A Fashion Instagrammer's Guide To Taking Better Pictures

If there's one thing fashion people love, it's documenting their clothing choices — and then sharing the pictures with other people who also like to wear (and talk about) clothes. Less beloved, though, is the gap between what they think the photos will look like and how they actually turn out. Angles are awkward, colors are tinged (pre-filter application), and the focus is off. It happens to the best of us; your social media fashion game may not be quite as strong as your real-life one.

Even without access to those resources that the big shots have (like a staff to take outfit snaps, an accessories closet full of designer samples, and the time and energy to run each image through photo-editing magic), it's possible to take a better style 'gram by adopting a few iPhone hacks. Ahead, we explain how to take six quintessential fashion photos, and the tweaks to take your phone photos to the next level.
1 of 6
Photo: Courtesy of @http://instagram.com/p/wAAErbhH0h/?modal=true eggcanvas.
The Lewk-From-Above Shot
Hack: Use your headphones as a shutter

Unless you are eight feet tall, you've got to take this type of photo from a way higher vantage point than is comfortable. To make it work, hold the phone above your head with the headphones plugged in and use the front-facing camera to see what you're doing. By clicking on the volume of the headphones, you can quickly take a photo without having to contort your arm or hand to click on the screen. Bonus: One hand can even be in the photo, to better show off your new watch/bracelet/mani (just hide the cord in your palm).
2 of 6
Photo: Courtesy of @christenebarberich.
The Runway Shot
Hack: Use the panoramic function the wrong way

If you stay relatively still while using the Pano function on your iPhone, it can capture a time lapse of snaps from a runway walk. Our editor-in-chief stumbled across this trick during Milan Fashion Week, and it made for a truly clever shot that showed the look in motion.
3 of 6
Photo: Courtesy of @margaret_zhang.
The Organized Chaos Shot
Hack: Start filtering before you take the photo

The hardest part about taking a from-above still life is making sure everything is in its perfect place. So, it's easy to rush through the other parts of it. By the time you're editing the photos and trying to publish, you realize that no amount of fiddling with the exposure or contrast will take away that slightly greenish tint or washed-out look. The trick is to start editing while you're taking the photo. Click and hold your finger on the darkest-hued place on the screen and move your finger up or down to change the exposure until it looks exactly how you want it. Doing this before taking the pic is a great way to guarantee your final shot will actually be usable.
4 of 6
Photo: Courtesy of @manrepeller.
The Action Shot
Hack: Take advantage of "burst"

Whether you're taking a runway pic or your buddy was kind enough to take a photo of you against a wall, make sure it counts by getting in as many photos as you can. If you hold down the shutter, a series of photos will take in succession, and your iPhone will filter through and recommend the crispest shots. Use this for action shots, pics when you're aiming to look candid, and other moments when you're short on time.
5 of 6
Photo: Courtesy of @aguynamedpatrick.

The Look-At-This-Detail Shot
Hack: Play around with the slo-mo function

Part of what makes a close-up detail shot look flat is that it always looks so much better in motion. Whether it's from the glimmer of a sequin, the sashay of the fringe, or the ripple of a train, fashion looks better in motion. Especially if you're bound for time, take a quick couple-second shot of what you're looking at with just a tiny bit of motion (make sure your camera is set to 60fps for the slowest slo-mo possible). Click here to see the 'gram in motion.
6 of 6
Photo: Courtesy of @conconwang.
The In-Mirror #OOTD Shot
Hack: Use the volume buttons instead of the screen

When you're taking a pic of your outfit in the mirror, lowering the phone up and down an inch can change so much about the photo. And, most often, when you've finally found the place where you can see your face, you can see your outfit, and your arm doesn't look like a baguette coming out your stomach, it can be an acrobatic act to get your thumb over to the shutter button. However, if you grip your phone with your hand and use your index finger to reach the volume button, it's a shortcut to snapping that's a whole lot more comfortable.