Thursday, 14 February 2013

Tripod Trials

Today I thought I would share my first foray into the solitary blog photo experience.

Up until now I’ve been pretty lucky at being able to find a willing volunteer to take my blog photos for me. However, I feel guilty regularly demanding my friends to march out into the cold/wind/rain with me and wait patiently whilst I primp and preen trying to find the perfect pose and bark orders as to how they should take the shot.  I thought it was best for everyone involved if I got myself a tripod and remote control shutter release to attempt to take my photos solo.  So many bloggers seem to accomplish this task with no issues whatsoever, so I figured it really must be very simple, right?

The tripod. Cat not included.
Simple? Apparently not. I was almost thwarted at the first step: a mediocre amount of internet research concluded that my particular make of camera (Canon 1100D) doesn’t seem to have a compatible wireless remote control shutter.  So I bought the recommended ‘wired’ one, with the unfortunate side-effect that makes me look as though I’m walking an out-of-shot dog. Here, boy!


Only decent necklace shot I managed to get. Sans tripod.

I’ve also attempted using only the timer on my camera (without the remote control), however encountered focusing problems: obviously it can’t focus on ME if I’M behind the camera trying to adjust the focus! Do I need a lifesize cardboard cutout of myself to zoom in on, then fling it out of the way whilst I leap into its place before the timer has finished its countdown? What’s a novice blogger supposed to do?? Any hints or tips would be VERY welcome.


My Outfit:
Dress, Necklace, Socks, Boots: Topshop (old but similar here, old, here, here)
Jacket: Primark (similar here)
Scarf: Miss Selfridge (old but similar here)
Cat: model's own

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12 comments:

  1. Good post ;) I love how you put 'Cat: Models Own', are they selling them too? I must have a look.... ;)

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    1. Thanks! You should get one, they're awesome ;)

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  2. Love the outfit, i've been eyeing up a dress just like this in New Look, it looks so comfy yet stylish :)
    Maybe try holding something in the hand with the remote to hide the wire? a bag? or jacket? ahaha just a suggestion :)

    xphotofairyx.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks! I definitely need to work on my remote control concealment poses..

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  3. This is where tripod photos become a problem! The plus side is close ups you can get with no issues, the downside as you noted is walking a dog out of shot.

    I have the Canon 450d and have a wired shutter release simply because it was cheap and I needed one for activities within a photography club I joined. I've had the same issues and not come up with anything yet, a life size cardboard blogger cut out would be great... maybe you should market that haha.


    I have however just found this on ebay...
    http://item.mobileweb.ebay.co.uk/viewitem?itemId=250949076698

    It's cheap, I'm unsure how well it works - it could be one of those amazing ebay bargains! The antenna is also easier to hide.

    Hope I've not been to useless! xx

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    1. On the contrary, you've been very helpful, thanks! I'll check out that Ebay one, it's definitely worth a try :)

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  4. Oh no what a shame about the walking the dog look!! I guess I've always just relied on my camera's self-timer for full-body shots... they take awhile to get the right one but it seems to work fine enough for me. Great outfit as well, you look lovely :)

    Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! More self-timer practice is definitely required methinks.

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  5. Oh I love your style, I did a post on fashion inspired nail art and I think I'll have to do one inspired by your look :) xx

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    1. Thanks, that sounds amazing! Let me know what you come up with :)

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  6. "cat: models own" hahaha, loved it.


    http://smelliie.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I thought she deserved her own credit :)

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