As an influencer or blogger, photoshoots are part of your job description. You’ll need images for your social media platforms, website or blog. Today, I’m taking the guesswork out of planning your next photoshoot by sharing my top tips on how to show up as your best.
Here is how to plan your next photoshoot.
Decide whether you’re using a professional photographer, a friend or a good old tripod and a self-timer. If you decide to use a professional photographer, do your research. Check their portfolio. Make sure you are happy with their editing style, for example.
Make sure you know what images you’ll need, the style and the look and feel. You can go as far as creating a mood board. That will come in handy during the shoot, especially if you’re working with a professional photographer. It’s always best to give the photographer a clear brief before you start shooting, so that there are no surprises. Have all your props and outfits ready, so you don’t waste time in-between takes.
Batching is essentially a highly effective productivity tool. Rather than rushing to create content at the last minute, the art of batching involves shooting all your images in one sitting. So, for instance, if you plan to post on the gram twice a week, then you would shoot all 8 images for the month in one photoshoot. That way, you save time and money, but I must warn you that you need to be well-prepared if you want to nail this approach.
Taking good images
Here are a few tricks and tips that I’ve learnt over the years.
- Use as much natural light as possible
- Shoot either early in the morning or just before sunset. Avoid direct sunlight because it will create harsh shadows. The best time to shoot is when the light is softer.
- The sun should always be behind the photographer, and the light needs to hit your face.
- Never shoot on zoom, move closer. Zooming in will reduce the quality of your image.
- Never shoot with a filter. Shoot first and then add a filter if you must.
- Always clean the lens of your camera before you start shooting.
- Take as many photos as you possibly can, chances are you’ll only like 1 out of 10 photos.
- Use Airdrop or any online transfer platform to share your images. WhatsApp will reduce the quality of your pictures. Email is not a bad option.
If you plan ahead you and have a good quality camera, you are well on your way to having a successful photo shoot. This is the fun part, enjoy it!
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