that are updated regularly, and by regularly I mean daily. I hate it when I read a post or 2 that I really like, only for the blogger to not post a new blog post for a week. That puts me right off. I hate waiting.

 

Pretty Pictures

I am a very visual person, and if you read my blog regularly, you would know that. I enjoy taking photos. I have been playing around with my Canon camera, and I am also currently taking a Lightroom course to improve my editing skills, so I am still a work-in-progress. But I am not where I used to be 3 years ago or even 6 months ago. The quality of my photos have improved massively and that is because I pay special attention to them.

Paying attention to your photography is one of the easiest ways to stand out as a blogger. Take it from me. Many blogs have not so good photos, and that is me putting it mildly. You will stand out easily by having amazing outfit or product shots, with the right props, pose and lightening. Go the extra mile, it is never crowded.

 

Have a Search Box

Make sure the theme of your blog layout comes with a search box. It is a very useful tool to have. It makes it easy for brands, PRs, and You to find old blog posts. As a blogger outreach consultant, I may sometimes have to dig into your blog to find relevant blog posts before contacting a blogger.  A blog not having a search box means I have to go through the entire archives or rely on Google to find the relevant blog posts. Most times I just move on to the next blog.

 

Categorise your Blog Posts

I see so many blog posts listed as ‘uncategorized’. That is a big no-no in my eyes. I am an organised freak so all my blog posts have to fall into a category. You not categorising your blog posts is off-putting. For example, I may just want to read your fashion posts, but you may also blog about pets sometimes, if you have your posts categorised, it will be so easy for me to find the fashion posts that interest me.

 

How do you make your blog pop? How do you make your blog stand out?

7 Photography Tips For Fashion Blogging

Fashion blogging and photography go hand in hand, you cannot have one without the other. To succeed in the blogging world, especially the fashion blogging world, you must at least have a point and shoot camera, know how to operate it, and be able to edit your pictures using some kind of software when necessary.

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You can get away with using a point and shoot camera as long as you can optimise it fully. I am by no means a pro when it comes to photography but myself and my DH are improving every day. Here are some tips you may find useful:

  • Before investing in an expensive DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex), start off with a point and shoot to brush up your photography skills. When you do decide to invest in a DSLR, you will be a pro and your old point and shoot camera can serve as a back up.
  • Have a willingly photographer or invest in a tripod.I will recommend a human photographer rather than a tripod. Humans are more flexible, and you are likely to get better pictures than when you use a tripod.
  • Invest in a photo editing software. My current favourites are Lightroom and Photoshop Elements. I noticed a significant change in the quality of my photographs since I started taking time to edit them properly. The main issue with Adobe editing software is the cost,they are quite expensive, so try editing with the free Picasa and others first. Your pictures will thank you for it.

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  • For outfit pictures, apply a little bit more makeup than you would normally. This is the greatest advice a fellow blogger gave me and my pictures look so much better now. Your makeup could get lost in bad lighting or flash, so an extra layer of foundation, powder and an extra coat of lipstick could do the trick. I will advise applying your makeup with the outdoor light, and do be careful with this tip so you don’t end up looking like a drag queen. Take a Selfie after applying your makeup just so you have a clear picture.
  • Please take your outfit pictures outside. Nothing puts me off more than outfit indoor pictures. I must confess I use to take outfit pictures indoors when the weather was bad, if you dig into my archives, you will find the embarrassing posts, but I no longer take indoor posts because there is nothing like the beauty of natural light.
  • Aim to take your outfit pictures at the Golden Hour. The Golden Hour sometimes known as the Magic Hour is the period shortly after sunrise and or before sunset. There is no better time to get snapping, make the most of it.
  • Avoid taking your outfit pictures with the flash if you can. You can only follow this tip if you have a very good DSLR; you will be needing the flash with point and shoot cameras. You will also need to have good natural light as well. Natural light is the best when it comes to outfit posts.

That’s all folks. Do you have any photography tip that works for you, that has been mentioned already? Do share.

Thanks for reading and happy snapping.

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