We accept the challenge. Canon has asked us to share something which we had never published before from our daily life and we thought that the best thing would be for us to give you a behind-the-scenes look into how we take photographs. We are going to do an inspiration photo with a few bits and bobs which we are planning on taking on our next trip. We are going to give you some key tips so that you can do the same at home and we will be using our Canon EOS 7D Mark II. We hope that you will find this useful and we encourage you to do the same! Come and See how to take a good picture at home.
You are probably thinking ‘I don’t have space at home!’ but don’t worry, we are sure that you too can do it. We are looking for a spot with the best possible light, preferably natural night, that is why mornings are the best time of day. We then remove all unwanted items, such as chairs, rugs or tables…
We have gone for a blue background, but we could have chosen any type of paper or textile, depending on what kind of result you are after. Have fun and be creative.
Pick gorgeous looking items and follow the same line. We always travel with notebooks, sunglasses, a few wallets… so we are going to include some of our faves.
We then arrange all the different bits. Try and be original and come up with an arrangement that works for you. We love it when everything looks tidy and ensuring that the photo looks well-balanced. You can of course do it however you think works best and to try and mirror your own personality. Be yourself, don’t copy anyone else.
We are using a Canon 7D Mark II with a 18-55 mm lens and we will take the photo at an angle so that we can fit all the elements. Today is a bit cloudy, but as there is still plenty of natural light, we are going to go for “manual” settings, but feel free to choose any other option that your camera allows you to. We have set the aperture as F3.5 and the shutter speed at 1/80 or 1/100, so that we can get as much natural light into the lens as possible whilst making sure that everything remains in focus. The ISO was set at 500, and this would be lowered if we were working in direct sunlight.
If you find yourself getting a lot of shadows, then reach for a reflector and if you don’t have one, you can use a piece of white card to try and get the light to bounce off it.
We want to end up with a product shot, so we have to get up on a chair to get a bird’s eye view. Find the perfect position to get the best possible photo without falling over in the process!