If you've ever tried to snap a photo of yourself wearing a dress, skirt, or pair of pants that looks amazing on you, then you've probably been frustrated to find that it's impossible to get the same result in your photos. It's easy to blame this problem on your camera—but as a fashion blogger, I know better. There are many things you can do to take better outfit photos without upgrading your equipment or investing in an expensive photoshoot. Read on for my tips and tricks!
Find a good spot.
Wear something that flatters you.
Choose clothes that fit you well. This can be hard, especially if you're shopping online and don't have an opportunity to try things on before buying them. If this is the case, make sure that the brand name has a good return policy or use an app like Closet Package that allows users to buy clothing from multiple retailers at once (and returns).
Choose clothes that make you feel good about yourself--even if they aren't necessarily flattering on everyone else! If there's something in your closet that makes every outfit better simply because it makes your heart sing when worn, then get it out and wear it often!
Choose garments that flatter your body type by accentuating parts of the body where we want attention drawn and de-emphasizing other parts where we'd rather not draw attention (eek!). For example: if someone has narrow shoulders but wide hips/thighs then I would recommend wearing something fitted around their waistline while avoiding anything tight against their chest area because otherwise it will just emphasize how broad those shoulders really aren't (which might actually look cool sometimes but usually doesn't).
Know your angles.
It's important to know your best angles. Take a few photos of yourself from different heights, and get a friend or family member to take some shots while they stand in front of you. If possible, use mirrors so that you can see what it looks like from behind as well.
Be aware of light.
Use natural light. Natural light is the best option for taking your outfit photos because it's free, but if you can't get outside, try to make sure that the window behind you is open so that there is some light coming in from the side.
Use a flash or other artificial lighting source if necessary (or just when needed). If there isn't enough natural light entering through your windows, use an artificial source such as an LED strip or portable lamps instead of relying on dimmer settings on lamps inside your house/apartment/room that could cast shadows over parts of your outfit!
Take advantage of tripods and timers when possible--they will help keep things steady so that camera movement doesn't blur out any details!
Take a lot of photos, then delete!
One of the most important things you can do as a photographer is take a lot of photos. You don't have to take perfect ones, just the ones that look good to you. And if they don't look good in your opinion, then delete them and start over again! You can always re-take photos if necessary, but once they're deleted there's no going back--so don't be afraid of taking risks during shoots or editing later on.
You don't have to have a fancy camera to take great outfit photos!
You don't need a fancy camera to take great outfit photos.
Use natural light, not flash. If you have to use your phone's built-in camera, make sure it's turned on Auto mode so that it will automatically adjust for the best lighting conditions.
Don't shoot from below or above your subject--this will distort the perspective and make them look shorter than they really are!
I hope this post has given you some ideas on how to take better outfit photos. The most important thing is to have fun with it! If you're looking for more inspiration, check out our blog post on How To Take A Good Photo Of Yourself.