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Self-Photoshooting: An Easy Step-By-Step Guide

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Be it for a business profile, product showcasing, or even a blogger’s Instagram page, photography and photoshoots come off more as essentials now, than as options. In a society where people preserve just adequate patience to read pictures rather than words, good photography has become a huge contribution to the fields that enjoy its benefits.

It is possibly the impact of this sociological fact that has indirectly led the average young person to develop his or her own admiration towards photoshoots and photography; especially for an aspiring young woman who is inclined towards fashion and modeling, there is no escaping the desire to come close to that world of glamour and grandeur rooted from the success of a celebrity that she sees on the cover of a magazine. Naturally, she has the wanting to possess the same charisma, be it even only as a countenance. Nonetheless, not all of us have the capability to afford the crew or equipment that are the backbone of a good photoshoot. But this does not take away the possibility of actually getting it done all by yourself once you are aware of the process where you can work with what you have.

Ahead is a simple step-by-step process to achieving a satisfactory collection of your own photographs, unaccompanied by professionals.

Step 01: Plan it out

Planning is compulsory; you will learn that being prepared is the heart of a good photoshoot.

Remember to pick a particular, strong theme which you can be sure to achieve in your photoshoot, and forecast your costumes, right down to the makeup and shoes. Decide upon a location that fits your theme and determine whether you want your photographs to be shot indoors or outside. Fortunately, when it comes to locations, the sky is the limit. The location does not constantly have to be a scenic landscape or an artistic wall. For a creative mind, literally any place can be moulded into a preferred location.

Picking the right date and time is essential. Choose a date when you have a clear schedule. Besides, unless you aim to make it an accessory in your photographs, you do not want a downpour to ruin your photoshoot, therefore, pay attention to weather forecasts. As for time, all photographers swear by aptness of what they refer to as “the golden hour”: the windows of time during the last hour before sunset, and the first hour after sunrise. These are times when natural sunlight is at its softest and the warmest tone, making it optimal for excellent photographs. However, direct sunlight and twilight—or the “blue hour”—could always pass as alternatives as well.

Step 02: Gathering your Equipment

Basic photography equipment includes a camera and a variety of gear that aid in lighting, which are, for the most part costly. But once you get the part of the camera covered—you can always take the camera on your phone to use instead of a costly DSLR camera—creating makeshift lighting gear by yourself is all that is left to do.

Considering that you have decided upon shooting indoors without the aid of natural light, or proceeding in the dark, you can consider household lamps, candles, glow sticks, string lights and flashlights as affordable alternatives for flash-heads, monolights and barn doors. In order to put together a softbox—of which, as the name suggests, the purpose is softening light—by yourself, store your light source in a box, cover the box using a cloth, and direct the light at your subject.

Aside from mechanical equipment, take into account that you employ several props that follow your theme. Props help greatly in symbolism, whether it is colossal, or is something as small as a pen.

Step 03: Action!

Place the camera in the angle you opt for, zoom in or out, focus, and capture. In the event that you will be the subject of your own photographs, make good use of the self-timer option, and adjust the settings of your camera so as to capture five to nine images during a single shutter release. Place a temporary subject as your focal point while you adjust your camera’s focus ring in order to achieve perfect focus.

Step 04: Editing

Photographs may not necessarily need to be edited, but editing may provide a better appearance to your photographs in relation to light, colour and balance. For those that may find Adobe Photoshop slightly complicated, Adobe Lightroom, PicsArt and Snapseed are alternatives that guarantee good service and are easier to access given that they are mobile apps.

By Mischelle Rupasinghe

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