You did the pre-holiday shopping spree, bought so-and-so's straw bag, the other one's raffia espadrilles and that Topshop dress you saw on every second blogger on your 'gramm, but how do you ensure your Instagram feed that looks as good as any influencer’s when you're back in arrivals? We’ve rounded up our top five tips for inspiring some serious #wanderlust in your followers, get ready to up your holiday photo game.
TOP TIP: Maximise use of the golden hour – aka, the most flattering time to take a photo (especially a selfie). This magical moment occurs just after sunrise and just before sunset, when the sun is highest in the sky and the light is warmer and softer. Avoid the glaring midday sun too. Snapping pics in the harsh light zone can often lead to overexposed images.
TOP TIP: From beautiful buildings to what you had for lunch, make something the focal point of your picture by tapping it on the screen – this gets your smartphone camera to focus on a particular object, or person, for extra sharpness and increased depth and field. Use your smartphone’s grid mode to create more balanced, visually-pleasing images.
TOP TIP: Whether it’s a selfie of your sun-kissed skin, a nonchalant street style shot or glamorous pool-side snap, it’s well worth taking note of some tried-and-tested poses from your favourite Instagram stars. To get the most out of your Instagram husband, tell them to take lots of photos continually as you move and pose differently. You’re bound to have one postable shot out of the bunch.
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TOP TIP: Choose backdrops that complement the colours in your outfit or find inventive ways of capturing your accessories; adding an on-trend handbag to the frame can make a simple shot of your morning coffee even more #goals. Using a prop – be it a killer pair of sunglasses or a champagne glass – will add more context to an image and make it stand out more.