Hari Raya is just around the corner, and you know what that means: it’s time to break out all the new baju kurung
or baju Melayu
that you have been saving for the occasion.
Of course, that also means one thing: it’s time to take tonnes and tonnes of #OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) pictures for your Instagram feed.
However, taking a pretty #OOTD picture is easier said than done. You could be wearing the classiest outfit, but sometimes, the classiness doesn’t translate into your photos.
Don’t worry, we’re here to teach you how to take the best #OOTD shots to show off your new Hari Raya clothes.
Style it, fashionista!
#1 Find the best location
When taking a photo, the most important thing is location, location, location. You don’t want to be taking photos in front of, say, a huge rubbish bin or with a lot of people in the background, do you? You may think that it’s cool, but chances are, it will just ruin your #OOTD shot. So, remember to always check your background before you snap that photo. Our recommendation? Taking an #OOTD shot with a classic rumah papan
at your kampung
or a mosque in the background would instantly give you that Hari Raya mood.
You could also try taking an #OOTD shot in front of plain walls. The focus will then be on your outfit, and not that green tong sampah
at the back.
#2 Make sure there’s enough lighting
Guys, we shouldn’t really need to tell you this. Before you take any photo, make sure the place you’re standing at has sufficient lighting. If not, your picture will turn out dark, uninspiring and extremely pixelated. There’s no point showing off your Raya outfit when you can’t see it, right? The best way to do it is to find a place with good natural lighting, like in front of a window. For more dramatic effect, you could opt to take your pictures at night, using the Raya fireworks display or even sparklers as your light source. The difficulty level is higher, but the pictures will be worth it.
Try and to have the light source in front of you. Unnecessary shadows can be unflattering at times.
#3 Be natural
As in, don’t try to force a pose. If you’ve seen a behind-the-scenes video of how professional models pose in front of the camera before, you’ll notice that they are usually just being their own self. It’s easier said than done, of course, but try flipping your hair (if you’re a girl) or pretending to take a few steps. Try not to overpose, because it will come out very unnatural. Oh, and lose that ‘V’ finger – it’s so out of style!
Follow the ‘Instagram Outfit Pose’ - aim the camera slightly above your head while you're sitting or lying on your couch/bed/chair. This pose will effortless put the spotlight on your new baju Raya
#4 Try different angles
You’ve found your best angle and you’re going to stick with the same angle until the day you die. There’s really nothing wrong with it…except that your Instagram feed is going to look extremely boring because all the pictures are going to look the same, different outfit and whatnot. Try experimenting with different angles; some from slightly above and some from slightly below. Different perspectives could sometimes make a huge difference.
Try using the wide-angle function on your smartphone. It will give you an impression that your legs are longer, and at the same time, show off your fancy new baju kurung
. Go on, give it a try.
#5 Don’t forget the details
An #OOTD photoshoot isn’t complete without getting a shot of the accessories you’re wearing, or the cute little bag you found at a flea market, or that gorgeous pair of shoes you got on discount. Sometimes, people pay more attention to the accessories you’re wearing compared to your outfit, so take the opportunity to wow them. For the guys, invest in some baju Melayu
buttons and for the ladies, throw on a crisp bib necklace to complete your Hari Raya outfit.
Don’t over-accessorise, because it’ll just look super messy. Pick one or two of your favourite accessories and rock them with pride.
Now that you’re equipped with the know-hows, you need the most important thing to make your #OOTD shots happen: a capable smartphone camera.
For that, we recommend the HUAWEI P30 Pro
While it's packed to the brim with the latest tech and features, the main talking point for both the phones is its cameras, which HUAWEI said could rival the power of a DSLR.
The P30 Pro comes with four Leica-engineered rear cameras: a 40MP Wide Angle Lens
, a 20MP Ultra Wide-Angle Lens
, an 8MP Telephoto Lens
and the HUAWEI Time-of-Flight (TOF) Camera
It also features the innovative HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor, enhanced optical and AI image stabilisation technology. It also comes fully equipped with a SuperZoom lens that supports 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and up to 50x zoom.
Yes, you read that right: the P30 Pro is capable of 50x zooming!
Here are some amazing shots taken with the 50x SuperZoom lens:
With the HUAWEI P30 Pro, your Hari Raya #OOTD shots will confirm look super amazing.
If you’re thinking of getting the HUAWEI P30 Pro just in time for Raya, HUAWEI is currently running a Ramadan promo where you’ll stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as an all-expense paid trip to Tokyo, Japan
, a 256GB HUAWEI P30 Pro
and a HUAWEI Watch GT
All you have to do is to purchase any HUAWEI devices worth at least RM1,500 through their V-Mall
and you’ll automatically be in the running to win these prizes.
So, don’t wait any more, guys; get your hands on your favourite HUAWEI device because the Ramadan campaign ends 24 May. For more information, click on this link