Hey there friends, Rikki here, with some nerdy photography tips and tricks for you today. We've had such a warm reception with book photos that we share here on our site and on Instagram. It has been the most encouraging thing ever as we've gotten ourselves off the ground and immersed in this online bookish community over the past year. It can be really scary to start something new, something you're passionate about, wondering if anyone will think so too.
Michaela and I have learned each other's strengths and played on those to create what you see here. It is very much a partnership that doesn't really work without the other. We are all too aware of how incredible it is to have a friend so interested in the same thing you are, and the photos are just one part of what makes this space special.
Before I go into talking photography with you, please keep in mind, that for the past seven years or so, I've been a professional photographer for weddings and family portraits. That being said, I have professional gear and have spent years honing my craft. For those who have asked and those still curious, I shoot with a Nikon D700 and a 35 or 50mm lens, on manual 100% of the time. This is not really a realistic option for most people, so don't feel discouraged. Everything mentioned here is applicable whether you're shooting with your phone or any sort of camera. Learning begins at the most basic level, with what you have.
A few of the most important things I can think of when photographing anything, with any kind of camera:
Lighting | Avoid using artificial light at all costs
- Ideally, this means no flash or fluorescent lighting. Find any window light or head outside.
- In the winter, this can mean you have to get a photo taken before lunch time because the sun starts to fade very early. A little thinking ahead will save you here; consider taking a photo a day or two in advance. However, if you don't, find any small light source, preferably with a 'daylight' light bulb to avoid the harsh orange tones from 'warm' light bulbs.
- If you can't adjust your exposure on camera, avoid harsh sunlight
- Shoot in the shade
- Having decent lighting will ensure your photos are crisp and clean looking. If you're not familiar with backlighting or editing your photos, ensure the light isn't direct and harsh but is providing ample exposure for your photo.