It’s 2019 and we’re all obsessing over our Instagram feeds. Well, I am anyway. I used to feel completely deflated about the fact that I didn’t have anyone who was willing to come out with me every weekend to shoot a weeks worth of photos, it would bug me that my Instagram feed wasn’t thriving and that my followers were seeing the same thing over and over. Eventually I got tired of putting myself down and decided to take action – I decided to begin self shooting.
I initially got the inspiration from Sorelle Amore. She has a whole YouTube channel based around giving photographs tips – specifically for those of us who self shoot, she calls it the Advanced Selfie, and to be honest she isn’t wrong by coining that term – because that’s exactly what it is, and exactly what she takes. So, after having this burst of inspiration thanks to her YouTube series, I then began to discover that more and more bloggers were self shooting, that they were overcoming the fear of the public judgment and stepping out to self shoot. To me, it’s an awesome movement. My boyfriend lives thousands of miles away right now and my sister doesn’t feel like hanging out with me every weekend to take photos, I don’t want to burden friends all the time asking for photos and honestly: it’s easier when you’re on your own.
So without further ado, let’s jump right into my tips. I’ve kept these pretty simple, with the right gear anyone can follow these tips and even if you don’t have the same gear as I do, you can easily improvise and still get fantastic photos.
Get a camera that uses WiFi
My first ever DSLR didn’t have this feature and I always blamed my sloppy selfies on the fact that I didn’t have a rotating view finder. Whilst I still feel like the view finder is incredibly helpful, especially when at the last second you want to double check your pose, I also think the lack of WiFi on my camera was a main contributer as to why I was struggling.
My Canon has WiFi settings, and when connect my smartphone to the camera, I can use the app to set the timer for photos, check my pose through my phone, and it makes the whole process a lot faster and a lot easier. Most newer model camera have this feature nowadays, and I highly suggest getting a camera with WiFi settings.
Invest in a good tripod
My first tripod was pretty flimsy, but it was cheap and what I needed at the time, but it didn’t get tall enough so I could never use it for outdoor photos. I struggled with it for a long time and eventually gave in to its small height. I suggest investing in a good tripod that you can adjust the height on so that it is taller or at the same height as you, I like to get my tripod to my eye level, I feel like this is the best angle and it’s helped improve my photos by a long shot.
Spruce up your poses
Posing the same way all the time gets boring, I’ve definitely got a habit of putting my right hand up to my face, but I like to try new poses to see what works and what I don’t like, since I self shoot I can’t really take a long time trying to get editorial shots, so I like to pose on the last 2 seconds before my self timer ticks.
Change the setting
Don’t take all of your photos in the same spot. I have an area that I like to go to when I shoot my photos, it’s fairly quiet and is surrounded by houses, I’ve only been watched there a few times and as uncomfortable as it is, you get over it. But this area appears to be wooded so from all angles there’s something new to look at. I have avoided shooting here for a while though because I felt like my photos were becoming very samey, so I’ve been exploring my local area to see what settings I can use to my advantage.
Plan your photos – but not too much
Before you go out to shoot photos, I highly suggest planning what you want to do, but also don’t plan too much otherwise you may be disappointed or your photos won’t turn out as fun. I like to plan a specific shot that I want to get and will use for my Instagram, and then from there I just have fun with the photos that I’m taking and relax. I think this is the best way to take your photos because there’s not so much pressure to get five perfect shots that you planned in your head, and when I manage to get the one shot, I’m pretty happy from there on and if I end up with 300 that I hate, I can still use one.
Some Photos I Self Shot: