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19 April 2020

SHOOTING CONTENT AT HOME


We are all currently keeping safe at home but that means that we are also having to adapt to life at home. I asked the other day on Twitter about whether people would be interested in a post about shooting content at home and I was blown away by the response. In the past year, the majority of my content has been self shot at home and whilst I am no expert I thought I would share what I have learnt and hopefully help some of you having to adapt to blogging from home.


Finding a Backdrop
The first thing you'll need to do when thinking about shooting content at home is scope out a place for you to shoot. Just like you would when shooting outside, you need to walk around your house as if you were looking for a location to shoot blog photos. What I have been doing is using my backdrop kit that I have had for years now, and have never used until now. However, if you don't have access to this and can't find a location at home you like try using any sheet, blanket, material etc. that you have - you just need to peg it up somewhere! I have set up an area outside where I will shoot all of my photos whilst currently in isolation, that way I don't have to move it and it just makes shooting so much easier! Another backdrop we should not count out during this time of isolation, is the mirror selfie! If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that the mirror selfie has become my main way of sharing content in the past few months. I started this a couple months ago when I didn't have anyone to shoot content for me, didn't have time to go out and shoot content and was struggling to find the confidence to shoot out in public. The mirror selfie is by far the easiest and most accessible way of shooting and sharing content whilst you are at home. I have also found it to be my most popular way of sharing content, especially on Instagram. My mirror selfie shots always get more likes and have more engagement - i really think that this is because it is the most relatable type of shot for people viewing your content.


Self shot Set up 
So, let's talk about set up. This has been the thing I have found the hardest to get right when shooting from home and has taken a lot of trial and error to finally get right. At the minute, I currently self shoot everything you see on my blog and social media channels, I do it all through my camera and self timer. I know I am not going to be alone in people that are going to need to self shoot during isolation so I'm going to talk you through how I am doing this. I currently use the Olympus OMD Mark II for shooting blog photos and attach that to a tripod that used to be my dad's in the 90s (I know, I'm edgy). Back when I first started blogging, I didn't have a tripod so I used the garden furniture we had and placed a pile of books on with my camera on top. There is always a way of finding how to do something to get the height you need for your photos. On the Olympus, there is an app you can download to your phone, which I have found to be the most helpful thing when shooting on my own. When connected to the app, it syncs up your camera and phone so you can use your phone to shoot photos. I love to use Live Mode, as this means that I can see on my phone exactly what the camera sees - perfect for self portraits. Then all I need to do is set the timer, put my phone on the side, stand back and shoot! But again, if you don't have this feature, nothing beats the good old timer does it.



Standing Out From The Crowd 

I think a worry when shooting content at home is that because everyone is having to shoot at home, everybody's content will look the same and we won't have that individuality that most of us want when we shoot our content. However, this is the perfect time for us to be as creative as we can and really think outside of the box when it comes to shooting photos. If you are struggling for inspiration take a look at other shots you see, at editorial shots and Pinterest is always a gold mine for inspiration to get you feeling creative. Personally, I have found this an amazing time to reflect and think about the direction of my content and to have fun experimenting with my outfits, hair and makeup that I wouldn't have if I was shooting content outside because I would have been too self conscious in case somebody saw me. Obviously, everyone is currently shooting content at home so it's all about how you are going to make your photos stand out in a sea of the same kind of thing. Before, I felt that my "mirror selfies" were something not a lot of bloggers were doing on a daily basis and now it has become the main way to share content, so I upped my mirror selfie game and took a mirror outside. It was still a mirror selfie but it was slightly different to what I was seeing on my feed. I have really enjoyed playing with props in my shots and experimenting with light and shadow thanks to the beautiful weather we have been having. I think the key is to be as creative as you can - to think about your style, your content and what you can give to your readers/viewers. I've been taking a look back at previous posts for inspiration on what I've done previously and as you can see I've had great fun with my disco ball again!




As bloggers and creatives, making and sharing content is a huge part of not only our daily lives but an integral part of who we are as people. Finding a way to adapt to this new way of living can be tricky to navigate but it's important to remember why you shoot content. Now is not the time to get inside your head, stress about creating professional looking images and putting yourself down. If anything, now is a time to go back to how blogging used to be - back when it was simple and fun. I have had the best time shooting content from home and I don't think I'll stop when lockdown is lifted. I have creative freedom over what I am doing and for the first time in a long time, I feel excited about what I am creating and I hope after getting into the swing of it - so do you!

Till next time,
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  1. I love the looks of all six of the outfits you styled and were wearing in the excellent outfit photos above! I also love all of the different backdrops you chose for your photos.
    The mirror selfie in the checkerboard trousers and light green crop top is great!
    Your camera and tripod setup looks excellent. I especially love the OOTD featuring the layered black tulle dress, but all of the outfits look fabulous, and you look gorgeous showcasing them. Your hair is beautiful.
    These are great tips. I really should take them all to heart and shoot new photos and videos for my own blog and YouTube (I haven't done so in quite a while).

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