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Shaira Luna's Photography Tips Will Help You Step Up Your Instagram Game

FYI, you don't need expensive equipment to take good photos.
PHOTO: Pau Guevarra

The biggest beauty and wellness festival in the metro, Cosmopolitan BEAUTYCON 2019,  happened from August 31 to September 1. Hundreds of Cosmo girls flocked to the SMX Convention Center to shop the coolest brands and meet + listen to the talks of their favorite celebs and influencers.

One of the speakers of Day 1 was Shaira Luna, the go-to photographer of brands and celebrities. Her segment was titled Fun Ways To Pose—And Post On Insta.

At the beginning of her talk, Shaira showed some of the magazine covers she's shot throughout her career, including several Cosmo covers! She also shared the tips and tricks she's learned from her 13-year experience as a photographer.

Here are some of the tips she revealed to make phone photography a little less daunting and easier to understand:

  1. Lighting is life.

    Lighting can make or break your photo. Shaira shared that one of the best ways to take beauty shots is to place the subject by a curtain to diffuse and soften lighting.

  2. Think about the right blocking or position of your subject.

    Instead of placing the subject in front of a window, try to position her under or behind it for a ~*dreamy*~ effect. 

  3. You don't need fancy equipment to take good photos.

    Take notes from Shaira and use random objects to enhance her photos. Example: Foil as a reflector and a see-through umbrella to help soften lighting. 

  4. Take advantage of the camera's manual mode.

    If you're familiar with the manual mode of your camera, use it so your photos' lighting and saturation are more consistent, instead of eyeballing the settings every time.

Watch Shaira's helpful and informative segment here:

Watch Shaira Luna's full segment at Cosmopolitan BEAUTYCON on how to step up your IG game with easy photography hacks and tips.

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