I would imagine there are many of you out there that feel the same way I do about taking blog photos, it's tough. There are plenty of blog articles out there about how to make your photos better but the truth for me is it's still the toughest part of blogging. There's nothing worse than trying to pose for photos (I have exactly two "go to" poses) except maybe looking at photos of myself. But all that self consciousness aside, it has to be done because sewers need to see how garments look on a real person whether or not it's a good hair day, right?
Typically, I pick on whoever is near and has time to get a picture of the newest thing I've made. The usual victim, I'm sorry for him, is my husband. Patiently he'll follow me around while I look for the "best light" and then on cue he'll snap away. In between shots I'll ask him if my shirt is wrinkled or if he "can see the detail" and usually I get a glazed over look that reads "I don't know what she's saying and I hope we'll be done before the hockey game starts." Truthfully though, no matter what the photographer does and no matter how good the pictures are, I'm not happy with any pictures of myself. And when you're the photographer, you can take it personally (sorry honey).
iPhone mount on my tripod.
But I'm hear to share with you some sewing blogger marital advice that's taken me quite a while to figure out. Forget expensive counseling or self help books, the key to a better and more loving marriage is a iPhone tripod adapter, shutter release and a tripod.
Chopped off head photo (I'm learning)
Last week I ordered this iPhone tripod adapter with a bluetooth shutter release (about $20 on Amazon) and started using it. I attached the iPhone to my husband's tripod, synced the shutter to my phone (it took all of 30 seconds, no app needed), headed out to my favorite spot and took my own pictures. It felt like freedom. Honestly, the photos weren't great (chopped off head and low light) and I've got a lot to learn but I feel like it could be the start of something good. I can take my time and not feel bad for taking someone's time or being picky.
I like this one. Little bit better light and head in tact.
Anyone else out there take their own photos? Any good pointers?
Hi! I'm Diane, a wife, mom, sewing teacher and pattern designer from sunny Southern California. I share my sewing adventures here on the Blue Dot Blog formerly Gatorbunnysews. For more info click here.