As a blogger or influencers, your photos are the bread and butter of your business. It's crucial that the photos you post on your blog or social media can capture your personal touch and stand out from the billions of content produced everyday. However, not every influencer is a professional photographer. Which is why I did an interview with an experienced photographer, Aida Miri, the talent behind Aida Miri Photography, to share some great tips and tricks to help bloggers and influencers transform their photos to another level.
1.Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Aida. I have a BFA from Emily Carr University, majoring in Photography. Before I went to school I had a cheap point and shoot camera and I used my friends as models to create artistic portraits. Once I got a nicer camera and got better at the technical aspects of photography, I started collaborating with bloggers and models, doing test shoots. I eventually began directing my own creative photography projects and submitting them as online and print editorials. My work has been published in multiple international publications. Recently I’ve been focusing more on doing advertising and editorials for local brands and designers. Even though I went to school for photography, most of my knowledge in digital fashion photography is self taught, through practice and trial and error. I get my everyday inspirations from other photographers’ work and blogs. And I try to be as diverse as possible in my style and approach to fashion.
2.Do you have any recommendations for bloggers who want to invest in a camera?
I definitely recommend investing in a decent DSLR, a Canon or a Nikon, and a 50mm lens to begin with. You don’t have to get the most expensive one in the market. As long as it has a manual mode and a good lens, it’ll do the job. A 50mm is my go to lens. It’s great for both portraits and full body shots, as well as details and closeups. It’s light and easy to carry.
Once you get the camera, read the manual and then look up some intro level photography youtube videos on how to use it properly.
3. What are your favourite photo editing apps or tools?
I switch between Lightroom and Photoshop all the time. For someone without extensive knowledge of photo editing I definitely suggest Lightroom. I would also suggest investing in some Lightroom presets. Find one that fits your style and use it on all your photos. It will save you time and it will help you with establishing a sense of style for your photos. You want your viewers to see the image and know right away which blogger it belongs too.
My favourite app is Filmborn. Having said that I’d rather take the photo with an actual camera and edit it on my laptop. It makes so much difference in the quality.
4. Do you have any tips for bloggers to make their photos look more professional? (In terms of lighting, angle, cropping, etc)
When I’m doing a styled shoot I keep my camera settings on manual, I do autofocus and auto white balance. The only things I change is the ISO, the shutter speed and the F stop. A low aperture( f stop) like a 1.8 will give you a nice blurry background.
Photograph in the shade instead of harsh sunlight. Avoid taking photos on sunny days between 11am to 2pm. Also choose your background wisely. The simpler the background, the more focus on your subject matter.
5. If you could share one trick for beginner photographers, what would it be?
Practice a lot with the notions of iso, f stop and shutter speed. See tutorials, try different combinations and compare the results. Do this everyday in various environments until you get a hang of it.
6. What’s your advice for bloggers who are working with professional photographers like yourself?
Always have a plan, mood board or a pretty solid idea of what you want the final photos to look like. Do your research and work with photographers whose style match yours. There is no point in collaborating with a photographer and making them change their style and not be satisfied in the end. If you look at their portfolio and like their style, then you can trust them with the results.
Samples of other people's photos always help, ie. a Pinterest board.
My other advice is to be realistic in what you’re asking your photographer to deliver. I’ve had people show me a fully styled studio shot of a professional model with high end lighting and crazy production, and then asking me to deliver something similar from photographing them in their home using minimal natural light. You can’t just look at a photo you like and replicate it in completely different circumstances. Communicate with your photographer and confirm if what you ask for is achievable first.
Always credit your photographer. When photographers collaborate with bloggers, they are looking for some exposure as well. Tagging your photographer in your post or mentioning their name in your captions is the best way to thank them.
Click here to check out Aida's portfolio and to book a photoshoot with her for your upcoming collaboration!