If you run a blog, or have your own business you might have encountered a situation where you need a few images of yourself, but you don't have the budget to hire a photographer to shoot them. It's a realistic situation that nearly every blogger or small business owner has encountered at some point in their career. Because of this we wanted to share some tips, so that even if you're in a pinch, you can still have quality images to share on your feed, website or grid.
"When shooting your own images, you're going to want to invest in a remote and a tripod."
A Tripod and Remote Are Your New BFF
When shooting your own images, you're going to want to invest in a remote and a tripod for your DSLR (don't have a DSLR? check out our blog post where we list our top cameras for beginners). The reason for this is that this little duo of a tripod and a remote will allow you to take photographs of yourself without the help of anyone else. Shopping around for a tripod can get a little overwhelming, so we've gathered our top 5 tripods for beginners all under $100:
- Magnus DLX-357 Tripod - $24.99
- Vanguard ESPOD CX 203AGH Aluminum-Alloy Tripod - $49.99
- Vanguard Espod Ca 233AGH Aluminum-Alloy Tripod - $59.95
- Manfrotto Compact Light Aluminum Tripod - $64.88
- Magnus PV-7451M Tripod - $89.95
The kind of remote you can purchase is dependent on the specific DSLR camera you're utilizing. Be sure and do a little bit of research regarding your specific DSLR, so that you can see if and what kind of remote will work well with your camera.
Location, Location, Location
If you're shooting outside, be sure to find a quiet location that provides you with enough room to set up your tripod and camera. You might be tempted to head over to your favorite busy street or location to get a couple of shots, but trust us, you'll be glad to have a quiet spot with little traffic once you start trying to pose in front of your camera. Before you shoot, we recommend scouting out a location a few days in advance. Make sure you keep an eye on the local weather to ensure you don't get caught in the rain while shooting. Find an interesting wall, building or head out to nature - it's just important that you take into consideration your surroundings. For those interested in shooting indoors, find a spot near a large window and create an interesting scene for your photo...whether that involves moving around furniture or utilizing a backdrop. Don't be afraid to get creative while shooting!
Whether you're outdoors or indoors, this is a crucial step when shooting your own images! It can be difficult to get the correct focus when you don't have the subject (you) within the frame while focusing, but if you focus on your background (such as a building or a wall) you should be just fine. If you're shooting indoors, a great trick is to use a floor lamp or a tall house plant as your temporary subject. Once you have your camera in focus, you're ready to shoot!
One of the great advantages of taking your own photos is that you can shoot as many photos as you'd like without worrying if you're inconveniencing someone else. This extra bit of time really allows you get a variety of shoots. We recommend changing up how you're posing or smiling with each click of your remote so you have an array of photos to select from. You might feel a little silly in the beginning posing in front of your camera, but try to relax and have fun.
Time to Edit
After you've shot all of your images, you're going to want to edit your DSLR images to make sure they're picture perfect for your blog, website or your feed. To do this, we recommend using Lightroom. If you've never used Lightroom, there's no need to panic; take a look at our previous post where we show you how to get started using this program. Shooting your own images might seem like quite a bit of work, but we promise it's a lot less intimating that it seems. Remember that everything is a learning process, so if you're first solo shoot didn't turn out as planned, don't stress - pay attention to what you feel like you can improve on and head back out there to reshoot your images.