Hey curvy girls all over the world,
As a fashion blogger, people always ask me who takes my pictures and what type of camera I use.Well, those people will be shocked to know that I use a tripod and Nikon Coolpix S570 90% of the time to take my outfit pictures. Any fashion blogger will tell you how a good camera man or woman is hard to come by. When I first started posting outfit pictures I use to prop my camera up on my dresser or coffee table to take my pictures. Sometimes it worked out well and sometimes it didn’t and resulted in my camera falling numerous times. I decided to stop using household furniture to take my pictures and started relying on my friends, family, and even my coworkers, yes, my coworkers. That worked out for awhile until they all basically got tired of doing it, especially since I wasn’t asking them to be in the pictures along with me. For awhile, I was left wearing cute outfits and no one to take my pictures.
I became fed up and tired of begging and pleading for someone to please take my picture and decided to get a tripod. I had in my mind that I would just go to J&R by City Hall and find me a $20 tripod and that would be it. Uh, no! To my surprise, there were quite a few different types of tripods at a variety of prices. I was clueless as to what kind of tripod to get. Did you know that there are tripods that can cost up to $500, and there is such a thing called a monopod? I didn’t! Obviously, those are for professional (emphasis on Pro) camera men/women. For a beginner like me, I just wanted something simple.
After looking through tripods that could handle various camera weights and different weather conditions I settled on the Davis & Sanford Travlr tripod. It was able to hold the weight of my small Nikon Coolpix S570, it had adjustable legs so I could take pictures at different height levels, and most importantly it offered a 3-way head pan which allowed me to rotate the camera in different directions. It met all my outfit post needs.
When I first started using the tripod, it felt kind of awkward. I am literally in the middle of the streets of NYC trying to take pictures of myself. People would walk by and ask, are you model?, what are you taking pictures for?, do you want me to help you? Others would just stop and stare and sometimes silly boys would try to jump in my pictures. Only in NYC.
After I got used to the crazy questions, I started seeking out spots where there weren’t alot of people and if I did run into a few nosy folks, I would just give them my card and say checkout my blog. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little self promotion.
To my surprise, I found that using a tripod allowed me to take better quality pictures by
-Reducing camera shake
-Allow use of slower shutter speeds
-Offered room for creative shots
I have a simplistic tripod so it’s easier for me to use. For those who are more into photography, there are more advanced tripods. These are just tips from my experience. If you know more by all means feel free to comment on this post.
What To Look For In A Tripod
It’s important to have a tripod that can handle the weight of your camera. If your camera is too heavy, then you risk the tripod falling over with your camera on it. If you plan on using your tripod in windy conditions, one that is too light can also be knocked down by the wind. So, make sure you pay attention to how much camera weight the tripod can handle.
3-Way Fluid Head
This allows you to maneuver the camera around the tripod and take different types of shots.
2-Way Tilt Pan
The 2-way tilt pan allows you turn the camera sideways while on the tripod. You can take a long full body shot or tilt the camera for an angular shot or to block too much glare from the sunlight.
A Tripod Bag
Most tripods come with a bag, but some don’t. This is helpful if you want to travel with your tripod and to keep it scratch free.
There is so much more to explain about tripods, so I will save that for another post as I am still learning about them myself. However, I promise you the tripod is freedom from those mean looks that friends and family give when you ask them to take your picture. I still long for a time when I can afford a photographer like some of the other top bloggers, but until then, my tripod is just fine.
I’ve taken my tripod on interviews and though it still feels a bit weird and to be honest a little low budget, I still use it. People do laugh when they see me pull out my little 2 pound camera and set it on the tripod but, it gets the job done.
These are the bells and whistles of my tripod and how I use them
These are the 3 different levels my tripod can change to:
Below are a few of my favorite outfit shots using all three height levels of the tripod
This is probably my absolute favorite shot with my tripod. My tripod has 3 height levels and to get this shot with me sitting down, I had to put it on the second level and zoom in my camera