You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved…Ansel Adams
As I touched upon in yesterday’s post it is rare to see me out of workout clothes or shorts and a tank top. Working from home has the benefit that you can pretty much wear anything. It is actually a little dangerous! It is good for the soul to be required to wear makeup and proper clothing most of the time. My self-discipline in this area kind of depends on the day, week, etc.
So I felt like my outfit deserved a little more attention than it got in my review of Uchi. After all, the restaurant was dark and the only picture I included was from the waist up. The little details like accessories and all that other nonsense got lost in the shuffle!
Dressing Up & Selfie Photo Tips
I would say almost every photo that has appeared on my blog is from an i-Phone. My other camera is a old point and shoot Canon. The pictures are roughly the same quality so why not just use the i-Phone? My point, exactly. A highend camera is definitely high on the list of blog upgrades I would like to make. However, it is not just an investment of money (which is obvious), but one of my time as well. I would have to learn how to use said camera, edit, and all that other jazz. It is big endeavor in my opinion.
My photography has improved greatly though and there are a few easy ways you can take a better picture or selfie with any camera or phone.
This is such an upgrade in general because indoor lighting cannot compete with an outdoor setting. Ideally you want the sky to be a little overcast. Excessive sun will cause a glare.
Our tendency is for our eyes to look up which makes it appear as if you are staring into outer space. Look straight into the lens for a photo. Hold the camera away from your face, but be weary of your outstretched arm. If it is too far away it will cause you to look distorted. This is a big key factor in making your selfies not look so obvious.
Plan Your Backdrop:
You are the star of your pictures. Most of the time. If you want to capture and share your location. Make sure to leave room in the frame to capture both. Also, just because it is a “selfie” does not mean that you should not be paying attetion to your surroundings. Pick a backdrop that adds texture to your photo. Beware of photo bombers or distractions that might be behind you. Even if it is casual you want it to have a polished touch.
Use An Editing App:
I swear by PicMonkey when I am editing pictures on my computer. It is easy to use and offers a lot of options. Personally, I have a lot of trouble with it crashing on me until I signed up for a profesional account. The cost is very minimal at around $30 for the year. I also just signed up for a Canva account recently, but have not really tried it out yet.
On my phone, I like Instant Picframes which is a very straightforward app. However, there are tons out there! I will often just use the editing feature on my phone itself if I am pressed for time.
This is an example of the Instant Picframes. See how you can edit, add a pretty borner and add a filter. I think it adds a lot of character to photos.
Mind Your Angles:
It helps to know what poses look best on you. Everyone has angles of their face that are more flattering. Look for those angles in the picture. Maybe your head looks a little better at an angle. It is little things that can really make a difference in the overall presentation. Be aware of how much blank space is on either side of you.
Practice, Practice, Practice:
It is like everything else right? The more you practice mindfully the better your pictures will be. The worse that can happen is that you have to delete your photos and take more. Sometimes when I scroll through Instagram I am a little blown away by the lack of care people put into their photos. Others spend what appears to be hours with editing tools. It is like the sublime to the ridiculous.
Learn your comfort level and with each selfie it will get a little easier.
Dressing Up Details
Dress: White House Black Market
Shoes: Joan & David via Macys
Earrings & Bracelets: Gifts
Watch: Michael Kors
Lipstick: Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie in Raise the Bar
Nail Polish: Carmen by Zoya
Not to leave anyone out…
Belt/Shoes: Johntson & Murphy
Tomorrow is a traveling day for me so packing and a bunch of odds and ends are on the agenda! Have a good one and I will see you next with a post breaking down the eats, drinks and snacks for What I Ate Wednesday.
Questions of the Day:
- Do you take selfies?
- Any favorite photo apps for pictures?
I always love hearing from you! If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.