Now, I'm no photography expert- I bloody love doing it and I didn't do all that badly in my A Level of the subject (#humblebrag) and these tips are obviously pretty straightforward, but invaluable if you're just setting out with a camera! You might not finish reading this post as the next Rankin (but if you do, let me know), and these may definitely be things you already have at the forefront of your head- but after doing a little post on my camera kit I thought I'd start talking about the things that help me use it better along the way! In the future I may look at doing something a little more technical, but let's start small! Photography Tips What Olivia Did Scout it out!

Before I shoot I like to plan ahead a little bit- especially in winter (#daylight probs). There's nothing worse (ok, y'know context people) than heading out with an idea but having nowhere to shoot it. Get on Pinterest. Hit up Google Maps- scout out cool places you like the look of and take note. I don't live in an area graced by colourful walls, tall whitewashed houses and vintage cars- so sometimes it takes a bit of forward planning, but it definitely pays off- and it definitely helps create a story behind each shoot.
Photography Tips What Olivia Did Learn the basics!

Whether you have the latest top of the range camera, or a more simple point and shoot- learning the basics really makes all of the difference. Obvious right? Up until just over a year ago I think I was still shooting everything in Auto, and it's only once I put the time in to learn things like shooting in manual, adjusting the aperture and using camera raw that I really picked things up. I know these are only simple things, but it can make the world of difference when snapping in different situations, and even if you have to while away a couple of hours watching Youtube tutorials (no make up looks this time), you'd surprise yourself at how much things can improve.
Photography Tips What Olivia Did Have a little...patience!

Getting the perfect shot takes time. When taking outfit photos the amount of outtakes are almost ridiculous (Carrie can totally vouch for the amount of times I have pulled this pose), and you can easily climb to numbers in the 100's in terms of snaps you've taken- and that's fine. Don't expect to have the perfect shot in one go (be it portraits, nature or landscape) and stick at it until you get there. It can be annoying when things aren't going how they look in your head, but change things up and...
Photography Tips What Olivia Did Figure out the angles!

...try new composition! Things aren't always the best straight on- especially when doing lifestyle snaps. I like to play around with how things look- whether that's laid down flat on a white sheet, in direct sunlight (always best), on an exciting backdrop or styled with other items- it's fun to get inspired my the 'net and try new things (which is why I love shooting food so much)!

Photography Tips What Olivia Did And afterwards!

Although it's helpful to be able to get the shot you want, a lot of technique is in the post-production and being able to edit the image to make it the best that in can be. It's easy to want to spend a lot on expensive equipment, but I honestly think that if you can get to know the kit you have and know how to get your head around Photoshop (or whichever software you chose- Picmonkey is a great easy, free alternative), then you can get a lot of the footwork done without spending all the £££s. Obviously with editing, less can most definitely sometimes be more, so work out what looks best and have a play around- it's one of the most fun parts!

I hope this helps any newbies out there- let me know some of your favourite blogging photography tips!

x
Now, I'm no photography expert- I bloody love doing it and I didn't do all that badly in my A Level of the subject (#humblebrag) and these tips are obviously pretty straightforward, but invaluable if you're just setting out with a camera! You might not finish reading this post as the next Rankin (but if you do, let me know), and these may definitely be things you already have at the forefront of your head- but after doing a little post on my camera kit I thought I'd start talking about the things that help me use it better along the way! In the future I may look at doing something a little more technical, but let's start small! Photography Tips What Olivia Did Scout it out!

Before I shoot I like to plan ahead a little bit- especially in winter (#daylight probs). There's nothing worse (ok, y'know context people) than heading out with an idea but having nowhere to shoot it. Get on Pinterest. Hit up Google Maps- scout out cool places you like the look of and take note. I don't live in an area graced by colourful walls, tall whitewashed houses and vintage cars- so sometimes it takes a bit of forward planning, but it definitely pays off- and it definitely helps create a story behind each shoot.
Photography Tips What Olivia Did Learn the basics!

