Self-shooting photography: the basics


Being an influencer and photographer, I have spent several years doing self-shooting photography. There are so many pros (and cons) to self-shooting that I want to highlight this week. So let’s get to it!


You don’t have to have the latest and greatest when it comes to your equipment. In fact, for the past 3 years I have been using a small Nikon D3200 DSL camera to capture my images. My secret? Investing in a 50MM f1.8 lens. This type of lens is super affordable and are great for lifestyle photos. I use them a lot with my fashion posts.

This is what you will need for self-shooting:

  • Camera – In the past I used a Nikon D3200. My camera of choice is now the Sony A7.
  • Lens – My favorite is the 50mm f 1.8 lens for Nikon & Sony
  • Remote shutter – under $15 and can be purchased with Amazon prime for Nikon & Sony
  • SD card – another Amazon prime item or you can price match at Target. I like the 128 GB because it has a lot of storage.
  • Tripod – this was the first one I ever bought
  • Lightroom – you can purchase a year subscription via Best Buy or purchase a monthly subscription for $9.99 on Adobe’s website.


  • Shoot whenever and wherever you want. As a full time worker, this has allowed me to creative content at the mercy of my schedule.
  • Edit your images to match your aesthetic of your feed and page
  • Save money but shooting your images instead of shooting with a photographer.


  • Time – you will use a lot of it especially in the beginning. You will have to familiarize yourself with your equipment, learn how to take great photos and learn how to edit them. When you hire a photographer, you are paying them to edit your photos based on their experience – something you are sacrificing when you shoot on your own.
  • It’s expensive, especially in the beginning. A used camera will start at a minimum of $400 if you are lucky. This does not include the cost of a tripod, the shutter remote and lens.
  • Learning Lightroom is not for the faint of heart. Even after 3 years of taking my own photos, I still feel like there is always something new I am learning. Lightroom can get overwhelming and confusing. Like any new skill, it takes time to learn.


Self-shooting can be a great asset to your business but you have to understand this: it’s an investment financially and can be time consuming. If you have always wanted to be a photographer, self shooting is a great way to feed into this amazing hobby. It’s also important to note that like any new skill, taking your own photos take time. Consider this is you are looking to be a self-shoot photographer. I hope this inspires you to pick up your camera and give self-shooting a try.

You can an example of some of my self-shooting photo from last weeks post about dresses for your next interview.



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Timeless Optimist is a petite fashion, beauty & lifestyle blog by Cristina Medina. This page focuses on creative storytelling, photography and positivity.

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