21 October 2013

Taking Better Photos

My last post confirmed something I've known for a while now.  The hallway selfies are not working.  The lighting is terrible and my shots are almost always blurry.


Look at the difference!  The photo on the left was taken in my sewing room.  The one on the right was taken in my normal photo-shoot area, the hallway.  Obviously the photo on the left is clearer and more true in color.

I have a tripod, but I can't always get good photos using it either.  For some reason, I can't get the distance, height, or angle positioned in a way that makes a good photo.

I gave the whole tripod thing another try today.  What do you think?



This still looks blurry to me and I didn't alter the photo at all.  Though it's brighter, you can't see my feet.  Hmm...

How do you all take pictures?

L

22 comments:

  1. Picture taking is the biggest turnoff with blogging! Your sewing room piccie is just great - the colour really pops and highlights the sewing details...J

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    1. Oh Judith I agree. I have about 20 drafts that have yet to be posted because I don't have good pictures. It's one of the reasons I am slow at blogging, too. Thanks for the compliment. =) I think taking photos in my sewing room is the way to go. The lights are really bright.

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  2. The picture on the sewing dummy is definitely better then the hallway ones, but the one with a tripod is definitely the best of all. To me, it doesn't look blurry, and it means we can see how things look on you. (And you have a pretty smile.) :-)

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    1. I agree 100%. Side by side, the two photos don't even look like they were taken with the same camera. I'll have to play around with the tripod some more and try to get better photos.

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  3. Definitely the tripod. You know how I hate mirror photos. TFS

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    1. Tripod it is. =) I didn't know you weren't a fan of the mirror selfies.

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  4. Yes, the latter is a better picture. love that outfit!

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    1. Thanks Faye! The denim jacket has to be at least 15 years old! I couldn't bear getting rid of it and finally pulled it out of the closet. When I put it next to the skirt, I thought it looked neat, but I wasn't sure if this combo would work. I googled denim and zebra print and saw lots of examples. =)

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  5. Oh I like the fit shot using the tripod! Cute, cute hair too!

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    1. Thanks T! I'm liking the tripod shot more and more. I just need to figure out how to get my feet in the shot.

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  6. great pictures, I like the jean jacket with the skirt as well, sometimes I stand on the tub in the bathroom to take a pic in the mirror lol! there's gotta be a better way when hubby's not here to take them lol!
    Helen

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    1. You're brave Helen! Be careful standing on the tub!

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  7. Photos are not easy - I have the same problem as you. Sewing room has good light, but my self timed tripod photo's still come out blurry. (My tripod is a stool :)). I think the tripod photo is better - I had to play with distance with the tripod to get my feet in - and the height as well. It is nice to see the finished garment being worn :)

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    1. I agree that it's nice to see the finished garment worn. I hope to take better photos so that I can do this more clearly.

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  8. It is cool to see your sewing room!
    I've been taking pictures with my 10 second self timer attached to my gorillapod attached to my watering can on my outdoor patio table....but as it is getting colder I'm not sure what I will do...either take them in my living room or get a coworker to take pix of me at work!
    (My gorillapod is the cheapest model, $20, for the lightest cameras. Depending on the size/weight of your camera they have different models. I love mine and have been using it for years now, first with the bathroom pix and now with the outdoor pix).

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    1. Thanks. =) I didn't post the pictures from the other direction. The clutter was embarassing. =)

      I remember your bathroom shots with the gorillapod. Yours always came out so clear. In fact, your switching to outdoor pics, along with the comparison of my recent photos, is what prompted me to try to change.

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  9. I'm still taking mirror shots at the moment but I will have to work out a suitable place to put the camera and practice some timer shots. Your tripod picture is lovely.

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    1. Mirror shots are so convenient, but don't always produce the best outcome. In my case, lighting has everything to do with it. I hope you can find a suitable place for your photos.

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  10. Tripod, for the win! If I didn't have a willing husband/daughter/son/student/German Shepherd to help me out, I'd use the tripod and the timer, too. You look awesome, by the way!

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    1. Aw man. If only my dog would take pictures instead of photo bomb them. =) I'm going to work with the tripod some more. Thanks for the compliment! I sent you a message on PR.

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  11. Ooh, nice smile!! :) I love the tripod ones! Yeah, what a difference the light makes!

    I haven't posted on my blog for quite some time due to lack of pictures... maybe i need to rethink this strategy in future!

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  12. not only do I live in a dark cottage with poor light, but I have hardly any space to stand back to get a good photo. Love the third picture and what a difference in colour between the two pink tops.

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