Hashtag Throwback

A look at how artists from the past would have approached our favourite social media photography themes — food, travel and, of course, the selfie.

How to take the perfect selfie

Angle your phone slightly up, down or to the side or keep your phone totally still and tilt your head slightly.

Look up toward the camera and slightly raise your eyebrows to make your eyes appear larger, extend your head away from your neck to create the look of a longer neck and sharper jawline, and push your shoulders down to make yourself look more relaxed.

Keep the sun or other light source in front of you, a bit above eye level, for the most flattering shot.

Take travel photos like a pro

Whether you shoot on a dSLR, mirrorless, smartphone or an old film camera, the first travel photography tip is to get to know your equipment.

One of the most basic and classic of photography tips is to understand the Rule of Thirds, to help you create more balanced compositions.

And a mini tripod that turns into a selfie stick will go a long way to capture some amazing views!

Top tips for food bloggers

Presentation is everything. If the branding is not consistent, that’s the first thing you’ll notice.

Experiment with different angles. Above is always nice but coming in from the side can give more of an impactful image.

Don’t overfill the plate. Give the food space to breathe and it’ll look all the more beautiful for it.

Tips for perfect food selfies

Use the front facing camera to check on your camera’s display your teeth one by one just in case you got some food stuck in there!

Your lips should always be half closed, your head turned by 3/4 on the side to define your face, and you should always handle your fork with your right hand for a first course and on your left for the second.