Just engaged? Congratulations! Share your exciting news with the ultimate engagement ring shot, thanks to these top Insta-friendly tips…
You’ve got the man and the perfect ring, and now it’s time to spread the happy news! When it comes time to commemorate your engagement and share it with the world you want to make sure you’re putting your best foot—or hand(!)—forward. Don’t just post any old photo on Instagram to announce your engagement: select an image that is the product of a little planning and care. Before you start snapping away, read our five steps to getting the perfect Instagram-worthy engagement ring pic.
1. Prep your hands
If you’re taking your ring picture right after the proposal (and you had a hunch that the was about to pop the question) you might still have a fresh manicure ready to go for your post. But if that’s not the case, it’s worth it to invest in a little TLC for those fingers before you get snap happy. A fresh manicure will also give you a chance to select colours that look good with the choice of stones and metal types on your ring for seamless coordination. You could even use your polish colour to drop a fun hint about your possible wedding colour scheme.
2. Clean your camera lens and your ring
We can’t tell you how many Instagram photos don’t come out their best because of dirty, scratched, or smudged lenses. Wipe away any debris with a microfibre cloth, which will get your camera in perfect shape for your pictures. Then, be sure to give your ring the same treatment. Most diamonds and precious metals can be cleaned using a simple and mild solution made from a few drops of dish detergent and water. Soak your ring for ten minutes and then wipe it clean using a soft cotton cloth, to achieve ultimate sparkle and really show off its design. Depending on what materials your ring is made of, there might be different best practices for cleaning, so be sure to do your research before taking any steps with other cleaning solutions.
3. Get the right lighting
Bright, natural light is great for showing off diamonds in all of their dazzling glory. Outside photos make this easy, though if you’re opting to take photos indoors, you’ll want to take them near a window that gets plenty of light. Shadows, fluorescent lights, and yellow lighting can all dim the appearance of your ring, so do your best to avoid any fluky lighting or dark corners.
4. Pick the best backdrop
Your choice of backdrop depends on the feeling you want to evoke in your ring picture, but no matter what your choice, avoid overly cluttered settings or backgrounds that distract from the true centerpiece of the image. It can be fun to include your fiance, or simply take a few closeups of your intertwined fingers for a romantic effect. Your ring selfie could also be a clue to how or where you got engaged: include a little sliver of background, whether that’s a beautiful beach, an iconic building, or a leafy garden.
5. Take plenty of pictures
Just like photos of people, photos of objects and close ups require lots of shots in order to find the perfect one. Be patient and make sure you’re getting your ring at different angles so you can see how the light plays off of the stones and metal. Chances are you’ll need to take at least two dozen shots, if not more, in order to get one you love. But the final image will be totally worth it, and you’ll be delighted to share your happy news with the rest of the world.