Let’s dive right on into the topic of how to take your own blog photos. If you follow my Insta-stories, this post has literally taken 2 years to write. There is so much that goes into it. One of the questions that I get asked the most is “who takes your photos for your blog?” I would love to say that my lovely fiance is my “Instagram husband” but that just is not the case. It’s also not ideal for everyone
me to be able to hire a photographer. So for that, I took matters into my own hands. About 95% of my pics are shot by ME! When I tell people this (bloggers, photographers…seasoned or new) they wonder how. Today I’m going to share my tips and tricks. Trust me, you can do it too!
Things you will need:
- A DSLR with manual focus (MF) and auto focus (AF) capabilities
- A tripod
- You MUST shoot in manual (M) mode to do this (don’t worry it makes you a better photographer)
- Optional: a remote —> If compatible with your camera
- Lots of practice, time and patience
As with learning anything new, this does not come easy at first. As far as equipment, I use a Canon 70D DSLR with a 50MM lens (often referred to as the ‘Nifty Fifty’). DSLR stands for digital single lens reflex in case you never knew that. With this camera, I am able to change the lens according to what I am shooting be it portraits, scenery, etc. When I first started blogging, I used a Nikon point & shoot and then upgraded to a Canon Rebel T5 after a year. I am finally happy with the camera I have now. Remember it’s not about the camera, it’s about the lens.
First, put the camera onto the tripod. Next, the tricky part….focusing. Once your camera and tripod are in place where you would like to stand, put an object like a purse/bag where you are standing. Go back to your camera and make sure your focus button (MF and AF) is set to AF. You want to automatically focus where the purse/bag is sitting. Once you see your focal points (the squares that pop up when you focus on an object in your camera) are on the bag, change the switch to MF. By switching the focus to MF, it will “lock in” the focal point you have set for where the bag is sitting. Even if you move your camera around, that focus is set for that distance.
Now you will go to your settings and turn on your self-timer. For the 70D, to activate the self timer, simply push down the ‘drive’ button and you will have the option of choosing a 2 second self-timer or 10. I always use the 10-second option to give myself time to get into position. If I am using my remote, I don’t need that much time in between shots so I use the 2-second option. The downside of this camera, I have to shoot one photo at a time. The Canon Rebel T5 gives you the option to shoot up to 10 photos in a row! Anyway, as the timer counts down, you must
run replace where your bag or placeholder is. If you are too far in front or behind of the spot, your picture focus will be blurry.
I cannot stress the importance of practice!!! There is definitely a learning curve. When I first started doing this, all of my pictures were straight on “portraits”. Once you get more comfortable, you can play around with angles and get creative. I do try my hardest to not make it look like I take these pictures. If you have any questions, are confused, feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email. I really hope this helps.
Thanks for reading!