i sometimes go thru the same thing. One thing i’d like to know is what camera you have. I’ve had to take my pictures by myself too and its challenging, especially the focusing part. so what i do is focus on an object stationed on the spot where i would stand, could be a chair a wall or a tree. whatever it is, will help the focus. and as for lighting, try some test shots with different exposures and flash brightness :D hope this helps!!posted over 2 years ago
I have a Canon EOS 400d (or Rebel Xti in some countries…) That is a good idea about focussing, I guess normally I rush my shots a bit so sort of take a lot and then hope for the best, I think I need to take a bit more time over them. Thanks!posted over 2 years ago
I have a lot of trouble with this as well. I’m still trying to get the hang of it before I post pictures on here. I’m way too much of a perfectionist when it comes to these things. Chely_bean’s suggestions sound great, though. Definitely going to have to try those tips out.posted over 2 years ago
go google some online tutorials on how to use your dslr on settings besides auto. I actually had a rebel xti too, but I sold it a while ago—hoping to invest in a newer model. it’s good to know how to manipulate all the variables, because then you know what settings to use to avoid photos looking ‘too light’ (which you can edit in photoshop or similar free online programs).
also, if you can, invest in a remote timer—that way,all you have to do is press a tiny wireless remote in your hand; I’m pretty sure they all allow you do autofocus too, so that would probably help with the bluriness.
also, I noticed in your photos that you’re standing up against walls—if you want to take advantage of a dslr’s boke (which can be visually appealing) , try having further distance from foreground to background
I go and try to look up, not down. But that’s just because of my face structure.posted over 2 years ago
Though I’ve got a different camera, I also used to have issues with focusing mine. I’ve started putting a large object where I’d normally stand. Once the camera focuses on the object, I run over and shove it out of the way before it snaps the picture. That way, the camera will focus on me!
I do think it’s a lot of trial and error in terms of learning how to hold your face and body, where to stand to get the best lighting, and so on- and you’ll usually have to alter this on a day-to-day basis. I always have to take a ton of pictures to get a decent shot, but I think it’s well worth it.posted over 2 years ago
I have a nikon, but generally i try to focus on something where i think i would be standing or somewhere close to it. And when i take the photo (on timer) then i’d stand where the object would be at. It takes a couple times to actually get a good picture though. Goodluck!posted over 2 years ago
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Test shots followed by exposure compensation (you’ll have to master the manual mode)…and a remote shutter button is very helpful.posted over 2 years ago
You could always try buying a remote, which will take pictures whenever you click a button. I think this would be so helpful because you wouldn’t have to use the timer mode.posted 7 months ago
I have issues with this too. I have not been happy with the pictures I have taken using a tripod, but it is often hard to find someone else who want s to take the pictures.
#FirstWorldBloggerProbsposted 7 months ago
First step, get out of auto mode! Basically, your camera is doing all the work and changing how your picture looks and it changes every time a picture is captured.
I use Program mode on my Canon T3. It works great for me. Use a tripod, set an object in place of where you plan stand, and make sure it is in frame and focused on.
I usually set it to timer and have it take about 10 pictures each time. You can work with ISO and shutter speeds to your liking and the lighting and everything. When you rush to your spot, you can get the object out of frame and you don’t have to bend over or hunch to fit in your photograph.
You can also use lamps and lights to help with lighting!
Examples of mine (I know they’re not the best):
If you have ANY questions, feel free to ask me anytime!posted 7 months ago
buy a remote. it is cheap and saved me loads of time and hassle. and if auto is not working for you find a setting that does on manual or some of the other semi modes and stick to that playing with exposure if you want. all your focusing issues will be gone with a remote. and i take my outfit photos against a clean wall in my room beside the window during well lit days. i have to shift my bed slightly to get enough space..but i can always move it back. for decor i sometimes put in empty wine bottle, old magazines or books or trinkets from my room in the frame. they are always on the sides never overpowering the image/outfit but adding to the overall picture. hope this helped.posted 7 months ago