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.

When it’s nice to have a sister

Button-up shirt: from my sister | T-shirt: Shade Clothing maternity – $8  | Necklace: c/o Max and Chloe | Jeans: skinnied Levi’s Curve -$70 | Shoes: Target – gift | Total = $87
My sister sometimes buys clothes from those online Asian stores where shipping is like $50 for one item. And then they suck you in by making you add 10 more things to your cart to lower shipping to a penny. You know what I’m talking about, right? Well, sometimes those clothes are hit-or-miss. And sometimes your sister gives you the misses. And you like them. Like this sleeveless button-up shirt. I like the added stripes and the chiffon back because summer and back sweat. (TMI?)
BONUS! My favorite family picture so far. *shakes fist*