When it comes to blogging, good photos are of course crucial. They entice the reader and draw them, in so that they want to read the content you’ve written. There are a few niches where pictures are especially important, and fashion definitely is one of them. Taking pictures of clothes is difficult, but the best fashion bloggers will capture the scene as well as the outfit. With a stunning background and great lighting, you get a sense of when and where the outfit should be worn, as well as how the items look. If you’re looking to up your photography game as a fashion blogger, here are some of the ways you can go about it.
Get The Right Camera
A DSLR camera is your best bet when it comes to fashion photography. A long lens with a large aperture will give you a sharp, focused subject and a soft blurred background. This helps to create a setting with your photo without ‘losing’ your subject. You could check out a Fuji user’s photography blog to give you inspiration and ideas on how to use a camera like this. Otherwise play around with the settings and do plenty of practice. Using a standard digital or a smartphone camera will keep the background in focus which can make the image look cluttered.
Find a Blogging Buddy
The thing about fashion photography is that you can’t really take photos of clothes when you’re in them! For this reason having a friend who lives nearby is extremely useful- if they’re also into fashion blogging, then you can take pictures of each other. Otherwise, you could rope a partner or non-blogging friend in to take photos when you need them, or even invest in a good tripod and use a camera remote. While this won’t give you the same flexibility as a person who can move around, it means you can take pictures yourself when you need to when there’s no-one else to help.
Think About Your Background
If you’re showing off a cute summer dress, it makes sense to wait until a sunny day and find a suitable summery background. If you’re showing a chic jet setter outfit, something with a city background could work well. Have a think about not just how you look in the clothes but how the entire image comes together. You’re telling a story with the photo with the outfit as the focus.
Get Acquainted With Photoshop
Even the best pictures can benefit from a little editing. It could be as simple as increasing the brightness, or it could be removing blemishes or marks that are spoiling the photo. Photoshop can seem complicated at first, either go on a course for beginners or have a play around with it to familiarise yourself. It’s the best way to take your pictures from good to great- just be sure not to over edit. You want to enhance, not completely change how the photo looks.
Do you have any tips for fashion bloggers? How do you take the best pictures possible for your fashion blog?