For some people taking recreational photos and selfies isn’t a difficult thing – just point and shoot, right? When I first embarked on my Instagram and blogging adventure it never occurred to me that I might feel awkward taking pictures.
When you start taking photos for a purpose, and not just for fun, you realize that sometimes you need to do some pretty weird things to get the best shot. Keep in mind that your picture is competing against millions of others for likes and comments, so it has to be great!
I’ve stood on chairs at restaurants to get the right angle above my food; I stood on a tiny park bench next to a couple on a date to avoid a railing through the middle of my photo; I’ve even laid on the sidewalk on a dirty city street – all to get the perfect shot. If you’re an adventure blogger or photographer, you might even do something crazy-dangerous in hopes of getting that awesomely perfect photo. Here are a few tips I’ve learned to ease into your new photo-adventures.
First off, be safe. Far too many people have died trying to get an amazing picture. No photo is worth risking your life. Try getting creative with angles to get that wow-factor instead of dangling yourself off a cliff sans harness. Shoot smart, not stupid.
Secondly, don’t be a jerk! You might need to get some height for certain shots, but always be respectful of the people around you. When I climbed up on the bench next to the couple trying to have a romantic time, I asked if they were ok with it first. A small gesture showing you have manners goes a long way. Don’t mow over people, don’t block the entire sidewalk, don’t stand in the bike lane – just don’t be a jerk! Common courtesy people.
Now, with that being said, you will most likely never see any these people again, so don’t be afraid to do weird things to get a great shot. Most of my best shots have come from standing or crouching on something. Any change of view from eye-height is more interesting.
Also, if you have an amazing backdrop, a selfie stick if a great option. This was a hard one for me to overcome personally, but as you can see from the above picture it was worth getting over my insecurities!
One more thing – screw anyone who judges you! Don’t let other people’s insecurities impact your awesome photos (or anything really). They’re probably just jealous that they suck at photography themselves! ????
Happy photographing dolls!