HOW TO| MY PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS & FAVORITE APPS

Hello all!

How y’all doing? I really did not think I would be blogging any time soon but I guess there’ll be a lot of sporadic blogging around here. haha. Anyway, I get quite a number of questions regarding my photography and what I do and how I do what I do etc etc. So here’s a quick-ish post with a few tips and my favorite apps for editing.

Always find the light: Lighting is everything with photography. Good lighting immediately transforms your picture just as much as bad lighting will ruin any picture. If you have a smartphone, tapping on your focus will pull the light in the right direction and I know that for iphones, tapping and holding will keep the light pulled in until you’ve taken your shot.

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Good lighting is a necessity for food photography!
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Taken with ipod Touch. Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset

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Steady hands: are so important. Shaky hands affect the quality of your photography especially when you do not have the luxury of a shake-reducing DSLR. The steadier my hands have gotten, the better my photography has become.

Straight lines and symmetry improve the aesthetics of a picture, so try to hold your camera in a straight line and ensure that buildings and any lines in your picture are straight and aligned.

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Processed with VSCOcam with s1 preset
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Processed with VSCOcam with a9 preset
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Processed with VSCOcam with a8 preset
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Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset

Look at a ton of pictures! It’s kind of like writing or any other art form. You need to learn from other people, consciously or subconsciously. So feed your eyes. I particularly love the VSCO Grid which I was recently featured on! (whoop!) and instagram is always filled with so much talent! It is a feast. A data consuming feast, I know.

Take a ton of pictures: Because practice makes better. I started by replicating photos I had seen in other places and eventually started adding my own touch especially with regards to editing and simply having different surroundings helps too.

Edit, but not too much: I am very pro-editing, but only if it makes the picture better while letting it remain “true” or “real”. I don’t like pictures of the ocean where it looks an unrealistic hue because it’s been edited to look that way. I believe in editing to amplify but not completely change the way a person or place looks. I don’t think pictures have to look “perfect” because nothing is in real life anyway. I have no idea if I’ve made any sense but moral of the story: keep it simple. Here are some before and after pictures.

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Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset

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Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset

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Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset

APPS:

VSCo CAM: They have stunning filters and they give your pictures a “look”. I like the minimalist presets but you can always see a difference.

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Before and after editing

SKRWT: Oroma of ORR blog recommended this app to me. It is so useful for lovers of symmetry like myself and allows you to ensure that your pictures are straightened to perfection!

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SKWRT lets you do stuff like this!

 

Diptic: Is great for outfit posts when I want to lay two pictures side by side as in the image below.

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Adobe Lightroom: Is a simpler sibling of the almighty photoshop which I am still figuring out. I love how luminescent it makes my pictures.

There you have it, people! I hope you find an app or a tip that helps if you’re interested in photography. And for all the photography aficionados, any app suggestions? Pretty Please? And if you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ask!

Afoma x



  • Jen

    Great tips! Thank you!
    I love VSCOcam as well! And to think I have SKRWT and don’t use it!
    Nigerian and Natural

    • Ooh you’re welcome! SKWRT is great! And VSCO can do no wrong in my eyes haha!

  • Because my hands were just itching to type a comment, here’s my little tip.

    Master your camera, be it iPhone, iPod, iPad (please just don’t take pictures with your iPad) or DSLR. Learn your way out of Auto. Learn how to manipulate light, by tweaking your ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture.

    And if you can, buy better lenses. You’d be surprised how much difference a Prime( Fixed focal/ fixed aperture) lens can bring into your photography. Mind you, there is a slight learning curve involved and the whole pricing thing, but it is worth it.

    PS: there are some slightly cheap prime lenses (35mm/50mm f/1.8) Ok, I have said too much, bye ??????

  • Love the tips! Not to many people share their edit process. Glad that you did. ohhh and… Congrats on the Vsco Grid too. Well deserved!

    • Ahh thank you! ^_^

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