Photo Tips for Fashion Bloggers #3 by Emily

Friday, June 14, 2013
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Here's a quick tip on getting flattering outfit posts/portraits when you've got to work with that pesky middle-of-the-day light. Making this one SUPER simple change when you're shooting can make your photo much more clear, flattering, and all-around blog-worthy. Check out the before and after below where all I did was change one aspect of shooting the picture...

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All I did was simply change the angle of where the model and camera are facing. So simple! Angle #1 causes some pretty harsh under-eye shadows. You can see every wrinkle and fold in her clothing and it's not the most flattering. Angle #2 gives her nice, even lighting all around her face and clothing that doesn't distract from the picture. The downside of angle #2 is that the background and sky are inevitably a touch overexposed.

Keep in mind that achieving nice lighting of angle #2 requires some tweaking in Photoshop. Looking at the before and after below, you can see a little editing goes a long way.

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I did basic fixes in Camera Raw (though another program like Lightroom or Elements works just as well) to bump up the exposure and add lots of fill light. I made the dark areas darker with the "black" slider and added just a little bit of clarity to the image to keep in nice and sharp. Afterwards, I opened my image and photoshop and used the "dodge" tool around her face just to brighten it up a tiny bit more.

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  1. This would actually be more helpful if I had photoshop.
    Did you ever do a post on how to shoot decent selfies? That would be SO helpful.

    1. I know - Photoshop is a pain to get (SO expensive) but have you looked at Lightroom? That was my first editing program I used professionally, got it used off of a college student on Amazon and it's way cheaper (and easier to use) than Photoshop too. And to answer your question - YES the selfie post has been made and will be up soon! :)

  2. This is great advice! I am terrible, terrible at taking photos (even worse at having photos taken of me) so I love getting simple advice that I wouldn't have thought of myself. :)

    The Brayn of Chalayn

    P.S. I'm glad I stumbled on your blog through Facebook today. :) New follower!

  3. I'm so glad my fiance takes all my photos. Otherwise, I would definitely need these tips! lol

    xo Jennifer

  4. Loving these tips!


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    1. Gah!! Sorry about that - should be up and running again now.

  6. This is so helpful! Thank you!

  7. Hi...did you use the flash on angle #2 for fill, to illuminate her face? Thanks! Jessica