IF YOU’RE A PHOTOGRAPHY NOOB LIKE ME, YOUR INSTAGRAM PHOTOS PROBABLY LOOK LIKE THEY WERE SHOT WITH, WELL, A PHONE CAMERA. I GET IPHONEOGRAPHY PRO NATALIE KWEE (@PANDAFIGHTS) TO SHOW ME HOW TO MAKE IPHONE PHOTOS LOOK AMAZING IN THIS 3-PART SERIES ON IPHONEoGRAPHY.
(AND FYI, IPHONEOGRAPHY = IPHONE + PHOTOGRAPHY)
Part 2: Outfit Of The Day Photos
Even if you have a nice outfit, it’ll only go to waste if the photo is dark, grainy or not framed well. Follow these simple steps to get a fashion blogger-worthy photo.
Before you start…
1. Background – Find a neutral background (like a white wall) or one that matches with your outfit.
2. Framing – Keep in mind that the final image will have to fit the dimensions of a square (if you’re posting it on Instagram), so leave some space for cropping. This is especially so if you want to post an image of your entire outfit, because there’s nothing more annoying than OOTD shots where part of your feet or head are cropped out.
3. Lighting – You probably already know this, but natural light makes you look 10x better than artificial lighting. Think about it…do you ever look nice and glowy in your clubbing photos? No right? So yes, take your photos in the daytime.
Editing The Photo
RECOMMENDED APPS (BECAUSE THEY’RE EASY TO USE AND HAVE GREAT FILTERS AND EDITING OPTIONS): VSCO CAM, AFTERLIGHT, SNAPSEED.
Step 1: Adjust the temperature.
Play up the warm tones so that you (or the person posing in the photo) won’t look pale (or zombie-ish, as Nat puts it).
2. Adjust the exposure (if the photo is too dark) and contrast (if the photo looks dull).
As much as you may want to look fair and SK-II-worthy, be careful not to go overboard with the exposure or you’ll look washed out. Also take note when you have dark and light colours in your outfit, because you want the image to be brighter but still ensure that the details are not lost.
3. Lighten the shadows.
To make the outfit pop more. You can also play with the saturation levels to make the colours stand out better.
4. Crop the image.
ABOUT NATALIE KWEE (@PANDAFIGHTS)
Nat is a a graduate in Architecture at Cornell University, and has an amazing ability to somehow make everyday scenes look like a piece of art in her photos. I mean, when I take a photo of bak chor mee, it just looks like an unappealing and soggy bowl of noodles you know?
She also happens to be a childhood friend/schoolmate of mine, which is why I was able to coerce her into doing this article (childhood secrets are good blackmail material nyeheheh – Hey Nat, remember the time you…just kidding). She also designs handcrafted greeting cards (PEEPNPRESS) – check it out!