Whether you have the latest top of the range camera, or a more simple point and shoot- learning the basics really makes all of the difference. Obvious right? Up until just over a year ago I think I was still shooting everything in Auto, and it's only once I put the time in to learn things like shooting in manual, adjusting the aperture and using camera raw that I really picked things up. I know these are only simple things, but it can make the world of difference when snapping in different situations, and even if you have to while away a couple of hours watching Youtube tutorials (no make up looks this time), you'd surprise yourself at how much things can improve.
Photography Tips What Olivia Did Have a little...patience!

Getting the perfect shot takes time. When taking outfit photos the amount of outtakes are almost ridiculous (Carrie can totally vouch for the amount of times I have pulled this pose), and you can easily climb to numbers in the 100's in terms of snaps you've taken- and that's fine. Don't expect to have the perfect shot in one go (be it portraits, nature or landscape) and stick at it until you get there. It can be annoying when things aren't going how they look in your head, but change things up and...
Photography Tips What Olivia Did Figure out the angles!

...try new composition! Things aren't always the best straight on- especially when doing lifestyle snaps. I like to play around with how things look- whether that's laid down flat on a white sheet, in direct sunlight (always best), on an exciting backdrop or styled with other items- it's fun to get inspired my the 'net and try new things (which is why I love shooting food so much)!

Photography Tips What Olivia Did And afterwards!

Although it's helpful to be able to get the shot you want, a lot of technique is in the post-production and being able to edit the image to make it the best that in can be. It's easy to want to spend a lot on expensive equipment, but I honestly think that if you can get to know the kit you have and know how to get your head around Photoshop (or whichever software you chose- Picmonkey is a great easy, free alternative), then you can get a lot of the footwork done without spending all the £££s. Obviously with editing, less can most definitely sometimes be more, so work out what looks best and have a play around- it's one of the most fun parts!

I hope this helps any newbies out there- let me know some of your favourite blogging photography tips!

x

78 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your helpful experience here! I will immediately forward this post to my husband as he is mostly my photographer :)
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  2. Fab tips Olivia, James takes my pictures so I don't really get much practice behind the camera but I never knew about Picmonkey and it is all about the angles :) xxx

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  3. Learn the basics and figure out the angles are def. one of the best starter tips you can give, they do change A LOT when person is taking any kind of photos with the camera.

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks for the tips! I've just started blogging so need all the help I can get :)
    http://sophie-georgia.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Thanks so much for writing this post, your blog really inspires me to up my photography game and these tips were super helpful <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile

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  6. Couldn't agree more with these tips, such lovely advice! I've been trying to improve my photography on my blog recently, and learning to use manual rather than auto has made the biggest difference! Plus it's super super simple once you get the hang of it! The tip about being patient when shooting outfit photographs made me laugh as it happens every time, ultimate fashion blogger problems, eh?! : )

    Amy at The Girl in the Bowler Hat
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  7. This post was so helpful Liv, thank you! As an amateur blogger, it's SO hard to find photographers as I'm rubbish with a tripod and I don't know how to properly use my very-expensive-looking camera but these tips can definitely help me to improve my photos. Thank you!

    Beth xo.

    www.bethnorton.co.uk

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  8. This is such a useful post! I'm a photographer but lack a little confidence when it comes to outfit posts so your idea of scouting out places first is really clever. Will definitley be trying this in the future.


    Alice-Christina
    UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger
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  9. I would definitely recommend watching a few Youtube tutorials on Lightroom as well. That helped me so, so much. Also, shooting in RAW format is clutch.

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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  10. I will have to pass all of this on to my boyfriend and father (my photographers) it is so frustrating when you don't get good photos. I have considered purchasing a good camera but I do feel like I should get to know what I've got first and make sure its not just us being bad at photography!xx

    sophiespaldin.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Fantastic tips and I am very guilty of just using the auto mode!
    I really like how you used the angles on your picture too! x

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  12. Great post I think I definitely need to sit down and spend some time quality time with my camera after this! :)

    http://lux-rose.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Yeah I agree with learning to use manual. When I first got my camera I made sure to only use it in manual and aside from having my lens auto - everything is adjusted by me. A helluva trial and error but photography is so much fun! I am so pleased I switched to RAW and I only own photoshop elements but it suits me just fine at the moment. Lovely post Liv!

