MANILA – When flat layouts are so outdated, what else can you do to improve the aesthetics of your social media accounts? Now that many people have more time to take videos and upload them to social media sites, how can you stand out?
Fashion bloggers Laureen Uy and David Guison recently shared some tips that anyone can apply without the need for expensive gimmicks.
“We used to (take photos and videos) using huge cameras, but now anyone can do it with a smartphone. I also found that there was a lot to inside the house that we could use as props and make our photos even better, ”Uy shared during a Masterclass hosted by Oppo on October 20.
Guison agreed, saying uploading photos was once tedious because you had to transfer them from a camera to a laptop.
Uy and Guison have one million and 411,000 followers on Instagram (IG) respectively. For IG feeds, both suggested trying to be creative.
“Challenge yourself and explore what you really want,” Uy said, referring to choosing a theme. She loves fashion and therefore many articles revolve around this theme.
Show your skills. One can express one’s creativity even by taking pictures of ordinary things at home, such as food, the two pointed out.
When taking a selfie or a portrait, lighting is key. It also helps to find your best angle, to make you look slimmer, for example. One trick to doing this is to take the photo while holding the phone above and away from you, according to Uy.
“It also helps if you’re using a tripod, so the camera doesn’t shake,” Guison added.
For dramatic shots, Guison said he used a different lighting color when taking his photos. Night shots are also acceptable, especially for people who typically find their creativity at night, he said.
For those with small spaces like condo units, Uy suggested using a wide angle lens, as this would allow them to show the background as well.
TikTokers on the rise
Many people, including celebrities, started using the video-sharing social network service, Tiktok, at the start of the pandemic. Globally, people are using it to download viral dance moves, clothing transitions, and more.
“Do what you love,” Uy said. Citing herself as an example, Uy shared how she creates her outfit transition videos. She basically puts her outfit (eg, jacket and hat) within easy reach and takes the video herself using a tripod.
Uy takes the snaps one by one, then edits them using an application that allows her to simply cut and select the snaps she needs. Voila, it now has a TikTok entry.
Explore the effects and the transition. Guison said that by using the slow motion effect, one could create a more eye-pleasing entrance than the usual shots.
He experimented with recording a video of his breakfast (pancakes) and pouring coffee, and they both looked like those seen in TV commercials.
For this effect, it would be enough to use a tripod and then record the video while using the slow-motion feature on your cell phone, Guison said.
Uy, meanwhile, shared that stable mode is also useful when shooting videos. This can be best applied while walking, so the subject does not appear to be bouncing, she said. (ANP)