It’s no secret that I have a lot of clients with their own blogs or YouTube channels, and in most cases it’s the first time they’ve worked with a professional photographer. It can a little daunting to have a stranger pointing a DSLR at you when you’re used to your mum or significant other taking your photos. What are you supposed to wear? How do you pose? I appreciate that it might be overwhelming, so I thought I’d write this post or anyone who’s thinking of investing in a photoshoot soon… and no, it doesn’t have to be with me! (But, you know, I’m pretty good. Just saying.)
You've probably heard about the Sigma 30MM f/1.4 Lens already, because I go on about it all the damn time. But what makes it good - and worth the hefty price tag? Let's talk about why this is such a great investment for bloggers, Instagram users, photographers, and vloggers...
Even though most flatlays look minimal and effortless, I find that actually taking them yourself is anything but. I made an effort to look for inspiration online and realised that I needed to do a few things differently if I wanted to take Pinterest-worthy photos. I spent some time practicing, and after a bit of trial and error I feel like I've nailed it down.
When I announced I was going to start writing more about photography, my blogging sister Charline asked me for advice on how to take selfies (I prefer to call them "self portraits" but I can't help feel a bit pretentious when I do). She said that she struggled to get her makeup visible on camera, which was actually a problem I had too when I first started. So I thought I'd write about what I do when I'm taking pictures of myself for people who feel about taking selfies the way I feel about learning SEO - scared, confused, and overwhelmed.
So you've taken the plunge and invested in a new (or second hand) camera, but maybe you're not so sure what all the dials do and what all the settings actually mean. When I was 18 and I got my first DSLR, I didn't know what it all meant, either - but once I got the hang of the basics, it eventually came together. This is a beginner’s guide with a very basic overview of the camera settings, where I've tried to make everything as simple and straightforward as possible.