Photography 101 – Lighting and Framing

Quarantine has been extended (btw, I hope everyone is safe and staying inside). This is photography 101 (basically). Today, I want to talk to you about photography tips and tricks I learned through my experience both as a photographer and content creator.

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As a photographer and a content creator, it’s been very interesting to see tips from both photographers and influencers. I know that not everyone has access to a DSLR so I’ve also included some tips for phone photography. So, let’s get to it – below are top three photography tips that I’ve seen work from my career as a photographer/videographer:

  • Get the right lighting – Photographer, videographer or influencer, you need the right lighting. Unless you want to spend a lot of time in post production adding fake like to look like you are in a room with great lighting, you need to invest in the right light. I would say (other than having a camera), this is the most important thing that you can invest in. I’ve invested the most amount of my monies in lighting because it really brings the content to life. 
    • 🌙GODOX AD 600 B (click to view) is what I use for indoor and outdoor shooting. It’s definitely worth it for the price and once you learn how to work it, it will take your photos to the next level (see below for when I shoot with and without the light) I’ve always wondered, how do people actually get that “glow” yet such sharpness. This is it.

Natural Light (Edited in Lightroom Classic)

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Natural Light (Edited in Lightroom Classic)

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  • Newer Dimmable Bi-Color Led (Continuous Light) is a version of what I used before I actually had the above. I still use this type of lighting for video I can talk about the setting up of lighting (like fill light vs. key light etc), but that’s a whole another blog post! Let me know if that’s something you are interested in.
  • Set the angles (but the right ones) – This is a tip that is such a slight change that makes all the difference. Whether you are shooting on your phone or your camera you will need to find an angle that gives you that length. I feel like a lot of people still make this mistake so I’ll say it for the people in the back, DO NOT SHOOT FROM ABOVE! There are some moments when this is necessary but if you are shooting outfit photos, this will make you look like you have a giant head and small body – like why? Don’t do it. 
    • For phones – Shoot from a little above your belly button. This will give you length depending on how you are posing (I will cover poses in an upcoming blog posts), will also make you look longer and more proportionate. (Like, tell your boyfriends, girlfriends, grandma, parents, like everyone. This will change your photo life).
    • For DSLRs – Try shooting from a lower angle. You really need to play with your angles and shift from side to side to get the right frame that works for you, but this is literally one of the most flattering positions especially when you are shooting editorials. It gives length and you can capture an amazing frame (because it gets the sky, a little bit of the surroundings).

Photos taken from top

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Photos taken from belly button level

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Photo taken from bottom

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  • Know your ISO, aperture, and f-stop (on your camera) – F-stop & aperture basically determine how much total light reaches the sensor.  ISO the camera’s ability to capture light. Basically, the higher the ISO the lighter something gets, but it also makes your photos more grainy. So you need to know what your levels are for your camera and adjust accordingly (which is why you need good light bc then you don’t have to go so high). There are so many tutorials on ISO + aperture, but the best way to learn is to pick an orange (or any fruit) and literally play around with it on MANUAL setting. Literally take an hour and play around and this will be better than any tutorial you read or see on YouTube. Obviously, if you have some knowledge gaps still, you can look it up and there’s tons of resources online.

Obviously, this SCRAPES the surface on learning about cameras! I use a Cannon R (for video and photos), Cannon GX7 for vlogging (video blogging on YouTube), and Mark III 5D for all my photos. I’ll show you how they all with what I shoot with below so you can see what that’s like. 

Please, let me know if this was helpful! I would love to hear from you too! Have you learned any photography tips and tricks along the way?

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