How To Shoot A Look In Under 30 Minutes

Hello! My name is Kathryn and I blog over on Liquid Grain (www.liquidgrain.co.uk).  Thank you to the lovely Courtney for featuring this post on her blog! 
Today I’m going to give you a quick guide on how to shoot a look or your outfit of the day (OOTD) in under 30 minutes!
Over the past couple of years blogging has got a lot more “professional”, including the photographs used to showcase outfits.  Seriously, some of these shoots could be taken out of a magazine! 
I’ve been blogging for almost three years now and my outfit posts have really improved, so I thought I would share with you some of my Top Tips for wrapping up your shoot in less than half an hour.  Because not everyone is lucky enough to have help from a friend to take their photos I’ve also included tips when you are by yourself. 

Basic Tips
Get To Know Your Camera
This is a boring, pre-shoot aspect of taking your photos.  Try to learn as much about your camera as possible and switch off AUTO mode.  It will be a pain in the short term but worth it in the long term. 
Pick Your Location Wisely
Picking your location wisely will save you time on the day.  Pick a location where there will be no bright light on your face and post in front of a background which isn’t too busy.  
Have A Plan 
If you want to wrap your shoot up quickly have a plan for your shoot.  Before I shoot a look I know that the main photos I want for my final blog post is ¾ length (above but including the knee).  However I want full length photos, a close up of my face and sometimes a feature shot (jewellery, nails, shoes, etc.) 
Be Confident In Public
Don’t be shy shooting in public, no one will really notice as much as you think they will!  
Shoot in RAW format
If your camera has a RAW option, use it!  It makes it so much easier to edit. 
Use Natural Light 
Shooting in natural light is way more flattering.  Shooting more flattering photos will
speed up your photo shoot! 
Take Lots of Photos
Make sure you take loads of photos, so you have a good amount to pick from.  Trust me, this is a necessity for me as about a third of

When Someone Is Taking Your Photo
Let Them Know What To Shoot
Make sure you communicate with your photographer to let them know the kind of shots you are looking for.  Maybe show them some other blogs for some inspiration!
Don’t Stand Still
If you stand too still while you shoot you can look static and you will lack variety in your finished blog posts.  Mix up your poses every 10 seconds or so. 


When You Are Using A Tripod
Invest In A Sturdy Tripod
The last thing you want to put an expensive camera on is a cheap shaky tripod.  Look after your investment and spend a little on a good tripod! 
Practice Your Poses 
If you are working by yourself it is even more important to practice your poses at home.  Stand in front of a mirror and work it!  Figure out what works for you so you don’t waste time taking unflattering pictures.
Invest In A Remote 
If your camera will allow you to use a remote to take photos DEFINITELY buy one!  A remote is miles better than trying to use self-timer which can be awkward and time consuming- plus remotes are super cheap.  
Set Up A Screen And Check Yourself Out! 
Some cameras (usually Canons) will allow you to set up your phone or ipad as a screen to show you what the camera sees through the viewfinder.  This is really handy when you are shooting by yourself. 

I hope this guide has been useful for you and can cut down the time you spend shooting looks but still get awesome outfit photographs!  If you want to come and say hello to me on Liquid Grain, I would love to see you there! 


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