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  14. I really need to get to know my camera better- never even thought about Youtube tutorials x
    eleanor's adventures // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  15. This was such an inspiring and helpful post! I always get a little frustrated when a picture doesn't come out how I want it after the first few takes, but I know with a little patience and persistence I'll get there :)
    www.missmollyemma.blogspot.com

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  16. Hello ! What an interesting post ! :)
    Photography is essential when you are a blogger, so i think that this post will come super handy to a lot of us !

    Thanks
    Lots of love from France, Victoria
    http://godsaveourdressing.blogspot.fr

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  17. super useful post :)

    I'm running a giveaway (lorac pro pallet+ the wet brush), if you're interested, check this link:
    little taste of heaven

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  18. Excellent tips Olivia, thank you for sharing :)

    www.lifeinthefashionlanee.blogspot.com

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  19. great tips! photography is something I'm always trying to improve on! good quality photos make me way more likely to read a blog xx

    http://oliviaandlife.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. This is really helpful and I love the pictures, you're really good at it, no doubt!

    Hannie at // Chapters Like This //

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  21. This is so so helpful for a blogger starting out! Thankyou
    Love, Rosie
    http://thiswildrose.blogspot.com.au/

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  22. I use Picmonkey all time because its free and so good for touching up photos and editing slightly! :)
    https://cherieedle.blogspot.com

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  23. This was really helpful, thanks x

    http://corinnexdavies.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. What camera do you use, Olivia? I seem to remember for your blog photos it was a Canon 600D but I'm not sure!

    This tips were awesome and I loved the idea of scouting out cool places to take pictures in the city - I'd never thought of it quite like that. Although now I realise that style bloggers probably aren't always surrounded by cool cafés, beautiful terrace houses, forests, etc haha.

    And oh my god, I was not expecting that frog squatting man as your most used pose, made me chuckle :)

    Thanks Olivia xxx

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    1. Thank you so much! All of my camera kit is listed here! : )

      http://www.whatoliviadid.com/2015/01/my-camera-kit.html xx

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  25. love your tips Olivia...your photos are always so nice and perfect so definitely trying these tips out...thanks for sharing <3

    http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

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  26. I totally agree about having patience, something I really need to work on!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  27. Thank you for these tips! I always appreciate new advice! x

    Blog A Girl with a Camera

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  28. I would love to read more about learning the basics! And LOL pics or it didn't happen; I think your readers would love to see a behind-the-scenes picture of you pulling the stylish squat :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  29. These tips are great! I am just starting to play with the manual mode, but how do you properly work the manual mode when you take photos of yourself? When I have my tripod set up and a remote in my hand, I can't seem to make anything except auto work. Suggestions?

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    1. It's literally trial and error! I wish I could offer a super easy solution, but more a matter of standing in shot- shooting, and then adjusting the settings as you go! Good luck xx

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  30. Great tips!! I think they could help anyone interested.
    Needless to say your pictures are gorg

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  31. great tip thanks Liv

    gafashion.blogdpot.com

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  32. Very helpful, I'm just getting into photography so this was very relevant to read!
    Hannah x
    Hanniemc.co.uk

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  33. Thanks for all the tips
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  34. Super helpful! Your photos are always beautiful. Can't wait to put your tips in to practise!
    xo

    http://thecraftypinupxo.blogspot.com/

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  35. This is so helpful! Especially considering I'm going to try and snap my first outfit posts soon (scary!)... Your photos are always so beautiful and always an inspiration :) xo
    Lana
    Lana-sultana.blogspot.com

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  36. Excellent tips! I'm always surprised when I see people with expensive cameras who don't learn the basics of using it, there are so many simple ways that can drastically improve your photos!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  37. Amazing tips! I'm slowly getting to grips with my (very basic) DSLR and these posts are so useful! Thank you for sharing! :)

