Photo Tips | Make Use of Long Daylight Hours and Photograph ALL Your Accessories Now

Photo Tips | Photograph Accessories Now While It's Midsummer (& How To Do It)
This is a quick call to action post for those of you who like a photography tip or two…! 

Today is 21 June, the longest day in the northern hemisphere, where in the UK it’s still light until a bit before 10pm if it’s been a cloudless evening. These long hours of daylight are my favourite thing about Midsummer, and all this light available is a godsend to all photographers, both professional and amateur. I often read how bloggers are so relieved when spring rolls around because it makes taking outfit photos so much easier, and I’m no exception…!

(Apologies to those in the southern hemisphere where the days are now shorter – you might want to Pin this post to revisit in six months’ time!)

In November I wrote a Photo Tips Friday post called 
How to Create Professional Looking Product Photos With (Almost) No Equipment where I explained how to photograph your accessories with a lovely crisp white background (no studio or Photoshop required). This post is simply to say that NOW is the best time to photograph all your shoes, accessories and beauty products in preparation for the year ahead as you’ve got so much more daylight!

Make use of all the extra daylight you have at your disposal, so get as much as you can documented for future posts, selling on eBay, selling on Etsy – even for future Instagram posts for items featured by themselves, or as a composite image.

Using the tips from this post, I’ve started myself by photographing some of my own favourite accessories, like these:

Wool-covered rainbow heels

Wool covered Asos heels, as worn here, here and here. And here 😉

Gold statement collar necklace
Gold statement necklace, as worn here (no longer available unfortunately)

Colour-blocked crossover bag
Accessorize colour blocked crossover bag, as seen here, here and here

So to achieve the plain white background on these items, all you need is a roll of white paper, a tripod (makeshift will do), and plenty of daylight. To remind yourself how or to see the post for the first time, see my p
ost How to Create Professional Looking Product Photos With (Almost) No Equipment.

It’s surprisingly easy – and the whole point is that you don’t need a ton of fancy equipment or a mini studio to get good results. Let me know how you get on, and if you have any more tips then please do share them in the comments!

(Another outfit post tomorrow – happy Friday everyone!)

Catherine x


  1. 24 June 2013 / 9:18 am

    Red and yellow are so nice together! You look great . . .

  2. 23 June 2013 / 2:29 pm

    Your photography tips are always most welcome, Catherine. Thanks a lot!

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  3. 22 June 2013 / 12:19 am

    great idea! Will do some tomorrow (Saturday) while enjoying the long-lit day : >

  4. 21 June 2013 / 8:12 pm

    Great tips. I love that purse.

  5. 21 June 2013 / 8:08 pm

    Thanks for the tips! Also, just took a peek at your lip balm collection – love it! One of my personal favourites (as in, transforms my lips) is Lush's "Honey Trap". Divine.

    Have a great weekend!


  6. 21 June 2013 / 8:00 pm

    I read it the first time round in a rush, but I am going to really have a good read this time. The end product is brilliant, Catherine.
    Happy weekend

  7. 21 June 2013 / 4:38 pm

    Great idea, I follow your tips from a previous post but still struggle in getting my photos evenly sized without distorting the image or rendering a look as if out of focus. However, I appreciate your sharing your experience, I will persist until I succeed!

    The Asos shoes are awesome!

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