3 Super Easy Tips For Taking Great Pictures

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Love these!  3 super easy tips for taking great pictures!  | KnockedUpFabulous.com

Love these!  3 super easy tips for taking great pictures!  | KnockedUpFabulous.com

Love these!  3 super easy tips for taking great pictures!  | KnockedUpFabulous.com

Love these!  3 super easy tips for taking great pictures!  | KnockedUpFabulous.com

I’ve been taking pictures for a long enough time now that I’m due to share some photography secrets.  And though I’m not an official photographer – unless that class I took in high school counts as credit – I’ve learned a few things over the years.

It’s all about the three Ls.

Location, location, LOCATION.  Where you take the pictures makes a huge difference!  I prefer a simple, plain background for my outfit shots.  I want my outfit to be the center of attention…not a busy background.  Some of my favorite places to take pictures are in industrial lots.  This drives my husband crazy – he keeps saying I’m going to get attacked by some creep.  Luckily, I have a background in self-defense.  Nothing says “back off” like a high heel to the eyeball.  Forest preserves, sides of interesting-looking buildings, and roof tops make great backgrounds, too!

Natural LIGHT is a must!!  Having the proper lighting for taking pictures can be tricky.  I most always use natural light for outfit pictures.  And if I do have to take pictures inside, I try to let in as much light from the sun as possible.  When you do take pictures outside, you have to keep the location of the sun in mind/the time of the day.  In these pictures, the sun is behind me.  If I was facing the sun, the pictures would be too bright.  If you are able to schedule photo shoots outdoors, the Golden Hour is the time to do it!

ANGLE.  One of the last tips for getting great pictures is shooting at the right angle.  (I know…the ‘L’ isn’t at the beginning of the word.)  And after years of taking outfit pictures, I still practice this.  A lot.  In order to take great pictures, you need to know which side of your body looks best in photographs.  I tend to have my left side facing the camera more than my right.  Subtle things like leg positioning, pulling shoulders back, dropping the chin…and a bit of a smile can really go a long way.  It takes practice, but if you don’t know how to pose, then having the right location or lighting won’t make a difference.  Another angle to keep in mind is the angle of the camera.  I find it most flattering for the camera to be waist-level with it’s subject, but I try to experiment with different positionings too.

Of course there are endless things to keep in mind while taking pictures, but if you’re looking to enhance your photography skills, be sure to keep the three Ls in mind!

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15 Comments
  • Red Reticule
    October 29, 2014

    Great photo tips! Thanks for sharing.

    Red Reticule

    • aprilgia
      October 30, 2014

      Thanks! Glad you found them helpful!

  • Marta
    October 29, 2014

    Great tips, it’s so true lighting make all the difference! You look amazing absolutely love your dress!!
    Marta
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

    • aprilgia
      October 30, 2014

      Thank you, Marta! There’s nothing like a great wrap dress for an easy outfit!!

  • Jess
    October 29, 2014

    Thank you for the tips. I love love the dress on you, Wrap dresses are wonderful they are great for I think any figure, love it with the nude heel
    from the link up
    please stop by, jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • aprilgia
      October 30, 2014

      Thanks for your sweet comments, Jess! You’re right…wrap dresses are perfect for everyone! I love how easy they are too!

  • Conni Jespersen
    October 29, 2014

    Loving those tips, which are always so useful! That wrap dress looks awesome on you! Found you through the Pleated Poppy link up! xx, Conni

    • aprilgia
      October 30, 2014

      Thanks for stopping by, Conni! Glad you found the tips helpful!!

  • Nicole
    October 29, 2014

    These are great tips! I totally agree about the natural light! I’ve tried to take pictures inside but they never turn out that well. Your pictures look great! I love the pops of red in this outfit!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

    • aprilgia
      October 30, 2014

      Thank you, Nicole! I wish there was an easier way to take pictures indoors! But there’s nothing quite like the sun!!

  • Sarah
    October 30, 2014

    Great photo tips. I’ve been trying to work out all the little kinks. It’s just not always possible to take shots outside in Michigan… so I’ve been working on finding a perfect spot indoors to let natural light in 🙂

    Sarah
    Midwest Darling

    • aprilgia
      October 30, 2014

      I hear ya, Sarah! Cold weather is not a style blogger’s friend! Sounds like you’re up to a good plan with that natural light!

  • Lyddiegal
    October 30, 2014

    I love shooting with the sun at my back – it’s my favorite kind of lighting!
    These shots are stunning, but lets not forget the importance of framing, focus, using the right settings on the camera, and post production.

    • aprilgia
      October 30, 2014

      So true!! There are many, many things to keep in mind while taking and edit pictures…too much to mention in one blog post!

  • Liz
    October 30, 2014

    Ugh I can never get lighting right or which way to face….and I just hate that my neighbors look at me lol…I do hope that I can eventually take better pictures…hahaha thanks for the tips!

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