After seeing how these pictures came out, I decided to do a post on how you and your partner can work together to take KILLER photos! (I personally think these shots are KILLER, if you don’t that’s fine!) I had so much fun working with Ryan on these photos and I wanted to share some of the tips and tricks on how not to kill your boyfriend (Jokes, I do not condone violence, use your words people).
Teach Them How To Use Your Camera
I feel the first step when working with someone who isn’t much into photography, or it may be someone who just hasn’t used your camera before, should be to teach them how to use it the way you like your photos. We all have our own tastes when it comes to photos, and getting your partner on board should be first priority.
But, there’s also the fact that you have to teach them how to use it as well. Don’t make it too complicated by using fancy photography words like “F-Stop” and “White Balance” (I just about know what these words mean) because you will just confuse them. This obviously won’t be beneficial when you’re trying to take some KILLER photos! Try and keep it as simple as possible, and teach them the basics, as long as the picture is in focus and isn’t too bright or dark, everything else can be fixed through editing.
Take Criticism Like a Champ
This may be a bit hypocritical of me because me and my boyfriend are so bad at taking criticism! This is something that we are definitely going to take on board ourselves. If my boyfriends tells me he doesn’t like the location I pick for a certain shot, I am not be too happy about it! However, most of the times he’s right, and we decide together on where we should shot the photos. It is all about team work, and even though its my blog and my photos I still want his imput and suggestions.
Do Tester Shots
I will most often than not, ask my boyfriend to stand where I’m going to and take some tester shots. This is so I know what the picture is going to look like, and if something needs changing, either the location or something on the camera I know before hand and not after I’ve taken 50 photos. This saves a lot of time and, it’s easier for your photography as well.
Take a Breather
You can get very stressed when taking photos, especially if it’s a bad photo day; this could be because it’s really windy, it’s about to rain, the lighting is awful or you hate the way your outfit looks in pictures, it can be quite hard not to take your frustration out on your partner. You may start shouting at them, telling them they are doing an awful job and both of you’s will get discouraged. Lets try to not do this aye, be nice to each other!
You’s are partners for a reason, and that’s to work together not against each other. For example, for these photos me and my boyfriend were actually nice to each other and my photos came out amazing, if I don’t say so myself! Saying some kind words like “you’re doing great” or “these pictures look amazing” can really go along way.
Trust Their Instincts
This is something that I’m going to be doing a lot more, mostly because of these photos. When we did this shot, Ryan decided on the location, where I should stand and what I should be doing and these are the best photos we have ever taken. So, its safe to say I can trust Ryan’s instincts when it comes to photography. This is because, they are the ones behind the camera, they can see what is looking good, and what may need changing. It’s always good to have another set of eyes helping you anyways.
I hope this posts helps you out in someway or another, until next time x