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February 28, 2014 | by Masumi Goldman
Instagram Quick Tip: Use Your Glassware!

Over the past year and a half, we have received numerous questions about our Instagram photos.  These questions have ranged from, “Who takes your photos?” to “What app did you use to create that effect?”

In order to help you navigate the fun world of Instagram, we will be writing short posts to bring you Instagram quick tips!  We will share our ideas for creating fun and interesting content for your own Instagram pages, and we will share our favorite apps for editing photos and videos.

Today’s Quick Tip
Stop putting your phone at risk each time you take an Instagram photo!  Many of you who use a self-timer to take your own yoga portraits are leaning your phones on precarious ledges around the house in order to find the perfect photo angle.  If you haven’t cracked your phone screen as a result of it tipping over onto a hard surface, InstagramQuickTipconsider yourself lucky.

Here’s our solution to taking photos and videos with your phone safely.  Place your phone into a heavy, short glass.

Carry the glass around the house with you and place the glass, rather than the phone itself, onto ledges, bookshelves, counters, etc.  If necessary, stuff a washcloth in front of (or behind) the phone to get the desired photo angle.  Get the perfect shot every time using this method without the fear of cracking your phone screen!

19 Comments
  • Tissue boxes work great too!

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  • Genius ;)

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  • Genius… why hadn’t I thought of that? ;)

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  • How would you even take a picture like that? Is there a timer on the phone?

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  • Thanks for this tip, Masumi! What self timer apps do you use?

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  • I was wondering which DSLR camera and lens do you use to take your pictures? Do you use a tripod also? I would like more tips on how to take yoga self-portraits using a DSLR camera. Thank you!

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    • Laura and I both shoot with Nikon, and there are a variety of lenses that you could use to take pictures. Really depends on your budget, and whether you like shooting with fixed lenses or if you need more flexibility. I will work on an article about this soon enough! Thanks for your interest.

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  • Awesome, thanks for the tip!
    I’m trying to do a yoga challenge on IG at the moment, and it’s always a mission to rope someone in to come take my pics :)

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  • I record my session and screen shot the poses.

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  • Hey! Greetings from Peru. I’ve already follow you in instagram, so it takes me here. I REALLY interested in change my routine and habits. I’ve been reading most of your posts and I hope you can help me to improve my health and life.

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  • I tried it and … damn! Can’t believe I didn’t about this before ! LOL
    Thanks for the clever tip !

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  • I have been doing the glassware tip with a tissue stuffed in to help get the right angle. thank you so much for the tips! i love coming to the site to see what’s new. you ladies are amazing xo love and light to you from canada :)

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    • Masumi Goldman

      Hahaha—i use tissues or one of the socks that I was wearing right before I rolled out my mat.

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  • finally..now i know how everyone does this..ahhhhhh, i can sleep now..lol, thank you.

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    • Masumi Goldman

      I have no idea if anyone else is doing it this way, but the short glass trick works for me!

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