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5 Tips to Get the Perfect OOTD Shot

Chinese New Year is an exciting time – apart from visiting and indulging in new year feasts, this festive season calls for the perfect (and auspicious) opportunity to purchase new clothes for a fresh start. Learn how to perfect your Chinese New Year OOTD by donning beautiful cheongsam dresses and master the art of posing. 

EOS M5, EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens, f/2.8, 50mm, 1/1250sec, ISO200

What People Normally Do

Shooting and posing straight on is probably one of the most common ways people get their OOTD shots done. This may be an obvious way to show off your new outfits, but not necessarily the best. 

EOS M5, EF-M22mm f/2 STM lens, f/2.0, 22mm, 1/1000sec, ISO200

What You Could Do

Shoot your OOTD from a lower angle to achieve a different perspective. This helps to elongate your body, and gives your viewers an impression that you have legs for days. 

EOS M5, EF-M22mm f/2 STM lens, f/2.0, 22mm, 1/1600sec, ISO200

EOS M5, EF-M22mm f/2 STM lens, f/2.0, 22mm, 1/1250sec, ISO200

Maximise the use of your background. In the shot below, we lean closer onto the gate, and held on to one of its metal parts to create shapes. If you are the photographer, shift to one side instead of shooting from the front to create lines and give your photo a sense of direction. If you have to take the shot on your own, then learn how to use the Canon Camera Connect app to shoot the photo remotely from your smartphone. 

EOS M5, EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens, f/2.8, 50mm, 1/500sec, ISO200

A walking shot can help to show movement and flow in your photo. You don’t have to walk the entire length of the corridor; take just two steps, and repeat until you get the desired shots.

EOS M5, EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens, f/2.8, 50mm, 1/500sec, ISO200

What People Normally Do

The peace hand sign? That has to go. As it is no longer the 1990s, resist from posing this way for your OOTD and explore more natural poses.

EOS M5, EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens, f/2.8, 50mm, 1/1000sec, ISO200

People often don’t take notice of the light. By turning away from it, your face becomes badly lit, which makes for an unflattering shot.  

EOS M5, EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens, f/2.8, 50mm, 1/2500sec, ISO200

What You Could Do

Showcase your accessories in the most elegant ways. Like the photo above, gently touch your face or neck to show off your ring.

EOS M5, EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens, f/2.8, 50mm, 1/1000sec, ISO200

Find the light and face towards that direction. In the photo above, since the light source comes from the left, adjust accordingly so the light falls nicely on the face and dress. Bonus tip: frame your shot with elements around you, like a bush or a wall to give your photo a more interesting perspective. Not sure about framing? Learn how to do so with the infographic: How to Frame Your Photos.

EOS M5, EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens, f/2.8, 50mm, 1/1000sec, ISO200

For more OOTD tips, read our article on 5 Ways to Shoot a Christmas-Inspired OOTD, or learn how to make your Instagram page stand out with this infographic: How to Give Your Instagram a Unique Identity.


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Darren Wong

Darren Wong is a Singapore-based photographer who specialises in portrait and fashion photography. In addition to that, he also shoots visuals for commercial brands such as The Macallan, Thermos, Nissin, and ZERRIN. Find his work on Instagram @darrenwongphotography, or on his website www.darrenwphotography.com.​

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