Shooting on a budget

Photoshoots on a budget

They say a picture tells a thousand words and these days, given the power of brand images on social media, it’s probably even more. We all know great photographs, videos and images are the make or break when it comes to showcasing your product or business. Blurred, distant or pixelated images are obviously not going to win you any fans, but in saying that, gone are the days when you need to spend a motza on a camera or professional, to get the content you need for some (not all) of your marketing.

That’s right, the phone sitting in your pocket is pretty damn impressive and if your model doesn’t date back to 1998, it will more than likely rival the quality of an expensive camera. If you’re considering updating your images and promoting your brand, we have a few tips and tricks for you to get the ball rolling, or in this case, the camera clicking.

Plan, plan, plan

Believe it or not, planning your shoot is just as important as taking the actual photos. It’s important to consider the kind of content you want, as well as how it will actually be used in the creative vision for your brand. It’s also imperative to identify your key audience to ensure your brand’s message is visually consistent across all channels. We recommend storyboarding, as it is  an effective way to plan out what you actually want to achieve on the day of your shoot. Being prepared across timings, props and locations, will guarantee a smooth-running, cost-effective photoshoot.

Lights, Camera, Action

Once you’ve got the plan for the day under control, it’s time to get creative (and have some fun at the same time). Ditch the expensive studio lighting, hit the outdoors and take advantage of the incredible natural sunlight we have in this part of the world. If you do need to amp up the brightness, use a windscreen sun reflector for an inexpensive lighting hack. Explore unusual angles, rather than shooting from the same spot all the time. This will not only allow you to get closer to the subject in an original and thought-provoking manner, but will produce more interesting results than the standard head shot that you see on LinkedIn!

Let’s leave the shell-shocked surprised looks the flash creates aside and use diffused light instead. Portrait mode adds an extra stand-out element to your photos (but beware, it also highlights wrinkles!) and using interesting props or our beautiful, natural surroundings will make your pictures truly memorable. If getting visually creative isn’t really your thing, bribe one of your team with coffee and an early finish, and let them take the reins. Who knows, you might actually  have a budding photographer on your hands!

Make a good photo great

Before you upload your new photos, be sure to go through them carefully and take the time to edit them. There are a range of free, or cheap, tools and apps that are easy to use and are designed to enhance the lighting, texture and quality of your shots. Even if you know next to nothing about taking photos, aside from where to find the camera app in your phone, you’ll still be able to garner amazing new content for your brand and most importantly, save money!

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