Had a wonderful day out on the beach with a good friend of mine. It’s the first time I did a photoshoot in direct sunlight. Their was a good deal of experimenting and not all of it worked. Despite that, I think the final photos came out pretty well and I look forward to doing something like this again sometime soon.

xoxo, Tatyana

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My First Self Photoshoot:

So I told myself that I would do some sort of photoshoot about once a week for a few weeks. Nothing strict or crazy, but something to work for. But because I’m new at this and I don’t have models coming to me left and right I have to improvise. Insert, my first outdoor self photoshoot.

I did this photoshoot on the way to work early in the morning. I had just gotten my first Gorilla tripod and wanted to test it out. Basically I LOVE IT! It’s a lot easier to use in a casual setting than a traditional tripod. And it draws less attention to me taking photos of myself out in public. Of course, you have to get creative with it. I have one that’s specifically for mirrorless cameras because I’m using my Sony Alpha A6000. And in this case I was using my new Pentax-M 50mm f1.4 lens which I got for pretty cheap.

Right off the bat, taking photos of yourself is REALLY hard! Especially when you’re using a lens that needs to be manually focused. Because of this, a good chunk of the photos I took were too out of focus to use. *insert sad face here. But a lot of the closer portrait photos I could tell when my face was in focus and therefore are useable. Of course that means little to no verity when it comes to subject distance, i.e. no full body photos. Lameee. Oh well, at least I learned something.

What I learned:

Since I’m still new at this, I like to analyze each photoshoot and see what I learned from them. That way I will hopefully improve even quicker. Yay for optimism! lol. In the case of this self photoshoot here are some of the major things that I’ve learned.

  1. Review your photos: A whole portion of my photoshoot was out of focus and I didn’t even notice. Even with the limited time that I had, I should have stopped to review my photos every time I changed location or poses.
  2. Auto Focus Lens: If you’re short on time & plan on moving around a lot try using a lens that is set up to auto focus. I like manually focusing cause you can get quicker shots and you have more control. Despite that, I’d say it’s worth trying to auto focus when doing a self photoshoot when you have limited time. Either way, reviewing your photos is probably that biggest thing.

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Here are some examples of poorly focused photos from this shoot. The first one I still really like regardless and the second one isn’t terrible because I’m not looking at the camera, but the last one it’s obvious that my face SHOULD be in focus… but isn’t.

In conclusion:

Considering that this photoshoot was quickly done while I was walking to work, and that it was my first self photoshoot out in public I gotta say that it was a success. I learned a lot, I got a few photos that I like and I got to test out some new gear. Win, win, win. As much as I enjoy doing self photoshoots, I will say that I prefer being behind the camera when it comes to photography. You obviously have so much more control when you can move the camera around and manually focus or adjust on the spot.

How do you take self portraits, got any tips and tricks for a newbie like myself? Or just let me know what you think of the outcome of this photoshoot in the comments bellow.

Until next time,

xoxo, Tatyana

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Photos shot with: Sony Alpha A6000 & Canon 50mm f1.8 lens (lens adapter)

Focusing on photography more means it’s time for me to do some photoshoots of people. I’ve never done a photoshoot before of anyone other then myself so I was pretty excited to give it a shot. We went up to golden gate park in San Francisco and found a secluded little area to take photos. I definitely got lucky with my Model Holly Deirling cause not only is she beautiful, but she truly worked the camera.

Chatting with your model is horribly useful during a photoshoot and having a model who is also a close friend of yours helps even more. We chatted, we joked, we giggled and had fun. Overall the shoot was a huge learning experience for me. Holly was awesome enough to take a few photos of me towards the end so I got to experience being on the other side of the camera for a bit.


Things I learned from the shoot:

  1. Talk with your model. Chatting with your model not only makes both you and your model more comfortable, but it makes the shoot more enjoyable. You also might get some pretty cool ideas from your model. You learn what your model strong points are and can focus on those in your photos.
  2. Give your Model direction. Especially if they aren’t a professional. It’s awkward standing in front of a camera lens, you feel silly and don’t know what the photographer is seeing. Basically the model doesn’t know what is working and what isn’t so let them know when they are doing something right. When something isn’t working direct them to something that does. Stay positive in your language.
  3. Be prepared. Our photoshoot got a little messy in the dirt and I realized I would have benefited from having some wet naps on hand. Try and put together a photoshoot kit filled with things that would be useful for that shoot. Bobby pins, safety pins, towels, wet naps, hair brushes, etc.
  4. Don’t rush it. Focus on improving a shot instead of trying to get as many shots as possible. When looking over the photos from the shoot I saw SO many that were right at the edge of being awesome. If I would have slowed down and focused on the details more, the shoot would have been more successful.

Most importantly:

Be open to improvement. Going over what did and didn’t work in a photoshoot is one of the best ways to improve in the end, aside from practice. The more you get out there and pay attention to what works the faster you will learn. I’m so glad that I was able to do this photoshoot and I really look forward to doing more in the future. Do you have any portrait photoshoot tips? Let me know in the comment section.

Until next time,

xoxo, Tatyana

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