1. You don’t *need* to buy expensive lighting equipment. Use natural light take your photos by a large window or an open door. Sometimes indoor lighting such as lamps and overhead lights can give your photos an orange tinge, add a blue tint to this to correct the colours or remove ‘warmth’ to reduce the orange, yellow tinge.
2. Use blue tack to stop beauty products rolling around all over the place whilst you photograph them. Especially mascara and lipsticks!
3. If you want a quick, clean, non cluttered white background / backdrop for your photos use a large piece of matte white card. No room tidying required.
4. Experiment a little… take photos from different perspectives like shots from above and below, not just at eye level. Flat lay is also popular at the moment, lay the products out flat then take the shot from above.
5. You don’t need expensive editing software. There’s free photo editors online (like pixlr) to sharpen, brighten your photos and much much more. There’s also lots of free apps in the App Store for taking photos on your mobile .
6. It’s worth investing in a tripod, and a wireless remote they aren’t overly expensive (find them on eBay and Amazon) these will make your life a bit easier and it’s a lot safer than balancing your camera on a pile of books, trust me.
7. Use candles, pillows, blankets, throws, a tester piece of white wood from B&Q for £2.00 to use as props and inexpensive backdrops to make your photos more interesting… Yep. Tester wood.
8. Always have more than one memory card on you…just incase the one your using corrupts. If you’re taking a lot of important photos maybe keep switching them over so if one corrupts you won’t lose *everything*
9. Photography magazines are so useful to read and I think they’re really worth buying…They have tons of tutorials and tips and tricks which are easy to follow and fun to read if you want to learn a little more about your DSLR
10. Practice makes perfect! You don’t have to own a DSLR. Mobile phone cameras are amazing these days. Experiment, with apps and filters maybe keep a photo journal or do a monthly challenge to inspire you.