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5 Ways to Shoot a Christmas-Inspired OOTD


Forget typical OOTD shots – the knee-pop, mirror-selfie, or cross-legged stance. Creating more dynamic and visually appealing OOTD photos will not only help you get many more ‘likes’ on Instagram, it also makes your shots more interesting to look at. To celebrate the festive season, we created these Christmas-inspired OOTD shots with the Canon EOS M5 mirrorless camera to show you how it’s done!

EOS M5, EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens, f/2.8, 50mm, 1/80sec, ISO200

Sit Instead of Stand

EOS M5, EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens, f/2.8, 50mm, 1/200sec, ISO200

OOTD shots are not limited to standing up poses. Try sitting down, turn to your side to show off your outfit, and just relax. Look directly into the camera or away to create a variety of looks.

Get Closer

EOS M5, EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens, f/2.8, 50mm, 1/160sec, ISO200

Instead of the entire outfit, show off your festive accessories. Those gold ribbon-shaped earrings need some attention, too. Close-up shots are trickier because your face would become the focus of the photo. Avoid shooting straight on, but tilt your head slightly for a sharper chin.

Include Props in Your Shot

EOS M5, EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens, f/2.8, 50mm, 1/200sec, ISO200

For this festive photoshoot, we included the Christmas tree as part of the shoot. Try to interact with your props by holding or touching them, or in this instance, get really close for a heart-warming feel. 

EOS M5, EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens, f/2.8, 50mm, 1/200sec, ISO200

Tiptoe to Stand Taller

EOS M5, EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens, f/2.8, 50mm, 1/4000sec, ISO200

Don’t have a model height? Not a problem. Always point your feet to gain that extra inches. This is also a trick to make you look taller/longer on camera. Use this tip for standing or sitting shots to achieve legs for days.

Show Off the Details

EOS M5, EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens, f/2.8, 50mm, 1/1600sec, ISO200

Sometimes, the most interesting things are in the details. In the shot above, the patterned bustier has a cute ribbon on its back, and it would be a shame to neglect this detail in your OOTD shot. Turn your back to the camera, stand 45-degrees to the side, and strike a pose!

Take part in our EOS M100 contest and stand a chance to win a brand new Canon EOS M100 mirrorless camera. But if you’ve just purchased a new mirrorless camera, here are some of the do’s and don’ts when handling it. Find out more about Canon EOS M5, the camera we used to capture the shots above, in Canon Announces Top-of-the-line mirrorless camera, EOS M5.

Special thanks to Y.T. for the fashion styling.



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Darren Wong

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.​