Whether you’re a photographer, a blogger or a model, sometimes it’s hard keep track of everything when it comes time for a photoshoot. If you are working with a professional photographer, they probably know a whole lot about where to shoot, what colors photograph well, best times to shoot and cool places around the city. I have learned a few tips that have helped me manage my photoshoots and thought it would be helpful to share them with you below!
1. Plan & Prepare
I like to prepare for my photoshoots by starting on Pinterest and Instagram. I search for various things once I have a concept in mind and I will usually either save a folder on my phone with screenshots of things that encompass the style I am going for OR I create a Pinterest board dedicated to the shoot. The Pinterest board is probably the better way to go because then you are able to share it straight with your team, instead of having to send a bunch of screenshots! During this preparation time, I like to figure out the time and the location as well.
Depending on what you are shooting, it is vital to find a great location. Some of my favorite places include going downtown because of the cool, urban, city vibe or a lot of times I even like to drive out to the desert (one of the many perks of living in Las Vegas). I encourage you to go location scouting either the day before your shoot or arrive early to your shoot with plenty of time to walk around to get to know the area a bit. If you are unsure of where to shoot and are shooting with a photographer, don’t be afraid to ask them!
It’s ALLLL about good lighting!! Seriously though. Lighting can make or break your entire photoshoot. It is so critical to keep this in mind when setting up your photoshoot. In the summer months especially, if you shoot in the middle of the day, shadows can be very harsh and hard to deal with. It is also much hotter in the middle of the day in the summer – which is another thing to keep in mind if you don’t want to be sweating bullets during your photoshoot :) . I would recommend starting to shoot early morning or before sunset (during golden hour). I would also recommend getting to the location about 20-30 minutes early so you are already there, know where you’re going to start shooting, and be dressed and ready to go. I have had photoshoots where we ran out of time because the model was late, not dressed and we were shooting golden hour so by the time we actually started shooting, the sun had already gone down quite a bit and we almost missed the golden light. It definitely pays to be aware of things like this and you will get way better images too.
4. Get the picture right in camera
Ask any photographer and probably one of the top three things they hate hearing, is ‘You can just fix that in Photoshop that, right???’. Photoshop is such a great tool to use to enhance images and to change them completely, however you should NEVER go into a photoshoot thinking that it’s okay – you can just fix that later. Please believe me when I say this but there is nothing worse than having a bomb photoshoot, going home and starting to go through them and see there’s a random trashcan in every photo…or worse that every image is out of focus. When you are taking photos, take a few extra seconds to compose your shot inside the frame of the camera. Make sure your settings are good by taking a few test shots, compose your shot, snap & then make sure to zoom in a bit so you can make sure it’s all in focus.
5. Shoot in RAW format if possible
If you are shooting with a professional photographer, they will probably already be shooting in RAW – it’s not something you normally have to go over with them. However I wanted to touch on this in case you are doing a photoshoot yourself or if you’re a photographer and you currently don’t shoot in RAW. Yes the RAW files take up more space but you can do so much more with them!! RAW files are the real, raw, unedited files you captured on your camera. JPEGS straight of the camera are processed slightly by the camera automatically. For this reason, you can change more colors, brighten underexposed images and completely transform your images when you shoot in RAW. I personally think RAW images come out sharper and crisper as well. You do have to have a program that can edit RAW files though, so please make sure you have that before switching from JPEGS!
6. Have Fun + Be Creative
My last tip is to have fun and be creative! It sounds silly; it sounds cheesy but is so necessary. Shoot different angles – one of my favorite tips to shoot fashion photos, is to get on the floor, point the camera upwards and have the model extend her leg to me and it creates a beautiful distorted image that is very fashion forward. Try new poses – even ones you think seem crazy or weird. Bring props with you! The more props you bring, the more variety you have to shoot. If you are a blogger or are shooting with a blogger, remember to get those detail shots too!
Hope this quick list of tips was helpful – I know these things have helped me tremendously in my photoshoots. If you have any tips to share that I have left out, leave it below in the comments so other people can read them and chime in as well. Knowledge is power! Good luck on your next photoshoot!