One of my favourite things about getting to know other bloggers and feeling more engaged with them is to take a look at their behind the scenes. It can really help to see how they work to produce the content that they do. Today I wanted to share with you my blog photography process as apart of a little behind the scenes series.
Now if you’ve been reading this blog or following me for a while, you’ll know I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with photography. I’m definitely more of a writer than a photographer, but from time to time, I do really enjoy the whole photography side of blogging.
As I type this post, I have spent the past couple of days dedicating a couple of hours to my working day to experiment with different shots and get creative again.
So what does my blog photography process look like exactly?
Let’s start with the basics.
What do I shoot with?
At the moment, I alternate between three different types of cameras. The first one is my Fujifilm camera that I’ve been using for most of the duration of running my blog. It’s a decent camera which does the job, but the quality lacks. So that’s I have been reaching for other options.
The Canon G7X is a very known camera for being a vloggers favourite, but I’ve been using it to take clearer and more focused shots with blurred backgrounds. The quality of this camera is significantly better and I can also take shots of myself by using the built-in wifi and my phone as a remote.
I also sometimes opt to use my iPhone SE camera for mainly Instagram shots, but on the rare occasion, I might use it for blog photos. My boyfriend also helps me shoot more outfit photos and ones of myself on his iPhone X on portrait mode.
So there is a real mixture of cameras I use to achieve a variant of shots.
Start with a plan
Before I do anything with my camera, I always have to plan. Just like how I plan my blog posts, I also like to plan the images that will coincide with the post I am sharing. This really helps me to know what I want, any ideas that I have as a back up in case my planned image doesn’t quite work out and the things I’ll need to achieve the photographs I want.
When it comes to Instagram, I like to experiment more with my shots, but I do like to write a small list to know what sorts of things I’d like to photograph e.g a new beauty product or outfit shot.
When I shoot
I tend to take most of my photos in the morning before 1 pm. The main reason behind this is because the lighting is better in the morning in the room that I shoot in. It also means I then have photographs to use when it comes to the writing stages in the afternoon.
Typically I don’t take a lot of photos on the weekends, because I spend most of my time away from home. The only time I’ll take photos on weekends is if I’m taking more on location shots, such as an outfit photo or a photograph of some scenery.
Preparing for the shoot
Aside from planning, I am quite bad at preparing for a photography session. I try to charge my camera batteries before I use them, but most of the time I forget to and then spend a couple of hours waiting for them to charge up.
Does anyone else have this issue?
I also like to try and gather up the props and equipment I’ll need. Because I’ll already have a plan in place, I will have a good idea of what I’ll need to reach for. My tripod, backgrounds, books and flowers are ones I always seem to get the most use out of, so I’ll ensure I have these to hand.
Before I start to actually put together the photos, I’ll refer back to my plan for some last minute inspiration.
How I shoot
For me not being all that great at blog photography, I will spend most of my time experimenting with different styles. I’ll start small, take a few shots, add and remove things as I go along, then repeat until I am happy with the shots I have achieved.
I’ll play around with angles, the settings on the camera, change backgrounds, add or remove props, change the type of photo completely, it’s all trial and error for me, but means I have a lot of shots to work with at the end.
It can be quite a lengthy process, but it makes it that more enjoyable to get creative and it is 100% worth it when you’re satisfied with the results.
Photos that involve me
As mentioned, I usually ask for help with shots that involve me or use my tripod and remote when I’m at home with no help around. I’ll move into different positions and see what works best for a couple of shots. Then I’ll repeat until I’m happy with the photos I have managed to get.
When I have help on hand, I’ll try different poses, more location and ask for their opinion or advice on what direction to take the rest of the shoot on. Having someone else on hand for some tips and guidance can really be a massive help, even if they’re not a professional photographer themselves, it’s always good to have a second opinion as you go along.
The final stage of my blog photography involves the editing. Since linking my camera up to my phone, I have the option to save the photos from the camera onto my phone, which makes for quick and easy editing.
But most of the time, I will actually upload the photos onto my computer, so I can see them on the big screen and make a judgement of them from there.
I either use the built-in editor on my computers photo gallery, the Lightroom app, VSCO, Colour Story or Aviary to edit my photos. Lightroom is so handy and probably my favourite out of all of them as you can get it to exactly how you want your photo to look. I tend to use Lightroom for more beauty, makeup and flatlay shots. Aviary is one I tend to use to whiten up my photos as it has a handy whitening tool.
But VSCO and Colour Story are great for adding filters to your photos to fit in with more of a theme. I’ll use these more when I’m taking shots that involve me, such as lifestyle or fashion shots.
What’s your favourite part of blog photography?