CONFESSIONS OF A BLOGGER: MY PHOTOGRAPHY



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Hey guys, how are you doing?

So for those of you who don't know, I take my own blog pictures most times. When I started blogging my friends were my photographers but after graduating, my elder brother became my sole photographer. Now before my move from Thailand I made sure to invest in a Tripod and that was probably the wisest decision I've made.

 Truth is I do miss having a photographer as this saves time and there are certain limitations that come with self photography but a bloggers got to do what a bloggers got to do. At the end of the day I know what I want and there is an independence that comes with taking my own pictures. So my number one advice to any newbie blogger is to invest in a Tripod stand.

In this post I will be addressing frequently asked questions in relation to my blog photography.

FAQ

1. What camera do you use?
Well I use a Canon Powershot Sx 510 HS. I purchased it for about $300 in 2014. It's an SLR camera and I either use Live mode or Auto.


2. What Tripod Model do you use?
I use a tripod from Deawa which I got for about $30 right before leaving Thailand. The quality is quite average as I went for the most budget friendly one for my very rich pocket then.

3. What are the necessary essentials needed?
You would need a camera (of course), tripod, battery, SD card and the cloth for cleaning the lense ( don't know what it's called)

4. How do you take your own pictures?
I use the self timer mode on my tripod then set it to take three shots after ten seconds. Of course you can imagine that I shuffle back and forth while doing this.

5. What application do you use to edit your pictures?
I'm not one to overly edit my pictures but on a computer I used adobe Photoshop. I learnt the basics via Youtube tutorial videos. Now on my phone I use PicsArt which has some pretty cool filters that I recently discovered. 

6. How long does it take you?
I take about 3-4 outfit posts in one day, so this takes me about 2-3 hours depending on the lighting, location and my overall mood. The picture down below is how I gear up when going for my blog photography. A bag with my blog outfits and my tripod stand of course.


7. What photography tips would you give to a newbie?
I'm obviously still learning but I've come a long way from my first pictures (here) to my most recent pictures (here) but I'd say patience is key. Walls are your best friend too, they simplify the whole struggle with getting the right angles, see (here) and (here). Also a good filter can do wonders for a photo.

If you have any more questions regarding my photography or blogging in general then leave a comment down below. Let's make this a new segment on the blog shall we?

Till next time!

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22 comments:

Ada_ugo said...

I've always wondered about your photography - you do it so well!
Does your tripod fit into that bag you're carrying? I would have thought it would be bulkier than that

Ebun Bello said...

I've been waiting so long for this post. I'm considering getting a tripod too, Do all tripods come with the remote thingy or do you have to purchase it separately?? Your response would go a long way thanks

SincerelyMissJ said...

For someone who takes their own shots, you do amazing. I personal have my own photographer for now, but I may have to be opened to other things because we are having trouble getting together often.

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Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

No they don't. Your camera should come with a remote which is what you'd use. My camera didn't come with a remote, which is why as I said,I use a self timer.

Berry Dakara said...

I've said it before. I think it's amazing that you take your own photos and they come out so well. Obviously you've gotten better with practice. It's something I've thought about doing, since most times I have to beg Cakes or my brother.

I like this segment!!!

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Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thank you so much and to answer your question no it doesn't. If you look closely though, you would see that I'm carrying a smaller black bag on the other hand.

Lhurve Davies said...

3-4 outfit posts in one day? Wow! I'm amazed you do all that yourself. Big ups😄

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TheShakaraGirl said...

Yayyy. I requested and you put it up, your camera looks nice though, I have pics art but I never use it, I might just give it a try. Nice tips darling.

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Grace Alex said...

lol at the 3-4, I thought I was the only one who did that. I do up to 7 .... great tips

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Kachee Tee said...

You Fashion Bloggers and the real MVP and then taking your own photos yourself and 3-4 outfits at once! Very well done!! When I'm on holiday I often set a timer and take pictures myself, and even that is stressful. Lol!

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ARAMIDE said...

You know Simi came home yesterday and was like "do you know Sarah takes her pictures herself?" With a very surprised look on her face, lol I told we I did though but i think it's really amazing what you do and thanks for addressing this, I've been meaning to ask.

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Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thank you so much and I totally understand. When my brother was my photographer we had to work with each others schedules

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Thank you so much,it's something I recommend for every fashion blogger

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Lol yeah girl, its the only way for me to stay consistent

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Yeah girl, did I forget to mention that this post is dedicated to you. And yes you must try out Picsart

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Lol girl you're not alone, I would do more sha but the load carrying involved would just be way too much. But seriously taking as much outfit's as possible, saves time and helps to be consistent.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Lol yeah it is stressful but a bloggers got to do what a bloggers got to do.

Sarah Enuwa Audu said...

Lol at Simi and thank you so much.

James Benita said...

Lol, thought I was the only one who do that 3-4 outfit in a day, we need to bank those pictures to stay consistent. But Girl taking your pictures yourself from location to location with all those heavy bags kudos to you!. Even when I get help going from location to location it is still strenuous and you do it so effortlessly and also your pictures comes out well. Well done!!

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Linda Otiende said...

How awesome is this?! I think I should also invest in a tripod because paying photographers has become too expensive..Great post!

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StyleDiaryByOsy Osehie said...

Great tips and thanks for sharing. I currently take my pictures as well but I am yet to be able to schedule my time so I can knock off 3-4 outfits at once. Working on that.
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That Ewe Gal said...

The struggle to find a good photographer and to match each other schedules is real though !
Your pictures are always amazing. You do a very great job there. I have a tripod too. But I bought it to start my Youtube videos. But knowing the difficulty to find a photograph sometimes, I might as well go for it and take my own pictures for my blog. I think that makes you more independt as you say. :)

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