• Emily Eliza


Updated: Jun 25, 2020

I was a little bored this last weekend, and felt the need for some creativity! I've watched enough photo shoot videos on Instagram from various creatives, and thought hey, if they can do it why can't I? A lot of people think they have to have a plan laid out with a photographer, theme, and props, but you don't. You don't need to pay top dollar for something you can do yourself! [ Disclaimer: I'm not saying photographers aren't essential or that you shouldn't work with a photographer. All I'm saying is, sometimes if it's something you have the means and the creativity to do, do it! ] I put together this photo shoot within a snap and only shot for maybe 35 minutes.

Here's what I used to make the magic happen:

  1. dining room table flipped vertically

  2. a window curtain

  3. a Nikon D3200 DSLR camera

  4. a Ziploc bag - sandwich size

  5. transparent lavender blouse

  6. tripod

There are many ways to spice up your photo shoot on a budget, and one of those is using a Ziploc bag for some cool foggy effects. I took out a sandwich bag and cut a hole on the bottom about the size of my camera lens. Then I just rotated it throughout the shots to create some variance between the shots. I think it really added something unique and gave the images some extra oomph and texture. Here's a video I watched for reference:

To be honest, this photo shoot was super easy to execute...even down to the editing. Here's what I used to make the magic better:

  1. Adobe Photoshop

  2. Adobe Lightroom (phone app - FREE to install)

  3. Airbrush App (phone app - FREE to install)

First, I used Adobe Lightroom on my phone to edit the color/balance/etc. to my liking. I then switched over to edit on the Airbrush App. Lately my acne has been looking more like a Papa John's pizza, so I decided to edit those bad boys out. Normally I'm all about self confidence and not being fake, but this is part of my creativity and projects so I wanted it to be perfect.

Then, I used Adobe Photoshop on my computer to create the backgrounds behind the images and make sure it flowed. I wanted to use the Instagram multiple upload feature to create a panoramic graphic, so I wanted to make sure each picture connected to the next slide. I first created an 8x1 template where I could play around with my photos and still make sure there was 8 perfect 1x1 squares for Instagram. Then I used the cropping tool on Photoshop to crop each image to 1x1.

[ Now, if you didn't want to create a background at all or if you don't have Adobe Photoshop, there are many different apps you can use to cut up your images into square format ]

All of these tips are pretty simple if you have the tools to do it! If you don't have a DSLR camera, don't sweat! Just get a iPhone tripod or something. iPhone shots are still really really cool! If you want some visuals of how to pose or see what my set-up looked like, click on the link below to see the video footage.

[ HOW-TO] At Home Photo Shoot - The Emily Eliza

As always, Happy Shooting, and I hope these tips helped you! I can't wait to see what you create, so if you end up shooting, comment with your end photos and your ideas!

[ put this cute little quote over top for some pop! ]


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