Hello guys

 

Welcome to my first blog post! I have many ideas on what to cover in the future on this blog but I thought I would start with something that has got me to where I am now – Instagram and taking photos for it!

I started my Instagram journey in April 2017 as a way of expressing my style. You can read more on my home page.

First of all, I am a big fan of clean and simple looks so I always try and keep everything in line with this theme. Once I have my outfit sorted, I always try to make sure that the background in my picture and the outfit compliment each other – these are the subtle details that can really make my pictures pop! Secondly, I always try to think about the pose, if you look at my pictures you’ll see that I always try and go for the paparazzi photo look. I believe this is a more natural way to look and it can encourage more engagement on your post.

The camera that I use currently is a Nikon D750 with a 70-200m lens, this helps to create a nice blurred effect for the background which focuses more on me, this helps my look stand out more in a photo. It is also a lot more Instagram friendly to shoot in portrait mode as the picture fits on a feed a lot better. I would say that the lens is the most important bit of kit when it comes to taking the crisp shots, so if you are going to spend your money it should be on the lens. I believe it’s also so important to get the right lighting, for me personally I try not to be in direct sunlight when shooting. When it is sunny I think the worst times to shoot are between 12pm- 2pm, however living in London means we don?t get many of those days!

Finally, I do some light editing in Lightroom to finish off and make my photos look as clean as possible. I use presets in Lightroom to edit all my photos which can sometimes make it as easy as a click of a button – every single photograph on my page is edited from my mobile on Lightroom. I find Lightroom for mobile is so easy to use and definitely worth trying out if you’re like me and not very tech savvy! I do occasionally use the Instagram editing tools for the finishing touches sometimes, for example, straightening the photograph if the composition of it isn’t quite square or how you want it.

I truly hope giving you a small insight on how I take my photos helps you guys and I always welcome any feedback, feel free to contact me on Instagram if you would like to know more and I would also love to hear your feedback on this article as well as any other topics you would love to read about!

 

Instagram: @darrenkbranch

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Thanks for reading hope you enjoyed my first blog, until next time.

Darren