Photography is a passion! If you are not really into it, you might not know the effort and the thought go in it. It is not just clicking the button to take a photo, but it is getting the right composition and reflecting what you want to see on the screen. Photography setup plays an important role for catchy photos. 

I’ve always had an interest in photography and it was over 10 years ago where I saved up to get my first digital camera. It wasn’t anything special, however, it was something I could use to capture the moment. Then after a little bit of practice then I needed an upgrade, it was another digital camera which was way better than the previous one. My last and current camera is a DSLR from Nikon, Nikon D3200. It was a birthday gift from now my husband back in 3 years ago. He knew my passion and interest in photography and he wanted to surprise me with getting me something I wanted for a long time… Lucky me! Anyway, enough about me and my camera history, let’s get to the post and talk about photography setup!

Photography might seem easy, however, nothing is as easy as it seems. As I said before, it is not only pressing the button and ta-dah you have the perfect photo. Especially if you are taking a product or a blog photo, then there are so many things you might need to consider. Lighting, background, the setting and so on, so taking a photo is not a minute thing. Summer days are perfect for photography, you have a decent amount of light for a long time and you don’t need to worry about harsh shadows. Well, shadowy photos can actually be good too, have a look at this photo! How about when it is gloomy weather and lightning is bad? If you have studio lights then you are lucky, but what if you don’t have it?

If you want to have a white background and you don’t have any white furniture, you can always use white cardboards which you can find in any craft shop. Also, you can always use them to reflect light if you don’t have a reflector. Do you know what is the purpose of a reflector? Reflectors are used for manipulating the light and creating a surface for a light to bounce off, in other words, it is for redirecting the existing light. You can use a white board to bounce the light to eliminate harsh shadows. All you need to do is position the white board opposite of the light source, so there will be light from both sides.

Behind the Scene Photography Setup - Photography setup to create lighter and brighter photos. You only need a few props to get brighter photos.

When you take photos, make sure to have a decent amount of natural light. Lightning is one of the most important things in terms of photography. You might have the perfect setup and idea, however, if the lightning is not good then it won’t turn out the way you want it.

Everyone has their own style to set up their photography scene. When I’m using a whiteboard to take photos, I just use whatever I can find as props. It can be anything from a magazine to some jewellery. When I take the photo in the bedroom then the dressing table is my photography background. For food and drink photography, I usually take it in the garden with natural light from every direction. As I said before, you can be as creative as you can, it is your photography and your rules. In order to make your photography more catchy, you can apply rule of third and make the objects stand out. With this rule, you can balance your images and improve the photography. It is easy, it just needs a little bit of practice.

Where you stand when you take photos is also important. Even though you have the perfect photography setup, if you are at the wrong position, photos might not turn the way you want. When I take photos, I am either in the middle or on the natural light source. If you stand the opposite of the light source then getting the right light balance wouldn’t be easy. When you’re in the middle you will a good balance of the natural light and the reflection.

I use high quality (1920 x 2888px) photos on my blog and even after “save for web”, they’re still around 2MB. In my previous  5 useful blogging tools every blogger needs, I talked about to the way to make the photo size smaller. Photo sizes are decreased around 80% without affecting the quality of the photos.

This is basically my setup at the moment, it is basic and simple. I know I am not an expert and there are many things I want to improve! It takes time to get to the level you want and hopefully soon I will get there.

Just remember that you don’t need a professional camera to take good photos. You can take really impressive photos with your digital camera or phone. I took the photo you see below 3 years ago with my iPhone 5 (Lake District).

Behind the scene photography - setup. Nature Photography

How’s your photography setup? What do you use to create your little photography studio and photography setup?

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  • Great post, I’m always after tips on photography and I love your photos. I find it often really difficult to photograph products and makeup so learnt a lot here, Gemma x

    • Thank you so much! I still struggle with products photos, I guess it will take me awhile to get everything as I want them to be 🙂 x

  • Ashley Christabelle

    I’m not a pro when it comes to photography, but I do know that lighting is a major one in pictures. I’ve learn now that sunlight is way better than any type of light and it makes anything look so beautiful! Love these tips, Ela. x

    • Natural light is way better than any other light source, everything looks better with it 🙂 x

  • What a great post, Ela, full of useful tips.
    You can really see your passion for photography in your pictures, they’re always beautifully thought out!

  • Really helpful tips, thanks for sharing Ella. Great idea to use a mirror!

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • Erin Russell

    I really need to improve my photography so that is my main goal over the next few months, yours always looks so flawless! 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • Just keep taking photos and practice, I am sure soon you will get to the level you want 🙂

  • I really enjoyed this post, I love photography!

    Coleoftheball xx

  • These are great tips! I think composition is important of course but if you figure out lighting you can really take great pics! 🙂 Interesting you can just use anything white as a reflector – I didn’t know that! 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • When you get the light right then the rest depends on your creativity 🙂

  • Great tips Ela! Lighting is definitely the most important part of great photos. I created a little makeshift lightbox out of vellum/mylar paper which helps to reflect and bounce the light so it does not turn out too harsh. Otherwise white craftboard has worked wonders 🙂

    • That’s cool, never thought about making my own lightbox 🙂

  • I love your set up with the beauty and jewellery products in the backdrop. I try and get as much natural lighting as possible but I do tend to get shadows as my desk is on the other side of the room. I might have to give the white cardboard a go 🙂

    Velvet Blush

    • My dressing table is away from the window, when I take photos in the bedroom then I make sure to have every curtain open and taking when the light is in the room 🙂 White cardboard trick works, totally try it out!

