Est. 2011

September 30, 2011

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photography tricks

So I’m no professional photographer.  And that’s certainly no secret.  I’ve been thinking about purchasing a better camera for a while now, but have been without the necessary funds.  However, I like to think that since starting my blog in February, my photography has improved.

I’m still using a little FugiFilm point and shoot, but have learned a few photography tricks along the way.

Today I’m sharing my top three photography tricks.

1. Use natural lighting.  I prefer being outdoors, in the shade (and some of my favorite photos have been taken in overcast weather, like these vintage deer antlers).

2. Use the macro setting on your camera.  Most of my point and shoot pictures are close-ups.  Sometimes I get to use my friend’s Nikon D300 (for example, my caesar salad recipe) and I feel so lucky.  

3.  Use a white sheet or piece of fabric (I use a LARGE piece of white muslin) as your backdrop.  Try to get rid of wrinkles and pull it nice and tight (pin it up on the wall//outside of the house//etc.)  It creates a studio look, enables you to edit contrast and brightness in photoshop, and generally improves the quality of your image.  The first two times I used the white backdrop were for my vintage scarf collection and my summer’s harvest posts.  I was so [pleasantly] surprised with how well the images turned out.

These are the tricks I use almost every time I take photos.  And for the time being, they suffice!

Do you have any other sweet photography tricks?  I’d LOVE to hear yours…

till Monday,

Rebecca

P.S. Monday is the day that big changes come my way.  I start a full time job.  While working two part time jobs.  Here’s to hoping//praying everything goes well!  🙂  I promise to stick to blogging!

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  1. Sarah

    September 30th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Great idea about using the muslin as a backdrop – love it! I have a Nikon D7000 and I am ashamed to admit I probably only know how to operate 10% of it's functions. 😉

  2. adele

    September 30th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks for the tips Rebecca…I need a new camera too!!
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  3. Sarah

    September 30th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!! This helps so much! I'm so impressed by your pictures. Especially since you are using a point and shoot. That's awesome. Congrats on your new job!

    – Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

  4. pushups with polish

    September 30th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    these are great tips! thanks for sharing xxo HAPPY WEEKEND!!!!!!

  5. Tara

    September 30th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I agree with the white background! You should see the little set up I have to take my jewelry photos. It's nuts.

  6. Brynn {chartreuse and a twist}

    September 30th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    You may not be a professional, but you definitely have natural talent and an eye for seeing things differently. Thank you for sharing these nifty tips 🙂 xoxoxo brynn

  7. KATHY

    September 30th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Hi rebecca,
    It was so nice meeting you today!! I love your blog.I have to look through your posts now!!I'll be back.

    Kathy

  8. Stephanie @ henry happened

    October 2nd, 2011 at 12:48 am

    holy cow, a full time job with 2 part time jobs?! Can't wait to hear about the new gig tho! And thanks for the tips – I seriously need to get a piece of white muslin!

  9. Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket

    October 2nd, 2011 at 4:35 am

    such great tips 🙂 I totally agree with natural light- and use it as much as I can.

  10. Shelby @ Shelby Lately

    October 2nd, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    A fellow DC area blogger! I just came across your blog and it's so gorgeous, I've added it to my bookmarks to come back daily! I think these are fabulously useful tips. I don't like my point & shoot camera, but I'm trying to hold out on purchasing a new one. I'm fairly convinced I am going about it all wrong. The macro setting tip is a good one, I'm going to give it a try! 😉 Nice to "meet" you. xoxo, Shelby

  11. Victoria

    October 4th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks for the tips… I am slowly but surely learning all the tricks:) Hope the new job is going well!

  12. Colleen / Inspired to Share

    October 12th, 2011 at 1:01 am

    How is your new job going? Hopefully well! xo

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