Friday, 15 January 2016

A Fashion Instagrammer's Guide to Taking Better Pictures

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If there's one thing fashion people love, it's Instagram. Whether it be documenting their latest shoe purchase, their fashion week highlights or their equally stylish best friends. But much like the outfits they wear, taking the perfect instagram shot is an art form to master. For the best of us, angles are awkward, colors are tinged (pre-filter application), and the focus is off. In other words, our social media fashion game may not be quite as strong as we'd like it to be. Even without the perfect 'gram glam squad (think a photographer to take the picture, a hair stylist on hand for that perfect tousled look, and a personal bag holder for while you strut your stuff), it's possible to take a better style snap by adopting a few iPhone hacks. Ahead, I explain (not that I'm a total expert - I'm in the same field as you guys!) how to take six quintessential fashion photos, and the tweaks to take your phone photos to the next level.

The 'From Above' shot
Ahh the classic. This one is easy peasy as long as you get the angle right. My top tip: stand up straight! Whether you're perfecting the shoe shot or the foodie shot, standing up straight will give you the perfect angle. Especially if you're snapping food - I always used to stretch my arms over the table in hope for a great shot, where in turn I would end up with a blurry, awkward-angle snap.

All instagram pics from Aimee Song

The 'Organised Chaos' Shot
Also a fashion instagrammers fave. The hardest part about taking a from-above still life is making sure everything is in its perfect place. The hack here is to make sure you have an array of angles in the one shot- twist things in different directions, facing the right and wrong way. Another tip is to make sure the picture is busy. Fill the frame with everything from candles, to flowers, to products to even the edge of a scarf.

All instagram pics from Julia Engel

The 'Action' Shot
Whether it be models working their game down the runway or your stylish self waltzing down the pavement for a great candid moment, the key is to hold your finger on the shutter. This will take a series of photos in succession. This way, you'll be guaranteed to get a perfect shot, and reduce the amount of blurry, out-of-focus ones you often get with this type of snap.

All instagram pics from Rosie Londoner (the QUEEN of the action shot!)
The 'OOTD' Shot
C'mon, how could I not include this? This the ULTIMATE fashion instagram. It's a great way of showing off your stylish ensemble, what you recently bought or one of your favourite items. It's also a perfect shot to advertise a blog post - maybe you've blogged about a certain item and are wearing it that day, why not instagram it to show how much you love it or how good it looks! My top tip is to play with attitude! Go with your outfit, if it's edgy and cool, cross your arms and stand with your legs slightly apart. Or if it's a feminine look, maybe try an action shot and twirl to show how beautiful the skirt or dress looks flowing!

All instagram pics from Adenorah
There you have it! Instagram is seriously becoming a habit of mine (who am I kidding, 'becoming'? It's been this way for a while Emma!) It's super fun, creative and very addictive. Have fun and good luck snapping!

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