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If you’re a fashion blogger that has a slight obsession with street style photography when it comes to your blog then you’re in the right place. After my fair share of shooting fashion pieces with fashion photographers, other blogging gals and friends or family – I have managed to accumulate an array of tips and tricks to shooting quickly and efficiently when you have a busy schedule.
Most of us smaller bloggers tend to either have a full time job or are studying fulltime whilst trying to follow our fashionable dreams and I completely share and understand the struggle to produce content regularly without it clashing with our other daily responsibilities.
- If you learn how to focus your camera correctly and try to get at least 5 good quality pictures this will save a lot of time. Many people relate a shoot to never-ending picture taking and before you know it you’re left with around 100 of the same pictures. Therefore, rather than your friend, family or foe (whatever floats your boat) goes ahead to try and act like a photographer, (I know we’ve all had that little argument about who knows the most about the camera) just tell them to focus the shot first to actually see if it looks good then snap! You would rather have 5 amazing shots that you can use in a post than around 100 freestyled and blurred shots, that you would have to go through on your laptop to then only managing to find 3 useable pictures.
- Use the Instagram saving tool to your advantage. (It’s the little Pentagon shape in the right hand corner under every picture on Instagram) This will save all the pictures that you like and take inspiration from into a little section of your profile that you can always visit. The way you can utilise this feature is to save pictures that you’d like to recreate or take inspiration from so, once you come to shooting an outfit you can set up quickly and position yourself into whichever pose so the person of your choice can capture the image fast and swiftly. Just show them the original picture and 9 times out of 10 they’ll get it right. I’ve been in the position where I have spent too much time deciding what looks good at the actual time I meant to take pictures when in actual fact, when you do a bit of pre-research into your inspo you’ll get your pictures done in no time!
- This is a short one but works a dream every time! If you get your “photographer” to stand in your chosen location and chosen pose, take a picture of them first of how you want them to capture the image and simply tell them to capture that exact shot. This tip is the best when you’re using friends or family and they will most likely have no clue about photography or even quirky street-photography shots. This way you can ask them to literally imitate the shot and is saves a lot of aggro haha!
- If you have two outfits to shoot and they are different looks then this simple and easy tip will make it look like you have taken your pictures on 2 completely different days and at different times. All you have to do is switch up your hair, add a lipstick and maybe throw on an accessory. I found myself in the position of having different looks and thinking that I won’t have enough time to get ready all over again when in reality I can just have a natural look for one of my outfits and for the next one I can just add a red lip in the middle of the street, tie my hair up and throw on a bracelet and no one will ever know haha! Anything you can do to cut down time shooting for hours in a busy week will save you massively.
- My last and main tip is utilising your days out. Use your lunch break at work or in between classes at university. I have done this so often! I will literally have an hour break just like everyone else to eat at work and we all know how fast they go! So bring lunch to work and I’m sure the friends you have a work or university will have no problem snapping a couple of pictures for you! Especially if you use my first 3 bullet points to capturing images then it shouldn’t take up a lot of your time. Finding gaps in your day is the best way, it can be a lot of effort to get it done but when you’re passionate you’ll do almost anything!