I'm a curious person. I want to know how people do things or what is in other women's handbags (oh please, just admit you are too!). Naturally, I want to know how people make their bookstagram shots. How do they pick out the props? Any weird positions to get the perfect shot? Assuming I can't be the only one who wants to know these things, I decided to share what I use to take my Instagram photos.
I'm not a professional at this. I don't use any fancy lights or whatever. It literally depends on the weather and if it's cooperating or not. My room is basically the darkest pit of hell. If there isn't any sunshine, chances are the photos turn out really bad and grainy. Best times are in the morning or in the beginning of the afternoon so if I don't take action then, I'll have to try again the next day. Very amateuristic indeed. And as for weird positions? It's too embarrassing to share...
Here's what equipment I use
DSLR (Canon 550d/Rebel T2i)It's a basic DSLR, does everything it needs to do without any fancy extra features. It's about 3 years old I believe and it has been one of my best friends every since I got it. If this one dies I'm going to have to get a new one right away. I can't live without this thing anymore.
I used to take Instagram photos with my iPhone but since that's still a 4S (prehistorical model for some of you I'm sure :p) the quality isn't that great. It's decent but not sharp enough for my liking. Because of that I decided to use my DSLR instead.
Tripod (Hama)I needed a tripod and I wanted the cheapest one I could find. Hama is a great brand if you want decent quality for a good price. It's not professional or anything but their stuff does the job and that's all I'm asking for. Some of my tips before you get a tripod:
- Make sure it's either your hight or higher when it's in its full length. It'll save you a lot of backaches. Thank me later.
- Make sure it's got rubber feet. I used to have one with iron tips and I happen to use it on wood floors... It scratched the floor real bad.
Remote (Amazon)Handy for taking selfies or if you just want to be lazy. I only use it when I need to take new profile pictures because it's super easy with a remote. Let the posing begin!
White boardsUsed to reflect light or as a surface and background. They are stark white and a little glossy but not too much. It's basically a big piece of white cardboard that only costs a few € but are worth a ton when it comes to photographing.
I've used them in many pictures - both as reflectors or as surfaces. I've used them to make my profile pictures so my face is more lit up and there isn't such a shadow under my chin. I also used them to make this photo of my bookshelf. See the shadow above the books? Created with these white boards. My window is next to it so my shelf is always in a dark corner as it never 'sees the light'. I used the boards to reflect the light that was coming in through the window, so my shelf would be more visible and come out much clearer.
I currently have two and I feel like that's the perfect amount to achieve good photos. If you're having trouble finding these sorts of things, I got it at a craft store. If any Belgians are out there looking for them: I got them at AVA. They have them in various colors and are (I believe) 1m wide and 1,5m tall.