Getting Featured on Angelus, Pt. II

We’re going to keep the ball rolling on or series “Getting Featured” series. Last time around, we covered overall content and best practices for curating what you put on your business page. Hopefully that piece of advice paid off! Along those lines, we’re going to talk about photos this time around, because the better the picture, the better idea people will have of the type of custom work you can do.

(Source: @alexanderjohndesign)

There’s a few general tips to cover when it comes to pictures. The first tip is a given, but sometimes practice makes perfect - here it is: take clear pictures, simple as that. By clear, we mean not blurry, not out-of-focus, not too dark, not overly filtered. Here’s the thing, you don’t have to have a super nice camera to take a clear shot of your work. Most camera phones are going to work out just fine, but taking multiple shots is always going to be your best bet. Here’s an example of clear shot:

(Source: @astrotorfcustoms)

The colors pop, the line detailing is in focus, and you can see up close the amount of effort that went into this custom. So those crisp, clear shots are going to be key!

Another tip for getting featured is to take a photo of your work that has composition. In basic terms, composition is the layout of the picture - and for a product shot, you would want the product (the thing you are featuring) to be the focal point. This is a great example:

(Source: @ceezemc)

This means the custom sneakers or custom bag or whatever it is that you worked on works best in the center of the photo. Consider, if you worked an amazing pair of Yeezy customs, you wouldn’t want them in the back or the top right corner or anywhere else in the picture that isn’t up front and center.

Now this next tip might seem minor, but it goes a long way - the background of your photo makes a difference. Some of the shots we feature have pretty elaborate backgrounds, and while that always helps, sometimes a simple shot of your customs on the grass or against a single color work just as well. Take these two for examples:

(Source: @kendrascustoms)

(Source: @_theoglife)

Two different takes on background, but neither draw the viewer away from the sneakers. So here’s a tip, consider where exactly you’re taking your picture. If you have your custom sneakers posted up on say, the toilet in your bathroom, or in your bedroom with laundry behind it, people’s eyes are going to be drawn away from what really matters, your work.

Some take away tips for today. Try them out, and as always, tag us at #angelusdirect. We’ll have more for you soon!