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March 04, 2015

fake blogger pose confessions

And here's an outfit post featuring one of my favooorite poses, the faking-intensely-staring-at-my-super-important phone pose. In reality, I was probably engaged in an extremely exciting game of solitaire.

On an unrelated note, happy hump day!


sweater: h&m, skirt: zara, sweater tights: h&m, boots: zara




March 01, 2015

how to use your SLR camera

Last Saturday I did a blog post on how I wanted to share some photo tips, and here's post numba two. I'm trying to keep to a blogging schedule so hopefully these photo tips will be a weekly thing that I post every weekend.

The first post, which you can read over here, was on the equipment I used for blog photos. In there I mentioned the main benefit of shooting with an SLR was being able to shoot manually. That basically means that you can manually control certain settings when taking a picture.

Here's a simple post that goes over some basics when it comes using your SLR.

RAW
RAW files are basically digital negatives of your photos. The file size is much bigger than a jpeg, but the tradeoff is that they produce images of greater quality.

By shooting in raw, you're able to adjust various aspects of the coloring and lighting of your photos after you're done shooting. It comes in especially handy when you're shooting in low light situations. Not only can you brighten the photo, but you can also adjust the white balance so things don't look all yellow. Here's a great article on the advantages of shooting in RAW.

To the left is a screenshot of the options Adobe RAW (the raw processing program used in photoshop) offers. In this case I adjusted the white balance, increased the exposure and whites to brighten the photo, and increased the contrast to make the objects pop. Since I shot near an open window, one side of the photo was a lot brighter than the other so I decreased the highlights.

Aperture
When you take a picture, your lens opens and closes a tiny hole to let light through. Aperture is a measurement of how big this hole is. As the aperture gets smaller, the hole gets bigger. The smaller the aperture, the shallower the depth of field, and the brighter the photo. With shallow depth of field, things in the background get blurrier and blurrier and you get more bokeh.

Shutter Speed
Shutter speed determines how long the light will be able to enter through the lens. The longer the amount of time, the brighter your photo. For example, a photo shot at 1/15 of a second will be much brighter than a photo shot at 1/200 of a second. If you want to capture an object in motion, you'll want a faster shutter speed to avoid blurriness.

ISO
ISO is the sensitivity of your camera to light. Typically, a lower ISO means a clearer picture and a higher ISO means a grainier picture. Higher ISOs may necessary when shooting in low light conditions. As per my personal preferences, I would rather boost the ISO and have a grainier photo, instead of decreasing the shutter speed and having a blurrier photo.

For example if you were to take two photos with 1/20 shutter speed and f/2.2 aperture, one with an ISO of 100 and one with an ISO of 800. The one taken at an ISO of 800 would be brighter, but would have more grain.

Exposure

Exposure is the combination of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO as together they determine the light that enters your camera. For situations with lots of light, you can shoot with a bigger aperture, faster shutter speed, and lower ISO. In situations with low light, you can shoot with a smaller aperture, slower shutter speed, and higher ISO.

White Balance
White balance is measured in Kelvins. The goal of adjusting white balance is to have the colors in an image be as close as possible to the colors of the objects in real life. Depending on the lighting situation, your photo may be overcast with a blue or yellow tint. Lighting sources that cause a cooler tint should be adjusted with a higher white balance, and lighting sources that cause a warmer tint should be adjusted with a lower white balance. Most photographs are taken within the 5000-7500K range.

To be honest, I rarely adjust my white balance in camera. It's usually just set to auto. I prefer adjusting it during RAW processing. If you look at the dialogue above, you'll see there's a temperature option which allows you to correct the colors to your choosing.

Camera Modes
Last but not least, the modes! Most SLRs come standard with a manual mode, aperture priority mode, shutter speed priority mode, and automatic mode. The names are pretty self descriptive. In manual mode you can control your aperture and shutter speed, in aperture priority mode you set your aperture, and the camera automatically sets your shutter speed. In shutter speed priority mode you set your shutter speed, and the camera automatically sets your aperture. In automatic mode, your camera sets your aperture and shutter speed. Depending on your make of camera, these modes will be designated with different letters on your dial. On my Nikon, M is for manual, A is for aperture priority, S is for shutter speed priority, and P is for automatic.

I typically start off with aperture priority mode when I'm taking blog photos. After taking a test shot, I decide if I need more or less light. If I need to, I'll switch into manual and adjust the shutter speed to my liking.


I hope this was helpful! Like last time, feedback is always welcome :) For next week I was thinking about doing a tutorial on how I expand the frame in outfit photos I take indoors against a plain wall.


And here's a little round-up sheet :)





February 26, 2015

LFW street style edit

It's that time of year again. The time when bloglovin, instagram, and twitter feeds are flooded with street style pics, blurry runway shots, and presentation reviews. Due to the sheer volume of it all, I've fallen behind on keeping up with the constant flow. And from what I've seen of NYFW, I don't think I'm missing out on much (street style wise.) Last year many people had toned down their outfits after Suzy Menkes started a wave of backlash against outlandish, peacocking outfits. It seems this time around all that has been forgotten. And it hurts my eyes.

There were so many weird, garish layering looks that confused me beyond belief. I can appreciate a good fluffy coat, but not with 5 other statement pieces packed along. And oh, you're going to complain how it's 5 degrees (Fahrenheit) outside but then proceed to have bare legs while draping your coat over your shoulders, instead of, I don't know, wearing it?

And then there was London. London is usually my favorite in terms of street style, and this year was no exception. While the street style wasn't the best, it was definitely an improvement from NY.

Obviously I don't have any sort of background in fashion so my opinions are from a plebeian's point of view, but some of the choices were just screaming "give me all the attention!!" instead of "yeah I'm a fashionable gal just living the fashionable life at fashion week."

Was I the only one who felt this way? What are your thoughts on fashion week street style so far?


following snaps of fashionable gals being fashionable at fashion week from: harper's bazaar, vogue, style.com, & elle uk