Creating content on your lonesome can definitely be tricky at times, especially fashion based content. So when I’m not utilising the mirrors in my house and if the sun decides to make an appearance, I try, *try* being the operative word, to take the photos myself. I’ve not ventured far yet with my camera in public, so the majority of photos I shoot are in my garden or indoors but I thought I’d share some tips that help me if you fancy having a go and how I take them!
The camera I use is the Olympus Pen E-PL8 which has a wi-fi function which is a huge help when self shooting as I can connect my phone to my camera via the ‘Ol-Share’ app. I can then see what my camera sees on my phone screen, use the remote control function and focus the image. You can also set a timer so you can have both your hands free but I tend to press the button with one hand out of shot and attempt to pose with my other haha. If your camera doesn’t have a wi-fi function however but has a flip screen, you can set a timer and flip the screen so you can see yourself! I also stand my camera on a tripod too which brings me onto my first tip!
1. Switch Up The Camera Angle
As well as shooting head on, I tend to angle the camera slightly upwards if it’s an outfit shot to give the effect that someone is taking the photo from below and also brings a different perspective to your images! As I have my phone in one hand, for a shot from further away I position one hand by my side and the other holding a bag for example to make it look more natural. You can even use your phone in the shot as a prop itself.
2. Consider The Focus Point
The great thing about being able to see yourself on your phone screen if your using a wi-fi function, is you can see where to position yourself. Although this sounds really obvious, as your taking the image yourself, it’s worth considering if your in the centre or wherever you want to be, how much you want to be in the shot etc as someone taking your photo would be doing this for you!
3. Take Your Time
Most importantly, take your time and have fun experimenting! When I’m shooting there’s always photos at the end that don’t make the cut and so many ‘bloopers’ especially in these winds at the moment but that’s all part of the process! I find I’m a lot more confident self shooting so you can work out different poses in your own time too.
4. Play With Lighting
Getting the right lighting makes such big difference to your photographs. Try to see where the sun is shining to provide your photos with light. If your indoors, this could be light coming from a window hitting a wall or the floor!
5. Be Prepared
And lastly, another obvious one but make sure your camera batteries are fully charged when you go out and your memory card has plenty of space! The amount of times I’ve set up in the past and half way through shooting my cards ran out of space is not good haha so I always make sure of this now as protocol!
I hope this may have been helpful! How do you shoot your content?