If you just got engaged, you will be sharing the good news through an Instagram, Twitter or Facebook ring selfie. While you'll not be into mirror selfies, post-workout selfies or duck-face selfies, the engagement ring selfie has become a sacred must.
1. Lighting is everything
If you are not outside, find a spot of natural light by a window. Try to avoid direct sunlight, just natural daylight. Taking a photo in a dimly lit room will give you a blurry image. Slightly yellow or fluorescent lights are also not ideal. Whether you're inside or outdoors, also take care not to cast a shadow over frame.
2. Know thy ring
Experiment with the angle of your shot, you want to capture the most amazing qualities of your ring. Love the unique setting? Take a photograph on an angle to draw attention to it. Can't get over the shape of your stone? Try an overhead shot (but remember, skip the flash).
3. Get your nails done
Everyone wants to see the ring, but no one wants to see your un-kept nails. If your fiancé caught you with a surprise proposal and you're due for a manicure, but just can't wait to snap a photograph, quickly dab on a layer of top-coat on your nails and make sure you moisturize your hands. If this is not possible, hold hands with your fiancé, frame your nails out of the shot or do a fist pump pose at the camera—why not?
4. Select an exciting background
Unleash your inner photo stylist. Find an Instagram or Google pics-worthy skyline, a lovely cup of latte or a patterned pillow to brighten up the backdrop of your ring selfie.
5. Go the distance
Cell phone pics will never be professional quality, but there are a couple of tricks to make your ring look almost as crisp. Avoid the auto zoom on your camera— physically moving your phone closer will make a less pixelated photo. Most Cell phones have professional settings, play with the ISO and shutter speed until you get the perfect picture.
6. Strike a (flattering) pose
Say good-bye to creepy hands by relaxing your fingers, adding a prop or resting your hands on your new fiancé's arm. Avoid shots that highlight every pore and strand of hair on your hands by slightly tilting the camera—or your hand—instead of shooting straight on.
7. Take many different shots, but only upload one
Skip the collages and pick one great shot to feature.
8. Fix it before you post
Use an editing app from your app store. These apps make it easy to experiment with cropping, contrast, saturation and sharpness to get the very best from your digital photo.
9. If all else fails, use a filter
Instagram's go-to filters made it easy for anyone to require a share-worthy photo. Add your ring selfie, apply that perfect Valencia filter and done.
If ever there were a time to be sentimental, it's now. Write a caption about marrying your best friend, your eternal love or get creative with the wide selection of emojis and tag your besties and family on social media.
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