Photographing Objects and Rooms from Kristen Duke
Kristen Duke is a blogger, photographer, mom, foodie, and diyer from the uber cute and successful blog, Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke taught a really informative class on how to photograph objects and rooms in her class at Build Your Blog Conference. In her class she shared her secrets to getting bright, beautiful, and vivid photos, her tips to how she stages her photos, and what she does to edit her pictures. So let’s dive in!
One of the first things she talked about is the steps she takes to adjusting her camera settings. I thought the order of how she changes her settings was genius and made sense.
The first thing she changes is her ISO according to the light in the given space. The second, is her F-stop or aperture depending on how much you want in focus example: f/2.0. The third is her shutter speed, unless she is using a tripod. Shutter speed is measured in fractions of a second example: 1/250. The final step is her white balance which is the color temperature depending on shade, sunlight, and light bulbs that are reflecting on the object in the photo.
Kristen talked about the lenses she recommends for bloggers. There’s four that she feels bloggers in general need and they are:
- 50 mm: Is perfect for objects, is inexpensive, but can be limiting when it comes to photographing rooms. This lens is recommended if you don’t the following below.
- 35 mm: This is great for rooms because it will produce a wider shot.
- 28-75 mm: Is a great versatile lens but may not be as crisp.
- 14-35 mm: This is a wide angle lens, and is likely distorts space, but is really helpful for small spaces such as a bathroom.