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5 Ways to Get the Perfect Instagram OOTD Shot

Wondering why your OOTD shots aren’t getting more likes? Whether you’re a budding fashion photographer, blogger or even an ‘Instagram-husband’, here is the definite list to nailing your shots that’ll showcase your amazing Chinese New Year outfit in the best light.

Do a human flat lay 

Shake things up and let your photo stand out on Instagram by shooting from an unexpected angle. Majority of the OOTDs on Instagram are shot with the subject standing, so why not try lying on sitting on the floor instead? Lay out elements of your outfit like bags or sunglasses around you, and look out for interesting flooring in colours that will complement your outfit.

EOS M10, EF-M22mm f/2 STM lens, f/2.8, 22mm, 1/500 sec, ISO 100

Get Iconic 

Work iconic landmarks of your city into your shot, which gives your image more dimension by lending it a story and making it more visually interesting (which also translates to more likes). This requires a little planning, so if your landmark is more retro looking (as pictured below) wear an outfit that is modern looking, and vice versa.

EOS M10, EF-M22mm f/2 STM lens, f/2.8, 22mm, 1/250 sec, ISO 100

Contrast your colours 

Red/green, blue/yellow, black/white – a sure way to grab attention and make your outfit pop is to contrast the colours between your clothes and your background. Bonus points if said background has hints of colours from your outfit too, like in the image below.

 EOS M10, EF-M22mm f/2 STM lens, f/2.8, 22mm, 1/320 sec, ISO 100

Experiment with your angles 

One of the key tips to taking good photographs is to train your eye to “see” in a different way. This of course, comes with practice but the more you do it, you’re bound to see an improvement in your shooting style! Shoot through plants (like in the image below), shoot lying down or with the edge of a pillar in frame – the possibilities are endless!

EOS M10, EF-M22mm f/2 STM lens, f/2.8, 22mm, 1/200 sec, ISO 100

Get inspired by how angles can dramatically change an image here: Architecture Photography from a Different Perspective

It’s all about perspective

Use the lines in your surroundings to draw focus to your subject, like in this image below. Despite the building and greenery in the background, your eye is immediately drawn to the outfit because of the line running through the middle of the image. Playing with lines is a great way to make the composition of your shot more interesting, and is sure to grab attention despite the tons of content on Instagram!  

EOS M10, EF-M22mm f/2 STM lens, f/2.8, 22mm, 1/500 sec, ISO 100

 

 

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