It’s always fun to take pictures.
Snap- Snap! Oops, I got caught up taking photos and almost forgot greeting you. Hello, I'm 민지[Minji], your source for the latest Korean trends. Recently, I've been totally into taking fun selfies with my smartphone. Have you noticed the “Sand heart shots” trending on social media lately? I wanna give it a shot too. The idea of shaping a heart out of a sandy pit seems like fun! By the way, have you seen this photo?
ⓒIm Siwan’s Instagram
A picture of Im Siwan taking an overhead shot of his meal
Raising both arms high and taking an overhead shot to cover all the food on the table! Remember, we talked about photography in our initial letter. We mentioned the cultural trend of taking pictures at a 'photo booth' when hanging out with friends. Interestingly, I noticed there are even trends with frames when taking pics on smartphones.
ⓒIm Siwan’s Instagram
Result of the food captured in an overhead shot
Ordinary photos can step aside
You can see the top of the head? Does the head appear too big? Yes, but you fit all the food in a single shot, right? That's the real deal.
Im Siwan explains the reason behind his overhead shots during a MMTG interview
The trend kicked off in earnest with the food pictures taken by Korean actor 'Im Siwan'. People were taken aback by the foodie shots revealing his entire scalp, but the actor was unphased, saying, "You get a full view of the food with overhead shots," and added, "I aimed for an efficient way of taking photos (without needing to stand up)". This prompted the realization that taking overhead food pictures is the new 'cool', and it quickly spread across social media.
ⓒDinDin's Music High Instagram
Celebrities taking overhead selfies
It's not just about food anymore! Overhead shots have become my go-to for selfies recently. Despite it making my face look enlarged, akin to a cartoon character. The reason? This frame is just perfect for fashion diary photos. It captures every fashion item from head to toe. Plus, the unusual framing grabs attention right away
Follow my lead – just like this!
Recently, there's someone who's become the talk of the town for their unique framing technique, just like Im Siwan! It's Son Ye-jin, the star of <Crash Landing on You>. Curious about her angle?
ⓒActress Son Ye-jin’s Mini Homepage Photo (link)
Technique of capturing the smartphone screen reflected in a mirror
ⓒAn Yujin’s Instagram / Kazuha’s Instagram
Mirror selfies posted by Yujin An in December '22 and Kazuha in June '23
The mirror selfie trend caught fire when IVE's An Yujin posted one on Instagram last December. Since then, over the past six months, there's been a flood of mirror selfies (Kazuha recently joined the club too.). I've tried it too, because I have this urge to do it as well when I see cool pics! At times, I mimic a celebrity's pose, and sometimes I add my own creative twist. But the most exciting part is creating a buzz when I capture and share trending poses! Could this be the reason behind the popularity of these unconventional frames? They sure do make Instagram posts stand out.
Capture your day, in your very own way
I like how these diverse photo angles are trending. It shows that an environment that encourages showcasing daily life on social media in a 'joyful' and 'colorful' way is spreading.
Why not give it a try this upcoming holiday season? There's no need for high-end cameras or fancy props. It's great news that the culture of documenting various aspects of yourself with a smartphone is spreading widely, isn't it?
So, do you have any go-to photo compositions? 🤔 I'm keen to give them a shot! Feel free to share your ideas in the ‘Send a reply to 민지’ section below. I'm all ears!
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