Times are tough at the moment.

Not everyone can afford a photographer to capture their brand photos.

While it’s obviously better to have a professional behind the lens, this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having great photos.

Because the social media train doesn’t stop right?

So here’s my list of tips to nail a DIY photoshoot - that will help elevate your photos beyond quick snaps on an iPhone.

1- Plan it out

Treat it the same as if you were paying for a Photographer.

Plan out your outfits, hair, makeup, props and key shots beforehand.

This will not only make the shoot way easier, it will mean that you get photos that are actually useful.

2- Location is key

Be deliberate and creative with where you choose to shoot.

Make sure it fits with your brand and what you’re trying to achieve with the shoot.  

A white wall on the side of a house can be a great option if you’re looking for a clean look.

Otherwise get out and explore your local area (the Sunshine Coast has heaps of great free photoshoot locations), you’d be surprised with what you can find!

3- Shoot in RAW

If you’re using a DSLR or mirrorless camera for your shoot, make sure you change the settings to shoot in RAW instead of JPEG.

This will give you WAY more control and options when you’re editing your photos later.

4- Use Lightroom to Edit

Lightroom will let you open your RAW files, and enable you to use presets and edit your photos in any way you want.

The Lightroom mobile app is free, and the desktop version has a 7 day free trial too.

Youtube has heaps of tutorials on how to use Lightroom, it’s not as scary as it seems!

5- Use Presets

I don’t mean the ones on Instagram.

I mean actual Lightroom presets created by photographers who’s style you like.

Was there a photographer you wanted to work with but can’t currently afford?

Chances are they might have presets available for you to purchase that will help you emulate their editing style.

Hopefully these tips are helpful! I’d love to see if anyone uses them to do a DIY photoshoot, let me know if you do!

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Shiv x