I thought since I’ve been asked quite a bit about my photography that I’d share some tips and tricks with you all — everything from the camera I use, the way I take my photos and the programs I use to edit my photography. This is an all out guide for you all. 🙂 I’d be lying if I said I had a set way I do things.. I really just fly by the seat of my pants lol. Never-the-less.. here we go!
I use a Canon EOS Rebel t3 DLSR camera. At first I found this camera as a bit overwhelming to use because I was used to point and shoot cameras but with some pretty simple settings it’s not too bad at all.
- I learned to stop using the camera’s automatic setting and played around on manual by changing the ISO and aperture settings. This may sound really confusing and you may think your camera is going to explode, but trust me.. it’s not as bad as it seems. You can find some great YouTube videos that explain how to use each option.
- I make sure to try to use as much natural light as possible. I don’t always have this option, but when I do I let in light through my bedroom window or use sunlight when I’m outside and it makes such a difference. When it’s not super bright, I sometimes will mess around with my aperture and iso settings to get my pictures to the brightness I am wanting.
- When I don’t have natural light I sometimes use light I have around my house such as candles and Christmas lights. I really try not to use my flash ever because I don’t think it looks very great in most pictures.
- Angles are important, too. Not only can you move around the objects you are taking pictures of, but you can move yourself around. Have you ever seen those pictures of people lying on the ground or twisting their necks around like they’re from the movie Poltergeist? Yeah… that’s me. I have learned that angles are super important when taking pictures. You can change the whole dynamic of your photo by using a different angle.
- You can use a white sheet or blanket which can help reflect light. They also help to add brightness to your photos.
- Canva : A super simple and mostly free program where you can add fonts, graphics, and overlays to your photos. I like to use this every once in a while. http://www.canva.com
- GIMP: This is like a free version of Photoshop. When I want to brighten my photos I put the “screen” feature over them and duplicate the layer and screen again. I then can mess with the color levels in the picture. I don’t really mess with anything else other than brightness and a little bit with coloring. https://www.gimp.org/
- PicMonkey: I mostly will use this for social media but I like PicMonkey because I can add fun effects to photos. I also can create buttons and graphics. http://www.picmonkey.com
- LunaPic: I strongly believe if you’ve taken the time to take great pictures, you should watermark them. I use LunaPic to watermark my photos. I can choose between black and white font and change the transparency of the font. It doesn’t have a huge font selection but I find there are enough I like.:) http://www167.lunapic.com/editor/
That’s honestly really about all I do. I always watermark my photos but, other than that, I sometimes will use a combination of any of these tips. I hope they’ll help you out! If you have any questions I’ll be happy to answer them for you.
*Sources for pictures of photo editing site logos from Google. All other photos are my own.
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