  • I love hearing about other people’s camera set ups and your tips here are perfect! Definitely going to be shooting food and drink items outside from now on 🙂

    The Makeup Directory

    • Summer is coming to an end, I will miss garden shots 🙂

  • Great tips 🙂 The photograph on your website is spot on – so bright and airy – so it’s awesome to hear your process on capturing those images.

  • these are great tips, im getting more into photography after my fashion photography module at uni

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  • This is such a helpful post girlie, I always wonder how you get those amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Charlotte Mill

    This is a fab post – I have to admit that photos are not my strongest point so this was a great help! Also I love the lipstick!

    Charlotte x

    • Practice makes perfect, just keep taking photos and then you will see a big improvement!

  • Love this post! I’ve really gotten into photography, but don’t have a lot of space at the moment so white cardboard is my best friend haha!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • Before I moved almost 2 months ago, I didn’t have much space, now I am trying to find best spots to take photos 🙂 x

  • Hi,
    I love this post, the reflecting the light is so useful. If I am taking pics in the evening it is normally in my hallway and I have a good spotlight. I would love a ringlight. Living in the UK we do not get that many super sunny days so a good lighting system is a must. I am saving up for my one.

    • I love the ring light effect, I need to get some studio lights since the shorter days are ahead of us!

  • Such a good post, Ela! Photography is something I enjoy as well but I don’t have a DSLR still but having an expensive camera isn’t everything. There are many aspects that can help you take a wonderful picture with even your phone as you perfectly showed us with yours. I am planning however to get a DSLR soon as I think I need to improve quality a bit more and I am quite in love with photography, so that would be a game changer for me, I think 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • DSLR is good in terms of controlling the settings and being more professional, however, it is not a must have for taking good photos. Once you get a DSLR, then you will not stop taking photos, that’s how I am at the moment ha ha 🙂

  • Thank you!

  • Your photos are always exquisite Ela! It was awesome to read your technique & set up. My home has been under construction, so I just used my cell phone. LOL I hope to get back to using my Canon next year. Natural light is the best.

    • Aww thank you so much 🙂 Natural light is the best, totally agree with you!

  • Your photos are really good! That’s a lot of talent and hard work. I don’t have a DSLR at the moment but I’d really love to learn more about photography. | Bloglovin’ | Instagram

    • Thank you so much 🙂 You don’t really need DSLR to take good photos, good light is more important!

  • This is a brilliant post, Ela and thank you so much for sharing as I’ve picked up few really great tips! Had no idea about a light reflector but it makes perfect sense. Will have to try that the next time I take pictures. My photography setup is pathetic, it’s done on my kitchen table. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • This photo was taken on the kitchen table as well 🙂 My photography studio is either the bedroom or the kitchen ha ha 🙂

  • Ivona Iwarra Josipovic

    I am so thankful you shared all these tricks and tips. I am learning more about photography so it’s super useful to hear what other bloggers are doing. Thank you 🙂

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  • Love this. I needed some new photography inspiration for my posts.

  • Beauty Journal

    Your photos are always so good and I could use some of your tips. Thanks for sharing Ela 🙂 Tottaly love the concept of how light works and reflects the photos.

  • I love it when bloggers share their photography tips! Your photos are always on point!

  • Becky Hughff

    Such a great setup and you put so much thought into it!

  • Rebecca Armstrong

    I have the same camera as you! plus thanks for the tip about a reflector!

    • It is a good camera, isn’t it?

      • Rebecca Armstrong

        It’s just perfect for me!

  • I’ve just started using a white board to reflect light and it’s made such a difference! Bit of a balancing act for me though as it cant stand on its own but I will be looking into getting something more sturdier soon!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • Probably in winter I will be getting studio lights, otherwise it gets impossible to take brighter photos!

  • Rebecca Fletcher

    Great tips. I need to start using a white board to reflect light.

  • Thank you for the inspo, Ela!
    Maddie | Oh So Maddie

  • Tessy Onyia

    Thank you so much for this great post , It was indeed timely, I needed this, Thanks for sharing.

  • Nautral lighting is definitely need, and I sit right by the window everytime I shoot my photos!
    Kathy x

  • You’re photography is amazing. I think I’m going to invest in a soft box or something this winter. I’ve noticed such a huge difference how much light makes xx

    • Thank you 🙂 I think I will also get a studio light in winter, it gets really hard to take bright photos in winter. x

  • I love your blog, thank you for sharing!
    xoxo, Hadasah

  • Great post dear! I always love your photography. You do a wonderful job with lighting and arranging all of your products for the best display. 🙂

    xo, mikéla /

    • Aww thank you so much Mikéla, hearing it from you made me happy 🙂 x

  • I just love your photography, im just as passionate as you are love setting up and playing with the camera.

    • Aww thank you so much 🙂 Your photography is great, I really like your photos!

  • Awesome idea for a post. I agree, using natural lighting is everything. I also thing props like magazine etc are great for adding something to the photo.

    • Natural light is the best, however, it gets really hard to achieve brighter photos in A&W.