To quote the TikTok-famous song by Curtis Roach, are you “bored in the house, and in the house bored?” If you’ve succumbed to the Dalgona coffee trend, obligatory Zoom parties, and banana bread baking club, then we suggest you amp up your Instagram feed with a quarantine photoshoot while you’re at it.
IG-worthy photos don’t necessarily require a professional photographer or a high-end mirrorless camera. In fact, i-D Magazine recently released a series of covers that were purely shot on FaceTime, capturing models from all over the world while in self-isolation. Vogue Italia thought of a similar idea and shot Bella Hadid with a remote team of creatives through FaceTime as well. The output isn’t what you’d typically expect from webcam portraits and that’s mainly because of clever art direction and stylish poses.
So if you’d like to flex those creative muscles even more while on lockdown, here are some tips, poses, and camera angles you can definitely try for that IG-worthy editorial aesthetic.
1. Play with lights and shadows.
Set up your phone using a tripod (you could even let it lean on books or a stack of magazines), turn off your ceiling lights, open one singular light source, and then let your silhouette do all the work. Take cues from Nadine Lustre, and flaunt your most flattering angle. A pro tip? Angling your body in a 45-degree position with one leg extended always works to lengthen and slim down your figure in photos.
2. Keep things interesting with a low angle.
Make long angles work to your advantage, especially when you’re trying to hide certain things in the background. All you need to do it prop your phone on a pillow or anything sturdy enough for it to lean on. Make sure to put your chin down and extended to make your jawline pop like Kelsey Merritt. This also works if you’re not in the mood to put on any pants. Hey, nobody will ever know, right?
3. Sunlight is always a good idea.
Shoot your photos during golden hour, which is roughly from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to capture the best light. If you’ve got huge windows in your room, you’re in luck. A summery in-room shoot like Renee de Guzman and Jess Connelly is totally doable with a blank wall as your background and a phone stand. Your skin also looks particularly good under this lighting so make sure to capture your most flattering selfies while you’re at it!
4. Put effort into your background.
Since you’ve got a lot of time to spare, why not get creative with your backdrop? Blogger Lissa Kahayon had a clever idea using a bunch of old newspapers and tape. The result is a setup worthy of a fashion editorial.
5. Experiment with flash.
Flash photography is tricky, but if you’re aiming for that raw, cool girl IG aesthetic, then now’s the best time to try it. The trick to making your phone flash work for you is to properly edit your photos afterwards. Apps like VSCO and RNI Films are perfect if you want to get that authentic grainy film effect with little to no effort. This is also perfect if you’ve got little to no sunlight creeping into your home.
But the key here is your outfit. Since you’re the main subject of your photos, your OOTD is the star! We suggest dressing up a little extra to make your photo pop!
6. Try editing photos as a collage.
Landscape photographs also give out a different feel, and if you have more than one photo you’d like to post, why not turn them into a collage instead? This gives off a very Tumblr-screencap-compilation feel, and is a perfect technique to use when you’ve got a set of candids to flaunt. To ensure better quality output, be sure to shoot during the day. The soft morning sun might work best so your lighting isn’t so harsh in the photo.