How to perfect your at home content

30 April 2020

Unless you're a pro photographer, shooting content indoors can be difficult at the best of times. Now we're all stuck inside, it seems like the perfect time to learn some new skills and up our photography game. Whether you're a blogger, instagram creator or just love taking photos, here's some ideas on how to nail your at home content!

What you'll need:

Props

When you're trying to shoot your content, props are an absolute must! For me, either fake or dried flowers have been perfect to shoot with. I always place them close to the camera lens so that they are out of focus when shooting my subject. This adds a lot more depth to a photo, and helps compensate for a photo feeling too empty around the edges. Also, keeping a hold of seemingly random items like ribbons, confetti, and string come in very handy for filling the gaps in photos, especially for flatlays (which we'll get into later!)

Lighting

On the most part, natural lighting is the best option for getting an evenly-lit photo. To do this, make sure you take your photos in front of a large window that lets in plenty of natural light. If the weather isn't on your side and the sun is in short supply, artificial lighting such as soft boxes and ring lights are a good alternative. Whilst some of these can end up being quite pricey, you can always get miniature ring lights that fit onto phones and camera lenses as a more budget-friendly alternative.

Patience

A lot of the time, the 'perfect' photo you see on Instagram had a hundred failed attempts before it. When shooting your content, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to take your photos in a variety of styles, angles, and lighting options. I usually need to 'warm up' with a few photos before I start taking what I would class as my final pieces. Make sure you take more shots than you think you need as it's usually the unexpected ones that end up being the one that makes it to my grid!

Photo ideas:

Flatlays

If you're yet to take a flatlay, you're missing out! Flatlays have quickly become one of my favourite styles of photo to take. Whether you want to showcase your outfit, beauty products, or your breakfast, this birds eye view style is a great way to do so. The key to taking a good flatlay is to ensure you take plenty of shots with variety in between. Even moving an object a few centimetres can have a big impact on the overall style of the image. So just experiment until you create something that you're happy with! If you're lacking inspiration, there's plenty of hashtags to explore on this topic to give yourself some ideas - some of my faves are #fisforflatlay #flatlaytoday or #flatlayinspiration



Self portraits

If you're shy in front of the camera, now is the perfect time to start including yourself in your photos! I find taking photos of myself is a lot easier in the comfort of my own home as there's no worrying about other people watching you or thinking that you're messing up. If you're not too comfortable on posing, try holding a prop such as a mug or a mirror. This makes your photo look a lot more natural and hides any nervousness you may have!



Outfits

If you're partial to a cute fashion piece, capturing your favourite outfits may be a great way to branch out on your style of photos! From close ups, to crotch shots and full outfit pics, there's loads of variety in how you may want to show off your outfit. If you're a fan of accessories and love the details in life, try out some more close-up photos and show off your favourite jewellery, bags, and whatever else you have! Or if you don't fancy including your face in a photo, try out a 'crotch shot' where you shoot from the neck down to the hips. Another great way to try out a new angle that also looks super professional!



Interiors

If you're into your interior design, documenting different corners of your home is also a great option. Whether it's a closeup of your bedside table set up, or an overview of your kitchen, photos like this are really popular at the minute! If like me your house isn't that pretty (the joys of student housing) focusing on smaller areas of your house that are more refined and 'put together' does the job pretty well.



So there you have it...hopefully this little rundown of tips has helped you feel a bit more guided in how to not only tolerate shooting at home, but grow to love it!

Lots of love,
Jess


6 comments

  1. This is so helpful! I’m really struggling for content at the moment... Going to save this and spend my weekend taking photos ��

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    1. So glad you found it helpful! Let me know how you get on 😊

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  2. Such good ideas in this post! I've always taken so much of my content at home but something feels different now and having posts with ideas and tips always helps me when content planning!

    Love it!

    Sarah x
    http://www.seethestars.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Hopefully it's given you some new ideas on styles to try :)

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  3. Great suggestions! I'll be honest, I've always been fascinated by those that seem to have mastered the art of the flay lay. It's something that I have always appreciated but never been all that good at lol!

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    1. Definitely give it a go! There's a lot of trial and error but they're one of my favourite photos to take now :)

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