Everybody loves an Outfit of The Day (OOTD), a place to gain inspiration and dress up your wardrobe, whether that style is Minimal to Urban Chique. This blog post talks about how to take OOTD photos and a few tips I have on getting a great shot…
This is Aga, a good friend of mine and a fellow blogger (click her name to read her blog). She wanted some photo’s for her blog post and I volunteered since I love taking pictures. But there’s a few steps that you need to take in order to get a good photo. These steps are..
1. Outfit Planning
Put together an outfit you want to take the pictures of. This can be the clothes that you’re wearing or a few pieces that you can bring with you to later change into. This isn’t alway the most convenient option as finding places to change can be difficult. So it might be best to plan ahead here.
2. Location, Location, Location
Nobody wants to see you standing in front of a bunch of bins. Try and find a place that has an interesting backdrop or intriguing patterns, one that compliments the clothes. In order to make the clothes stand out the most find one that is minimal but has some intriguing elements to it. For these OOTD shots I saw a really nice black wall with interesting drip marks and strokes on it. It helped to create a bold difference the soft hues of the blouse and jacket with the stark backdrop.
These pictures were taken on an overcast cloudy day, the benefits of doing this means it creates soft shadows and no harsh lines on the face and if possible, is always the best weather to shoot in. The sun was also slightly lower in the sky as this was taken later on in the afternoon. If its a bright day, try to find a backdrop in a more shaded area or take the pictures when the sun is lower in the sky.
4. Focus Points and Communication
Whether you ask a family member or get a friend to take the pictures, it always helps if you discuss your idea and what you want from the person taking them. Finding inspiration on Instagram or Pinterest can help ensure the outcome is desirable. Keep in mind what you want the photo’s to highlight or focus on and make sure you tell the person what you want the image to capture. That can include a cute pair of heals or a nice accessory.
The last step before posting, and the one which is the most important in my opinion, is the editing and final processing of the photos. I took the photos on my iPhone 6S which meant I could put the images straight into VSCO Cam and edit them quickly and efficiently. The edit determines how well the photo turns out, it can define lines and make it more bold and dramatic. For these photos I chose to go darker on the background and made Aga stand out more with her lighter coloured clothes and blond hair.
This was a behind the scenes of taking an OOTD from a Photographers perspective. If you’re interested in finding out more information on the clothes worn and extra pictures that I took then check out Aga’s Blog Post.
Until next time