You may think you have to invest in a lot of lighting equipment and tripods and macro this and micro that, to get good photographs for your website, blog, shop and social media platforms.
My Samsung Galaxy S5 is an amazing camera. I personally think it's kind of magic. It takes flippin' AWESOME images and it is never far from my fingertips, should a photographic opportunity arise, which is all the time, that's why most of my wardrobe has pockets!
1. Get to know your camera. Spend some quality one on one time with it. Go on lots and lots of dates and adventures with it! Devote yourself to it. Eat, breathe and sleep with it. If you want, read the whole instruction manual that comes with it, although I admit I skipped that part. The most important thing is that you guys fall in love and want to spend every moment together!
2. Now you guys are ready to get married and go on your honeymoon. Things are about to get real juicy! It's playtime! Time to break out the props and toys and look at photography in a whole new light! If you are really in love, this honeymoon period never has to end either! SCORE!!
So here's what you do and it's kinda like looking at bridal magazines before the wedding or Better Homes and Gardens Magazines when you are decorating your first place together.
Go to Pinterest and skim through all of the photos that you have pinned. If you don't have Pinterest, girl, we need to talk!! Do you see a pattern, a style, a color palette even? This will happen if you've pinned photos that you absolutely love. That make you swoon. Now make a new board and call it something like My Phantasy Photo Playground! Eeeek, don't really call it that! Ewwww!
Pin about 50 to 100 photos of ANYTHING that makes your heart go pitter-pat. Photos that inspire and motivate you to try and do something similar. Photos that you admire and say . . . "if only I could do that", 'cause you totally CAN!
You'll have more of a clue of what your style is now from your Pinterest Board and I'm going to guess that your home is a reflection of that style or on it's way. Grab a couple of things that catch your fancy and head over to your photo table/dresser/floor/chair . . . what ever it may be.
4. Go towards the light! Lighting will make or break your photo quicker than anything. (except for the scenario I mentioned earlier in this post, good lighting would NOT help that photo! hehe!) Now you might have heard me mention that I live in a dungeon and as far as the natural lighting goes, it's the truth! It's a small apartment, rather subterranean with only 3 windows that you can see out of. I also have 3 bottle-glass type windows that are purely for decorative purposes and they are cute, but do nothing for my lighting needs. And the windows that "work" I basically see out of at the bottom of everything . . . people, trees, dirt. You get the picture, right?
So, I cannot rely on Mr. Sunshine helping me much inside and I have to rely on artificial lighting. Sounds harsh and it totally could be, if I used regular light bulbs. Does that mean I have some expensive lighting setup? Nope. I use CFL (compact fluorescent lighting) bulbs. Specifically, DAYLIGHT. This has made ALL the difference in my photos. I am working on getting them in every fixture in my home, but until then I turn off any that are not daylight, so they don't compete and mess up my shoot!
My go to photoshoot lighting apparatus is simply a standing floor lamp. I found it at a thrift shop and it has three separate lamps on it that I can turn however I need them. For the most part, I keep only 2 of them on and have them pointed up at the ceiling. I have a white ceiling and it is quite low, so it probably helps in bouncing the light back on my shoot subject. That's what I tell myself, anyway! ;)
My photo table is also directly by one of the windows, because I'll still take all the natural light I can get. My table is also on bed risers, which afford me some interesting angles and shots. I love it! It's easier on the back too, when it's a long shoot.
You are not in a brick and mortar boutique where they can see and touch and feel your product! Even smell it if they desired. That's what your photos are up against! That is what you are competing with. Your photos need to make them feel all the good "feels" that you can possible can. They need to be so good that, if you didn't have any written descriptions whatsoever, they would still fall head over heels with your product! The copy would just seal the deal.
The Yourdori Girls
Nancy and Dana