AMAZING OUTFIT PICTURES
People once believed social media to be just some networking platform that has transformed into so much more than what we all ever expected. It has become a personal diary, a travel diary, a fashion diary or simply a reflection of our lifestyles. You would often find yourself posing into the camera looking for a picture that can glam-up your social feeds to perfectly showcase your lifestyle. But instead of putting on your best outfit, and visiting the most picturesque spot in your area, you might sometimes end up with pictures that you just skip on once you lay down on your bed going through your camera roll because those pictures didn’t turn out the way you imagined them to be. So, if that’s the case, there are a few things that you might have to change in your photography routine to take perfect “Outfit of the Day Pictures,” which has “Yes! this is what I wanted, and this is me” written all over it. Here’s exactly how you can make that happen.
DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO FOCUS ON
Let’s put this out there, whenever you are taking an outfit photo, you need to be really sure about what part of your outfit you want to focus on. Did you just get a brand-new emblematic Gucci belt that you are absolutely in love with? Are you super excited about the floral print dress that you bought for the summer season from Couturelabs? Or you want to show off your LV pouch bag. These are some things that you have to think through before striking that one perfect pose that can make even Helena Christensen proud. You can be as abstract and creative in your dressing as you want, but it would be useless until you know how to pull it off and then showcase it properly. So, you have to actively figure out what part of your dress you want the lights and camera to focus on because that would define your fashion statement to your viewers. Once you have the focal points of your outfit figured out, the next step is to find that one perfect spot that compliments your style and your outfit.
SCOUT THE LOCATION
Although outfit photos are mostly all about showcasing your outfit, as it would be taking the majority of your frame, still you have to be careful about the location of your picture. You might have the most perfect outfit and pose figured out, but if you choose the wrong spot, all your efforts are in vain. The lighting, background, and the outlook of your outfit photo define your lifestyle and make viewers spend some time on the picture, being attracted by it, instead of just pressing the like button and scrolling down as they do for any other post that they see. So, whenever you are preparing to take your outfit photo, you have to ensure that the location you chose has the perfect lighting, compliments your outfit colors or design, or tells the story that you want to convey. And remember one thing, you don’t have to go to all those fancy places every time you want to capture your outfit pictures, as long as you know what you are doing and what will make your outfit prominent, trust me you would be able to take pictures that would make people believe that Tim Walker was the one behind the lens.
PROPS ARE IMPORTANT
We often neglect the importance of props and accessories in our pictures, though in truth they provide those little details to the pictures that can take your pictures to the dreamiest levels. Just go through your liked photos or the photos that you saved as an inspiration for your next outfit photoshoot, and you will see for yourself that most of them will have something that made you go, “Woah! That’s amazing.” Choose the props that go with your outfit and the background, and align with the story that your outfit narrates. It just takes a little practice but soon you will be able to create a story and a vibe through your pictures. Your photos should not just be random outfit pictures but they should be an artistic composition and blend of your personality and imagination.
ANGLES MATTER A LOT
When it comes to taking an amazing outfit picture, it is really important to know how to work your angles. You have to imagine it beforehand in your head, before pressing that shutter button on your camera. Focus on angles that help you focus on the items that you want to show through your outfit pictures. Let’s say you are wearing a dress with tassels on the sleeves, you might consider pointing towards the camera or just doing a hand motion to bring the viewer’s attention to that. So, angles are what make you guide the user’s attention to where you want it to be. Try different angles, and poses and trust me the results of your pictures will be far beyond your expectation.
Editing or post processing used to be a nightmare for the people who didn’t have up proper equipment and knowledge for it, but with all the new edit options, filters and enhancement features in our smartphones, it has become as easy as it could be. Most of the social apps feature a huge library of built-in features, that you can help you enhance your picture with just one tap of your screen. Let’s say you want your picture to be of high contrast, showing off the vibrant colors of your dress, all you have to do is press on the Clarendon filter on Instagram, and Voila! You will see magic done to your picture in seconds. So, even if you didn’t manage to capture the perfect outfit picture, don’t panic, just play around with filters and you will soon be able to get what you were looking for in first place.