You may have seen one of my first videos on my Instagram feed last week. This particular video was of a dining table set up, which I must say is one of my favourite things to do. (I don’t get out much). I’m really starting to feel that video gives you a more in depth insight into EDIT, and when I look at other people’s blogs or social feeds I immediately click on their videos.
Video mixed with photography does help to give you an overall sense of a person, brand, product..whatever. So I promise in future I’ll be hopping in front of the camera and speaking to you, once I muster up the courage.
In the meantime I’ve been very excited to receive a HUGE box of goodies from LSA. I adore styling products, especially when the design details are so beautiful, and the items I received range from glassware to crockery, perfect for a dining table set up. You’ll see I’ve featured the salad bowl, vase and
I bought some flowers including Gypsophila and a premade bunch of white flowers, of which I can’t remember the name, containing some greenery too. They only cost me a total of £3 for the lot!
Design details are my thing and so when I’m photographing I like to get really close up, as close up as my camera will allow. To any outsider watching me do this, I reckon they might think there was something a bit wrong with me – getting excited over still life formations and saying out loud “ooh yea, that’s a good one”…but come on..that’s a good one, right?
I’m no expert and could probably do with some lessons as my tactic is trial and error, but I’ve learnt a few things along the way, which I’d like to share with you.
- The best time of day to shoot is mid morning or late afternoon.
- Always use natural light. If you’re lacking in that department then you can use a simple light reflecting surface, such as the foil card bit you get in your smoked salmon packet. (yup)
- Prepare your set with care, but also don’t get too fussy – move things around to test out different formations as you may get a shot you hadn’t expected by being a bit more free with your styling.
- Focus on the details and get as close as you can, then step back and look at the styling as a whole, having different perspectives helps you create beautiful photographs.
- Add texture by using natural materials like woven fabrics, chunky knits, plants and flowers.
- Before packing everything away, upload your images to your computer so you can see them on a larger screen. You’ll know if you’ve got the right shots and if not, you can just carry on.
I post on all of my social platforms each day, and since the new snapchat style video option has appeared on Instagram I’ve been posting a few of those too. We lead busy lives, so if you’d like to just dabble in a bit of EDIT from time to time, follow me on your preferred platform here: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, PInterest. Or just click on the links at the top of my site.