    Josie x

    www.aprettypostit.blogspot.com

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  38. Great basic tips Liv, I did a similar post recently and learning some ISO can really help you find the best way to shoot for you. Your editing is always gorgeous and the quality is amazing :)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  39. Hi Olivia, I loved these tips. I'm from Brazil and I love fashion blogs with beautiful photography, like your blog!
    PS: the letter is too small :(

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  40. Great tips chick, I always end up with over 100 pics!
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  41. This is such a fab post Olivia and some amazing tips there. I can't even tell you how many outtakes I have when doing outfit posts....BF takes 127 pictures and I can only use about 4!! xx

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  42. Great post! Im sure these tips will come very much in handy for me as im definitely an amatuer with the old camera! Thanks so much!

    http://lobloggs.blogspot.co.uk/

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  43. Great tips !

    http://www.fruityandpassion.com/

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  44. Thanks for the tips! Scout it out is really something that I should start doing :))

    Sorriso Espontâneo

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  45. I've learned so much about the settings on my camera because of friends, seriously my photos have improved a lot!

    WOMANOUK beauty / art

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  46. These are great tips for photography beginners :) Thanks for sharing!

    Rita
    heyrita.co.uk

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  47. Thanks so much for sharing your tips !
    I love the quality of your photos

    Hayley
    http://thelifestylemenu.co.uk/

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  48. The first tip is really mind-blowing! I assumed people just happened to live near amazing places that I don't. Knowing that even a londoner have to go out of her way to take great shots is really inspiring! Thank you SO much for the tip <3

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  49. This post was so helpful!!

    http://wiltedxfaded.blogspot.co.uk/

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  50. How funny I literally just put the finishing touches to a blog photography post too! Interesting to read your tips, definitely need to start properly scouting locations!

    Anoushka Probyn - A London Fashion Blog

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  51. I love this post.. They're really great tips.. What did you do on photoshop with the last photo.. It's such a subtle edit but it looks amazing!

    Gemma x

    www.FashionFloorFillers.com

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  52. Amazing and very helpful tips! =)

    NEW POST on http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  53. I completely agree about the importance of editing - it can totally transform a photograph when done in the right way! Also, I think we're all culprits of the 'stylish asian young man' pose, hahaha! x

    vanilladaisyblog.blogspot.com

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  54. such a great few tips need to follow these!

    rebekahmaryx.blogspot.co.uk

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  55. nice pictures are so important! I need to invest in a nice camera for some quality shooting Xxxx

    www.adaywithkay.blogspot.com

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  56. So many great tips here Liv :) I'm a sucker for sticking to the auto option on the camera, must branch out a bit more. x lashingsofmascaraon.blogspot.ie

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  57. Great post! Composition is definitely the key; there have been so many times I've wished I had just changed the angle slightly so it looked that tiny bit better.

    http://wondersofafairytale.blogspot.co.uk/
    Emily x

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  58. Such good tips :) thanks for the advice :)

    http://www.champagne-lifestyle.com/

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  60. Amazing tips, I think learning your camera is definitely important! I am currently trying to get my head around all the alternative settings and have to say, I am struggling to remember what everything does!

    infinity of fashion// Lucy Jane

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  61. Thanks for the tips, Olivia. They are very useful for me as I'm trying to improve my blog-photos..

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  62. I love photography and just started a class and only just learnt how much of a difference taking it off auto makes as I thought having it on manual was something to difficult to master.

    Cattell Fashion

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  63. Great tips! Thanks for the post :)

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  64. This was so helpful and I agree with many of these. I took photography in Uni and now I'm taking fashion photography so that's helping. I so can relate with outfit outtakes and I end up with some funny ones I would never publish but they are lovely for yourself to laugh at.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

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  65. This is great! I hope that you are Continue the good work.
    Bangla Funny PictureThanks for your sharing.

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  66. This is so helpful! My sister and my boyfriend are my main photographers so I have sent them this way to have a read! It is so helpful to have everything thought out, especially if youre not working with professionals :) xx

    Lauren | shynature.blogspot.co.uk

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