As most of you guys would already know, my partner is still fairly new to the photography world having only just upgraded from his ‘point-and-shoot’ training wheels a month or two ago. With Rhett now a permanent fixture behind the lens, it goes without saying that I have since foregone any up-skilling of my own in regards to actually operating my DSLR.
So whenever somebody enquires into the technicalities behind one of my photos, whether it be aperture setting, or ISO setting, or whatever-else setting, I am about as informative as a two-year-old toddler. But as I have just surpassed my fourth month on Olive and Clo, I have come to realise that I have learnt a tip, or two, or five about the ‘other things’ that contribute to significantly improving the quality of a photo. And thankfully for me, these useful tidbits occur outside the realms of equipment and settings.
So for today’s post, I thought I would share with you guys some of these said tidbits. And hopefully impart something of interest to those who are yet to find themselves in front of the camera. But before I get started, I just wanted to quickly preface that none of what I am about to say is anything new, with some points being laughably obvious to most. Nevertheless, to the 0.01% that are yet to jump into the world of photography and know just about as much as I did 4 months back, I hope this little ramble of mine proves somewhat useful.
(1) Lighting is Everything.
Literally everything. And unfortunately I can’t speak much on the ‘hows’ or ‘whys’ that is the case but in the early days of Olive and Clo, I quickly learnt that direct sunlight did very little for my sub-par modelling skills. Not only did I find myself squinting into the sun; my face taking on a startling resemblance to that of a dry prune, but the shadows and unflattering contrast did nothing for the outfits I was trying to showcase.
So needless to say, most of our ‘photoshoots’ now take place at either dusk or dawn where we are almost guaranteed soft, evenly-dispersed, diffused light and if Rhett and I ever find ourselves shooting during the day, we often prefer an overcast day to a clear, beautiful blue sky. And yes, unfortunately this has resulted in us completely forfeiting our beloved sleep-ins, opting to spend the hours before dusk chasing mythical golden light. And oh my goodness, it’s so damn worth it!
(2) Alternating Perspectives Keep it Interesting.
I need to take my own advice on this particular point with the current content on Olive and Clo’s Instagram account (@OliveandClo) feeling a little stale and very repetitive. Well, in my opinion anyway. There is only so many photos of the same perspective that I can bear without finding myself slipping into a horrendous boredom. So simply put, I desperately need to work on a new pose that doesn’t involve me sitting over a ledge, with my legs propped to one side and my face turned away from the camera. Wouldn’t you guys agree?
So with all that said, I am excited to report that Rhett and I are committed to changing it up this weekend. Which has subsequently resulted in me scouring the Instagram pages of hundreds of other fashion bloggers in search of inspiration and ideas. So yes. This pointer is still very much a work-in-progress but I’ll be sure to let you guys know how I go after the weekend!
(3) Communicate or Risk Disappointment
As the subject matter of my own photoshoots, I often make the mistake of assuming that my fiancé is a magical mind-reader that will simply understand my vision through wordless communication or worse, clipped instructions. So as you can imagine for the first few weeks of Rhett playing my photographer, we experienced a pretty major breakdown in communication, resulting in both of us walking away from a few photoshoots feeling disappointed, and frustrated, and probably even a little bit hungry.
So nowadays, Rhett and I make a point to maintain constant verbal communication throughout all our our photo sessions together. Often stopping to review photos prior to even leaving a location or moving onto a new perspective. Which has proven rather successful with Rhett’s somewhat biased perspective of me. He has been known to proclaim a photo of me as ‘absolutely stunning’ despite me looking a lot like a drunken Quasimodo.
And that’s it from me today. I hope a few of you found this little ramble useful, or at the very least somewhat amusing. Until we speak again next time, stay safe and wishing everybody an incredible weekend!
Love Linda, xo