We spend an inordinate amount of time posting and scrolling through Instagram so if there’s a skill worth mastering it’s how to take a flattering Insta photo. Curating and sharing pics on my account is one major aspect of my job so over the years I’ve learnt a thing or two about how to share pics that I know I’ll be happy to look back over. Here they are…
Have good lighting
Every single photographer I’ve ever worked with has always emphasised the importance of good lighting for capturing a great image. Lighting is everything. Soft, natural light is always going to do you favours in the photo department. That’s why car selfies are so popular—the diffused light you get in a car is gold. Aim to take your pics early in the morning or later in the afternoon as midday light can be incredibly harsh and unflattering. Also avoid snapping a pic under fluorescent lighting as I guarantee it will not end well. Just think of the less than kind lighting in most department store change rooms and that’s what you’ll be working with.
Use a filter
If I want to take an Instagram video but I feel I’m looking tired or my makeup just isn’t behaving then I’ll just use a filter. Cute face filters (animal faces are my fave) or shooting video in black and white is always a great way to cover up anything problematic.
Whenever I do street style shoots for the blog I’ll always try and move around to give myself the best chance of capturing a flattering image. I do this by walking away or towards the camera as well as turning my body at different angles. I’ve found this also helps keep the image looking more natural as opposed to if I’m just sitting or standing still. Finding my most flattering poses has only come from trial and error during photo shoots over the years. So if in doubt, try snapping a few different angles of yourself to find your best side.
If you’re a little unsure of what to do with your hands in a pic then enlist the help of a prop. A clutch, a coffee cup, a pair of sunglasses are all things that look good in a photo and keep your hands occupied to avoid those ‘Where on earth do my hands go?’ dilemmas.
Don’t look directly into the camera
Look slightly above the camera or below but not straight on. This actually results in a more flattering gaze and expression.
Remember your posture
Stand up straight! Having good posture in a photo will naturally elongate your body resulting in a more flattering shot. Sitting or standing with your shoulders hunched will only make you look shorter and won’t do your shape any favours.
Plan your background
Always, always consider where you’re taking your pic. I’m a fan of anything with texture and character. This is why I generally always take my street style pics in places such as a cool side street, in nature amongst leafy trees or colourful flowers or something light and airy like the beach. Also, vibrant colours are alway a plus in any Insta pic as they’re so eye-catching.