Nailing the perfect Instagram photo can take dozens of tries, but industry insiders have now revealed their fail-safe tips for making the whole process a little easier.
UK-based style experts at Who What Wear released a handy guide featuring 10 rules on posing, camera angles and framing for anyone wanting to boost their social media star power to follow at home.
They address common questions like the best place to stand in a group shot, and reveal how to find your ‘best’ side.
Here, FEMAIL pairs these handy hints with examples of celebrities well-versed in the tricks of the trade. Read on to find out more…
Your left side is the best side
Make sure you get my best side! The left-hand side of the face is the most attractive for the majority of people, according to a photographer. Pictured, Holly Willoughby proves the point
Friends often squabble over their positioning in a photo as each person is desperate to show off their ‘best’ side.
But photographer Garance Doré insists most women have the same ‘best’ side of their face: their left.
Surprisingly, this has also been backed up by science, with a 2012 study by Wake Forest University, North Carolina, showing it is true for the majority of people.
Playing with perspective: Being furthest from the camera can lead to a more flattering photo. Although Julia Roberts, right, proves its possible to look radiant at the front of a picture too
In a group shot make sure you are not the one standing closest to the camera.
Perspective means the person closest to the lens will appear disproportionately large.
Leave the cheese! Saying the word ‘Thursday’ makes your face look more relaxed and allow the lips to fall slightly parted – a go-to expression for photogenic stars like Emily Ratajkowski
We grow up being taught to say ‘cheese’ as a photo is taken. But the reality is that saying the word stretches your mouth – and your face – in a way that is decidedly unflattering.
Instead follow the lead of the stars and say the word ‘Thursday’ instead.
The word makes your face look more relaxed and allow the lips to fall slightly parted – a go-to expression for photogenic celebrities like Emily Ratajkowski, 27.
Smile with your tongue
Remember to smile! Kendall, left, and Kylie Jenner are experts at smiling naturally in photos. If you struggle, try pushing your tongue behind the teeth to create a grin that’s not too wide
If you do want to smile rather than pout, then be sure to push your tongue behind your teeth to help avoid a grin that is ‘too wide’, the experts recommend.
Pretending to laugh is also a quick and easy shortcut to a genuine-looking smile – and might even lead to a real chuckle, too.
Get it right first time: Take time framing your snap like Bella Hadid, above, and avoid using the crop feature
A quick crop might seem a quick and easy solution to cutting out your ‘bad bits’ from an otherwise top-notch photo.
But the reality is a crop often leads to a photo looking slightly out of kilter.
Instead pay attention to the framing before taking a photo and try to get the entire face – or body if its a full-length shot – into the image.
All in a tilt: Looking up at the camera slightly like Naomi Campbell helps accentuate angles
As many of us know, the most flattering photos are often those taken from above.
This is because it gives the face more depth than a flat, face-on shot, helping to create flattering angles.
This can be achieved in any situation by simply tilting your chin down and looking up at the camera
Snap from above
Or, if you’re fortunate enough to have a patient friend, loved one or passer-by on hand, take this thinking to the next level – literally – by asking them to take the photo from above.
As Doré said simply: ‘A shot from above is a godsend!
… Or go low
Long and lean: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shows just how flattering a low angle can be
The other popular option for angles is to snap from below.
Instagram star Chriselle Lim – who boasts 1.1million followers on the social media site – insists this is a way to elongate and flatter any figure.
The success of this hack can be measured in the number of times it appears on social media feeds – with model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley among those who swears by it.
And finally – relax
This might seem painfully obvious but it is easy to forget to loosen up before a photo is taken. Take a few deep breaths, shake out your body, whatever you need to do to make sure you’re as relaxed as possible in front of the lens.