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lizolsen2011
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lizolsen2011
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I have been posting looks for just a little over 6 months now. I haven't made the style gallery yet and was just curious, if you have been in the style gallery, how long after you started posting looks did you make it?

Also, if you have time could you nicely tell me why I'm not making it, here are some of my recent posts:

http://www.chictopia.com/photo/show/1028227-Sunday+Funday-asos-dress-woven-second-hand-bag-lauri-flat-report-signature-sandals

http://www.chictopia.com/photo/show/1027938-Beautiful+Day-vintage-bracelet-luggage-color-ralph-lauren-shoes

http://www.chictopia.com/photo/show/1025777-Our+Park-initial-acharmedimpression-necklace-polka-dot-jcrew-facotry-dress

Thanks so much! Would be happy to look at anyone else's looks in return.

posted 7 months ago
LittleBee
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LittleBee
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Hi! I've been following your style and I've noticed your photos are getting better. Don't worry, it took me a few months til I finally made it to the style gallery. Some things I noticed that helped improve the quality of my photos:

- Stay away from trees and plants. We know some blogger pull off the "free people / I am one with nature" look effortlessly but for others green can become distracting. Unless the theme of your photo shoot is specifically "I love nature" try to stick with clean backgrounds. I recommend walls and garage doors. 

- Look for even lighting. I like to take photos around 4 pm and under the shade to make sure I don't get any harsh shadows across my face and outfit. 

- Play with angles. Right now I notice that the camera is at the photographer's eye level. Ask the photographer to try taking the photo from hip level, or even knee level. You'll know which angles work best for you after you experiment. 

Can I ask you what type of camera you are using? If it's an SLR, maybe play around with the aperture settings to get blurry backgrounds. 

I think districtofchic takes really good photos. She might be a good reference.

posted 7 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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lizolsen2011
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Thank you for the advice. Our camera is a Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital DSLR.  I love District of Chic. I will have to take a closer look at her photos. thank you for the advice.

posted 7 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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lizolsen2011
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I tried your tips this week in "Gingham for Grownups". Please let me know what you think.

http://www.chictopia.com/photo/show/1030486-Rewearing+My+Shower+Dress-white-eyelet-banana-republic-dress-woven-nine-west-purse

posted 6 months ago
 
alaLadywolf
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alaLadywolf
posts: 14

I think you've got great style, and I agree with LittleBee, the photos play a major factor. Here are some of my tips:

- Make sure you stand out against the background; if the backdrop isn't blurry (you can play with your cam settings to make the background blur, If your camera can do it, try f4.0 and ISO 1200) make sure you aren't standing in front of anything that takes away from the outfit.

- Unless this takes away from the style you're going for, try to make sure your photos have a good amount of contrast too. With your latest look though, you did what I would do and kept the contrast low to show the detail in the white dress. And like LittleBee said find shade!

- If wearing flats, some angles look best standing slightly on your toes.

- Don't let the photographer get too low to the ground. It tends to look too skewed and dramatic and can take away from the outfit. However, when the photographer bends down slightly it can make a big difference.

- I really like how this looks http://images3.chictopia.com/photos/lizolsen2011/4289512566/white-eyelet-banana-republic-dress-woven-nine-west-purse_400.jpg . Everything about this shot works. The only thing I might do is up the contrast slightly. Remember that Chictopians might scroll through quickly.

- I've noticed you're already engaged quite a bit in the Chictopian community. Keep that up! Each comment means another chance for someone to view your latest look!

 

Hope that helps!

Whitney

posted 6 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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lizolsen2011
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Thanks Whitney! I really appreciate the feedback. I just want to keep progressing in my photos.

Best!

http://www.lookfortheoccasion.com

posted 6 months ago
 
LesiaJoukova
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LesiaJoukova
posts: 7

Hey! I'm new on Chictopia but I'm a photographer myself and here's some tips that make prove useful.

Ask your photographer to take closeup detail pictures of the outfit. And the full length pictures shouldn't take much into the shot than yourself. Looking at the look you shot against the brick wall in white dress, see how much space there is between your head and the end of the frame?

Ask to zoom in so that you are making the picture interesting, not to draw focus to the wall.

Also, step a bit further from the wall to give some space. Make it look like you just stopped to take a picture, and not hugging the wall or anything.

The look on the tennis court is easily fixable if the photographer takes a tighter crop and focuses on you only. You turned out so dark because the sky is brighter. So try not taking a shot from the ground here, instead go for a bit higher so that the trees would be the background, not the sky. And if your pictures seems too dark, you can brighten it up in Photoshop or Lightroom - just play around with Exposure settings and Brightness and Contrast.

Hope that helps! Keep up the good outfit work and if you got any questions, just holler!

posted 6 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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lizolsen2011
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Thank you so much for the tips. This is a great help. Always striving to improve them.

http://www.lookfortheoccasion.com

posted 6 months ago
 
MessagesOnANapkin
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MessagesOnAN...
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I think all these tips are completely on point, but I'd also add how you edit your photos! Mine look a million times better once I add some curves to them. Do you have Photoshop? If you do there are a bunch of pretty curves you can add to your photos to give them a more dramatic feel. I actually find free ones through Pinterest :)

posted 6 months ago
 
lizolsen2011
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lizolsen2011
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Add some curves? I'm not sure what you mean by this could you clarify.

I don't have Photoshop but I am aware of some free alternatives.

Thank you for your help.

posted 6 months ago
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