Last week I set up for a photo session at home. A lot of the results will depend on your mood and materials. Here are tips of what helped me to have fun and produce great results.
THE RIGHT MATERIALS
Your camera (or phone) needs to be standing about your hight, I set mine a little higher than my own standing height. I used a Canon DSLR 800D Camera with 50mm lens. My cheap tripod and a shutter button with a long chord (10$ from e bay).
THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT
AirCon! It’s easier to move about in a reasonably refreshing environment (especially if you are posing with winter hats) :). I also set up my humidifier to my favourite smell (Rosemary). Extra helpful to relax and smile was playing music that is enjoyable and meaningful for you. I listened to latin American soap opera music from Thalia and other latin bands – also some Russian pop. Anything that brings my mood up. Imagination also helped, picturing yourself being seen by a person who is close to you, someone who inspires you and gives confidence – makes you feel loved.
THE RIGHT COLOURS
The obvious thing to me, starting in photography, is to link colours with the mood of the photo and the emotion. Below I have added a landscape photo from my recent trip to the 12 Apostles in Victoria with a photo that represents that mood. Blues for thoughtful, reflective emotions and yellow and orange for fun and casual emotions.
BLACK AND WHITE WONDERS!
I love black and white photos – I keep discovering the endless spectrum of the grey scale! The black and white take away from the external and lead to see the photo and what it represents in a new way.
It is more interesting having hats, scarves or glasses around.