When Instagramming and Watch-Wearing Collide: How to Take the Most Social Media-Worthy Photos of Your Watch
This goes out to all of you who are both avid watch enthusiasts and inveterate Instagrammers (with an instinct for posting captivating pictures and selfies).
If you’ve ever tried to take a good photo of your watch, and post it to Instagram (or Facebook and other social media sites) – then you likely know it can be a bit difficult.
For example, unintended glare – from the light reflecting off the face of the watch – can spoil an otherwise good shot.
So what to do? How do you take the perfect photo of your watch?
To begin, your phone needs a high-quality camera. This is kind of a no-brainer for most Instagram aficionados, but is still worth mentioning. You definitely don’t want photos of your watch that are either too grainy or blurry – these are the sorts of pics that get 0 likes, after all.
So – say you have a high-quality camera. What then?
Well, you want to get the lighting right. Proper lighting is always important in the photographic arts – especially when you’re taking shots of a fashionable timepiece. Ideally, don’t use your camera’s flash function – this can mess up the shot due to light reflecting off your watch.
Instead, take the photo of your watch in an area that’s flooded with natural light.
That way, you don’t have to use the flash feature – and you’re still taking a photo where your watch is very visible, surrounded by ambient light. The key here is to eliminate all possible sources of reflection when snapping a pic of your watch.
Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a lightbox – or create your own (DIY instructions can be found here and here). Lightboxes are awesome tools for showcasing your taste in fashion – and completely eliminate undesired sources of reflection.
Another word of advice: use your phone camera’s timer function when you take the shot, because this allows you to take a picture of your watch without having to press down on any buttons to capture the actual photo.
Then, have a look at the photo – experience a satisfied smile on your face – and upload it to Instagram.