Photo Tips for Fashion Bloggers #3 by Emily

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Here’s a quick tip on getting flattering outfit posts/portraits when you’ve got to work with that pesky middle-of-the-day light. Making this one SUPER simple change when you’re shooting can make your photo much more clear, flattering, and all-around blog-worthy. Check out the before and after below where all I did was change one aspect of shooting the picture…

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All I did was simply change the angle of where the model and camera are facing. So simple! Angle #1 causes some pretty harsh under-eye shadows. You can see every wrinkle and fold in her clothing and it’s not the most flattering. Angle #2 gives her nice, even lighting all around her face and clothing that doesn’t distract from the picture. The downside of angle #2 is that the background and sky are inevitably a touch overexposed.

Keep in mind that achieving nice lighting of angle #2 requires some tweaking in Photoshop. Looking at the before and after below, you can see a little editing goes a long way.

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I did basic fixes in Camera Raw (though another program like Lightroom or Elements works just as well) to bump up the exposure and add lots of fill light. I made the dark areas darker with the “black” slider and added just a little bit of clarity to the image to keep in nice and sharp. Afterwards, I opened my image and photoshop and used the “dodge” tool around her face just to brighten it up a tiny bit more.

What other photography questions do you have?

How To Make a Safety Pin Watch by Kristina

You can find these supplies at most craft stores, but for this project I wanted a watch face that would hide the attached elastic beneath the watch. I ordered this simple square one at Goody Beads online.

Because the elastic will stretch out once you put in on your arm, the length of the watch should be 1.5 times as long as the other watch. This will prevent the elastic cord from showing beneath the bead work.

How To Lengthen a Mini Dress by Kristina

I’ve been drooling over the mixed print trend that floated down the spring runway, especially since mixing prints opens up all kinds of DIY opportunities — it’s like an invitation to break all the rules. I used an oversize mini dress from Charlotte Russe to create this look. The base color of the floral pattern was navy blue, so I thought a navy polka dot fabric would be an obvious choice, then made sure to incorporate the navy print with a small rectangle pocket flap. DIY win!
*Kristina J.’s tip: The contrasting print you choose should be the same scale as the print of your dress. The proportions of these polka dots are small like the flowers in the dress. Oversize polka dots might not have worked as well with the small floral print.