Step 1: Photographic equipment

The quality of the camera can make a difference to the overall quality of the image, but there are some other factors that can make a bigger difference and that's what I'll be focusing on (pun not intended).

You'll essentially need three things.
- A camera with a built-in flash (or a way of remotely triggering a flash) and a countdown timer.
- A method of mounting your camera (tripod or bean bag) while you trigger the timer and get yourself into position.
- And lastly a flash that can be triggered either by another flash (slave mode) or cable or even a remote.

To take these pics, I have used a Fujufilm F470 camera and a second LumoPro flash triggered optically. As you can see, it's not the camera, it's the way you use it.
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nlsnglls3 years ago
what does it do?
ayoung5 (author)  nlsnglls3 years ago
I don't quite know what you mean.
astroboy9073 years ago
Hahaha oh my gosh I took a look at your main photo, read the title, and thought "Ohmygosh he must be joking to think the main picture has anything to do with the subject"... so I took a look at this. Really good ible- I usually keep up doing a few of these tips, but definitely not all of them- I will be adding a little white photo shoot spot to my desk :) Thanks for the tips! I'm only an amateur (so no add on remote flash- yet) but I have an ok camera that gives me good results. And I can definitely say its the photographers fault most of the time- not the cameras.. Makes me sad how people have a camera but dont know how to use it... Great project!
Me too!
gogglecrab3 years ago
I have a question, My camera has a build in flash but it always ends up looking like the third photo in this, So should I add extra lighting from the surrounding or try to tweak the camera?
you can add extra light if you have it available. another solution is to use a tissue or paper napkin in front of the flash to help diffuse it to get better lighting in your picture
ayoung5 (author)  Lorddrake3 years ago
Yeah, have a look at there's a couple of simple hacks there. looks like it could work for you.