Relatively recently I’ve gotten more and more involved in Instagram OOTD posts and (almost) daily fashion or beauty photo posts. Similar to my posts for Creative and Chaos, I love to share my passion for fashion and art through these photos and thought I’d give you a bit of insight in how I take these photos! Little tips on everything from lighting, outfit coordination, taking photos yourself opposed to having others help you out and composition – if you want to know what goes on behind the scenes of my Instagram photos; read on!
Let’s start with location and timing;
‘Because it’s hard to develop that capacity on your own, When you’re being stopped at every turn”
So this photo was taken outside a home in front of the gate door. I had actually gotten a friend of mine to take it from a bit of a lower angle (**TIP – taking photos from a lower perspective helps elongate your body!). Depending on where I am, I’ll ask someone around me to take the photo or set my camera on self timer and pre focus the camera on an item that I use as a place holder for focusing. I used my Nikon D3100 that I use for all my outfit photos and set the shutter speed relatively quick with a lower ISO to give the photo a bit of a darker feel! I also took this photo closer to 6 o’clock as it’s near blue hour and results in a cooler (temperature wise) photo.
This photo I haven’t posted on Instagram but it was part of the collection of photos I had taken for an Instagram post. I never just take one photo as I like to have options when it comes to actually picking a photo to post. I have to make sure everything is in focus (if it’s supposed to be), the pose make sense, I am composed properly in the photo etc. This photo was taken in my living room (as are most of my photos with a white background). This space works great for photos because there is a huge window with a lot of natural light, I am able to prop my camera on a tripod or nearby stool, and it’s a very large space so I have some room to capture my entire outfit for an OOTD post! It’s important when planning Instagram photos (if you are posting with a fashion theme) to take your location and time of day into consideration! I took this photo in the morning so that I could get the morning sun coming in through the window to give the photo an early morning/sundaze kind of vibe! Location is key in terms of determining the vibe for your Instagram post!
Next stop? Make-up & Outfit
This is my favourite part of coordinating photos for personal photoshoots/OOTD posts! I love dressing up and could spend hours putting on and taking off make-up to create different looks! I’m a big fan of crazy make-up looks with more simple outfits often consisting of a lot of neutrals! By using simpler outfits I can focus on highlighting new makeup tricks or products whether that be a new contour palette or my latest obsession; the cut-crease! If you are wanting to highlight your makeup, I suggest natural lighting if you can do it or if possible an external lighting set up with a diffuser or reflector just because on camera flash tends to wash you and your make-up out making it less visible! The top photo here was taken outside with a relatively low ISO and faster shutter speed and the bottom two photos was actually achieved with an external lighting set-up consisting of a transmitter on my camera and the external flash which was mounted on a light stand with an umbrella!
Last but not least – The Pose
This is the fun part – well I guess all aspects of crafting an Instagram photo are the fun parts but this is the part where you can let loose, have fun and be okay with making a fool out of yourself! I know it seems like fashion/beauty photos have to have that smize going on with on hip popped out but that’ not the case! Let’s take a look at some of the signature Instagram poses you might see floating around;
Hopefully this has helped you out a little bit or at least gave you some insight on how I go about creating content for Instagram! What are your go to looks for Instagram photos?