I know that as a fashion blogger or beginning photographer you’re probably most curious to know the ‘right’ settings for your camera and how to get nice outfit shots even without the automatic mode. For this reason I will share photos of one of my recent outfit shoots with Noor, with the technical details below it. I hope this helps in understanding a few key technical elements in shooting outfit photos!
200mm focal length at f/2.8, 1/125th of a second
My camera settings revealed
All photos in this shoot were shot with my Nikon D5200 and I used my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. I sometimes shoot with my 85mm f/1.4 lens and in the past I used 105mm f/2.8 a lot.
For this shoot, I used the aperture-priority/autoexposure mode (symbol ‘A’ or ‘Av’ on the camera), so I can control the depth of field, which is most important with outfit photos (blurry background!) and so I don’t have to worry about the right shutter speed. This works for me with most of the outfit shoots.
I put the aperture on the smallest number: f/2.8. This creates a shallow depth of field (blurry background) and allows more light to enter the camera.
ISO was fixed on 100 during the shoot.
Details below each photo
The first number below each photo is the focal length, the f/.. is the aperture and the third number is the shutter speed (which was done automatically in this case).
left: 82mm focal length at f/2.8, 1/320th of a second
right: 70mm focal length at f/2.8, 1/125th of a second
I’m not an expert
In case you wondered: I’m a self-taught photographer, meaning: I didn’t study or follow any courses in photography. I taught myself everything that I know about photography and my camera. This also means that I don’t know it all. So in my Photography tips, I’m not speaking as an expert, but I’m speaking from my own experience.
It’s not black and white
I also think that photography is something personal. Everyone can have their own style, their own ways to create images. There’s not one way to do it, it’s not black and white, but there are several ways to achieve an evenly good looking result. I just share my take on it.
140mm focal length at f/2.8, 1/320th of a second
left: 145 mm focal length at f/2.8, 1/100th of a second
right: 75 mm focal length at f/2.8, 1/400th of a second
I hope this post helped. I see so many (fashion) bloggers posting (outfit) photos that I think can be improved a lot with just small changes in camera settings or a few editing tricks. High quality content is VERY important for blogs, so I hope my photography tips can help with that and if there are any topics you like me to cover, let me know!
For more photos and outfit details, please visit Noor’s blog Queen of Jet Lags.