This month I’m drawing inspiration from Jenny, aka. Cashmerette. Not only does she inspire us all to eat cake, she has great pictures, too! I’m intrigued that Jenny has local sewing friends act as her photographer – as someone who prefers a tripod, I really wonder what that would be like? Jenny wrote about her own quest for better blog photos in the summer of 2014, which includes lots of good tips. I remember that post being really useful to me, so I thought I’d pump her for a bit more!
1. You’ve written before about your photography techniques, including taking pics in the golden hour before sundown. When I try this, I look orange in the setting sunlight! What am I missing?
I usually take my photos a good hour before sunset so it’s rarely *that* orangey… but maybe being further north than me makes a difference! Also, my skin looks good in yellow light, so it could just be a skin tone thing.
2. How many shots will you take on the average shoot? How do you know when it’s “enough”?
I take about 100 – 150 (I know! Crazy!). Normally a sewing blogger friend is shooting so we’re all pretty patient with each other🙂 I usually flip through some of the photos on my camera to see if they’re coming out well and we keep going until we think we’re doing OK.
3. In posts this summer from Grainline and Sewaholic, lots of sewists commented that they are put off blogging because they feel uncomfortable in front of the camera. Do you have any suggestions for building confidence?
I think it’s mostly a case of practice, practice, practice – the more you do it the easier it is! It it also easier if you don’t have too many observers while you’re shooting so it’s good to scout places near your house that are a little sheltered or away from traffic.
4. You’ve perfected the “caught in action” shot: walking, breeze blowing your hair artistically, skirt twirling… in focus, while smiling! What’s the secret?
Taking tons of photos! My favourite thing is spinning around, with my arms loosely by my side – I go side to side and we take tons of photos. We often get a single good one out of maybe 30 – 40 spinning photos!
5. Any other photography tips and tricks?
Make lots of angles with your arms, legs and rest of your body – it feels really weird, but looks great on camera!
Thanks for the advice, Jenny!
Your homework, should you choose to accept it:
Spinning, jumping, running, bicycling, karate chopping, swaying side to side to get wind in your hair – you name it! I’ve never succeeded with action shots in the past (How many pics do I have of me landing from a jump? A lot, my friends, but zero pictures of me mid-air.) but I’m going to take Jenny’s word for it and take an absurd number of pics in hopes one works out! (And if nothing else, there’ll be a great collage of awkward action shots, right?)
One of the takeaways for me this month is that taking more pictures will give me a better chance of each pose working out. I already take a lot of pics per session, but I’m going to challenge myself to take a few more frames in each position. I have a bad habit of standing half out of frame by accident, so I’ll particularly focus on moving side to side to make sure I’m in the darn picture!
How many pictures do you take for each project? And which do you find more reliable: tripod or willing photographer?
ps. All photos belong to Cashmerette, of course!