I have a confession to make: sometimes I spend WAY too much time trying to perfect my Instagram pics! As a fashion blogger, images are everything. I’m always obsessing over every last detail in my photos, whether the angle is right or not and, of course, if I look skinny (hey, it’s a girl thing). Being that I’ve picked up a ton of tips in my career, from both experts and just experimenting with the camera myself, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorites with you guys today. So here’s how to take better Instagram Pictures. #SayCheeeeese!
1. Angle your camera slightly down
Whether you’re capturing a chic #selfie or simply posing for a pic, make sure the camera is angled slightly down (see example above). This creates an all-over slimming effect, whereas shooting from below can actually make you look larger.
2. Snap a pic during Golden Hour
Dark and grainy Instagram pics aren’t going to get you many likes. For the most flattering lighting, step outside and snap away. Word on the web is that the best time of day to shoot a photo is at sunset, AKA the last hour of daylight. In the photography world, this is known as the Golden Hour.
3. Put your hand up on your hip
It’s the go-to celebrity pose for a clear reason: “It never fails to make a woman look slim, sexy and beautiful,” says Chris Schoenbohm, professional photographer and co-founder of Viewfinder, a rad new app that helps you organize your camera roll and share pics with select groups of peeps. To achieve the three quarter angle stance (as it’s called), have your subject extend one leg out in front, pivoting, and planting the corresponding hand on the hip. “The result is a long, attractive, diagonal line that draws the viewers eyes across the subject and shouts confidence.”
4. Choose a simple background
Rocking a busy outfit? Pair it with a plain background if possible in order to let your ensemble really shine. There’s no need to distract your followers with a dirty laundry or photobombers in the background, duh.
5. Shoot your shoes at eye level
As silly as it might look, get down on your hands and knees so that you’re up close and eye level with the shoes your photographing. Press the little focus button in the middle on your iPhone camera, wait a sec and then click away. Have your subject stand sideways to snap the very best view of the shoes. Or just force your friends/boyfriend to follow these tips whenever you need a chic shoe insta.
6. Wear something wild
From your captions to your outfits, no one likes a boring instagrammer. So yes please, do liven things up! Layer on the accessories, play around with contrasting colors and mix and match pretty prints and patterns. Do your best to stand out from the crowd, while still staying true to your own style.
7. Put on some lipstick
And do your hair! You’ll be amazed at what a little makeup and a gorgeous curls can do to amp up the wow-factor of your entire photo.
8. Use a real camera
Sure, it’s technically cheating, but in the name of great fashion photos, why not? Just send yourself those pics, and then post them on Instagram. All bloggers have done it, trust me.