I've been following you guys for a while, and you're absolutely amazing! I've love your photos and I'm really curious if you have any tips for a beginner photographer as I've always sucked at photographing my girlfriend, all my shots turn out terrible. Also, a question for Snow, do you ever pose for shots or is it all spur of the moment?
Thank you :)
I’m totally sure there are great books, articles, resources, etc on all of this stuff. Reading them is a great idea. But I never have because I’m a lazy bum so I’m going to give you some tips on self-learning because that’s all I have.
The most important advice I can give you is to stick with it - and to take a lot of photos from different angles, with different light. It’s ok if they turn out terrible. Failure is always a lesson. And even terrible, blurry, shots are still shots of your naked girlfriend and are thus automatically awesome anyway. And the more shots you take, the more your girlfriend will get used to being photographed, and the more she will be able to relax and improvise.
I take tons of terrible photos (admittedly, a lot more “keepers” now than when I started), you just don’t see them :)
When a shot comes out terribly it’s an opportunity to figure out what went wrong. When you quantify why something came out badly, you might be more careful next time. Maybe a certain position is unflattering, maybe her posture creates a distracting bunching of skin, maybe the features you wanted aren’t lit, etc, etc. There are a thousand ways a photo can come out looking completely different than what you remember seeing with your eyeballs, and if you take a lot of photos you’ll get a sense for what not to do.
But if you take a lot of photos, some will come out better than others - and some will come out great! Aside form general rejoicement it’s another opportunity for learning - this time figuring out what went right. Did the light work out great? Did she look totally awesome reclining like that? Etc. Experiment, and you’ll soon find yourself thinking “oh this will look great” and actually being right from time to time! It’s a great feeling.
Aside from that a lot depends on what you’re working with. If you are using a phone, you don’t really have much to fiddle with aside from composition and however you can influence the lighting. It’s actually a pretty good way to start out, and that’s how I got here. If you have a more sophisticated camera, you must (!!) develop a firm understanding of the exposure triangle (aperture+shutter speed+ISO).
More light usually makes everything easier and keeps shutter speeds low. In low light you’re going to have steadier hands - this is where a DSLR really shines if you put a fast prime lens on it, and where phones become harder to work with.
The only essential post-processing tool is setting the white balance, but that’s one that pays to become familiar with as soon as possible. If you ever find your shots coming out a little greenish that’s the problem. In nicer cameras you can set a custom white balance in-camera, but on something like a phone there is no way. Thankfully fixing it is really easy once you figure out how it works.
Snow is sleeping but I can answer that question. I almost never pose her, and 90% of our shots are just documenting reality as it is. But at the same time these days she often enjoys goofing around and showing off for the camera. For example the shots where all of the implements are laid out in a line and her butt is pointed straight up in the air - that’s generally her improvising a photo-op on the fly. So she is posing - but it’s also spur-of-the moment. I generally let her do whatever she wants (and often that is nothing at all, hence all the shots of her resting post-spanking) and do my best to capture what is happening in a way that looks good. Though sometimes I excitedly yell “freeze” when I see a pose or a setup that I’d like to have a little more time with.
Ok that’s enough for one post - but check out my other photo nerdery posts.