Solo Photography – Where it started
I think I have been down ever road in regards to shooting blog pictures. I have resorted to booking photographers, my boyfriend, and shooting solo with my iPhone and now shooting with a DSLR. Before the solo shoots, I was booking photographers for some of my blog posts. Photographers are fine, however, I wanted more control over my photos and my shoots, even though you have all the say in regards to what the finish photo should like, it wasn’t working out how I wanted it to, plus the turn around time for the finished photographs was way too long for me.
After I lessened booking photographers, I started thinking solo since I have an iPhone. I read a lot of Pinterest posts and watched a lot of YouTube videos for tips and tricks on how to shoot solo with an iPhone camera, there are a lot of tips and tricks to take better quality pictures. A lot research lead me to purchase a tripod on Amazon for my iPhone. My very first solo shoot was epic and unbelievable. I was shooting with my iPhone 6 at the time and my tripod only. The shots were good enough in my opinion, well better than how I started. I was super proud of they turned out.
Here are some shots below from my very first solo shoot:
iPhone Solo Photography Tips and Tricks
How do you shoot solo you might ask? Firstly, it’s all about patience and determination. Once I got my tripod and learned the basics of adjusting and positioning, I was ready for the next step. I learned a lot as well about what more my iPhone can do to get better photos, in areas such as exposure, lighting, focus and angles and setting the grid to line up subjects.
Auto-focus/exposure was my best friend: you can tap and hold your iPhone screen while you’re in the camera app and this will automatically lock in focus and exposure. This helps with cleaner and less blurry pictures.
Timer: iPhone allows to set a timer before you shoot, which gives you enough time (with 10 seconds being the highest) to stand in front the camera and pose. Another option is getting a remote to snap pictures whenever your ready but my iPhone timer was enough so I didn’t use a remote.
Earlier in 2017 I discovered two Apps that are great for editing pictures, these are VSCO and Snapseed.
VSCO -has a lot of filters that you can add to pictures, you can also adjust the exposure, straighten and make other edits to your pictures.
Snapseed – is similar to VSCO but that it has more editing features and you can do a lot more with snapseed.
Then, I wanted to more and take my blog pictures to another step, so I started researching a professional camera for myself. YouTube and Pinterest helped a lot in this area as well. I was able to put a side enough money to purchase my own DSLR.
After much research and comparing I decided to get the Canon rebel T6 a.k.a 1300 D. It has a 18 – 55mm lense plus WiFi, so once I’m through shooting, I can transfer the pictures instantly to iPhone for upload. I love my T6 so far, I spent hours watching videos learning more about the different modes and getting right settings for better pictures. It is easy to use once you practice and practice some more.
It is much harder, however, to shoot solo with a digital camera, because of the settings and angles and just getting the right shot. Luckily, my tripod was able to work with both an iPhone and a digital camera, initially I bought with just an iPhone in mind. Currently, I am thinking of getting a bigger tripod for it to be more compatible with my DSLR, but it is working just fine so far.
Solo Photography – Lightroom Presets
Even though light-room is practically old news to a lot of people. I have been learning a lot more about it since of late. Presets are everything right about now. This is where you can edit a photo to your personal taste, and then save that exact combination of slider positions for future use on another image, thus the name “preset”. You can edit your raw images using VSCO, Snapseed or Lightroom if you so desire.
Here is a finished edit in light room from one of my latest posts.
I can’t wait to share more photos with you all. I basically came from not wanted to show my face on the blog to buying my own camera. I am super excited. I hope these tips were helpful and if you have any further tips or questions feel free to share with us below. We can learn from each other. Thanks for reading. Cheers!
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