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by Wasifa Ahmad Hasan


Recently I have joined Beauty Blogger Headquarters [a bloggers association].

The January task is “How Do You Photograph For Your Blog?”


So let’s get started.

Before I start I have to say that I am still learning ways to take better photos for my blog. The following answers are based on what I have learnt and would like to learn.


What camera(s) do you use for your blog photography?

I use Canon 600D for the detailed pictures, and iPhone 4s.
The canon is my brother’s camera, so I have to borrow from him to take the pictures. I use it mainly for the makeup and portrait photos. For the others, I use the iPhone cam.

What type of lighting do you use? Natural light, indoor light, studio lamps, etc.?

Lighting is always a problem for me when I am taking photos. I use indoor lighting and studio lighting for the photos. The sunlight that comes in my apartment is not enough to take photos, and even if I do so the pictures do not show the true colors. So I have to rely on artificial lighting.

Do you use a specific background?

My background is pretty basic. I like to use neutral or blank backgrounds for the photographs. A blank off-white wall (in front of a mirror) in my room is usually the background for my photos.

What is your top photographing tip for a beginner blogger?

When you are a beginner, this is the thing that happens: you don’t know which angle the light should go, how to focus on a particular object and what is the good angle for you in the photos.
So just practice the focus, the lighting and work on the angle.
If your camera has different settings, then work on the macro setting for closeup pictures and portrait setting for full face pictures. It has helped me a lot.
Check out these 2 unedited photos. Can you notice the difference?
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Both of the pictures are taken indoors. The 1st picture is taken with flash and the 2nd one is taken without flash. The left one looks more flattering whereas in the right one, the skin looks uneven.
Now check out these 2.
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The only difference here is the position of the light. On the left one, the light was positioned at my face level. On the right one, the light was positioned under my face level. And you can see how much difference it makes!

 For fun: If you could upgrade your photographing equipment today, what would you buy?

I would buy a good camera of my own so that I can practice more and carry it with me.

Good photographs give a great impression of the blog. It makes the work easier while doing a pictorial and can say a thousand words without writing a single column. It also shows the creativity and hard work of the blogger.
So if you are serious and passionate about your blog, do invest in a good camera (within budget of course!) and improve your photography skills.


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Wasifa Ahmad May 30, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Thanks for the lovely words!

Pierce Rufus May 30, 2013 - 6:32 am

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Wasifa Ahmad April 5, 2013 - 7:15 am

Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment! I am still learning how to photograph better 🙂

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Wasifa Ahmad February 2, 2013 - 4:55 pm

Hey Farhana! Thanks for the lovely compliment! I am glad that it was helpful 🙂

Farhana Haque February 2, 2013 - 4:53 pm

u r really a delicate blogger at BD so far.ur posts cover multiple sections for a true beauty blog.thnx for da post,nd it was really helpful..:)

Wasifa Ahmad January 31, 2013 - 6:48 am

Hey Martha!I agree with you. Smart lighting can add/take a few pounds too!

Martha Woods January 31, 2013 - 2:23 am

I like your tip about positioning the light! Makes a huge difference in the end photo.

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Cherelynn January 26, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Oh happy day!
It’s rainy here, the family is watching a Fringe dvd marathon and the crockpot is bubbling!
Hope this finds you having an awesome day too!
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Ciao ciao!

Wasifa Ahmad January 26, 2013 - 4:58 am

Welcome to the blog! 🙂

Chantel January 25, 2013 - 8:06 pm

Great post! New follower =)

Wasifa Ahmad January 25, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Hey Usha! I think understanding the light qualities (white, yellow, point source) and positioning is really important. Some pictures come out sooo funny, which I can not share but give me a good laugh! 🙂

Usha Hossain January 25, 2013 - 1:58 pm

this is sooo true… i HATE HATE flash photography!!!

I use a 600D too but I wish I has access to studio lighting like you do!!
Sunlight is not always enoughh :/

Great post!

Wasifa Ahmad January 25, 2013 - 9:45 am

Hey Loredana! How are you doing?
Yes, natural light makes the pictures awesome…but we have to work with what we have got, right? 🙂

Loredana January 25, 2013 - 9:43 am

Great tips! I prefer natural sun light, although most of the time I have to rely on shooting indoors as well 🙁


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